All The World’s A Stage: Middle School Production of a Rocking, Rolling King Lear


John came home from middle school play try outs and didn’t say much. I didn’t want to press the issue, in case he didn’t get the part he wanted. It wasn’t until hours later, when we were driving in the car (a lot happens when we are driving in the car) that he let it slip that he had actually gotten the LEAD role.

When I first saw his script, I silently freaked out in my room. King Lear in King Lear? His highlighted version was almost completely covered in yellow on every page! How in heaven’s name was he ever going to remember all of those lines???

I bit my nails through late nights, as we ran the lines together. I clenched my jaw through the rehearsals and dress rehearsals where almost none of the kids knew any of their lines. I know that it’s always a disaster and somehow comes together, but I hate to say I truly had my doubts.

True to form, our school’s version of King Lear was fantastic. We are blessed with a supremely talented drama teacher and talented kids. John rocked his part, learned his lines, and made his family extremely proud.

I don’t know why I’m amazed–but kids are all pretty amazing from time to time, aren’t they?


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