At long last, here’s a billion or so pictures of the Wilder Pageant from last weekend. I think the average attendance was around 1,100 people and I don’t think there were any nights with less than a thousand people in the audience!
All of us back stage before the show, with Daryl’s mom
Victoria with two friends from the cast before the show
A crowd starting to form!
Grandma and Grandpa with the boys (Jack made friends with the lady in the orange shirt and talked her ear off!)
Two fisted snacking! This is Alex’s favorite part of the pageant — lots of cheap goodies from the concession stand! The lollipop was his. The push-up pop he stole from Grandma!
The opening scene, as “Old Laura” starts to tell us her tale, we meet the townspeople and the Ingalls Family arrives on the banks of Plum Creek
The Ingalls meet their neighbors (my “sweet” Anna Nelson is in the foreground to the right and has Laura’s beloved doll Charlotte)
Anna plays with Charlotte while the neighbors talk
When Laura takes Charlotte back, Anna wails loudly and Ma makes Laura give her beloved doll to her. When the grownups aren’t looking, she gleefully jumps up and down on Charlotte! That’s my girl! 😉
The Nelson kids at the Kennedy house (Anna is in the middle) as they prepare for Reverend Alden’s arrival
We meet the Reverend (Daryl) as he makes a joke and leads a prayer
In one of the more impressive scenes, the town builds a church! It’s constructed as we watch, with some narration and music in the background during this very quick process.
More walls go up, as Mrs. Oleson strolls by
(gratuitous horse and wagon scene!)
Finally done, with the cross on top!
Later, the church is turned around and used as the schoolhouse
Reverend Alden drops by the school and Willie forgets his bible verses (Victoria is in the purple/burgandy in the front row.. I miss getting pictures of her big scenes while toddler wrangling)
The exciting fire scene (there is a gas pipe along the ground on the set and there is a line of real flames that Ma, the girls and Mr. Nelson beat at to save the house and land!)
The kids dancing at the social
Curtain call, where we find out what happened to the characters afterwards (including the accident that claimed Willie’s eyesight!)
The audience meets the cast and mulls around the set afterwards
Alex finds Daddy
Jack explores “Plum Creek” with some other small audience members (the real Plum Creek is much larger but nearby)
Grandma presenting flowers to Annalee
Grandpa presenting flowers to Victoria
Victoria signing an autograph
Annalee with one of her best pageant friends
Victoria with one of her best pageant friends (who played Laura)
Boys being boys 🙂
We’ve all survived another pageant year!
Celebrating at home, our tradition of running through the streets on the final night with the girls still in costume
Looking up at the sky at the end of the night, looking for more shooting stars (we spotted two!) with my own shining stars 🙂