Support the Arts!

I know that Simply Simple Stamping has been a little quieter than usual the past couple weeks.  I thought I would share with you what’s up.

Some of you may know that our family are BIG supporters of live theater.  Both my girls are active in their schools with either drama, show choir, or both.  Anyone who is a parent knows that activities outside of school can really eat up your time whether it’s the arts or sports.  WOW!  We are always going going going!

My oldest daughter has the lead in her high school’s production of “Cheaper by the Dozen”.  The drama teacher has been so busy building an amazing set (16 foot high!) that she asked me to step in do the directing.  I have never been so excited!  I went to college to study theater and it was SO MUCH FUN to go in and work with these fantastic high school students to work with them.  They are like sponges and just soak up any critique I give them – positive or a way to improve.  We are in the final stretch and their first performance is Wednesday.  They have six performances ahead of them and the excitement and butterflies are hitting all of us.

One of the fun things I did with the kids after each rehearsal was to call out my “Stars of the Night” – the kids that really came in and brought their A Game!  I would always reward them with a Snickers bar (what teen doesn’t love chocolate?)  Well, on Opening Night, they will ALL be the Star of the Night and I wanted to tell them so.  Here is what I created for every cast and crew member.

Gift for the cast of "Cheaper by the Dozen" - Moore High School, Moore, Oklahoma -www.SimplySimpleStamping

Gift for the cast of "Cheaper by the Dozen" - Moore High School, Moore, Oklahoma -www.SimplySimpleStamping

A simple cello bag filled with M&M’s, Butterfingers, Snickers, and Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups.  I tied them up with some Espresso Bakers Twine and added a tag.  These stamps aren’t Stampin’ Up   but let  me explain…  “Cheaper by the Dozen” is actually set in the 1920’s but this is high school…and we have to work with what we have.  What we have are costumes from a past production of “Grease” so we set it in the 1950’s.  LOL  You do what you have to do!  🙂  These retro stamps fit the style of the show perfectly!

Now, I haven’t deserted my love of stamping and sharing videos…just had to take a short break to support the arts in our schools.  I am excited to get the show on the road so I can get back to making videos for you all.

I hope you all have a wonderful Monday and hug a Veteran today!!  I am so grateful to each and every one of them.  I know you feel the same.  🙂

19 Responses to “Support the Arts!”

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  1. DJ says:

    It is wonderful that you are so supportive of your girls. Family is everything!!! Can’t wait for more videos. You are always such a HOOT!

  2. Amber Dugger says:

    I love theater! What fun to be able to do what you love! I am sure that all of the students were thrilled to work with you and that they loved their cute gift bag that you made them. So thoughtful! 🙂

  3. Sherry Davis says:

    Connie,
    I know you love the Theater and I bet you are fantastic as a director for this show! Love the bags you created for the “Stars”

  4. denise says:

    What a wonderful experience for you, your daughter and the cast and crew. These are memories that will last a lifetime. The goodie bags are adorable and so thoughtful!

  5. Maria A. Rodriguez. says:

    Oh Connie, I totally agree with you!! We need to support the arts in our kids and grandkids schools, it’s so important because it builds self confidence and drive. My oldest granddaughter, Vanessa who is 15 is in her High School Orchestra and Chamber Orchestra here in Crown Point, IN. playing the Viola. She’s been doing this since she was in 4th. grade. Now, she added swimming to her very busy schedule, she was picked to swim with the team, we are all so proud of her. Whether it’s Music or Theatre or Sports, it’s vital that we support our kids and grandkids School’s efforts to promote and sustain this wonderful programs.
    Good luck with your upcoming event Connie and please, I hope you can share some pictures of it, we would love to see them.

  6. Connie…you are totally amazing! Those students are so fortunate to be on the receiving end of your talent. Hope the show is a great success. Oh, and the treat bags are so perfect!

  7. Dorene Bye says:

    What a Mom. You’re the best. I’m sure they will be spetacular. Missed your posts, glad it is just a little break.
    Dorene

  8. Patricia Morgan says:

    Hurray for you, Connie! Time spent reaching out to kids should never be regretted and it sounds like you love every minute. They are sponges and I believe you are giving them wise advice but also things on which they can improve. They are fortunate to have you as a director. Soak it all in!!!! I’ve been there and still feed on the memories at times.

  9. Patti Willey says:

    That’s “Making a Difference” nicely done!

  10. Frenchie Hum says:

    Hi Connie. Yes we did miss you , but your such a great lady all the way around !!!! Great job with every thing you do , just have fun , and will see you soon !! Lov ya
    Frenchie ,

  11. Ciindy says:

    Congratulations to you and Best of Luck to all the students in the play. I, too, was a very involved parent in my sons school life so I know what you mean about your time. But don’t you just love those young people?

  12. Mary Ann Huntington says:

    How exciting for you. Yesterday I attended our high school play RICHARD III. It was so awesome. When my daughter was in HS she had the lead in Anything Goes. I love high school plays and always support our school. Your family will always have such fond memories to share through the years. Good luck – break a leg! Your stars will love their goodie bags so much more than a bouquet of flowers.

  13. nana4fromfl says:

    family before business…….always 🙂 good for you!!

  14. You ae a wonderful person and I know you are appreciated. It brings back lots iof memories of when my two weee in music at school and I too took a shot at drama in several plays that the PTQA did to raise money. My favorite was a molo drama for many years back over acting was the key/ It was so much fun. Break a leg ( as the saying goes_)

  15. Margaret says:

    Wonderful! I can see the excitement and joy in your post. Enjoy and as they say……”break a leg”.

  16. Rosita says:

    Oh, how I understand being involved with your children’s activities. Whew! You always have a way of incorporating your craft into everything you do. You share that with us all. The bags are so cute! Ditto: Family first! We will be here! I do support the arts! I know you will be back with a bang!

  17. Kay Jacob says:

    How exciting for you Connie, I thought in the beginning of your first paragraph you were going to say that they were going to ask you to paint the set. You can do both I figure. In Sydney the latest show on is Cheaper by the Dozen and it is just so wonderful and funny. I could imagine you as the star as well and you too will get a candy bag on opening night. Well all that is left to say is ‘Break a Leg’ well done!

  18. Janene Smith says:

    What a great thing this is that you are doing. Wish you could post a video of a scene from the play with you daughter in it so we could all share in the enjoyment. We can wait for the next video while you do the truly important “stuff”. Amen to the “break a leg”. I’m sure it will be great……and always great fun!! Hugs to you and your daughter.

  19. Surrereys says:

    great, i hope you have a lot fun, and later on, you could do the same with are team, can you imagen do for the next convention, in front to everyone.
    can call (the stampers go crazy director for Conny Stewart, Production by Girls go wild) love it, i can start writen now:)

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