My Christmas Holiday
Milton Keynes, Buckinghamshire, England
14 December 2011 - 2 January 2012
Orchestrated by my fabulous brother-in-lawHostess: My beautiful sisterLive Entertainment by The Little Precious Ones (LPOs)
More entertainment was provided by my oldest niece, who loves singing, loudly and for long periods of time. She's definitely cut out for showbiz - she has the looks, the confidence, the pizzazz and the energy of a leading lady.
Her little sister would shine as a cabaret singer, interacting with a smaller audience and drawing them in with her mesmerising voice. She could be a dancer, too - she has amazing rhythm!
Singing I Feel Pretty while all us girls were getting ready for a New Year's Eve party is one particularly fond memory of my visit.
Their older brother is quite happy to sing in the shower and has a great voice but would probably be happier in the chorus. When we complimented him on his shower singing, he became bashful and told us 'That's private!'
What they all have in common is their love of music and dancing and their eagerness to do either, or both, whenever they feel like it. I hope they don't lose that to horrible peer pressure; that, in the spirit of Defying Gravity, they carry on doing what they love simply because it brings them pleasure. Okay, and us too.
After the Christmas mayhem had died down, my sister, her husband and I spent many happy hours watching the first episodes of Glee, stopping only for comfort breaks and so that my awesome brother-in-law could make coffee (Irish and other).
I wish we'd had something like a glee club at school, with supportive teachers, an eclectic bunch of brilliant misfits and the opportunity to perform in something other than the tedious school musical.
I hope the glee spreads and more children, teenagers and teachers throw off their inhibitions and become comfortable with singing - loudly - in public, rather than only in the car, shower, or in front of the mirror with a hairbrush (when nobody is around, of course!).
If anyone knows of a glee club for adults in Joburg, I'm desperate to join!
Finally, I must recommend a delightful book called What Would Barbara Do? How Musicals Changed My Life, by Emma Brockes. This girl really knows her musicals! She's smart, funny, insightful, irreverant and somehow manages to take musicals seriously without taking them seriously.
Here's to a great show in 2012!
I recently spent three weeks in the UK with my sister-from-another-mother, her lovely husband and three gorgeous children. While there, I was fortunate to see two West End musicals, participate in a song-and-dance routine with my sister in her lounge (with hubby as the Spotify DJ, amused onlooker and excellent barman), listen to the children singing carols in various degrees of tunefulness, and watch most of the first season of Glee (again).