So much has happened this last week, it’s been hard to keep up!
Last Thursday was my performance of “How Does Your Garden Grow”. Did it go well?” people ask me. Hehe. Depends on how you look at it. Let’s interview myself to find out.
“Did the kids sing well?:”
“Did they know all the words?”
“So, basically, it went great!”
“It did, right? I mean, overall?”
“Okay, I’m taking it there were some things that didn’t got according to plan?”
“Would you care to elaborate? Or is it too painful….”
<pulling of hair>
“Well, what went wrong?”
<takes off gloves>
I don’t want to sound like a complainer. However….there were around 400 of us, crowded into a tiny excuse for a gymnasium- about the size of a four car garage.
There was no room for me to stand and direct. Also, one of the kids’ parents turned out to be a Fire Marshall and he was furious. We’re just lucky he allowed the show to continue.
“Wow, what else?”
Well, all we ended up having for a sound system was a heavy duty boombox. Since no one, not even the people sitting next to it could hear it over all the noise, one of the teachers had to hold up a battery operated microphone to it the entire time.
But then the mic’s batteries gave out. So the last song was cutting in and out the entire time.
“Uh, oh, that doesn’t sound…”
Oh, and did I tell you that I, the director, got KICKED OUT of my own musical? Yeah! Despite the fact that I warned the parents for the entire 1/2 hr preceding the show of where I would be standing, they STILL set up their tripod camcorder directly behind me. Which meant that after the first song they made a big scene about it and I ended up standing in the wing instead of the middle where I belonged.
Only the half standing nearest me did/copied any of my hand motions. The other half on the far side from me sat there as still as statues.
“But at least the kids sang well, right?”
Yes, yes the kids did sing quite excellently despite everything trying to get in its way. I also got 2 sweet bouquets of flowers out of the whole deal, and a lot of compliments from the parents (even the one who <grrr> set up the camcorder).
“And did you do anything to unwind after such a stressful show/performance?”
Margaritas and daiquiris with Jesse and Jenny. And lots of chips and queso:)