Tonight we had our Ten Virgins performance, and it went off so amazingly well. There were at least 100 people in attendance. Dinner was first, with an authentic theme (chicken pitas, Israeli Salad, pita chips with charoset (cinnamon-apple dip), and lekach (honey-cake) for dessert. Thankfully there was plenty of food for everyone, which I always worry about with event-planning (the ward Christmas social fiasco of 2005 will always live in infamy as the night people went home hungry). The performance itself was so beautiful. Everyone who came was so touched with the music and the message. Each woman really shone, and I think some of them surprised themselves with what they were capable of. I have some photos, but I can't find the cable to import them from my camera (having toddlers who misplace your things sometimes makes you feel like you're losing your mind!). I'll upload them as soon as I find it. We also video-recorded the performance, so maybe I'll be able to post a video clip too.
I am so pleased and relieved that tonight turned out so wonderfully. All the hard work was totally worth it. I did tell the Bishop, however, that the next time he puts me in charge of a performance like this, he'll have to release me as RS president first! I told him he can give me the calling of "cultural arts specialist" and I'll be happy to do this full time! Thanks to everyone who participated; to the ten virgins: Susan, Monica, Rachel, Amy, Dani, Janalyn, Stephanie, Joanna, Martha, and Cecilie; to Marshall for the sound, Larry for the lighting, and Bethany for the microphones; to Amy for being my partner-in-crime for set-building (woman-power!); and to Kenzie for jumping in as Activities Committee Chair with amazing finesse. Here's to a complete success!