Finish this sequence:
(The answer is "Recital.")
The recital began at 4pm at Mt. Si High School. Although the clases had been in a random room at the Si View Community Center (yes, everything out here is named after the mountain), which was, to say the least, a little shanty, the final performance was in a real theatre on a real stage with a real curtain and fake lights. (No, the lights were real. How would you even do fake lights?)
Clara and I arrived at 3:15 as required. We got into costume (er... she got into costume) and then promptly got undressed so we could go to the potty. Back in costume I sat her in her section with the rest of the "pink girls" and reserved fully half the theatre for Clara's fans.
Clara's group was first up. Her class was "Ballet 1" so they were as young as they come. At four and five they pretty small on the big stage. Luckily, there were a billion of them, all with stage makeup on so the effect was a billowing cloud of pink with a couple of smiles and eyes poking out.
The dance was not quite flawless, but pretty good. It was even better than the dress rehearsal on Thursday night. The girls pointed, leaped, spun, and twirled just like real ballerinas. There were a couple of near disasters (Clara almost took a dive at one point, but recovered gracefully), but they still got resounding applause when they had finished.
The girls streamed back into the dark theatre and Clara promptly headed down the wrong aisle so I chased after her. More than dancing, I think she loved getting to watch the other performances.
After one last appearance on stage for the final curtain call we retired to the cafeteria for cookies and juice and flowers. Of course there were flowers and Clara declared they were the "best present ever" in proper Simpsonian.
It was hard to imagine the little princess with slicked back hair and makeup was the same who had gone hiking that morning. I guess princesses really do wear hiking boots.