Her moment in the spotlight

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My daughter recently took the stage at the PAC with Stage Kids Washington. What an incredible program for youth in the valley! It’s not just acting, singing and dancing. It’s set building, costumes and props. It’s team building, confidence boosting and in their words, “building characters one child at a time”.

This is my daughter’s third summer participating in theater camp with Stage Kids. They had auditions the first day, three days of rehearsal and two performances on the final day. Five days to learn all of their lines, songs and choreography. Five days to make me the proudest mom in the universe. Five days to transform my elementary schooler into a middle schooler ready to take on the world. She sang. She blossomed. She freaking melted my heart. We’ve been singing all of the songs from the show. We tell jokes straight from the script. We have jazz hands.

She’s headed back for a two-week production of “Disney’s 101 Dalmations.” I can’t wait to see all of the very talented Stage Kids perform, hear the catchy songs, and beam with the rest of the parents, grandparents and friends in the audience. Everyone is invited! We’ll post the dates and times in the Mom Blog weekly events post.

I can’t quite put into words what this experience has meant to me. This little person that I gave birth to and taught to walk and talk has become her own person. She has her own thoughts and opinions, her own likes and dislikes, her own talents, and her own sick math skills. OK, I know every kid is amazing and every parent is proud of their little superstars, but I’m going to enjoy her moment in the spotlight and my moment as the proud mom for just a bit longer.

(In the photo: My daughter, Austin, with Stage Kids Executive Director Michelle McCormick.)

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