Day 26 – June1-30Challenge

Day 26 Marathon

June 26, 2016. Marathons are being held today in Kailua-Kona, Hawaii; Santa Cruz, California; Lubec, Maine; and Arlington, Virginia. The race in Arlington is indoors. 

I’m not doing any of them. I may run or ride a few miles, though. 

A marathon is 26.2 miles. Marathoners don’t start out running 26.2 miles! They start small and train for it. They work hard to reach that distance.

Tell us about something you worked for. Something you thought you might never accomplish, but you did.

If you have actually run a marathon, you can write about that!

Never have I participated in a marathon. Have you?? 😮

So, coming to the challenge, something I thought I might never accomplish but never did earlier.

Though I have been a Language teacher for long, I had never directed a play/drama for school. So last year, when I was entrusted with the responsibility of making the students perform on a drama, I was in a dilemma. And it was in the second year of mine at this school. So, I was still seen as a new person in the staff. 🙂

From looking up for dramas or plays, to simplifying it for the younger children to understand, from props to costumes, all seemed like a daunting mission.

The theme for all the plays was decided to be Classic One Act plays. I zeroed on a couple. A senior teacher of the school helped me though.

When finally I met the director of the school, with the script and all ( nearly a fortnight’s work!), she wasn’t amused. She had a different thing in mind.
She suggested to avoid the monotony of the plays being prepared, she proposed that I get my students ready with a musical. A complete 360° turn around from the main theme! 😨😨

I went totally blank. Probably reading my expressions, she urged to pick up The Sound of Music and make it happen.
I had to start from scratch. Make it simple, child friendly, understandable, noncontroversial and value oriented. How could I do all this to a movie, a classic in itself! 😱

I picked up the scenes of Maria as a nun, her arrival at the Trapp house and the way she wins the heart of the seven motherless children. The moral “Love conquers all”!😍

The script was read by the Director and she said, I still hear those words, ‘I am eager to see how you’re going to get this done!’ Those words filled me with more anxiousness. I had to do it better!

Script was redone with minor changes, copies made, auditions done and finally practice began. The next fortnight went in this. Dresses were discussed, props arranged and stored, music recorded and edited, lines learnt and forgotten, shouts and shrieks, laughter and worry, and the day came for the final performance.

I had more butterflies in my stomach than even the students who were performing onstage. When my troupe got on stage, I was to keep the music and all in place. Shivering in my own body, I was going cold as slowly the performance began.

As I moved my eyes around, the songs played. The actors performed!
“Maria” got all the children and adults laughing with the nuns blessing Maria! “Do Re Mi” led to finger tapping by the director and the rest of the management, and laughter from the children. Those smiles and applaud after the bow by the actors, the beaming faces of my performers, it was all such an amazing thing.
Ours was a musical, successful and recollected even today with amusement.

So, that’s about it! A marathon like post for you all to read! 😂😂
Stay happy and blessed!
S.F.R.

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