This past weekend, youngest daughter appeared in her high school play. It was such a cute show, a very Monty Python’ish version of the Robin Hood story, called The Somewhat True Tale of Robin Hood. She played Maid Marian and was just wonderful. Her boyfriend played Robin and was also super awesome. The audiences got bigger each night as the word spread in the community about what an absolutely hilarious show it was. Not only because the script was so cute but because of the neat things the very creative director did with staging and some fun extra touches.
I actually did a little “commercial” for the kids to share on their Facebook walls on Saturday…cute, huh?
The really funny thing to me actually happened Saturday night. See, in Friday night’s show, one of the kids was supposed to say he had a message from “King Richard” (the Lionheart). Only he messed up and said “King Arthur.” The director and I were sitting in the back of the theater and we just started laughing and couldn’t stop as the king went from Arthur to Richard and back again. And she goes, “Oh, man, wouldn’t it be funny if King Arthur showed up in the scene?” And I said, “With someone clanging two empty halves of coconuts behind him to make the sound of hoofbeats?” (You will get that only if you’ve seen Monty Python and the Holy Grail.)
So, that started the whole thing. And by the end of the night, while supervising a bunch of the kids at a local pizza joint, we had sat in the corner and plotted for her husband (an old friend) and Bruce, and my new son-in-law, to “crash” the final performance. The kids usually let loose a little at the final performance and play pranks on each other, ad lib a little, just go all out and have fun. This time, the director was playing one on them. In front of an audience of about 200 people!
Here’s the result…
The audience was totally cracking up, but the really funny part was the kids. They were flipping out and laughing hysterically after the show. They’re a wonderful bunch of teenagers, and Bruce and I love being involved in the theater program at the school. This was the first time we were quite that involved!
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