Friday night Liza's school had its annual winter concert, complete with performances from grades K-7. I had expected to have to drag Little Miss Stage Fright there kicking and screaming, but apparently she's gotten over that, at least temporarily. We actually had problems getting through dinner fast enough to make it to the school on time, because she insisted on telling everyone at the restaurant who spoke to her at all every little detail about why she was dressed up and what they were singing and how she felt about it and on and on and on. I thought our meal would be cold by the time she shut up long enough for the waitress to serve the food :)
The rest of her class were pumped up, as well. I have a dozen shots from before the show, and every single one of them looks like this:
(that's the legendary Lewis to the right of Liza in the picture)
Their performance was as cute and earshatteringly awful as you can imagine.
Based on data we collected at the show, I'm pretty sure the ability to carry a tune develops sometime early in second grade - the K's and first graders preferred to just shout theirs at the tops of their little lungs. And by the time the kids hit second grade, the music teacher is sick of having them shout at her, so she hands them all recorders and they honk in dissonant unison for a couple minutes.
I think my favorite moment of the whole evening was when one of the readers from the second grade announced that her "favorite things" (the theme of the show, and what selected kids from each class wrote and read to the audience) included her dog, her teacher, and her school "because I like to blow things up."
Ah, school concerts. Next time: earplugs and a fully-charged iPod with a new ebook loaded and ready to go. Doesn't Jason look like he could have used one or both of those to help him weather the evening?
If Liza looks less than thrilled there, it's probably because it was getting close to 9pm at that point, and we were moments away from bundling the limp-as-a-ragdoll performer into the car and heading home. Well, actually heading to DQ for a celebratory Blizzard, but who's counting?