Before Noah passed away Jalen found out that he got the lead role in his drama school's production of 'James and the Giant Peach'. When I had a feeling that Noah wasn't very well (even before he got sick and was taken to ICU) I actually talked to Jay about what would happen if Noah got sick or passed away before the show was on, just in case. Jay told me even before he passed away that he would still want to do the show.
When Noah passed away I wondered if he would still feel the same way and we talked about it the next day. I said he probably needed to make a decision pretty soon about whether he wanted to still play the role of 'James', as he had a lot of lines to learn. He said straight away that he still wanted to do it and thought that Noah would want him to do it, and it would give him something to look forward to.
He's done an amazing job of learning all of his lines with lots of help from Alison, who has taken him for after school sessions (and a McFlurry at Maccas sure makes it more fun!:) .
This week he is performing in four shows over two days - two matinees to school groups and two night time performances for family, friends and the public. Tonight was their first dress rehearsal at the theatre they will be doing it at. They spent four hours practising tonight, and will do another four hours tomorrow, before performing on Wednesday and Thursday.