This past weekend was show weekend for Vinny and he did amazing!
He was the lead Troy Bolton, in High School Musical. This was a huge jump after being Munchkin #2 in The Wiz a few months ago. But he worked hard, singing High School Musical songs non stop around the house (I still can't get them out of my head!)
May I present Vinny Contini as Troy Bolton!
The entire show was fantastic!! I admit I was so nervous the first half of his first show that it was hard to enjoy. I was actually sick to my stomach for him. He had so many people rooting for him in the audience--what if he sucked?? I knew he could sing at home, but that is very different than singing on stage, while dancing, in front of 150 people. But he killed it!
|From the right- Ally who played Kelsi, Kristina who played Jacki Scott, Vinny, and Aiden who was Troy in the other cast|
Above is Vinny with the 3 other kids in our carpool-- a total blast driving these kids to theater. One night Pete drove for me--shortly after I received a text from him- "Omg. They all 4 talk non stop and sing with every song on the radio- it's like having a carload of Vinny's!" I cracked up-- Yep, Vinny is a theater kid!
Vinny with Bella, his Gabriella. She was a total doll and had an amazing voice! These two really hit it off and clearly were having a blast together up on the stage.
|Aunt Fran and Nani|
|Cousin Analisa (and her boyfriend Christian!)|
His kindergarten teacher- the fabulous Gretchen Jung. Vinny's first taste of theater was the Mother Day Mice play in her kindergarten class!
|Vinny, age 6 years old, in Mothers Day Mice|
|Vinny with 3 of the boys from his baseball team-Franky, Wills, and Evan (and of course Christopher)|
|The Healy and Case families|
|Grandma Liz and Aunt Gina came from Southern California|
|Many other cousins (and aunts!)|
And the list goes on- The Landines, our nanny Mona and her grandkids and Aunt Lisa. Vinny was so excited to see all the support.
I made the gift bags above for our carpool kids-- a bag of brownies with the HSM school logo on it.
For my own star I did something different- an idea I borrowed from my lovely friend Suzie. I bought a fake bouquet of flowers from the Dollar Store, glued mini pieces of candy in the roses, then wrapped it in red and white ribbon. Vinny loves Starburst and Hersheys so I went with that.
A clip of his singing:
Vinny, you are a star!!