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Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Comedy of Errors (or....the perks of being an author)

One of the perks of being an author AND a teacher is that you have access to free 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.



Anonymous said...

How wonderful :o) Apart from getting sneezed on!! ewww

Kelly said...

Ohhhh! That sounds so wonderful!!!
I bet you were beaming seeing the kids act out and delight in the words you created!

L. T. Host said...

How precious :) I wish I could have seen it!

Shannon O'Donnell said...

Awww, that is so great, Shelley! I envy you. You truly are a lucky woman! (with some very lucky students) :-)

Jackee said...

So sweet! One of these days you'll have to post how you run your children's reading group. I am so curious about this!

You ARE lucky. And most of all you are grateful, which I like about you!

Tricia J. O'Brien said...

Oh, I wish I could have been there to see it! How fun. Video? Or I guess maybe not allowed with kids, huh?

Myrna Foster said...

Thanks for sharing the experience with us. I love how unpredictable children are.

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Kim said...

That sounds like a blast! Your students are lucky too to have you for their cool teacher. The luck is running in both directions, my friend.

Next time we want a vlog of this!

MG Higgins said...

Ahh, I wish I could have been there. It sounds like such fun.

storyqueen said...

Niki-It was a planned, fake sneeze...hilarious, but still a little gross.

Kelly-words cannot describe the fun!

LT-It was just a blast...I wish more folks could have seen it.

Shannon-Yes, I am made of luck these days, hahaha.

Jackee-I will post about that soon...good idea.

Tricia-I am such a big ham...but I'm not that hip to the vlogging thing...I don't know. I think I'd just end up creeping myself out.

Myrna-Those kids were so funny...and I totally forgot to mention the Jai Ho number (from Slumdog Millionaire) that took place in King Bidgood's Bathtub.

Phivos-Thank you! And you have a very cool name.

Kim-no vlog. vlog + storyqueen = creepy old lady.

MG- I wish that little critter you've been sporting around could have come. That would have made an awesome photo!

Joanna said...

Wow--how fantastic, Shelley! So, so cool.

storyqueen said...

Joanna-Well, it WAS a very lucky week for me :)

Dawn Simon said...

What an incredible experience for you and the kids! You are lucky--and super fun!

Julie Dao said...

Sounded like it was so much fun! (Aside from the getting sneezed on!) I love to see kids reading and enjoying books. This must have been a tremendously heartwarming thing to witness! I would have loved having a writing mentor like you as a child!