One of the perks of being an author AND a teacher is that you have access to free actors...in the form of little kids.
The fifth graders in my writing club put on a little play today to get the rest of the school (700 kids) excited about reading...excited enough to earn a GOLD medal in our school's Spring reading program.
We put on King Bidgood's in the Bathtub (which is one of my favorites), and one my my stories (of course!)
We chose Get Well, Good Knight and let me tell you, it was hilarious, (if I do say so myself.) I got to be narrator and my little actors were just soooooo funny. I mean, the story is about three dragons who are sick and the Good Knight goes to the Old Wizard to get horrible potions to make them well...but who would have expected the Good Knight and his horse to break into Single Ladies....or the little dragon to sneeze on the StoryQueen, not once but three times.....or the horse to dance the can-can...or the Good Knight to refuse to taste the potion, forcing ME to taste it....or the StoryPrincess trying to take over.....I could go on, but I think you get the idea.
It was a great experience for the young actors. (But it was an even better experience for me.) I loved it. Because, folks, life should be fun.
And how many authors get to see their work come alive? AND be smack in the middle of it.
Feeling like the luckiest person in the world today.