The highlight of the Kids school year, this year anyway hands down – no arguement – is the school play. The play this year is a Review covering Musicals.
The Grade 4’s (remeber these are 9 – 10 year old knoweverythings) have decided to present High School Musical AND Sarafina (bless their cotton-picking knoweverythinginthewholeworld socks).
You may think that these two tales are poles – think not – the two stories are very similar – just the ending differs ….. think about it – both are:
1. Set at a School
2. The story line is about pupils wishing to stage a school play.
3. Great musicals.
I digress, back to today. A decision was made to let the kids have a large amount of creativity regarding the insert – so today I went into Rosies class to do a marketing exercise regarding the reveiw. Armed with a black bowler hat, Sarafina video and a passion for the play I was ready to sell the kids the idea of the Review.
I present the ideas to the kids and, then, ask the following…..
“WHO’S IN?” – 32 hands poke holes into the ceiling – GREAT
“ANY QUESTIONS?” – 32 hands shoot up – NOT GREAT!
Who do you start with – do you ask them alphabetically? From smallest to largest? Largest to smallest or front to back?
I decided on the back to front method:
QUESTION 1 – “Teacher-Mom”, I kid you not, “what are we going to wear?”
ANSWER 1 – “Good question little Grade 4 knoweverythinginthewholeentireuniverse midget – we are going to wear ………..” (the outfit is still a state secret).
Smiles all round.
QUESTION 2 – “Teacher-Mom, what are we going to wear?”
ANSWER 2 – Same as ANSWER 1.
QUESTION 3 – “Teacher-Mom, what are we going to wear?”
REPLY 1 – “Cool!!!!!!!!”
Now there are 29 hands still waving at me, and I can see the question comming, so I try a different tack. I trick them and swing my eyes to the other side of the room – firstly No 4 in the cue bursts into tears – oh dear. I hold my ground – “yes Kieran”.
QUESTION 4 – “Teacher-Mom, you look pretty today”.
ANSWER 4 – “You are No 1 in line to marry my daughter – I LOVE KIERAN”.
Its amazing how, at this stage the whole conversation steers completely towards my prettiness, I get “you smell nice”, “you’ve got nice shoes” – and…..as nice as this amazing Q and A session is, it is not getting us any closer to a Review plans….
We vote for the lead – closed voting of course. We decide on a costume – it took a while. Backstage crew voted themselves on (and yes they wanted to know what they were going to wear).
Reveiw plans day one – a huge success.
FOOTNOTE – Teachers need medals.