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Nov162009

The Young Performers

I don't have video yet, but I do have photos of Christian and James's recent stage appearances.  First is James as Banquo's son Fleance in Verdi's Macbeth, performed by the Taconic Opera company.  This was a very classy production: the sets and costumes were fantastic, and the chorus was at its best.  The soloists all were terrific, especially Lady Macbeth.  James nailed his 8-bar solo every time and makes just about the best-looking medieval page ever. 

 

The Haldane School's performances of Tim Kelly's "The Face on the Barroom Floor" were this weekend.  It was hard to believe that this was a high school production.  Charlotte Palmer-Lane, who has done costume design for many BBC productions and who did this past season's costumes for the Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival, was an absolute wizard.  All the kids looked splendid. 

The set was great, too: the perfect backdrop to a zany Western farce.  Martha Mechalakos's direction was superb, and her husband Jim playing a genius ad-lib piano soundtrack was a deft professional touch.  I was so proud of Christian (who played the romantic lead, Jack "Toulouse" Goodheart) and all his friends; they were hilarious. 

I'll throw in a bonus for you all: Patrick performed the ring ceremony for the daughter of some friends recently.  What a stunning, tasteful reception, and the photography, done by Sheena Jibson, is gorgeous.

 There you have them: my handsome, talented menfolk.  I'm a lucky gal indeed.

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Reader Comments (10)

Wow! I'm a bit envious! Those are awesome. I want to see them IRL!

November 16, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterEowyn

Your family just has talents oozing from the pores! Gorgeous pictures and I think that's so awesome that your kids are all in theatre productions. I love theatre!

November 16, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterL.T. Elliot

Fabulous pictures and such fun to see all your men in action! I couldn't get over the production quality of Christian's show!

November 16, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterjenofa2eatwrite

These are so wonderful! I'm with Jen... the productions are just first rate. Also, you are very brave to mention the title of the "Scottish Play!"

November 16, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterVirtualSprite

I'd be a proud gal in your shoes too!

November 16, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnnette

you are truly part of a very talented family including yourself! Wow, the pictures look great. It must be so much fun as a mother to see such good performances in which your children take part.

November 17, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterGoofball

VirtualSprite: I figure it doesn't count, since it's the Italian opera of the Scottish play. :D

November 17, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterLuisa Perkins

I agree, handsome and talented. All the photos were gorgeous--esp that first one. Something about the lighting . . (or maybe it was just the handsome talented young man off to the right . .. )

November 18, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterHeidi Ashworth

Wow...those photos are truly stunning! Though how could they fail to be given the subject matter?

November 20, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterKimberly

Lucky indeed! And fantastic pictures! What fun to see those performances! I wish I lived closer.

November 23, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterJenna Consolo

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