I remember back in seventh grade, in Sacred Heart School, when we were told in mid-November, that we weren't going to have Spring Flings anymore, and we were instead going to resurrect our drama program, which had been dormant for well over a decade, no-one was really happy. We all loved doing the old songs and having a blast. We were uncertain of what was going to happen that year. I remember we were all told we had to participate, whether acting, or as a stagehand. Since I loved to perform, I tried out, and convinced my friends Will and George to do so as well.
We tried out, and got out parts. I was O.S.S. Operator Elliot Abner Martin, and George was my partner, Horace Mendez Lopez. Will got to be Mr. Wilcox, the leader of the U.S.O. Club in Brooklyn, where the play takes place. The premise of the play is that there are spies from Germany during World War II, infiltrating U.S.O. clubs and stealing the codes for where American ships are going to be, to attack them. Our two characters enlist the help of the leader of the club, Ms. Ruth Taylor, to help protect the American cryptographer, Kilroy. In the end, it turns out that the assistant to Ms. Taylor, Angie was the spy, and the tap-dancer in the club was sending out the morse coded messages over the air.
We had a lot of fun doing the play. We had fake handguns, wore trench coats, and had fake federal badges and business cards. I used a lot of my grandfathers wardrobe for my outfit. I had my own suit, but the American flag pin I wore on my trench coat, the coat itself, and the hat I wore were all his from the time period of the war. I kept the flag pin in my room, and wore it everyday on my uniform sweater when I was class president, and it was on my gowns when I graduated from Sacred Heart School, and Kellenberg Memorial High School.
This play means a lot to me, because as I have illustrated before, if I don't do this play, especially with George, then I don't do Beauty and the Beast with him also, and then I don't join the chorus, and get very popular throughout high school. This was so important, and also, the dance moves I had for this play were pretty good, not going to lie here!
Anyways, I hope that you enjoyed this blog post, and now for the next three Memory Mondays, I am going to highlight each day of my senior trip to Disney, as I will be counting down the days until this years senior class goes in late April, early May!
Were you in any plays when you were in Middle School? If so, which / what one(s)? Were they happy times for you, or not?
Peace and Love,
Quotes of the Day: "Loose lips sink ships" - Elliot Abner Martin
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