Monday was Natalia's school play, The Frog Princess (Царина Лягушка). Her school takes its theatrical productions seriously. They prepare for months in advance, putting on shows you'd expect from teenagers. The director is also the school's dance instructor -- oh, she also happens to dance on televion and in film, doing the choreography for a show like "Sesame Street" on the side...!
When they started to prepare for the play, we didn't know if we'd be here for it; they never know until mid-December if the theater they use will be available before or after the New Year. Since we might have been in the USA for the show, Natalia didn't have any lines -- and she wasn't too happy about it..
She sure did love their frog dance, though! So much so that when given the choice between keeping her dancing role or instead having a small speaking part (once we knew the play would be in January), she chose to stick with dancing.
The frogs were all soooo cute! (Considering what we were charged for her custom-made costume designed by the director, good!) Their bodysuits and puffy tunics were made from fancy, stretchy fabrics and decorated with sparkly gems to catch the light.
Here's just the musical number; Natalia's in the center of the back row:
I'm including more pictures from the production to show how pretty it all was... Some of you readers will recognize old friends from when you lived here!
This year teachers and two parents were also part of the show. Here's Natalia's beloved preschool teacher with some of the youngest children, the bear cubs...
This little boy is our neighbor and he's so cute. I love how happy he was to be in his first big play!
Here's Baba Yaga with her three-headed monster. That costume was COOL.
The little girl who played the princess was superb; she flawelessly delivered her many lines throughout the hour-long play. We could hear all of the songs very clearly this year, too; the children recorded them in a recording studio beforehand and then sang along during the show. What a neat experience for them!
The prince and princess were rather touching for six- and seven-year-olds!
After the play was over, they showed a short movie about how they prepared for it. The children had a blast dancing on the stage and watching themselves on the large screen!
It's too bad that Chris and Katya were too sick to attend; Natalia was very pleased with the bouquet they sent for her, however. There was even a little glass frog hidden among the flowers!