For the past couple of months I have been taking part in a play. These plays have been happening since I was in first grade. I was actually in the very first play ever performed by the home schooling group. The director was very interested in drama and wanted to start a theater group. It has really been a great opportunity for me as well as other students who wanted to participate in acting troupes. The group is called Scene 7 and the first play included home schoolers of all ages and was opened up to students who attended public school later on. We all help with the scenery and set up, and people who don’t want to act can still participate as stage crew. I like to act, but I can remember being very nervous when I first started doing plays. In the beginning there was no stage and we used shower curtains for the curtains. Costumes consisted of whatever people could gather from home. But each play got more involved, with more props and better costumes, and now we have a big collapsible stage with painted back drops and a huge costume supply. Anyone is welcome to take part in the plays and the director split up the grades into two groups,1st-6th and 7th-12th. She even does little one week summer plays every summer. The younger kid’s plays happen in the fall, and the older grades do their plays in the late winter early spring. Sometimes we will do standard plays like The Three Musketeers and The Phantom of the Opera. Other times the director writes originals. This year she wrote an original scrip called Aged to Perfection. It is a kind of silly and fun play about vikings on an uncharted island off the coast of Canada. This island, called Yuland, is way behind the times and their young queen is having a hard time running the kingdom. It is a fun story about troubled times, betrayal, adventure, and Shakespeare. All of my friends are in it with me, and we always have a good time. The opening night of our play is on April Fools Day this year. That ought to be interesting. This week is filled with dress rehearsals. I had my first one on Monday. It did not feel like we got much done, and it was a pretty rough first run through on the stage. But I think it is really coming together, and by Friday we will definitely be ready. It is always really sad on the last day, but it just gives me something to look forward to next year.
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