Putting on a show

Jessica made her stage debut at 16 months old – being carried on stage for the finale of a fundraising concert that we’d organised. We were raising money for the intensive care unit where she had been treated and her entrance just at the key change in “When You Believe” was an emotional one. The song had been very meaningful to me during my pregnancy with Jessica – with its lyrics “there can be miracles when you believe, though hope is frail, it’s hard to kill” – and it had taken weeks of rehearsal for me to be able to sing it without tears.

Putting on a show - Little Hearts, Big Love

Fast-forward a couple of years and Jessica has just put on her very first concert for us. Grandma’s front room was her chosen venue and as we made ourselves comfortable on the sofas, she held out her arms dramatically and announced “Ladies and gentlemen! My name is Jessica and I’m going to put on a show!” before launching into her first number – The Wheels on the Bus, complete with actions. Musical accompaniment came from the hand bell she had picked up beforehand from Grandma’s music room, which was enthusiastically waved about.

 

Her next number – “If You’re Happy and You Know It” was one in which audience participation was actively encouraged and was followed by a gentle rendition of “Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star.” If we were a little slow to applaud, we were encouraged to do so by her reminder to “clap your hands”. More audience participation was required for “Head, Shoulders, Knees and Toes” which was followed by “Wind the Bobbin Up”. The finale was a reprise of “Head, Shoulders, Knees and Toes” before Jessica announced that the show was “closed now and going to sleep”.

 

With both parents being performers as well as three out of the four grandparents, perhaps it is not too surprising that Jessica seems to have inherited the perfoming gene. It is lovely to see her sing so confidently and I’m looking forward to watching many more shows in the future.

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28 Comments

  1. August 12, 2015 / 7:34 am

    This is absolutely adorable. Love it. Proper performer you’ve got there. #kidscorner

    • Louise
      Author
      August 13, 2015 / 9:21 pm

      Thank you – she certainly is! 🙂

  2. August 12, 2015 / 2:28 pm

    How sweet. I love to see how little one’s personalities come alive as they grow. Thanks for sharing her!

    • Louise
      Author
      August 13, 2015 / 9:21 pm

      Thank you Steph – it is lovely to see her confidence when performing 🙂

  3. August 12, 2015 / 2:29 pm

    That is just gorgeous what a little star ! #SSAmazingAchievements

    • Louise
      Author
      August 13, 2015 / 9:21 pm

      Thank you Catie 🙂

  4. August 12, 2015 / 3:17 pm

    Aww – that is so lovely! What a clever, confident girl! #SSAmazingAchievements

    • Louise
      Author
      August 13, 2015 / 9:22 pm

      Thank you – I love seeing her perform so confidently 🙂

  5. Claire
    August 12, 2015 / 7:48 pm

    I used to love putting on shows for my parents when I was a child. I used to play the recorder and my friend would sing! We used to make tickets and programs and all sorts!! I look forward to seeing her name in lights one day!!

    • Louise
      Author
      August 13, 2015 / 9:24 pm

      I bet your parents loved your shows and what lovely childhood memories. Am sure Jessica will probably add tickets and programs when she gets older! 🙂

  6. LittleOandMe
    August 12, 2015 / 8:01 pm

    Ah, bless her. I used to put on shows when I was younger, my favourite was to line dance! ha! She looks like a little star!

    Becky x
    #Kidscorner

    • Louise
      Author
      August 13, 2015 / 9:24 pm

      Thank you Becky – love the sound of your line dancing shows 🙂

  7. August 13, 2015 / 9:30 pm

    Awww how lovely!! She really is a little miracle 🙂 xx #kid scorner

    • Louise
      Author
      August 14, 2015 / 9:18 pm

      Thank you – she certainly is! 🙂

  8. August 13, 2015 / 9:44 pm

    Aw kids can be so fun to watch when they get into their performance like that 🙂

    • Louise
      Author
      August 14, 2015 / 9:18 pm

      Thank you Julie – I loved watching her 🙂

  9. August 14, 2015 / 7:59 am

    Love this! So nice when they develop their characters and confidence and I love how their little minds work. My little girl has started doing the same thing and put on a puppet show for us the other day. We had to sit in the hallway while she told us a story (made up as she went along) speaking with the puppets and getting us to shout ‘yes’ and ‘no’ at different parts! Who knows where she got it from but I hope it continues! #kidscorner

    • Louise
      Author
      August 14, 2015 / 9:24 pm

      Oh how lovely that your little girl put on a puppet show – it sounds like it was wonderful to watch 🙂

  10. August 16, 2015 / 7:56 pm

    This is so cute, I love that you have captured it on video. It’s a great confidence to have. I have never known the words to when you believe, probably because it has me in tears and I choose not to listen to it. I can see how you relate to the words. Hugs.

    Thanks for linking up with Small Steps Amazing Achievements :0)
    x

    • Louise
      Author
      August 20, 2015 / 9:26 pm

      Thanks Jane – the words always have me in tears too, I can see why you would choose not to listen to it. Lovely to link up again.

  11. August 17, 2015 / 6:15 pm

    Sounds like she’s going to be a star performer! Love hearing them sing 😀

    • Louise
      Author
      August 20, 2015 / 9:45 pm

      Thank you – I do too 🙂

  12. August 17, 2015 / 11:24 pm

    It’s lovely that we can make movies of our kids isn’t it? Thanks for sharing this. I enjoyed your little video!

    Angela xx

    • Louise
      Author
      August 20, 2015 / 9:47 pm

      Thanks Angela – I was so glad that I could capture it without distracting her 🙂

    • Louise
      Author
      August 20, 2015 / 9:48 pm

      Thanks Laura – it’s a good one for little ones isn’t it – my two always love doing the actions 🙂

  13. August 18, 2015 / 6:04 pm

    She is just so adorable!! Love it!! Thanks for sharing in #KidsCorner x

    • Louise
      Author
      August 20, 2015 / 9:52 pm

      Thank you Katy 🙂

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