the Diary of Anne Frank

…was a smashing success. In fact, a Dutch man from Amsterdam came up to Lesa after one of the performances and exclaimed that this was the best production and the most authentic costumes and set he had ever seen. Next production… Lesa’s directing a middle school play: “Chateau La Roach”, which he had seen done in Virginia and loved. And rehearsals for the HS musical, “Seussical” have already started as well. Full photos of the Diary of Anne...

Brown Family Update – Oct 2009

Dear Friends, We have been grateful and blessed by your prayers and emails and chats and thoughts over the past 10 weeks since we’ve returned to Africa. We have been trying to find time to get an email update written, and are very sorry it’s taken so long! Please know that you have been on our hearts and minds as well, as our goodbyes this summer are still fresh in our memory. Over the past 10 weeks we have: flown across 8 timezones and eventually conquered jetlag Lost 2 friends in the AIM AIR accident (http://brownfamily.ws/2009/08/17/the-update-i-didnt-want-to-write/) Did what we could to support those 2 families who lost their husbands and dads Moved into a new house (our 5th house in Nairobi!) Lost all the weight we’d gained over the summer in the US Struggled with electricity and water rationing, often both at once! Started having health issues and had a colonoscopy (Andy), the 2nd in 3 months! Started over at a new school Saw our little girl become a schoolgirl (Sydney- kindergarten) Saw Lesa’s return to full-time teaching Celebrated a birthday (Robbie- 11) Started regularly leading worship on Sunday mornings (after a 2 year hiatus) Spent 5 days in the Northern Frontier District filming (Andy) (http://brownfamily.ws/2009/10/16/worship-from-the-desert-place/) Driven over 600 miles through Nairobi traffic on a motorcycle (Andy) Are 8 weeks into the 11 weeks of rehearsal for The Diary of Anne Frank (Lesa) Praised God over and over that He has placed us here, doing exactly what we were made to do Over the next 10 weeks we will: Celebrate two more birthdays (Lesa, Oct 30 and Sydney, Nov...

The King and I

Friday night was the opening night for “The King and I.”   It was an amazing success!  Honestly, after dress rehearsal on Thursday, I wasn’t sure how it would end up.  Lots of things were rough.  Friday came, though, and it all came together in every way. Literally, there were no major issues in either performance!  I think we were all a bit shocked!   All of the students completely blew me away with their energy, scene changes (yikes!), great attitudes, teamwork, etc.  Their acting and singing was at its best all weekend and I stood at the back just shaking with delight and excitement!  Above is a photo of our 80 member cast, crew, and orchestra. We have two more performances this Friday and Saturday – then strike and cast party on Saturday evening.  We’ll be posting more pictures as the week progresses – so check back again a few more times.  We’ll actually finish taking pictures on Saturday.  I can’t wait for you to see some good photos of all the costumes and sets – oh, and the “Siamese” makeup and hair! 🙂  You can see this photo of Brian and Beth, as the King and Anna, dancing in “Shall We Dance?”.  Also below is a photo of the ballet (“Small House of Uncle Thomas”).  We have an AMAZING choreographer, Betsy Kreamer, who choreographed the ballet.  The students, only one of whom (Sonia, as “Eliza”) has any dance training, all did a fabulous job.  They were so proud of themselves, as the should be – the 10 minute (ish) dance was a sight to behold! All this is...
Page 4 of 512345