It’s Holly again! 🙂
We were all having such fun scurrying around, wrapping presents and preparing for our Christmas Show that it was completely unexpected when Grace walked into the studio.
At that moment, Rapunzel, Merida, Elsa, and Anna were practicing their acapella “Carol of the Bells” for the show. They sounded fantastic–and I guess that’s why they’re Disney Princesses. 😉 Grace walked in and they paused.
“Hey, everyone!” she grinned. “That sounded great, by the way.” She trailed off, and looked deep in thought.
“Is everything okay?” I prodded.
“Well, I found someone that needs your help.”
“Go on,” I nodded.
“I found this adorable Kelly doll at Goodwill the other day,” she said. “I let her stay with the other Kellies in my room, and she’s been adjusting great. But one of the other girls told me that she heard Diana singing…and she’s fantastic!”
Hmmmmmmm, I thought. Two completely unexpected singing surprises in one week?
“Anyway, I was wondering if you all would possibly include her in your show?” Grace asked slowly.
We looked around at each other, smiled encouragingly, and nodded.
“Sure!” Operetta spoke for all of us. “As long as you’ll let us practice with her beforehand!” Grace nodded.
“If you want, I can bring her later today and you can hear her,” Grace offered.
Later that day, Grace brought her in. We smiled supportively and introduced ourselves. Diana was adorable, with large dark eyes and silky black ponytails. She looked nervous, but happy.
“Hi, Diana! I’m Operetta.” Operetta introduced herself. We had decided a few days ago that Operetta should be in charge of all singing-related performances.
Note: I know that in the Monster High cartoon, they say that Operetta can’t perform in person, due to her sort-of magical voice (I’m sure she’d correct me if she heard me call it “magic” 😉 ), but it’s not the same way with Operetta the doll. She is really good at singing, though! 🙂
(Sorry! Back to the story!)
“Hi,” Diana said shyly.
“We heard you’re really great at singing!” I said gently, sitting down so that I was on eye level with her. “I’m Holly, by the way.”
“I’m not that good,” Diana blushed.
“Would you like to sing for us?” Operetta asked, sitting down, too. Luckily, not many of us were around, so I hoped it wouldn’t be too difficult for her. Diana nodded. Ghoulia smiled and clicked on an accompaniment for “It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas”.
“Is this song okay?” Operetta inquired. Diana nodded again. She closed her eyes, took a deep breath, and opened her mouth. For the second time this week, I was astonished by the sounds I heard. I could hardly believe that this little girl was producing this gorgeous voice! It sounded somewhat opera-esque, but strong like Idina Menzel in Frozen, yet still little and young.
She gave a little jump as there was a crash of applause from everyone in the studio when she finished. Many of us had tried to engage ourselves in various tasks around the room and look busy, so that Diana wouldn’t be nervous, but we were never expecting this! Her little cheeks turned red, but she looked happy.
“That was AMAZING!” Operetta exclaimed in her thick southern drawl. She sounded like I did when I heard Alistair a few days ago. 😉 “Sugar pie, would you be willing to sing that in our show on Christmas Eve?” We all held our breaths as she contemplated.
“Okay!” Diana agreed happily. “Can I wear a pretty dress?”
“I think we can arrange that,” I winked. “Hey, Clawdeen!” I called over our fashionista friend, who grinned, walked over to a wardrobe, and pulled out a satiny red dress with fur trim.
“Will this do, honey?” she asked. Diana gave a little squeak.
“It’s……BEAUTIFUL!” she said in awe. “And I can wear it?”
“Mmmhmmm,” Clawdeen smiled. “And I think we can find you some fabulous shoes, too!” Our new little friend was too happy to speak.
I’m getting more and more excited for our show!
Holly O’Hair ❤