Thursday, September 1, 2011

Bananas, Peasants & Schoolgirl Kisses

Do you remember the School Plays that you were in?

I remember being a banana in Std. 3 (Grade 5 now) in the production of "Senor Onion"! Oh my hat, I had to sing in the chorus in that, I believe that may have been theee last time I sang out loud in public! Oh, and the last time I ever wore a giant banana suit!  I still remember some of the words...."I'm a spotted banana, a spotted banana, that all people just love to munch, (something something something....) just hanging around in the bunch!"

I was a peasant by the name of Obadiah Bobblenob (I think!) in "The Thwarting of Baron Bolligrew" in Std 6 (Grade 8), I loved this play, mainly because my English teacher at my school, Mr Fisher, was in charge of it - and really I do think it was the most fun of all the productions I was part of. 

Then there were the school  "House Plays" where in Std 8 (Grade 10) I was "the young girl" in "The Weymouth Generation"!  I remember that the "young boy" and the "young girl" had to kiss one another on stage. I am rather embarressed to admit now that we decided it was easier to just kiss one another than to fake it! *blush*... I was young - and he was cute. It was just one tiny moment and one scene - so...yes. I admit. We kissed. It was over. I believe I may really have blushed too.

It's no wonder then that I have grown up with a real love for live theatre and try to go as often as possible.  Some of my best memories are involved with school plays (more memories than just the "kiss!")

This week our School put on their play - A Kidsummer Night's Dream.  It's an adaptation to the Shakespeare play (obviously) and watching it, in all their costumes, and feeling their excitement as they get their dress and make-up done, just brought back all those memories.

School days - they really are some of your favourite memories!


  1. I was a marigold in my first play - green tights, green leotard & a cardboard flower around my face. I had no words to say but I made my way to the front to wave at my parents to make sure they knew it was me - much to the disgust of the teacher!

  2. Allie says:
    What do I think?
    I think its time you joined a local dramatic society and tried your adult hand at acting.
    You've always loved the whole vibe.
    Just DO eet!

  3. Too true Lisa, the geography lesson is long forgotten but that "moment" on stage lasts a lifetime. For the teachers watching the process there is another whole layer or two! The ad lib unscripted bits that increasingly creep in to the performances each time are such a laugh and a reminder that theatre is organic, breathing, growing and thriving. Dare I say not a scrubbed DVD with predictable options. The sha-ness

  4. Allie says:
    By the way, where does Die Heks van Toeberaka fit in?
    I remember how that " heks" terrorized your sister's dreams for months!


So, what do you think?