Summer is officially here because our DVD of Dance! Vashon’s “Cinderella” arrived yesterday—perfectly timed to fill the few days of school’s-out-tv-bender extravaganza for our girls. In my last post, I gave a sneak peek of the drops for Cinderella. In addition to painting drops for the shows, we also have a great crew of volunteers that paint the stage flats in the theater. This year, we created the Prince’s ballroom on the flats, which included stairs and a balcony, built by terrific set designer and construction lead volunteer Jim Westcott. Painting in the theater is a huge job, and we have to make it happen in a short time span–usually about 15 hours. Theater painting time is a whirlwind, and can get a little stressful, but when those incredibly hard working kids are on stage and shine so brightly in the environment that we’ve built for them, (with amazing costumes and make-up—another fabulous army of volunteers) it’s absolutely worth it. Thanks Dance! Vashon for allowing me to volunteer in such a great production every year!