For the past few weeks, Lily has been talking about the upcoming fairytale play. The kids have been studying and reading all about fairytales and the lesson will culminate in a big class performance at the end of the month.
Yesterday, on the first day back from winter break, the cast was finally announced. The school lobby was buzzing with expectant mothers waiting to hear what role their budding actors and actresses would be playing.
“Cinderella!” I heard one girl gleefully announce.
“The fairy godmother!” sang Lily’s best friend.
I spotted Lily rounding the corner with a huge smile on her face. My little beauty would make a perfect Snow White, I thought. Perhaps Little Red Riding Hood? Oh, the photos I would capture! It made my heart skip a beat.
“Soooooo?” I inquired.
She beamed and handed me the sheet. I scanned it for the highlighted text. And, then I scanned it some more.
“Stagehand Two!” she excitedly blurted out. “I’m StageHand Two!”
Stagehand Two, as in the second of two 2nd graders in the same role. Stagehand Two, as in, pushing props around the stage throughout the show. Stagehand Two, as in… the crew.
The only crew.
But, she does have a speaking line, and she’ll move that wagon with all of her might.
She’ll be the best Stagehand Two that school ever saw, dammit, and I’ll be snapping away in the audience.
At least, I hope so. Or, next year she’ll be playing the role of “Silent Rock.”
(And, she’d make the best rock ever.)