When Comet got swept up the chimney
Mrs Levin gave us our wonderful parts. I was Comet! Comet was an amazing reindeer. I thought I was going to be an elf, but a reindeer is so much nicer! Astrid made out costumes. Our costumes were amazing: we wore a leotard, a towel as well as reindeer horns.
My favourite line was, ‘Oh, what a surprise!’ While I was backstage, I tripped and fell. Luckily my eyeliner hadn’t smudged off.
My favourite part in the play was the ending. We sang, ‘You’ve got to believe in Christmas!’
When Elf D was swept up the chimney
I loved my part. I was Elf D. I really loved playing the part of an elf. I thought I looked fabulous in my costume. The elf costumes were so cleverly made and it looked stunning with the makeup.
My best moment of the play was the elf workshop scene where I spoke the most. My funniest part was elf school where all the elves copy the teacher. To be honest, I didn’t have a favourite part in the whole play but one of my best parts was the tooth fairy’s solo with the music and everything.
The comments I got from parents were ‘you were excellent’, ‘you spoke so loud’, ‘you were amazing on the stage today’ and things like that. The younger grades didn’t really comment but the older grades said very well done to all of us.
When the Tooth Fairy got swept up the chimney
I really wanted the Tooth Fairy part so when I got the part I was so happy!
On the day of dress rehearsal, I didn’t look enough like a biker so they had to change it. In the end I looked pretty good. My scariest moment was singing my solo. I was shaking the whole time. It was so scary. My best moment was also the solo because it was such fun! I felt like a rock star.
I loved most parts of the play so it was hard to choose but I loved playing percussion bells. The other grades were saying ‘Well done!’ and other lovely stuff like that and a Grade 0 girl gave me a picture. It was so cute and sweet!
When Mrs Levin gave us the audition papers we were all so excited. We had been the background singers for the past two years and we were delighted to find out what the play was. I auditioned for quite a few parts but stayed clear, very clear of Santa and Mrs Clause. But somehow I ended up as (wait for it, wait for it) Santa! After that believe you me I was not at all happy. In fact far from it. But you know what they say, just grin and bear it. There was only one thing and that was the costumes, the only thing I could not stand. The costume first consisted of blue jeans, a coat, a wig and a cowboy hat. That is up until the day before the dress rehearsal when I first showed Mrs Levin. After that thank heavens, red pants, a white t-shirt and braces were added to my costume, along with glasses, a beard and a Father Christmas hat to replace the cowboy one.
My favourite part of the play was definitely my first solo. I don’t know why I got two. It wasn’t very fair because there were people who didn’t even have one! (Oh and if you’re wondering singing solo is what I mean). In my solo I sang, ‘You’ve Got a Friend in Me,’ while Pippa played the clarinet and Uzu played the drums. It was terrifying but also really fun! My worst line was probably, ‘That’s right and after all I’ve got you Gerty.’ I really hated that. My best line though was when I told the tooth fairy that he had to clean the North Pole. I said, ‘You have been very naughty fairies. I hereby strip you of your title and demote you to the North Pole cleaners.’
The first night was really fun. I wasn’t scared because we had been over the play so many times. On Wednesday morning Miss Borthwick, unlike on Monday night, said that I needed to focus on singing to the front while Mrs Levin told me to S-L-O-W D-O-W-N. After this you can imagine I was extremely nervous.
Now I am going to tell you in full about Wednesday night, and action! On Wednesday night I got out of the car and saw Nikiwe and Zotha, Ms Khosa’s children. When I got to the music room I went in and started to change into my costume. Not many people had arrived yet but soon there was a buzz of excitement as more people arrived with games and sometimes what looked like entire beds, all cushions and blankets. Once nearly everyone was present and the carpet was dotted with little groups of chattering girls, I went off to join in the games. While I played, Nikiwe sat on my lap and played as well or ate her dinner and once Ms Khosa even asked me to get Nikiwe some water. When I got back I was told to go backstage not in the wings but outside the door of the hall leading into the Music Garden. I think I went backstage too early because we were still in the reindeer stables, but time passes quickly and sooner than I thought, it was my turn. I took a deep breath in and started to sing. All went well in my scene. The only part that changed was the map fell out of my hands, but that was fine. After my scene it was back to the music room for laughter and fun and games, but soon after that much to my surprise, I was called backstage again and guess what? I found we were still in the scene ‘Elf School.’ So I sat on the window ledge for ages, first with Maddie and then with Jude. At last it was my turn, at least nearly my turn. I stood in the front wing waiting for my cue. So I was in all the scenes from there, all the way to the end. I was kept quite busy. At last, the music started to play and I almost forgot about the solos, but luckily I remembered. First Pippa sang then Layla and me at last. It was amazing to be part of the play and I’m so happy I had the opportunity to act in it.
We started off with auditions for the play! When all the auditions were over, I was so excited to find out what I was. Suddenly Mrs Levin said it was time to tell us our parts! She said Jess is Elf S. I was extremely excited! That day I went home and practised my words for the rest of the day. I was so crazy about the play. That was such a long time ago and when we only had one more concert to do, it was so sad! How about we talk about the costumes. My costume was green and red with gold sparkles with ‘s’. It was so beautiful and we had a hat with green sparkles and shoes with bells on the tips. We wore stockings with white and red stripes and they were so comfortable. The sad thing was there was no ‘L’ in the section of the elves! My lines were, ‘You should have put me in charge of the manufacturing. I’m the only elf with any experience around here!’ Then I had to do a rap which was, ‘I’d like to stay but I have to go. I’m needed on stage for a one man show!’ And I had to act like Elvis Presley and I said, ‘Thank you, thank you very much.’ So those were my lines, they were amazing!
There were fourteen elves and thirty nine characters in the play! It was scary doing a rap but on the last night, it was not too bad at least! It was lots and lots of fun doing a rap and acting like Elvis Presley, it really was! When I was getting dressed, it started to rain. We all shouted, ‘YAY it is raining.’ The play was the best play ever. After the evening shows, we all had a piece of pizza and a juice. One time Georgia brought cupcakes and the next time Annabelle brought biscuits. They were DELICIOUS! I loved the play.