School Christmas Play

(82 Posts)
Milly22 Mon 10-Dec-12 22:42:59

Just wondering if schools have the habit of picking the same handful of children to play main roles in every play that comes up in the academic year. Just seen the list for our Christmas play and it's the usual lot yet again and the other 22 are never given the same opportunity.

MaryPoppinsBag Mon 10-Dec-12 22:53:41

Maybe the other 22 don't want a part.
My DS(7) wouldn't want a main part. He'd absolutely hate it.

louise2011 Mon 10-Dec-12 22:55:25

Same shit at our school. Same ones get all the parts, all the awards etc. My little girl is so desperate to get any recognition but now just seems to have accepted that such & such has the part/award AGAIN- Grrrr. All this happened in my day - I probably got chosen a lot then too. I just think it is so unfair- don't care if my daughter isn't chosen- would just be nice to see some different faces central stage. How can this be good for self esteem?

ProPerformer Mon 10-Dec-12 23:00:14

Don't worry - it will set all the budding actors in good stead for if they want to go in to amateur dramatics when they're older! Same thing happens there! (sorry, sour grapes on my part, but true!)

It would be nice to give other kids a chance.

Milly22 Mon 10-Dec-12 23:01:15

The nativity this year is based around Snow White and my ds has been told that he's a 'spare' dwarf. He's nearly 9 and would love a bigger role. I'm tempted to give him a 'Red Dwarf' t-shirt from the BBC comedy and sew a 'H' on his hat. He has a sense of humour so would get it!

clam Mon 10-Dec-12 23:09:41

<<sorts out straws for poll as to when first mention will be made of PTA members' kids getting the lead parts>>

UniS Mon 10-Dec-12 23:11:39

I'm inclined to agree with DS's teachers thinking that there were only 2 children in the class who would cope with roles that needed them to a - learn lots of lines and b- sing a solo. so those 2 got the 2 lead roles. all others get one or 2 lines and are on stage as part of a small ( or large) group. Next year the whole class will be a chorus / dance group as they will be year 3 and Yr 4 will have the roles.

Milly22 Mon 10-Dec-12 23:14:16

In the class we've got an ex MP's grandchildren, music teacher's child, PTA's child, Professor's child, 2 teacher's children and oh yes, a governor's child, no hope for the ordinary working class then really!

simpson Mon 10-Dec-12 23:18:37

My DC school only do nativity plays till yr2 (so lots of sobbing at the yr2 nativity when you know your child will not do another!!)

KS2 kids sing carols in the church (near the school)...

DS had a relatively small role in yr2 (was off ill for his yr1 play sad) and still had huge anxieties about it sad about how nervous he was etc etc..

DD is an angel (but don't know how big the role is, I suspect not big as she has no lines to learn just songs -but she is happy). She is in reception btw....but the kids who have the bigger roles are not the same as last year (when they were in nursery) and they are not the ones who get all the achievement certificates either so I think that their school have done a good job grin

blackcoffee Mon 10-Dec-12 23:22:20

I have a R class. We didn't have the pick of parts as we are doing it with older children. None of mine have to do much tbh. But within that I let them choose the parts they wanted, and then let them have a practice to see who managed best (and who took it seriously). I have too many angels for the script but so what! you can never have too many angels!

wigglywoowoo Mon 10-Dec-12 23:24:19

My DD last year got starring role of Mary, this year she is a dancer. Our school seems to mix it up a little and there is no obvious favouritism.

wigglywoowoo Mon 10-Dec-12 23:25:09

And she is much more excited about being a dancer than being Mary.

seeker Mon 10-Dec-12 23:25:42

It's taken longer than I expected, clam!

blackcoffee Mon 10-Dec-12 23:27:31

One little boy was desperate to be a vampire. I did have to disappoint him.

Milly22 Mon 10-Dec-12 23:30:41

Just ordered DS his 'Red Dwarf' t-shirt and black boots, can't wait to see the teacher's face!

WhereMyMilk Mon 10-Dec-12 23:30:57

I'm in the PTA-DS is playing a tambourine... Didn't realise I should pushed for Joseph! grin

Rudolphstolemycarrots Mon 10-Dec-12 23:33:02

same in our school -always the same lead children

Milly22 Mon 10-Dec-12 23:34:58

Been making soup for the flippin play every year for the PTA for the last 4 years (a way of making money between infants am play and juniors pm play) as the school always holds a 'cafe' style lunch to make money. Never gave them a receipt for my expenses! Will do this year.

clam Mon 10-Dec-12 23:37:21

But seeker we've had a slight twist on it this time. Not seen "lead parts only for the middle classes" for a while.

