Yesterday afternoon we had the last performance of "SeussOdyssey" by Center Stage, the youth theater run by the City of Gaithersburg. The performers are mostly middle schoolers, although there are a few high school "alumni" (like my daughter and her BFF) that were also in the play. And yes, the play is "The Odyssey" told in Seussian rhyme.
The Karate Kid (6th grade) was "Telly" and "Wind 2" in the play. Here he is (the short one in "dork" glasses) with Odysseus after he returned from his voyage:
As "Wind 2" he basically had to just run around the stage (the Lovely Daughter in the background):
The Lovely Daughter joined in late; she was in the spring musical at the high school, and that pretty much sucked up all of her time. When she started going to Center Stage (because of BFF, really), the director first gave her a non-speaking part and then asked her to take on the roles of some girl who couldn't be there on Sunday - basically crew members and villagers and such. So she learned her lines in about a week, and all of the blocking in one rehearsal day. She was also the tech crew for the Friday and Saturday performances.
She's the tall girl with the drawn-on mustache and beard:
She died about 7 or 8 times in the play (got eaten by Charybdis, got eaten by sharks, etc.) but most of the death scenes were off-stage. Here she got to die on-stage and get dragged off.
Both kids on stage together:
And of course, all plays need an audience: