Monday, February 19, 2007

In Which We Take on Things Bigger Than Ourselves

Six weeks.
Six long weeks.

We wrote our fast food
anti-McDonalds play
and rehearsed it
into oblivion.

We learned lines
and practiced
keeping our faces
to the audience
(I was known to cackle
I'm looking at your back!
your back! your back! your back!)

We made backdrops
out of crayon and paper
and stuck it to the wall,
empty cups and Big Mac wrappers
served as props

After three days of ice and snow
they took the stage
giggly and nervous
hoping their lines would be funny
crossing their fingers
they wouldn't say the wrong thing
when the boys were in the audience

loaded with helpful tips
I gleaned from drama class
in high school sophomore year

sometimes we find ourselves in places
where a hundred other people
could do a better job
so we lean on what we know
say the lines, make a set with crates
and hope it's enough


















Our cast photo

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7 Comments:

Blogger Kathleen said...

omg. that photo...

you should be so proud of them; of you.

you all rawked the house!

10:49 PM  
Blogger Deezee said...

so very cool. look at the pride on those faces...

11:30 PM  
Blogger Hel said...

"so we lean on what we know
say the lines, make a set with crates
and hope it's enough"

More than just enough it is magic. Reading those lines for a moment I got a sense of your space.

And I love the photograph

6:46 AM  
Blogger January said...

So awesome! Congrats on a successful performance.

6:22 PM  
Anonymous jorge said...

This is what I loved:

"I was known to cackle
I'm looking at your back!
your back! your back! your back!"

This is exactly what I would have said if I had been where you were.

And look how good it turned out...aren't WE great???

7:29 PM  
Blogger Snowsparkle said...

"sometimes we find ourselves in places where a hundred other people could do a better job"

ecm... a person who could write that is the absolutely best person to be doing the job! i love this piece and i love this photo!!! i can't tell you how it's lifted my spirits. these young girls are so lucky to have you as their teacher!

11:11 PM  
Blogger chiefbiscuit said...

O wow - look at that photo it is so sweet and so full of pride! One to treasure.
Great poem too.

8:16 PM  

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