March 20 12

Many of you already know about Emily and the stage.

I have written through her performances in The Wizard of Oz, The Sound of Music, Mamma Mia, Grease, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Hairspray, The Wizard of Oz (again), Glee.

You already know that her sister thinks that she’s famous. Isabella: “Emily is so famous that she could be up on the wall at Menchie’s, like Taylor Swift.” You already know that there is no place on earth that makes my child smile like when she is up on that stage.

But what you might not have known is that her baby brother made his stage debut last night.

It’s kind of funny, actually, how this happened.

Josh never expressed any interest in acting. While we were chauffeuring Emily back and forth to dance and play practice, we were driving Josh to hockey games and to the baseball diamond and to the karate dojo. And we didn’t really think anything of it. And then Josh went through kind of an angry stage, or something. Well, he wasn’t angry so much as, well, mute. He didn’t tell us anything. He wasn’t telling us what made him happy, he wasn’t telling us what made him unhappy.

And this his teacher stepped in and stopped my world.

“Josh has expressed interest in exactly three things: Harry Potter, baseball, AND THE THEATER. Have you ever thought of putting him into some sort of theater program?”


I hadn’t.

So we searched. And we found a program that didn’t include his sister. A drama program just for him. And then, in the blink of an eye, HE WAS PETER PAN.

He was running lines and learning lyrics and perfecting his expressions in the mirror. He was excited about it. REALLY excited about it.

And then, last night, as I sat in the theater and watched my son I realized something that I didn’t know about him:


And then, this morning, over a nutella sandwich, Isabella turns to me and says this:

“Mama. When do I get to be on the stage like Emily and Josh?”

Of course she did.

Hi, I’m Ali, and I’m pretty sure I am a stage mom.

And I probably couldn’t be happier about it.

  1. That’s amazing!
    This summer we put Matt in drama camp. We did it because he was with his (girl) cousins and it wasn’t expensive. The amazing thing is that like Josh, he shone!
    He’s been in a theatre program now since September. He may never be a great actor – and I don’t care. I just love that when he comes back from class I ask how it was an his reponse is an enthusiastic “awesome!”
    We’ve tried a ton of things more boy – karate, etc. but this is the first thing he’s really stuck to and loved.
    It’s amazing :)
    enjoy being a stage mom!


    Comment by Laural on March 20, 2012
  2. You’re the best kind of stage mom: the non-crazy stage mom.


    ali replied on

    Aw. That’s so sweet that you think I’m not crazy.

    Seriously though. I don’t even know HOW to be a stage mom at all. I need lessons, I think.


    Comment by Angie [A Whole Lot of Nothing] on March 20, 2012
  3. Congratulations Stage Mom…just promise me you won’t go Terri Shields or Dina Lohan on us!


    Comment by Jennifer on March 20, 2012
  4. That’s like a mother’s DREAM come true. Three kids in the same activity (if they end up at the same studio) – imagine all the money you will save on gas.


    Comment by OHmommy on March 20, 2012
  5. You have the coolest kids ever.



    Comment by Jen on March 20, 2012
  6. I love it. You’re the best Mom any little actor/actress could home for.


    Comment by Angella on March 20, 2012
  7. Hi! I’m Maija and I’m a dance mom, cheer mom, stage mom and soon to be hockey mom.

    Ali – my kids are a bit younger than yours and I think I need to learn from you. How are you managing all the activities and your kuds’ busy schedules?


    Comment by Maija @ Maija's Mommy Moments on March 20, 2012
  8. Awesome! Way to go Josh! I’m not surprised since he’s such a ham!


    Comment by Kristabella on March 20, 2012
  9. I’m reading this instead of doing the work you sent me. Pretty sure I made the right decision.

    Go Josh, Go!


    Comment by Sharon on March 20, 2012
  10. It’s great when kids can find something they truly love to do. Acting gives them such confidence in front of people as well. I hope your son and your daughters enjoy every minute of it.


    Comment by Anne Rodrigues on March 20, 2012
  11. If this is one of those “practice makes perfect” things, I suspect that you’re going to be the best stage mom EVER.

    Your kids never cease to amaze me. Can’t wait to see what Isabella has in store.

    GO JOSH!


    Comment by Meghan on March 20, 2012
  12. I became a stage mom out of nowhere. My girls signed up for ballet this year, and the production they do in the Spring is really large. Turns out they needed boys, and one of my sons signed up. (they tried to talk the other one in to it, too, because they desperately needed older boys like him, but he didn’t buy it.) So this Saturday, I have THREE of them in the same performance. Between all the different rehearsals, we’re pretty much just living at the theater this week. Oy.


    Comment by meghann @ midgetinvasion on March 20, 2012
  13. That’s awesome!! Congrats on your new job title!

    I hope that my kids are able to find something that they are this passionate about.


    Comment by mapsgirl on March 21, 2012

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