My son outdid himself. Literally. It was a most unusual competition.
All my kid thrive on stage, so when we discovered a drama competition at the Scarborough Renaissance Festival, it seemed a natural fit. They’ve never done Shakespeare, which seems a serious blight on both their literary and dramatic careers.
I put together a group of high school kids in our homeschool group to create a cast for Cameron, my oldest, to perform and compete with. We found a director, and the community theatre graciously offered us costumes. An insane friend of put together a group of elementary/middle school kids for the same competition, so my younger two joined. My insane friend wanted to make Shakespeare more accessible to the children (as young as 8), so her brilliant idea was to re-write the script of Midsummer Night’s Dream as a Dr. Seuss story. She tapped Cameron to write the play. He’s not just an aspiring actor, but an aspiring playwright as well.
He wrote the script. Then he competed against it. He won first place at the festival. He also won third. His friends have accused him of aiding and abetting the enemy. If this were a Shakespearian tragedy instead of a comedy, he might’ve found his drink poisoned and a bloody knife at his throat. As it was, they good-naturedly threatened to beat him up (guy talk for hey, you did a great job writing), and then went off to play jousting games. I’m never quite sure what to expect from him.
I’ll just have to wait for him to outdo himself again.
(PS If you have a group of youngster who’d like to perform a scene from Midsummer Night’s Dream, Seussified…I know of an award-winning script and a kid who’ll sell you the rights to perform it very reasonably. 🙂 )