One of the subjects Arabella is sitting for her HSC is Drama. As part of her drama exam she must participate in not only an Individual Performance but also a Group Performance. In her group there are three others and they have to write, direct, costume and perform a seven-minute production.
Rehearsals are underway as Arabella and her group must perform their group performance and their individual performances on Tuesday night in the school’s drama theatre. Spectator’s are welcome as it’s always so much better to perform in front of an audience but Arabella doesn’t see it that way. ‘I don’t want you to come. I know what you’ll do. You’ll sit up the front like you did for Archie and you’ll have that grin on your face that is very off-putting. You know what you’re like, you can’t help yourself so don’t come, you’ll just put me off.
‘Are other parents coming Arabella?’
‘Will they be grinning?’
‘Not like you and they won’t sit so close to the front’.
‘I’d like to come. I’d like to be supportive’.
‘Mum, you know what you’re like. You can’t resist. You always have to make eye contact and with my individual performance I have to look out into the audience and talk to them and if I see you grinning I’ll forget my lines. I’m trying to get a good mark’.
‘Arabella, if I’m not there I’ll look like a non-supportive and disinterested parent. They’ll think I don’t care.’
‘Okay, you can come. But sit up the back. Somewhere dark where I can’t see you’.
‘Are the seats in the dark specially marked so I’ll recognise them when I get there?’
‘Mum, don’t get me stressed.’
So this weekend Arabella has been busy rehearsing both her individual performance and her group performance. Later today she rehearsed at the home of one of the girls in her group. They were giving it their all for a good few hours and just when they thought they were getting somewhere the doorbell rang. They opened the door and were greeted by a policeman. He said one of the neighbours had phoned emergency services reporting yelling and screaming coming from the house. The constable had been sent to investigate a ‘domestic disturbance’.
The girls all thought this was fabulous and utterly hysterical. They begged the policeman for a photo. He muttered something about it being inappropriate for him to be photographed with the girls which only encouraged them all the more. Before he knew it, he was photographed and that would be Arabella getting up close and personal with her arm on his shoulder.
Clearly on Tuesday night, even in a dimly lit back corner of the theatre, I’m in for quite a show!
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