Update at 10:15 AM: I am available all day, starting 11:00 AM for you - call me @ home anytime when you are ready with your activity.
Our next rehearsal one is on Saturday at 8:00 PM EST. I call this a 'Dress Rehearsal' - because we'll be rehearsing with the actual dress we'll be wearing on Sunday. If anyone cannot attend, you need to inform me ahead of time by dropping an email.
Alan, Liju, and Shawn - wear a white full sleeve shirt and a tie for the cometition. If you need help with the tie, pls let me know. You can wear any color pants. Make sure you wear the matching color socks to go with it. The judges will be viewing your appearance. I want all of you to pack your white shirt separately. Bring this along with you Sunday morning to church - pack it along with your tie the previous night.
Judy, Kripa, Preethi and Serin - wear a churidar which is most colorful and fashionable. Remember to wear a shawl along with that. I do not want to see anyone showing up wearing a saree* - your attention could be focused on it and we cannot take any chances on Sunday. About jewelry, wear the best chain/maala you have. Focus on matching bangles to go with your churidar color. Do not pick those huge ear-rings for Sunday; instead pick something of reasonable size. With rings, just limit to one on each hand. Remember to comb your hair before stepping into the sanctuary. Consult with your mom, if you have questions/doubts.
I've asked Jaysee to share the list of programs so that we know in advance who is called in which order. As soon as I receive this, I'll share it with you all.
There is food served in the fellowship hall this Sunday - eat lightly. Boys, you are packing your white shirt in a separate plastic cover, so that no food is spilled on it by accident. Girls - you have to be careful not to spill anything on your clothes. In case of any spill, let me know at the earliest. When the bell rings, we'll assemble in our class, go over any last minute changes so that everyone is aware and well informed. Boys can use the restroom next to 10th grade class to get dressed, comb your hair and put on your tie. Then we go to the sanctuary together.
Here are some pointers for your event:
Judy, Serin and Jebin - let Jebin stand in the middle. All of you have memorized the song - good. All three of you should the microphone in your right hand. Jebin needs to wear a white full sleeve shirt as well. Since Judy and Serin will be on both sides wearing churidar, it'll be fine. If you have long hair, it'll be a good idea to put it to your front, while singing.
Preethi - you've memorized the song. Hold the microphone as close as you can, while you sing. Now that you've lost your long hair, there's nothing much we can do about it. Let your facial expressions go with the music flow. Closing your eyes occasionally for about 20 - 30 seconds will give the impression that you are enjoying your own song as well.
We'll be using the podium. When your name is called, walk towards the podium (without any papers) and start talking in a slow pace. The first 30 seconds are important to catch the attention of the audience.
Let's meet at 8:00 PM EST using the same conf call id:
Conf Call Number: 209 647 1000
Participant Access Code: 1027182#
My Skype Id: sapjacob
*There will be numerous occasions for you to wear pretty & colorful sarees according to your very own taste, color and choice, without anyone's suggestion or help!