The American School of Doha is an amazing place for children to experience the arts. Abbey just finished participating in the 5th Grade musical. They did Seussical this year and it was fantastic. Geoff Heney, one of the assistant principals at the elementary, directed the play, and I have to say he is brilliant at EVERYTHING, especially helping children feel great about themselves. He really outdid himself with this production and inspiring these kids to tap into their best work. The music was impressive as well as the costumes and sets. I don't know who was in charge of the costumes, but whoever it was got the "Who People" perfectly. The mayor's wife had to be my favorite. The student who played the part of the Sour Kangaroo had a remarkable voice and belted our her parts like a professional. I kept having to remind myself that these were 5th graders.
Because my sweet Abigail is not fond of being up in front of audiences, she decided not to try out for any of the cast parts. She really enjoyed being in the chorus and supporting the play with her voice, and even with her dread of the spotlight, she wasn't that disappointed when she got to be on the front row during the production and hold a candle during the "Solla Sollew" number (I think she is a closet performer like her mom).