Tuesday, 3 May 2011

Fiddler on the Roof

It's been a crazy week!

The opening night of The Fiddler on the Roof went well apart from a few technical hitches. Jack really enjoyed it, especially the 'dream scene' where Holly was singing. In the interval he had a seizure and was out for the count during the second act! At least he got to see his sister perform and like before, whenever she started to sing, he sat up straighter and his arm came up like he was trying to wave at her. The show was superb.

Holly and Kristy in their chorus costumes (pic by Kristy)

I didn't get Jack into bed til about 11.15pm that night but he slept right through Marion (carer) and I getting him undressed. It was about midnight before Holly and I got to bed.  This kind of set the tone for the rest of the week. By the time she got home each evening it was about 11 and she was usually pretty high from the performance so we didn't get to bed til she'd told me everything that had happened that night, which meant we weren't in bed before midnight.

Lazor Wolf(Ben) and Holly (pic by Adam)

Having the day off for the Royal Wedding meant she was able to catch up on some sleep and she slept most of the morning but as soon as she was up, there was no rest for the wicked cos she had art to do for her exams.

Saturday morning was spent with Holly trawling around the charity shops looking for costumes for the two roles she has to play for her higher drama exam.  We managed to get most of it and the rest we decided to borrow from Granny Mac, since one of the roles requires her to be wearing older clothes. Once we'd gotten our purchases we were then able to relax and she could spend her birthday money which she did, in one shop, on cool skater shoes, three pairs no less. Loaded down with bags we popped into a café where I treated her to a cupcake...yum.

Grandma Tzeitel looking very creepy! (pic by Zoe)

By the time we got home, we were weighed down with bags as I'd bought a picture at the market for my kitchen and Holly very kindly carried it for me,what a star!  I think she was regretting it by the time we got home though....unlucky!

Motel,  Fyedka and Grandma Tzeital  (pic by Kristy)

That night I was going to see the show again with my sister-in-law Jacqui who drove up from Edinburgh, my Dad, Holly's boyfriend, my sis and my niece and nephew.  The show was going really well, even better second time around.  Holly was in the middle of her song when this loud high pitched noise started up. To begin with I thought it was coming from her microphone but then people started to get up and leave!  Then a voice came over the loud speaker telling us to leave by the nearest exit and that's when it dawned on me it was the fire alarm!

some of the cast (pic by Kristy)

As Holly was already on the stage, she ended up coming out of the same fire exit as we did along with all the ghosts.  She made a bee line for her boyfriend, gave him a hug and kiss and he was covered in white stage make up!  Thank god for my sis who had wet wipes otherwise he was gonna have to stay like that.

I was hoping that we would get to see her scene again as there was an incident last year when Holly was playing Nancy. Someone fainted and an ambulance was called in the middle of Holly singing one of her songs and the show was stopped for a short time but we didn't get to hear it again which was a real shame.

Grandma Tzeital and Chava (pic by Kristy)

After freezing our butts off outside for about 20 minutes we were allowed back in. Within minutes Holly was back on stage in the dream scene. As she arrived at the front of the stage, just before she started her song, she turned to the audience and in her Russian Grandma Tzeitel voice said "this looks familiar!"  This was the perfect ad lib, had the audience in hysterics and totally lightened the mood. Her character was hilarious and she was really very funny for an old ghost.

Grandma Tzeitel and her ghosts (pic by Kristy)

The cast got a standing ovation at the end, well deserved I have to say and they even did an extra song for their very appreciative audience.  What a fab night it was and I was sad that it had come to an end. Holly always gets really down the next day because such a great time has come to an end so I'd arranged for us to go out for lunch to celebrate her birthday.

So Sunday we headed out to Baxter's of Speyside to the visitors centre there where they serve the biggest and most delicious pancakes. She'd set her sights on a huge pancake with ice cream and raspberry sauce.  It looked delicious.  It was a gorgeous sunny day so we sat outside and enjoyed the rays. After having a leisurely stroll around the grounds and shops we headed back into Elgin to the Troop Aid day being held in the park.

We had a lovely afternoon, very chilled and was the perfect end to a very hectic week.

Just got to get through the exams now!


  1. Sounds like an awesome performance lyndy, glad Jack enjoyed it too,shame he missed the 2nd act. It must be so exciting for him to be away from home and to hear Holly's voice singing like that. :)
    It sounds exhausting and hectic, but so much fun!
    I can hear you smiling in your writing :)
    wish her luck for her exams from me, I'm sure she will do well.

  2. That Holly is such an awesome young lady and so full of talent. I am so glad you and Jack got to see her perform and have fun with her. They need to make DVD's of those plays to sell. I would buy one in a heartbeat. Have a wonderful rest of your tuesday and tell Holly Odie said Congratulations on a super performance and hi to Jack.

  3. sounds like a great show. Paul isn't taking part in the show this year - school politics - dontcha love it!!!!
    Good luck to Ho;;y for the exams. Eeeekkkkksssssss - they start next week!!!

  4. Like Odie, I am so glad that Jack got to see Holly perform in the first half. He obviously recognizes her!! Sounds like a wonderful performance. Wonder what the next one will be?! I can imagine her getting a little down after the shows ends, as they have been on such a high with the performances! Good luck to Holly with her exams.

  5. these memories will last holly for a life time!

    and you!

    so glad for you both!

  6. You just exhausted me! LOL

    What a great time! Can't believe the fire alarm went off! But what wonderful memories you'll have of it all!

  7. This takes me back to my own theater days!! Love the pictures!!! I wish I could have seen it. I love Fiddler on the Roof. Sounds like they had a good time and did a great job. You should be so proud! : ) Have a good Wednesday! And thanks for continuing to check on LYLAS. We're having a tough time over there, but we'll get through it with help from our friends! : )
    Much Love and Hugs,

  8. She certainly has a talent and a gift it sounds. You have to be so proud of her. Do you think she'll continue on with acting/theater after she's finished with school? The costumes looked great. Good job Mom!!!! She's lucky to have you as a Mom.

  9. It sounds to me like Holly has a real gift! The costumes look amazing. I am glad Holly and you had fun this weekend. Wish Holly luck on her exams for me!

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    EmptyNester - lol I know, it's the first time it's ever happened to them in the 20 odd years they have been putting on performances
    Elle - I wish I had the opportunities that she has when I was a teenager, would definitely have made school that bit more bearable
    Bouncin' Barb - yes she wants to do acting at college. I am encouraging her to follow her dreams and who knows
    Jax - they really were cool costumes. I'll pass it on to her

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  13. I'm glad the show and her birthday went well. Yay Holly!



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