I couldn’t believe how much fun I was having at the performing arts camp! Music was the best! Ms. Eskildsen was so cool, just like I thought she’d be.
As we all settled into our seats, she announced, “So, we’re going to start with violins then guitar and finally, you’ll choose between electric guitar and drums. We’re going to jam at a rock concert at the end of camp and all of you will participate.”
A rock concert! Wow. I totally wanted to play the violin.
She scratched her chin and said, “Let’s get to it!”
When it was my turn, I was pretty awful at it. But since I already knew how to play the guitar, I got used to the violin pretty quickly.
Ms. Eskildsen said I did great!
But dance was the WORST! I mean, I really liked Mr. Irvin. He talked about all the things we were going to learn.
We were going to do ballet, jazz and modern dance (even though I totally didn’t know what that last one was at all.)
“Now, I want to see what you can do. Where your levels of dance experience are. Show me your best moves. If you don’t have experience, don’t worry. We’ll work hard on a dance routine that you’ll do well on.”
Next, he showed us the dance we were going to do.
My stomach clenched. It looked super hard. How was I ever going to dance like that by the end of the month?
Kristie squealed, “That dance is going to be so much fun!”
I laughed. Easy for her to say since she loved to dance. I, on the other hand, had two left feet. But I didn’t mind the challenge.
Once Mr. Irvin finished, he said, “Now, it’s your turn!”
I did my best but…I could tell I was about the worst in the class. Kristie was amazing though!
And Jake…he was like a professional.
Definitely stole the show. Everyone stopped what they were doing and watched him.
Next, Mr. Irvin gave us each a dance partner.
I got Jake. At first I was upset. I mean, I hated the guy. First of all, he was always smirking. So full of himself. Secondly, he tried to look like Jack Rackham. All. The. Time. It was annoying! And third, he was the best at everything! Like why was he here if he was so good? Anyway, by the end of class, I started to warm up to him though. In fact, he taught me a cute dance and we weren’t half bad together!
When we were done, I said, “Hey, Jake. Thanks for teaching me some steps.”
“No prob, Red.” The way he said, “Red”, made me blush! Why oh why did he have to look so much like the love of my life????
The next day, we attended acting class. I was so pumped because acting was my very favorite thing to do. And Mr. Adams was my favorite counselor.
As soon as we settled onto our pillows, Mr. Adams announced, “I have a special visitor coming today. Give a warm welcome to our Theater Director, Mr. Otto Graf!”
In walked a weird dude with an even weirder hat. “Hello, young thespians. Today I have the pleasure to announce I will be having a try out for our new play, Momeo and Truliet, a tragedy.”
Mr. Adams cheered behind him.
Momeo and Truliet! My favorite play! Oh, I hoped I could be Truliet. But if not, I just wanted a part. Any part! Even if it was Truliet’s ugly step sister! Acting like a villain was the best.
Mr. Graf went on, “All those who wish to be in the play, meet in the theater tonight after dinner to sign up. We’ll hand out the scripts and have our first try outs the following afternoon.”
“SCRIPTS!” Mr. Adams punched his arms like it was the best thing since dessert.
“And don’t forget. when you’re performing, leave who you are at the door and…
“BECOME the character!” He made a strange laugh sort of like a master villain. “Muahahaaaa!”
This was going to totally ROCK!
Once I got my hands on the script, I wasted no time and dashed to my room to study. Goodness! There were so many parts! Which one should I choose?
I thought about Truliet. So beautiful and sweet. Could I act like that?
I remembered seeing the movie and I certainly wasn’t anything like Truliet. She had dark hair and was super de duper gorgeous. I was just a normal looking redheaded girl.
And OH. MY. GOD!
She had to KISS Momeo!!!!
I sighed. I didn’t mind kissing. I’d kissed my crush in fifth grade. Then he got annoying and I hid from him for two weeks. It was kind of hard since we were in the same classes. But I put on sunglasses and said I was sick. Poor guy got the message. I felt badly for him, but I was a dumb kid and didn’t know what to do.
Well, this was for the art. And I’d kiss a frog if I could be Truliet.
I’d studied all night until my eyes grew heavy and I fell asleep.
Next afternoon, the kids who wanted to try out all rushed over to the acting center.
It was where some movies were shot. Different sets would be on display for us to act in. Our theater director actually acted in movies sometimes! He was almost FAMOUS! Well, no one could compare to my grandpa, but still. I thought he was super talented.
I could tell since he was very dramatic. He threw up his arms and projected his voice even when he was giving us instructions.
I couldn’t wait to do my scenes. I’d decided I’d try for Truliet but seriously, I only wanted the wicked step sister part. She had red hair like me. And she threw on an evil grin all the time. I’d practiced it over and over.
“Okay, thespians, it’s time to show me what you’ve got! You may try out for whatever parts you wish, BUT the part you earn will be the part I believe you’re the best for so no tears! You are professionals so if you don’t get what you want, that’s the breaks. No sniveling. Got it?”
I was prepared. Even if I was just the maid, it was going to be fun just being on stage.
“Sure, Mr. Graf!” I said.
“Who’s he kidding?” Jake said in a hushed voice. “There’s going to be all kinds of wailing if people don’t get what they want.”
“Well, I’m going to be Truliet, so I won’t cry,” Pheobe said. Oh brother. I hoped she didn’t get that part. She’d lord it over all of us.
I wanted Kristie to get that part. She was the prettiest. And a very good actress. Before we entered to center, I put my arm around her and said, “I’m rooting for you to be Truliet! Do your best!”
She gulped. “I’m so scared, Shy. I’ve got jitters in my knees and my stomach hurts.”
I pulled on her and said, “Oh come on! You’ll do great. I know it. You’re going to be the best Truliet ever!”
“You think so?” she asked hesitantly.
“I know so.”
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