...rewind a few months...
There were 12 children, only 2 of which were boys. Most were even strangers to each other. Only a few had any experience performing on stage before, and none knew that on the final night, there was going to be a packed house. They were just a group of kids that wanted to be in our production of Beauty And The Beast.
They auditioned and told us the parts they wanted. They sang and danced. They got to know each other. Within a few weeks, they were best friends. They looked after each other like siblings. And with two of the leading roles cast by children on the autism spectrum, they learned love, patience, and compassion. This was a special bunch, and their story was only beginning.
The final dress rehearsal was the day before the show. Everybody was a bit nervous. They were forgetting their lines, coming and going on stage at the wrong times, and forgetting the choreography. So we called them all together. We told them that they were one unit now. We told them that collectively, they all knew everybody's lines and should help each other. We told them that mistakes would happen, but it was no big deal, and to keep going. We told them how proud we were of them. The rest of rehearsal was better, but they were still nervous for what was to come the next day.
The rest of the play was amazing and I saw many parents and grandparents with tears in their eyes. We were so proud of all of them. The pictures tell a much better story than I can, so I end it here. Enjoy!