last night and tonight were the performances of donald and the dragon, the play that shane has been working on all year. his drama class (3rd – 6th graders) were the performers in this play, and it was directed by 3 high school students (all part of the homeschool networks program). i have a few pictures that i took tonight. most of them came out blurry, since you can’t use a flash and the theatre was obviously very dark. but i have a sampling.
shane had two parts. the first was of a ‘fruit stall holder’. he had a few lines, most of which were funny. and he delivered them all very well, totally audible, and without any hesitation or prompting. i was very proud. discussing the quality of his fruit, followed by insulting the girl w/ the basket, when she questions it and refuses to buy any. everyone taking cover because of the dragon’s roars – except the princess, who has been told that it’s just thunder, so as not to frighten her.
his other part was bigger and also pretty funny. he was ‘bartholomew’, the dragon’s servant/butler-type-person. he did a good job of figuring out the whole sarcastic, tongue-in-cheek attitude behind them all. discussing with the dragon that it’s not the last wednesday of the month – the day she allows a visitor to come and fight her. attempting to get the princess and donald’s brother to go away. they are discussing w/ the dragon, the situation of donald having been thrown in jail for befriending her, rather than killing her. everyone trying to think of a solution.
in the final scene, he was still bartholomew, but in disguise. apparently, the the dragon and bartholomew had kidnapped the judge and his clerk and were impersonating them in order to save donald. the white wigs were hilarious, as was the dramatic irony of no one in the courtroom noticing the green face or sparkly scales.
all in all, they did a wonderful job and we are very proud of him.
shane, who got cold feet about it a month ago, told me tonight that he wants to do plays forever now! and when i suggested that we make a better effort to go and find some plays to see, he said, “no mom, i don’t want to see them, i want to act in them!” i guess he’s got the bug!