Saturday, September 26, 2015 my newly minted 11 year old sang a duet with Kristin Chenoweth in a 2400 theater.
Well, not exactly.
My husband bought three tickets for my daughters and myself to attend Kristin Chenoweth’s concert at the Sacramento Community Center Theater. She’s on tour until May 2016. My girls love broadway, music, and cultural events. My husband splurged on orchestra seats for us, since he wasn’t going. My daughters love being able to sit up close, and see the expressions on the performers faces. So this was a special treat.
We love Wicked, and think Chenoweth is the best Glinda ever. I also love how multi-talented Chenoweth is, and loved her as Olive, in Pushing Daisies. That was a great show. She’s won both an Emmy and a Tony award, and can sing opera, broadway, gospel, pop, and pretty much anything she wants. She is tiny. It is amazing seeing how someone so petite, can belt out perfect notes like she can.
It was such a treat to experience her concert with my daughters, it is a joy watching them enjoy things like this. I’m so grateful they still want to do things like this with me.
Halfway through the performance, Chenoweth told us she was going to sing a Wicked duet. I thought, “ooh, maybe it’s ‘What Is This Feeling?'” because my daughters have sung that together. As the house lights came on, we started to realize she was going to ask for a volunteer. So my 11 year old raised her hand. She was only five seats from the aisle and the man with the microphone told her to come to him. She did.
My 9 year old and I were jaw-dropping left and right. I was frantically trying to record this once-in-a-lifetime event. Of course my iPhone 6plus failed me as I tried to record the beginning of the duet. I hit record and it would immediately blank out to black, and I tried 3x before I realized I better hard restart it. Thankfully, after agonizing moments, I was able to catch the tail-end of their duet.
My 11 year old told us how she was so nervous. We listen to the Wicked soundtrack regularly. While she has never sung ‘For Good’ she was familiar with the words, but she told me how she was shaking and completely blanked on the words once she got on stage, but Chenoweth helped her. She also told me how it wasn’t that scary standing on stage, as the lights make it so you only see the first few rows in front.
When Chenoweth asked my daughter if she wanted to sing, I love the response, “I’ll try.” That is my daughter. She is willing to try. She wasn’t always that way, and I’m grateful that she’s grown into a young lady that is ready to take a chance, to discover, explore, and find out more. I’m a ‘why not’ girl, and I love that she’s a ‘try’ girl.
Chenoweth also had a message for her audience, she wanted to leave a mark, and encouraged all of us to ‘do something.’ She then referenced her pianist who is doing great things to help children, and the Stanford students who were her back-up singers, majoring in human biology, engineering, psychology, etc. She also mentioned my daughter, willing to go up and do something, to try. Chenoweth also told my 11 year old had great tone. After the concert so many audience members were so supportive, and some even thought it was set-up beforehand, because they were so impressed with how composed, and how well my daughter sang. It was a sweet, memorable experience. I also love how excited and happy for her sister, my 9 year old was.
I’m grateful to my daughters who inspire me. We might not be able to sing like Chenoweth, but we can all find something where we can strive to be more courageous, to go out there and do something, to try.
ps. My daughters spent the two months we were in Boston creating their own little programs. They have a YouTube channel where they are trying out their imaginations, and creativity. They’d love it if you subscribed. You can also follow them on twitter too. Thank you.