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    "There are obviously two educations. One should teach us how to make a living and the other how to live."
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    We're a Canadian family of five, farming, home schooling, and building our own house. I'm nowhere near as regular a blogger as I used to be.

    The kids are 18/Grade 12, 16/Grade 11, and 14/Grade 10.

    Contact me at becky(dot)farmschool(at)gmail(dot)com

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Curtain Up

Tonight’s the big night and the kids are very, very excited. A bit pooped from yesterday’s full dress rehearsal, but very, very excited nonetheless. It’s going to be a busy weekend, with Friday and Saturday evening performances, and one Sunday afternoon too.  Tom got a sneak peak at the orchestra last night, and said it sounds quite good.  I’m excited to see how it will all come together.

5 Responses

  1. Oh, I just LOVE this one. We had an old VHS tape of the Donny Osmond production and Richard managed to get it onto my iTunes so I could put it on a CD. I love love love this show: the words, the music, the campy performances.

    And who’s playing who? You neglected to mention that.

  2. Best of luck to all!
    Will there be pictures next week?

  3. Sheila, the director gave everyone in the cast the Donny Osmond CD when things got underway in the fall. They’ve been listening to it nonstop since, and have known their parts, and everyone else’s, since before Christmas. I also found the DVD at the library. I didn’t neglect, am trying to be modest (!), since Daniel, who will be nine next week, was selected as Benjamin. He is thrilled and proud; he’s also the baker. Laura is a child and a goat, and has some extra dancing, which delights her, and Davy is a child and the butler, which has some cute stuff.

    Crissy, thank you! Possibly, if I can get my three without anyone else. I always feel odd putting others on the blog. And the big task will be my husband making a recording for my parents. We are still trying to figure out how to make a DVD from what’s in the machine. Gah…

  4. Oh, how awesome. How did it go? The kids love the Donny Osmond movie of this.

  5. Vivian, it went really, really well — thanks for asking. One child is happy it’s over, two are ready for more (!), and all three keep singing the songs. I keep meaning to look for a “Donny & Marie Show” DVD so the kids can truly appreciate the magic of Donny!

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