Monday, March 16, 2009

All the World's A Stage: Rockin' and Rollin' King Lear

John came home from middle school play try outs and didn't say much.  I didn't want to press the issue, in case he didn't get the part he wanted.  It wasn't until hours later, when we were driving in the car (a lot happens when we are driving in the car) that he let it slip that he had actually gotten the LEAD role.

When I first saw his script, I silently freaked out in my room.  King Lear in King Lear?  His highlighted version was almost completely covered in yellow on every page!  How in heaven's name was he ever going to remember all of those lines???

I bit my nails through late nights, as we ran the lines together.  I clenched my jaw through the rehearsals and dress rehearsals where almost none of the kids knew any of their lines.  I know that it's always a disaster and somehow comes together, but I hate to say I truly had my doubts.

True to form, our school's version of King Lear was fantastic.  We are blessed with a supremely talented drama teacher and talented kids.  John rocked his part, learned his lines, and made his family extremely proud.  

I don't know why I'm amazed--but kids are all pretty amazing from time to time, aren't they?   


Anonymous said...

That is absolutely fantastic and so exciting for him! I loved when my kids did things like this and I went to every single performance! :)

Tberri said...

Way to go John.... make your momma proud! Congrats!! I know you are soooo proud!

~Jamie said...

King Lear, WOW! Congrats. My daughter starts rehearsal for Fiddler on the Roof tonight. No lead for us just kids ensemble. I sure we will make a outstanding king!

Staci said...


Isn't it amazing what can be learned in the car since they are unable to escape :) I quickly learned, when I was a nanny for four pre teen girls, that the best place to chat them up was in the car !

Anonymous said...

Cars were invented to enable dialogue with adolescent boys.

StacieinAtlanta said...

Wow! That is so exciting!!

I am stopping by from MBC to show you some comment love. :)

I am Harriet said...

Hi there.
That's great!
Just stopping by via MBC to say hello.
Have a great day!