Linda and Zoë, you can count me in although I'd better double check that I'm actually free that day!
Hmmm... I'm wondering if this would perhaps be one of those rare indoor events suitable for my daughter Amanda to attend with me? She's generally well behaved but occasionally gets a little "noisy" for short spells when she's excited (breath control problems). I always worry about the possibility of distracting the performers at indoor concerts - not to mention nearby members of the audience...
If you are worried about Amanda coming to the theatre I have another idea.
Ben and I have been asked by Cathedral Hotel Group to organise a classical concert in the ground of their hotel in North Leigh near Witney called Eynsham Hall. It is 2 minutes from my house and was once a magnificent stately home. We are hoping to stage the concert in the Summer starting in the afternoon going onto the early evening. This will be a family, picnic affair and maybe fireworks at the end, but we haven't started to plan it yet.
Of course Zoë will be singing and the profits will be going to The Oxford Children's Hospital.
The only problem with these events is the weather!!!!
Anyway to answer your concern, Amanda wouldn't put Zoë off, nothing does, as for the other performers I couldn't say, but a true performer carries on regardless!!
By the way one of the charities we are raising money for is Interact. This is a theatre group run and funded by Stagecoach for all children and young adults with learning disabilities or special needs. We are thrilled that they have agreed to perform for us on that day and hopefully both performances. I must say they are excellent!!!
Thanks you Linda, the proposed outdoor event is exactly the sort of concert I can take Amanda to as it's usually easy to slip away to the back if there are any 'problems'. I look forward to hearing more about that one, when you've organised it!
Indoors, if I can get seats adacent to a gangway, that's usually OK too so I will probably take her to the New Theatre Oxford - especially if I can persuade her older sister (who may read this before I get round to asking her! ) to come along and sit on the other side! i21.photobucket.com/albums/b294/hdjoespics/EEjdKsU.gif
If there is anything I can do to help just let me know, I can always speak with the theater if there are any problems.
I think maybe at this stage you will be able to sit wherever you like as the media haven't yet started promoting the show.
I will let you know when we except to hold the outside concert asap
love Linda x
By the way these are the 5 charities all the money will go to:-
Helen & Douglas House Hospice This is a wonderful charity which cares for children and young people with life-shortening conditions as well as supporting their families.
See Saw Provides grief support for bereaved children on a one-to-one basis.
The Downs Syndrome Association Oxford Branch Give support to parents at each stage of their child's development.
The New Oxford Children's Hospital This is a new world class Hospital, especially built for children, where children throughout the country will receive the very best care in a child friendly environment.
Interact A theater group run and funded by Stagecoach especially for young people with special educational, physical or financial needs
Well we started planning the show today, get ready to be entertained, it's going to be FANTASTIC!!
There is so much involved into making sure the show flows, I have been fascinated listening to the experts plan the acts to roll into each other.... Amazing!
I am very lucky as I have a very good friend who is a professional show director (who owns his own theatre company) and he is working for free, together with his friend who is a professional stage manager!! The sponsorship money is rolling in and tickets are selling quite nicely and we haven't even started the advertising yet!
Zoë is going to be dancing and singing with the Stagecoach kids as well as singing solo and doing a couple of duets.
The show is going to be hosted by the children themselves as we have identified some budding presenters who are extremely keen to test out their skills!
The children are sooo excited, but also totally dedicated, it gives me a wonderful warm feeling when I see the enjoyment on their faces when practicing.
Well must go now have much to do, but will keep you in touch with all the news