I’ve been at the office all day, so I missed the young miss reporting on her audition for the middle school play this afternoon. She’s had her focus on trying out for the part of the wicked witch of the west in the Wizard of Oz, non-musical. As a 6th grader, I’m sure she had some stiff competition. Needless to say, some other person was chosen. Brit will be on one of the support crews, painting sets and working with costumes.

I’m concerned about my wife’s report that when she picked her up after school, the reaction was, “I don’t want to be an actress anymore.”

What’s a dad to do? I’ll encourage her to try again. I think it’s good that girls (and boys) try, experience obstacles, then dust themselves off and get back at it. She is already so different than I was at her age. I would never have tried out for a play, or for band or choir. I never did. I thought in order to be a good musician, I had to read every note on the page and play it perfectly. I knew I couldn’t do that, so I never stepped out. I didn’t think I was good at memorization, so I dismissed acting or singing on stage.

But despite disappointment, I’m glad it’s different with my daughter.

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Todd lives in Minnesota, serving a Catholic parish as a lay minister.
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3 Responses to Disappointment

  1. Your post flung me back into the memory of having the wig (I believe it was the mop end of a mop) fall *off* my head during a dance recital when I was circa 8 years old. Very traumatic. I went on to pursue other arts, like band and orchestra where everyone else covered up my bloopers.

  2. marilyn says:

    she might work her way up to being ‘director’ or ‘producer’…the real creatives…models and actors are their tools! Backstage work is really rewarding and there is more of a future for techies/writers/producers, I think.

  3. Matthew Meloche says:

    I was demoted from being one of the leads to a part having only 10 or so lines in my high school senior musical because I couldn’t play the part “gay enough.” This was a Catholic high school too.

    Sometimes it’s the people with the smaller parts and the backstage folks that have the best time.

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