(It’s Holly again) This was without a doubt the best night of my life!!!!! Let me tell you all about it. 😀
Grace had helped us set up this big backdrop with red curtains and spotlights earlier today. I think I was hyperventilating the entire time from excitement! 😛
About 6 o’clock, the crowd starting gathering. There were stuffed animals, Barbies, My Little Ponies, Polly Pockets, and all kinds of action figures. I peeked out from behind a curtain and gasped. There were so many of them! It looked like toys that belonged to Grace’s brothers had come, too. I gulped.
When the clock struck 6:30, Frankie, who was the M.C., stepped out. The applause was huge, but she calmly raised her hands to signal no more clapping.
“First off, we want to thank all of you for coming here tonight! we also want to thank everyone who made this show possible. After months of preparation, the entire Doll Dimensions gang is incredibly proud to present our first annual Christmas Spectacular!” She dragged out the last few words, and as she did so, the red velvet curtains drew back to reveal adorable little Diana, sitting on a small present, with candy canes surrounding her. She looked beautiful in her little red fur-trimmed dress.
Her accompaniment began to play, and she stood up and began to sing “It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas.” Her voice was even more beautiful than it had been when I first heard her.
She held the last note for several seconds, and when she opened her eyes, she nearly jumped out of her skin, for the applause was absolutely deafening. She blushed, and gave a small curtsey.
She skipped backstage, where we wrapped her up in a giant bear hug.
“You did better than partridge in a pear tree, sugar pie!” Operetta exclaimed.
“We’re so proud of you!” I proclaimed.
There was soft instrumental music playing whilst Raven and Dexter prepared for their number. Before you read this, you may wish to watch the official Michael Buble and Idina Menzel video for “Baby It’s Cold Outside”, because that’s what they were imitating. 🙂
As the music started, Raven danced out on one side of the stage, and Dexter the other. Raven’s dress was gorgeous! Clawdeen did an amazing job. They danced on, in perfect time with the song…I don’t think Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers could have done better! 😀
On the last musical phrase, Dexter gave Raven a final twirl, and dipped her dramatically.
I didn’t think the applause could be any louder. Raven gave a curtsey and Dexter bowed. Like Diana, they almost skipped backstage, and grinned at each other in satisfaction.
“I’m not sure if we can top that,” Rapunzel winked, as she took her place on the very edge of the stage, still behind the curtain.
“Don’t worry,” Raven winked back. “You will.”
I took a deep breath. My act was getting closer. But next was Rapunzel, Anna, Elsa, and Merida. They swept onto the stage in their red and green gowns like true princesses (and queens 😉 ).
Their acapella “Carol of the Bells” sounded like the song of a thousand angels. With no musical accompaniment, their voices rang out true and clear, and as the last note lingered, they curtsied gracefully and swept off the stage just as they had entered. I had to cover my ears for all of the clapping!
We were next. I gulped. They drew the curtains closed long enough for us to set up two microphones.
When the curtain opened again, Blondie, Operetta, and I were standing around one microphone, and Alistair was at the other. (You should probably watch this video first, to understand what we were going for 🙂 )The girls and I were wearing these gorgeous red velvet dresses that Grace and Clawdeen had made, and our jewelry gleamed.
Alistair spoke just as we had rehearsed, just like Michael Buble did on the video linked above.
“This next Christmas song is what they call a traditional, so let’s sing it the traditional way, with one man, two microphones, and three beautiful ladies; each singing equally beautiful harmonies: the Plasticci Sisters!” He motioned to us with his arm, and we did a little bow.
“Merry Christmas, ladies,” he spoke in his microphone
“Merry Christmas, Mr. Wonderland,” we responded.
“Are you ready to sing a little Jingle Bells?”
“Yes,” we harmonized and drew out the word. He began singing the first verse. When it was our turn to sing the next one, I swallowed and began. I don’t think we made any mistakes! 😀
As we reached the very last phrase, Alistair hung onto the note for “sleigh”, while we sang again “jingle bells, jingle bells, jingle all the way!” We dramatically threw out our arms, and the crash of applause made me so proud I thought I would burst.
But there wasn’t time to revel in the moment too much. The curtains drew closed while we hurriedly changed into our Rockette outfits and dimmed the lights.
This was it. The music started. We were in our huge line. I knew that we were all thinking the same thing: WOW. I couldn’t think of anything better than dancing my heart out with my best friends in the entire world.
And we did dance our hearts out. As the last part of the music approached, we began the most difficult part: the kick-line….
…And we did it!!!!!! For about the millionth time tonight, I thought my eardrums were going to burst from all of the applause.
I wanted that moment to last forever: me and my friends dancing, celebrating, and uniting as one to raise the roof with our Christmas spirit!
After the show, we walked around the audience, thanking them and wishing them a merry Christmas.
As the last doll left and we put away the curtains and backdrop, my friends and I were alone again. But we weren’t done yet.
Rochelle and Briar brought out stacks of blankets, and after checking that Grace’s family wasn’t watching, we slipped out into the family room, where we crawled amongst the presents until we were right under the tree. I looked out the window, and saw a bright full moon. Ghoulia told us that the last time there was a full moon on Christmas Eve was in 1977…wow! It shone brightly on the trees and the grass. I turned back to my friends, and saw Ginger walking in with a tray of cookies, and Raven carrying mugs of spiced tea and cocoa. As I write this, I’m eating gingerbread. 🙂
And this, dear readers, was the best night of my life.
❤ Holly O’Hair ❤