I was going to give the Raglan Shire Talent Show a miss this year, because of some social anxiety issues I am going through. But then this gorgeous bunny Maggi in red and yellow feathers offered to keep me company on backstage, so I would not need to be getting overwhelmed in the middle of the crowd. She did this for me, even though she was waiting to get on stage, and must have been nervous, a true friend! I ended up joking I was the moral support human of everyone backstage. (I am wearing yellow in pictures). I am just sharing this personal detail with you, because it illustrates so well, why tinies, and the wider community around them, are so important to a lot of us. The attitude of support, celebrating everyone’s personal talents and the special ability to have fun together is heart warming and inspiring.
Our host was the funny and talented DJ Manfred, who really knows how to keep his audience in a good mood. He also picks songs nicely to fit each theme. Jennylynn Capalini was the organizer this year, helping performers backstage and operating the curtain. In addition to all that, she gave us a beautiful dance with a light show, and set up system for a pawsome finale with audience members joining in on the traditional riverdance the community so cherishes. SO much work goes into these events, and many help from behind the scenes. I have to say I love how the event gives room for so many different ways of expression. Singers, musicians, dancers, comedians and long running gags fit well on stage with moments of personal reflection, poetry, and moving expressions of vulnerability.