Friday Focus 17/02/2023 – Costumes

We’ve had our last rehearsals in the studio this week for ‘The Drowsy Chaperone’ – doing run-throughs with costumes and polishing things ready for opening night next Wednesday. I’ve got one quick change in this show but having now practised it a couple of times, I’m reassured that it should be manageable. My character is somewhat eccentric and the costumes definitely reflect that, but she’s so much fun to play and I’m quite excited about show week (if a little nervous too!)


The word 'costume' in aqua writing with doodles of two dresses above the word


I’ve also had Sophie’s dance costumes to sort out and have ready this week as it’s been a dance festival week for her. Her dances have been spread out over several days this time so dance has been a big focus of our half-term week. It’s been a tough festival and the standard has been very high so no medals so far this time, but Sophie has had good marks and helpful feedback on what to work on. She’s also having a new tap costume made to go with her new tap routine which should hopefully be ready in time for the next festival.



What I’ve been grateful for this week:

Thomas on the roundabout at the park; Sophie and Thomas playing with inflatable balls at the Nets Adventure; me wearing a grey wig and an aqua dress; Sophie and Thomas playing at a mud kitchen; Sophie holding up her bronze swimming cap; Sophie looking in a mirror at the dance festival; Sophie and Thomas at Windsor Castle - "#365daysofgratitude 2023 - Week 7"


  • Day 41 – I am grateful for being able to resume trips to the playground with Thomas while Sophie has her dance class now that the evenings are gradually getting lighter.


  • Day 42 – I am grateful for a fun afternoon at the Nets Adventure to start our half-term break.


  • Day 43 – I am grateful to be home with my feet up after an intense final Sunday rehearsal doing two run-throughs for The Drowsy Chaperone. 10 days until opening night!


  • Day 44 – I am grateful for a fun day of outdoor activities with Sophie and Thomas.


  • Day 45 – I am grateful that Sophie has now completed the three foundation levels at swimming and has moved up to Bronze. Well done Sophie!


  • Day 46 – I am grateful that Sophie enjoyed dancing her new tap routine for the first time at a festival. It was a tough section and she was 1 point outside of a medal place but we’ve got helpful feedback and know what to work on for next time!


  • Day 47 – I am grateful for a lovely day out in Windsor.



Other things that have made me smile this week:

  • Sophie’s determination to try and catch a fish while river dipping at Denham Country Park.


Sophie and the activity leader standing in the river looking in Sophie's net


  • Watching Sophie and Thomas having fun at soft play.


A smiling Sophie and Thomas at the bottom of a slide


  • Teaching Sophie how to make pancakes. She had great fun flipping them!


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16 thoughts on “Friday Focus 17/02/2023 – Costumes

  1. Good luck! I hope the show goes well. It sounds like you are well prepared for it.
    Well done to Sophie with her dance festival, it sounds like a busy week. x

    1. Thank you, she managed to surprise us with a medal for her modern later in the festival.

  2. Sounds like a busy week. Glad there were some positives to come out of the dance festival. Good luck with the show. I don’t know how you fit it all in.

  3. Performing definitely runs in your family! I’ve been checking Lawrence’s FB for updates of the play, wish I could have come along 🙁 #project365

    1. I forgot that you know Lawrence as well! The show was so much fun and it was lovely to have Lawrence doing it as well.

  4. Sophie is doing so well with her dancing. Our little lady goes every week but I really don’t think it is her thing. She wants to be a runner but is too young to join any clubs yet. I love how much you enjoy performing. I hope it went well #WotW

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