Thursday, January 21, 2010

Drama Woes

The 5th grade here puts on a drama production at the end of the school year. A few weeks ago they started practices. They have just been learning what the parts are and stuff. They will be performing the Jungle Book this year. They got their parts today. Natalie is a rock, a plant, a tree, and a flower. Needless to say she is not at all pleased with this non speaking part. She came home today very upset and just kept saying but why me? I tried to show her the good in it, but she was having nothing of that. She was just completely upset. I later found out that they picked the parts based on the child's personality. So I think that's a big part of why Natalie is upset because she thinks the teacher thinks she's dull like a rock or something. I explained to her that it's probably because she's shy and quiet and she thought that she wouldn't want a speaking part. I told her to be the best darn rock, tree, plant, and flower that school has ever seen. And that her part is just as important as all the rest because she has to make it believable that they are in the jungle. We cheered her up with a little Subway for dinner. She's better about it now, but I think she's still disappointed. I'm excited to watch her play a rock, a plant, a tree, and a flower. I mean really she's gotta be very versatile to switch to all those different parts. I'm really looking forward to this. Hopefully she comes around and sill finds Drama fun. I was totally not prepared for this being her first real taste of rejection though.


Erin said...

Oh, I feel bad for her! I would be totally devastated too even when trying to look on the bright side of things. I think they could have let her at least TRY it =0(
but yes, rejection is only going to get more "difficult" and "complicated" as they get older. I can understand her being upset though.