“I can’t believe it! I got the part!” Jane hopped up and down as she looked over the casting sheet one last time to make sure.
Her best friend, Sophie, laughed, “I knew you would.”
“I didn’t think so. I did awful at the audition. I tripped over my own feet.”
“Mrs. Rose knew you were nervous because you wanted it more than everyone else.
You deserve it.” Jane sighed. “Are you sure that you have to go on that trip? I want you to be here to at least see the play.”
Sophie shrugged. “I know. But, it’s been awhile since I’ve seen my cousin. Besides, I like spending time on the farm.”
“I’ll get my mom to tape the show. We can watch it when you get back.”
Sophie smiled. “That’s good. Then at least I’ll get to see it later. It should be pretty scary. Well, I’d better go and you’d better too. You don’t want to make a bad
impression being late on the first day. Good luck, Red Riding Hood.”
Jane practically skipped to the stage and lined up with the other students that were chosen for parts. She glanced down the row and frowned. Patrick was grinning at her with his squinty green eyes and freckled face.
She snapped, “What are you so smug about, Patsy?”
He chuckled. “Well, Janey Jane, Let me guess, you were so excited you didn’t read the rest of the cast sheet, right?”
Jane looked away, embarrassed. “Well, I didn’t want to be late.” He laughed harder. “I’m going to be playing the wolf, Red.” She ran a hand down her face and
murmered. “I knew it was too good to be true…”
Mrs. Rose walked up to the stage and handed out the scripts to the row of excited students. Everyone sat down and began to page through their individual copies. Patrick glanced at Jane with an infuriating grin, but she simply rolled her eyes at him one last time and then moved back to avoid looking in his direction again.
Mrs. Rose walked in front of them and said, “First of all, congratulations on all of your parts. Since this is a Halloween play, I chose the roles based on who could portray their parts in a suitably ominous way. Remember, these are fractured fairy tales, so
nothing is supposed to end well. And, the common element in all of them will be the big, bad wolf.”
Patrick stood up and gave a quick bow.
Jane thought, “Show off…”
Mrs. Rose continued, “The main theme is Little Red Riding Hood, but as you can see, there will be elements from other stories incorporated. While she’s going to grandma’s house, she’ll run into Snow White being chased by the woodsman, and themes from other stories as well, as she continues to get lost further and further in the woods.”
A kid with round glasses and unruly has spoke up. “Can I play with different colors of lighting depending on the fairy tale? And can I use strobe effects?”
“Well, probably no strobe effects. We wouldn’t want anyone in the audience to have a seizure. Still, I think different colors according to the story would be excellent. Everyone, this is Kyle. He just joined the club as our lead technician.”
A few people clapped, but Jane clapped a little more than the others. “Thank goodness,
someone finally volunteered to be techie, instead of all the backstage work being done by someone who didn’t get a part. The lighting might actually be good this year.”
Kyle was in a few of her classes, but she never really talked to him. He didn’t seem the
type to be interested in the Drama Club. He was always playing with his laptop or some kind of electronic device.
Patrick whispered in her direction, “I think someone’s in love.”
Jane whispered back, “Bite me, Patsy.”
Patrick said, “Maybe I will…AWOOOO!”
Mrs. Rose tapped her foot impatiently. “Save it for the rehearsal, Patrick.”
They both muttered an apology and quickly looked at the ground.
“As you know, we don’t have a good budget this year, so I want all of you to look for old costumes and props that we can reuse. The basement under the
stage is a good place to start, as well as the various trunks backstage. I believe, if we can get it working, the stuffed wolf would make a great prop too. There should even be a speaker inside of it from our last play. Kyle, see if you can reconnect it.”
“Okay. It should be pretty easy.”
“Jane, you go with Kyle and show him the ropes.”
She nodded. “Yes, Mrs. Rose.”