Every year the students in 3-5th grade put on a variety show at our school with the help of many parent volunteers and many, many before school rehearsals. I have been at this school going on 10 years and I have always performed in the teacher act. This year was different because we did not have Betty who had been doing the teacher act for the previous 20 + years. She retired last year. She created these “off Broadway acts.”
Many of us were feeling that the dance was not really coming together and we didn’t have a strong leader to guide us. We danced to the song “Best Day of My Life.” I wasn’t really feeling it. It was supposed to be a week ago, but we had a bad storm and school was closed so it was postponed until last night. Some of us danced (that would be me and 8 others). The rest played drums using plastic buckets. We had a practice on Thursday and I felt that things were coming together. We all had white shirts with happy faces on them.
We hung out in the music room laughing and practicing and taking pictures of the crew. When it came time to get up on stage we had to quickly move a mattress pad behind the stage which messed up the sign on the curtain- Keep calm and carry on- but that was okays because the custodian who is covered in tatoos and was wearing a skirt stood behind me to hold the sign. Every time I had to turn around during the dance I couldn’t help, but crack up at his outfit.
The music began and we started to dance and then the music changed and we had to stop and start over again which added to the overall presentation. I was first to get off the stage and grabbed a ball and tossed it to the audience as we walked out of the auditorium clapping to the music. Very memorable.