Last post I was telling about our upcoming Charity Concert for Feed-A-Smile. Well the day arrived yesterday and I was a bag of nerves. I was suddenly struck by this feeling that I had maybe bitten off more than I could chew and it could all go disastrously wrong in ways that only SL can supply! You all know I am a control freak and a perfectionist - yes I didn't think I would hear anyone disagree. Doing stuff like this takes me well outside my comfort zone, which is a good thing in the end :D
So guests started arriving early and our MC Pepper Curie played a few tunes and along with Fantasia True, welcomed people and got them seated while we rushed around backstage. Pepper then delivered a lovely introduction with information about the charity.
Suddenly it was curtain up. We kicked into "Copacabana" and there was no turning back. The stage was a mass of yellow feathers. Thank you so much to my colleagues from Sinner's Burlesque: Sanne Blister, Skye Nightshade, Jules Delicioso and Juls Fey for dancing and particular thanks to Jules for such fabulous choreography, which she had to do on the fly because of the stream delay. Not an easy job!
We had a fantastic audience who had the donations flowing in and TPing in other people.
We then had to do a set change over so I came out front of curtain to sing a song. I chose "Fragile" by Sting because I wanted to remind people how fragile the lives of these children are, and especially that of little Gideon who lost his life earlier this year and who inspired me to build this show and make a statement about how lucky we are here to be able to follow our dreams. I got a bit tearful but thank fully a backstage emergency involving getting angels on clouds distracted me...
Our second half was heaven bound and the angels danced around on gently bobbing clouds. before we knew it it was time for the last song and nearly all over. The gods of SL had smiled on us! When I looked at the board at the end and saw the amount donated I lost it :P I was grinning all over my face and crying at the same time. Final total at the end of the night 16K!
I do hope we get to do events like this more often. It was a huge team effort and everyone pulled together so well. I hope our audience enjoyed themselves as much as we did! Although everyone left pretty quickly so they missed the hilarity afterwards of jazz angels stuck in silly poses chasing each other around the floor..and you can imagine some of the comments with Sterling and Sparda there :D
Thank you to Sparda Stormcrow and Caitlin Cornsilk-Knott for the photos!
**Addendum - I will be putting the dancer costumes on sale at Auradacious and all proceeds will be going to Feed-A-Smile!