It's always beautiful and always amazing that these kids can sing serious sacred music. It is the highlight of the Advent season for me. At the end of the concert, the alumni present are invited up to join their old schola for Handel's Alleluia chorus. Every one of my kids was up there except Lydia.
Maria's first concert, she has a lovely voice (center right behind the pianist)
Although she has graduated, Monica sings in the Santa Cecelia Schola because she loves to sing. This picture is a bit amusing in several ways. I was holding a friend's baby when I went up front to take pictures. The baby's big sister, Mary, is looking at me, probably wondering why I have their baby. That empty space next to Mary? That's where Regina should have been. And she still was, but sitting down as she had gotten woozy back there and came close to passing out. Sometimes Mrs. Campbell moves the kids around to strengthen different sections, so I just thought she had moved for the Alleluia. There I was, happily snapping pictures not knowing she had sunk down on the step. (She was fine and Monica was right there and keeping an eye on her.)
The concert was beautiful and the reception was fun and lively as all St. A's events are.
Our third child and first daughter has graduated from St. Augustine's Homeschool Enrichment Program. She worked very hard, received a stellar liberal arts education and made many lifelong friends. The graduation Mass and ceremony were a slice of heaven.
processing to the church for Mass
St. Augustine's Class of 2015
graduates and tutors
Many alumni were in attendance, most home from college and a few freshly graduated from college!
The tragedies are hard to do. The Campion Players amaze me with every play, every year, but especially the tragedies. They give it all. (I have a lot more video than pictures, hopefully more pictures will surface.) The battle scenes were intense and the final scene emotionally wrenching.
the horrible eye plucking scene
Blaise, as Edgar in disguise as Poor Tom, leads the blinded Gloucester to Dover
seniors last performance
With glasses and a beard Regina looks like Alex. huh.
King Lear is a dark play and it's long. Fortunately, Dr. Russell cut it a bit and the scenes move quickly. There is also a lot of action. Blaise is Edgar, the outcast son of the Duke of Gloucester. Regina is a soldier, and Monica helped with production.
Maestro Barbeau of Ring of Steel instructing Blaise
Believe it or not some learning and even a few finals happened that day. I know this because my kids couldn't believe some of the tutors made them work! And, yes, I did let my girls spray temporary color in their hair. That's about as wacky as these kids get thank goodness. They work hard and play hard!
Blaise didn't color his hair but as you can see some of the guys did