I had something brilliant to tell you, but I forgot what it was. And it was good. Maybe you could just imagine that I wrote something fantastic, instead of this meaningless dribble, and comment on that. That’d be fun. What do you think I was going to write about today?
I will share with you my shock and amazement at this wee little fact: I can NOT get four kids interested in doing an after-school play. Nope, not even four. Last year, I did “You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown.” There were about 30 kids who showed up to the auditions. By the time the performance rolled around, I think I still had ten. This was after a staged mutiny, crying, eloquently worded letters and lots and lots of threats by me and the children. It turned out to be a good show. But a bit ambitious thought I, looking back. So I decided to go with a smaller, less musical show, that only required the dedication of four individuals. I held auditions last year. Three kids came. I tried again this year. Five kids came. I cast them all. Two dropped out after the read-thru. Now, I have one boy and two girls left and I only need one more boy… An invitation was presented to the whole of the middle school- come to rehearsals today if you’re interested and I would cast that last boy part. I’m keeping my fingers crossed, but I don’t think anyone will be coming.
I know I shouldn’t take it personally. The kids here are strangely over-extended, and most of that seems to happen outside of school. It’s hard to get them involved in anything at school. Also, middle school is a precarious time and it’s been hard for some of the “Charlie Brown” kids because they’re still being called by their character names. Charlie Brown, in particular, finds this very upsetting. I feel for him, I do. But I just don’t understand how there are not four kids out of 375 who want to be on the stage! I would be in the show myself if it was a girl part open.
You think I’m kidding…