Here's something to warm your heart on this Sunday afternoon, via the Guelph Mercury from Ontario, Canada:
As far as marriage proposals go, it will be hard to top.
After a day that involved two performances of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, the show's star, Patrick Stiles, still had perhaps the gutsiest and nerviest performance of his life to get through.
As audience members poured through and into the River Run Centre's Canada Company Hall, there was a sense that something big - even bigger than the dazzling show - was about to happen. An unusually large number of people, as many as 150, lingered among the Festival of Trees displays. There was a lot of whispering going on.
Suddenly, a high-energy dance number came on the sound system and cast members from the show began to skip and stomp into the centre of the hall, bursting into a choreographed dance. They were joined by Stiles. Other dancers shook their stuff in the two balconies above, as Stiles made his way up the stairs to a landing overlooking the crowd.
The dance tune faded out and Elton John's Your Song began to play. Stiles sang along, pointing down to his boyfriend of two years, Mike Kennedy, gesturing for him to come up to the landing. At that point, the tears and cheers began to flow. It seemed everyone in the theatre but Kennedy knew what was about to happen.
Kennedy ascended the staircase, and when Stiles went down on one knee, his significant other realized what it all meant. He wept and laughed, overjoyed and overwhelmed as he accepted the proposal of marriage. The place erupted.
"I had no idea," Kennedy said, moments after the proposal. "I was so surprised. I am so happy."
Video of Stiles's sweet proposal is after the jump.