Tuesday, April 29, 2008
The Performing Bug
Two of my children have been performing in Willy Wonka. My son has been playing "Phineous Trout" the TV reporter who interviews all of the kids who find a golden ticket. Each time he comes on stage, he does something totally self-absorbed (i.e. pulls out his sunglasses, combs his hair, acts like he's cool, checks out the ladies) and then starts the interview. He's made the character his own and it's humorous to watch him.
My daughter is playing "Veruka Salt" the spoiled, rude, pampered little rich girl. My daughter plays her to the hilt, complete with screaming hissy fits and an accent. She also sings a solo and does a great job. It's fun watching her play such a bratty little girl.
It's amazing to me that my kids have this talent. My husband and I both played sports. Yet, almost all (and I'd venture to guess even the youngest ones) of my kids love to perform. Give any of them a stage and they're happy. (This can be, and has been, a problem in school, however, because the teachers tend to dislike it when kids upstage them). My youngest daughter, age 4, will insist on a regular basis that we sit on the couch and watch her dance and sing and tell stories.
I'm not sure why, but the performing bug has hit my kids hard. I've learned to sit back and enjoy it because it looks like my kids will be performing for many years to come.