When Jalen started drama classes this year, I knew he would love it. Every Monday night after drama he jumps in the van all excited to tell me what they had done, and all the funny things that happened durning class.
As the year has gone on he has gone through stages of loving it, and saying he really wants to be an actor when he 'grows up', to not being so sure about it. After his 'company' did their first performance in front of parents he was so excited and said he loved being on the stage and that it gave him an 'adrenaline rush' and that when he finished and got off the stage he felt sad as he wanted to do more.
During last term's classes they focused on different skills they would need for their end of year production such as voice projection and posture etc. They then had an afternoon where they all had to audition for production. This involved learning a monologue and doing it in front of the teachers and the whole company. They were told that everyone would be given a part in production and that their audition would allow their teacher to see how they take direction and how confident they are learning lines, which would help her determine which part they would be given.
The production that they are doing at the end of the year is 'James and the Giant Peach' and the kids were told that they would find out their parts before the school holidays. The teacher was sick the last lesson though, so they didn't find out their parts, but I got an email during the holidays which absolutely shocked me. It said something along the lines of 'your darling and oh so talented boy is going to be cast as 'James'. I read the email a few times before it really sunk in that Jay was going to be playing the lead role!
Last night he was excited to go to class so he could get the script and start running through it with the rest of the class.
Hopefully it will be a really positive experience for Jay. We are really excited and also nervous for him. Let the line learning begin!