Hello again, my friends!
So, to launch my new play production with kids, I realized very quickly that I needed something. Kids. So, I’ve been scouring my local area for young hams who would like to be on stage. I’m a recruiter now. I’m Uncle Sam with his finger pointed out. I need stars, and I need them now.
It’s hard to say who will sign up since I don’t require any previous drama experience. Been the star of your school musical? Bravo! Never acted before in your life? Welcome! My stage is open.
This is because a few years ago, I was working at the local library, and I was desperate to start a kid’s drama club. After weeks of advertising the club’s first meeting, I crossed all of my fingers and toes hoping I would get at least ten kids. With ten kids, we could put on a play. With ten kids, I could write a script that fit the group perfectly. At our first meeting, twenty-six kids showed up.
I couldn’t believe it. I started to panic. Now were there too many kids! Too wide a range of skill! Too many parts for a custom play! So I did the only thing I could think of. I tried to scare a bunch of them off on the first day. I told them they’d have to memorize lines and that it was critical they came to every single rehearsal meeting. I told them they’d have to be really brave and perform in front of a live crowd. I told them acting was challenging and not for everyone. I gave them an easy out. If they decided after this first meeting that drama club just wasn’t their thing, that was okay. I wished them well. But if they showed up the second week, I was going to count on their serious commitment…maybe in blood. We played some drama games and had some laughs, but I hoped I had weeded out at least half of the group. The next week, twenty-four kids showed up.
So, by golly, I wrote a script for twenty-four kids. They were all different ages and different abilities, but every one of them was highly motivated to be a part of a play. So how could I go wrong? This turned out to be my first Cowgirl Cookie play, and not only did the kids have a blast on stage, but the audience loved it. You can check it out here: https://funmiddleschoolplays.com/book/cowgirl-cookie-and-the-case-of-the-missing-chocolate-chips/
Which means that my only requirement these days for young actors and actresses is enthusiasm. If a kid is motivated to be on stage, then I have a role for them. Brave, shy, silly, serious–I’ll take them. They’re all needed. They’re all wanted. I’m recruiting some stars, and I have faith that it will work out just as it should.