Friday, April 24, 2015

Play With Me!


Won't you play with me?

Come on and Play With Me!

Tap, Tap Tap
Please?

Because I'm super adorable...

Really.


Have a good weekend my friends!

Thursday, April 23, 2015

Administrative Professionals Day


Yesterday, Wednesday, April 22nd, was Administrative Professionals Day here in the USA.  Some of us are lucky enough to have kind employers who do nice things for us on that day.

The back side
This year all the marketing and admin people received edible fruit arrangements.  I love these!  Instead of being in a ceramic coffee mug, this year they were in delightful Hello Kitty vases!

They can do that with impunity because we're all women and like that sort of thing.


I've already snarfed all the chocolate covered strawberries.  Well, they go bad quickly so I had to. That's my story and I'm sticking to it.

Yummy.

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Stake Roadshows, part 3




From colorful traditional folk dancing,

to some pretty gnarly dudes...


The 2015 Stake Roadshow Festival was a very colorful and entertaining evening.


Lest you think the Pickering Ward was the only ward performing, here is a small taste of the other shows in the line-up.  There were lots of great moments from all the wards in the Stake.

For a minute there, it looked like Kirby Heyborne was reprising his role from "Best Two Years"...
Roadshows are filled with dancing and singing...


And lots of silly stuff...


Sometimes corny in the extreme, they are short, lighthearted, morality plays..


That showcase known talents and develop new ones..


...from singing, dancing and acting, to running lights, designing sets and costumes, 
sewing, painting and directing...


 ...roadshows are just a whole lot of fun!


They get everyone involved...


Young and old...




...and in between...


...moms and dads and kids...


...teens and singles...

Even Kermit and Miss Piggy got into the act
 ...and even a frog or two...


A little paint and cardboard and makeup go a long way.


There is no limit to the imagination involved in a Roadshow!


Roadshows operate on the principle that occasionally everyone 
loves a chance to get onstage and shine.


And shine they did!


Congratulations to everyone who performed.  Good show!

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

The Dreamer

When you watch this fun little (15 minute) show, wou will have to admit we have a great deal of talent in our little ward!

Here is The Dreamer, Part One:


... And The Dreamer, Part Deux:


James (the narrator/main character in the suit) really knocked this one out of the park, but it was a terrific ensemble effort as well.

Roadshows are a LOT of work, but always rewarding in the love and camaraderie that they generate.  Everyone who participated came away saying how much FUN they had.

I think that is probably the best measure of success.

Monday, April 20, 2015

Stake Roadshows!

The Pickering Ward Roadshow Cast
Saturday night we had a special event: the Whittier Stake Roadshows!

This has to be the first Ward roadshow in 50 years that I didn't either write or perform in.  That has to be some sort of record.  I was sorry not to be a part of it, but watching it was a lot of fun, too!

The adorable script, based on the importance of doing Family History was conjured up by a remarkably talented team of Ward members.
Assistant Director Andy and Director Adria share a moment backstage
In the capable hands of Director Adria, the show took shape with help from Amy, Andy and Jessica.

Ferocious Pirates!
There was a lot of music from Queen, with a few changes, like the lyrics to Bohemian Rhapsody, which became:
IT DOESN’T REALLY MATTER TO ME. TO ME.
 
GREAT-GRANDMA.
I’M A BUSY MAN
GOT THE TV ON INSTEAD
I’M REAL SORRY YOU’RE ALL DEAD.
GREAT-GRANDMA
MY LIFE’S GOING ON
I DON’T KNOW WHAT YOU WANT ME TO SAY 

The Peery family got into the spirit of the thing

Jonas loved being a Lamanite

These beautiful pilgrims could be sisters

More ferocious pirates!
 And then there was a plaintive rendition of I Want To Break Free:

Heather the pirate takes center stage!
 I’M A PIRATE NAMED SMEE
AND I WANT TO BREAK FREE
I WANT TO BREAK FREE FROM ME LIES, WAS SO SELF-SATISFIED
I DIDN’T NEED YER,
BUT I DO TO BE FREE.

Beautiful ladies!  I love that Sister Anderson has her missionary name tag on top of her costume!

This group of Lamanites was seen hanging out in the Stake Center courtyard
 We are the Lamanites
We're in your family tree!

Have I mentioned recently how much I love all these people?

One of the Gangstas!
 The Gangsters number, sung to the tune of Another One Bites the Dust:

PUTTIN’ FAMILY FIRST WAS OUR CREED.
TILL MOE HERE LET THE BULLETS RIP
AND PUT US ALL TO SLEEP.


AND ANOTHER ONE BITES THE DUST.

These gangsters brought down the house!
 HEY HE GOT ME TOO!
ANOTHER ONE BITES THE DUST.

Here's the Gangster Big Finish!

All the time travelers together onstage

Huzzah!

Our beautiful Pilgrims perform
ELIJAH SAID YOU’VE GOT TO TURN YOUR HEART TOWARD ME, 
TOWARD ME, TOWARD ME!!


Our Pilgrim sisters looking very much like the Three Little Maids from Gilbert and Sullivan fame in this shot

Practically Perfect Pilgrims (In Every Way)

My friend Evangeline wows the audience!

Evangeline was wonderful onstage
 SO YOU THINK YOU CAN GO ON WITH YOUR LIFE?
SO YOU THINK YOU CAN IGNORE US BECAUSE WE’VE ALL DIED?
OH BABY. CAN’T DO THIS TO US BABY.
JUST GOT TO GET OUT. JUST GOT TO GET RIGHT OUTTA HERE.

Mark and Queen Meredith

Julius, a very handsome Roman Soldier, greets James, the very handsome narrator

I didn't know Romans wore shorts and Nikes with their armor.  Cool.

I think the costuming was superb

Singing pirates!

I want that dress.  And a crown.  And maybe the Roman too.

Rocking to the music of Queen
It just doesn't get any better!
We Are The Champions!

Sing it, Sisters!
FAMILIES GO ON AND ON AND ON

We are the Champions, My Friends!
DON'T STOP ME NOW!
I’M LOGGING INTO MY FAMILY SEARCH
LIKE A GRANDMA FINDING NAMES IS MY SPECIALTY
I’M A SEARCH ENGINE READY TO RELOAD
LIKE A PILGRIM YEAH
I’M GONNA GO GO GO

THERE’S NO STOPPING ME!

APPLAUSE! APPLAUSE! APPLAUSE!