I enrolled Azi into a “Preschool Performers” program at the local library here. It’s free and I thought it would be good for her to do something organized with other kids.
Basically, there are four very short skits where the kids are different animals, separated by songs and dancing– the kids, all under 5, can do that part very well.
Azita was a dog for the first two and an owl for the last two. There are two or three kids in each group. A narrator reads a few lines and then each animal has a turn to say his or her lines. Another librarian walked around the stage with each group of kids, whispering the lines so that the kids would, theoretically, say them loudly into the mike and the play would make sense.
First skit: Azita, loudly in the mike: I can’t do that!
Second skit: Azita: Buh.. buh. Buh… BUH!
Third Skit: She’s getting it now folks– she runs and grabs the mike from the piglets and says, “I can’t do that!”
Fourth Skit: The line was something like, “Let’s go pick a pumpkin and play, play, play.”
Azita: PUMPKIN! PUMPKIN! PUMPKIN! P.U.M.P. —– KIN!!!
She completely drowned out the other kid in her group who I think was trying to say the lines correctly.
God I love that kid.
And then when they were all lined up, to teach the kids how to walk on to stage for the performance in a few weeks, Azita was the first one to run out of line, and then all the kids followed her so that a big glob of children ran in to the room, instead of a line.
She’s a born leader. And she’s gonna be a star.
I’m so gonna live out my dream of being a rock star vicariously through her. We actually write songs together every now and then. I play the chords and she sings with me. It’s usually about topics that aren’t going to get us on the top 40 though– like our biggest hit, “hey hey momma, I don’t wanna use the potty.” I used that one to help her get out some toilet-training angst a few months ago.
It was pretty great, though, watching her experiancing something totally new and follow kids and trying to do what the lady was asking… and the librarian was so great and patient– you’d have to be to attempt a play with kids mostly too young to understand what you are trying to accomplish.
I want to just set her loose on the stage with the mike and the video camera turned on and listen to whatever she wants to tell us about pumpkins.