Saturday, June 13, 2009

donald and the dragon

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. 003 006 discussing the quality of his fruit, followed by insulting the girl w/ the basket, when she questions it and refuses to buy any.007 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. 009 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.014   attempting to get the princess and donald’s brother to go away.015     they are discussing w/ the dragon, the situation of donald having been thrown in jail for befriending her, rather than killing her.017  everyone trying to think of a solution.

in the final scene, he was still bartholomew, but in disguise.020  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!


  1. too cool! I can imagine how proud you are, what a fun time! I bet he's so giddy - there's nothing like saying a line and making the whole audience laugh :)

  2. That is so funny. I never would have pegged him for a drama kid. I always assumed that he was gearing more towards sports. Maybe that will be Layla. :) How fun! It looks like he was having a lot of fun. He looks like he is totally into it! :)

  3. What an awesome experience, and seems so much more well done than a hokey elementary school production. Way to go Shane!



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