Oooooooooh yes I did!
IT'S BEHIND YOU!!!
Only joking - it's sitting on the desk next to me, glaring balefully at the biscuit crumbs that are encroaching a little too close to its edges.
And yes, I'm talking about a pantomime.
Every year, my school puts on an inter-house drama competition. I've acted in most of them on behalf of my boarding house - last year being my last, which ended with me dressing up as a tramp, brandishing an empty bottle of whisky, and banging on the stage door loudly enough to send the audience into hysterics for a full five minutes.
This year, however, after moving into the boarding house reserved specifically for those in their final year of school, I was left at a loose end. We don't compete against the mixed-age houses for house drama, and after failing to gain a part in the school musical (which didn't surprise me, really as I couldn't be a sexy nightclub dancer if I tried) I was faced with the terrible prospect of being play-less this year.
Until someone came up with the clever idea of filling the boring interim, when the judge goes off to make their final decision on the competition winner, with a pantomime.
Guess who got to write it?
I've never written any sort of script before in my entire life, so we decided to buy a script off the internet to give me something to work on. Unfortunately, that script turned out to be entirely useless, and I ended up writing it from scratch myself. Sure, it only had to be ten minutes long, but . . . do you have any idea how hard it is to squash two rhyming narrators, innumerable jokes, and a musical number into ten minutes?
With some help from my co-directors, I managed it though. The script is now complete and sent off to the cast - which we organised last night - and we're going to spend this next week running around trying to organise rehearsal times. Luckily, most of the talking - or rather, rhyming, as I decided to write all the two narrators' lines in rhyming couplets (I'm still asking myself why I did that) - will be half done by me, who has spent so long staring at the script that I probably know most of the lines already. My "other half" is just as enthused as I am, so at least we have that covered.
Costumes, staging, lighting, background music, and writing the actual musical number, we have yet to cover.
We perform on Friday.
Wish us luck!
~ Charley R