Clary Mon 10-Dec-12 23:39:19

I am a governor at my DCs' infant school and was also on the PTA - I too didn't realise my DD should have been Mary not a narrator... hmm

clam Mon 10-Dec-12 23:40:06

Erm, what exactly are you saying there, milly? That you've been subbing the PTA for a few years in the hope your child would get a main part, but that now it looks unlikely, you're going to stick in a bill? hmm

Milly22 Mon 10-Dec-12 23:45:02

No way Clam!, I was doing it as a favour like most parents do and not that way inclined. It's not the PTA that chooses the cast for plays anyway. There are people who just to it as a favour or personally I just can't be bothered to sort out my receipts that usually build up in the bottom of my bottomless pit of a handbag.

kilmuir Mon 10-Dec-12 23:51:08

I always thought the role of Mary was given to the shy child as don't have to say anything

SuperScribbler Tue 11-Dec-12 07:53:59

At DS's school all children have speaking parts in the Christmas plays - even in YR. Some have more than others, but everyone gets their moment on stage. It's great for their confidence levels amd lovely for the proud parents.

Panzee Tue 11-Dec-12 08:02:51

kilmuir that's how it works in our school.

Tiggles Tue 11-Dec-12 09:04:01

The DSs school seem to give the children some choice on parts. DS2 (yr1) was offered a speaking part, but turned it down as he wanted to be an animal. DS1 is in yr6 they are asked to put the hands up if they want a particular part and then the teacher assigns out roles, and it has been the same way since he started juniors.

Farewelltoarms Tue 11-Dec-12 09:06:55

Mary is always a TA's child. There was a special show last year with four speaking parts. Three went to staff children...
I'm sure it's a coincidence.

redskyatnight Tue 11-Dec-12 09:13:34

DD's school are pretty good at sharing out the "good bits". They also ask the children what parts they want. Surprisingly only 2 girls wanted to be Mary this year so both obviously had a 50% chance of being picked. But it is a non-traditional nativity and Mary is not a big part and is non speaking. The quieter (IMO) girl was given the part and the other girl got a part as narrator.

The PTA chair's daughter is 5th star smile

Themumsnotroastingonanopenfire Tue 11-Dec-12 09:15:59

I'm chair of governors. I've had three children through the school. None of them has ever had a lead part. (Since anecdotal "evidence" seems to be accepted on this thread.)

EcoLady Tue 11-Dec-12 09:16:47

Having been involved in a year 1 audition this year, I can assure you that the speaking parts went to the ones deemed capable of reciting them audibly when on stage.

Maybe the DCs of the staff, PTA, governors, pushy parents tend to be the ones with more confidence?

Many teachers have no idea which parents are on the PTA!

This teacher's son is part of a group recitation this year. He's had just one solo line in 9 productions so far.

lljkk Tue 11-Dec-12 09:17:56

No obvious favouritism here.

DD is lovely blondie with pale clear skin & blue eyes; naturally she was always a narrator because she could read whatever was put in front of her (best stealth boast ever, or what?), handy when the other narrators kept dropping out due to chicken pox or vomiting bugs.

Yr3 DS was a chief elf and I honestly can't remember what role if any he ever had before that.

Last few years the Nativity plays have been original extravaganzas written by one of the teachers. The plays go on a bit because there are speaking parts for everyone who wants one.

Red Dwarf shirt is a brilliant touch & would fit right in with flavour of our plays.

iseetinselandtantrums Tue 11-Dec-12 09:19:17

This year's nativity is "Silent Night". DS is an Austrian band member ?!? - "We get to be really lazy." Oh I think Miss has it sussed grin

WipsGlitter Tue 11-Dec-12 09:25:05

I think part of the problem is that there are too few parts once you have Mary, Joseph, Kings, Shepherd and Innkeeper so the rest have to get crappy smaller parts - angels, glitter angels, dancers etc. They would be better have the head read the story and then get them all to sing.

This is our first nativity, DS is a 'dancer' (crappy part) although he's not fussed. I suspect some of the kids have been picked because they are tall, but if they carry off the parts with aplomb then theres not much you can say. It's the faux coyness from their parents that makes me boke, "oh we were STUNNED when Jocasta got the part of Mary", yeah right but you'd have been straight in to see the head if she hadn't.

Startail Tue 11-Dec-12 09:34:47


Startail Tue 11-Dec-12 09:42:48

Should add we had a brilliant final Y6 play with lots of speaking parts and everyone got something suited to their abilities. DD2 got to be bossy which is 100% accurate.

In DD1s year a certain DC, who I accept is quite good, got the lead everytime.

I'm not certain she always wanted it.
I'm never sure she is as fond of the limelight as her horrible pushy mother.

Butkin Tue 11-Dec-12 15:42:47

Did anybody hear Chris Evan's show when people were emailing in their DC's unusual nativity parts. They included "Basket of nuts", "Bucket of water" "Part of a wall" and the number one pick "Rejected light off the Christmas Tree" !

At DD's school they all had some sort of part - loads of dancing bits - and had their names in the programme which is what most of the parents coveted.

RaisinBoys Tue 11-Dec-12 16:29:13

The nativity this year is based around Snow White and my ds has been told that he's a 'spare' dwarf.

??? Really!

So glad that now Y5 it's just a concert. 2 solos have gone to the children who will belt it out and carry on even if they go wrong.

One is the DS of a pushy parent but it's just coincidental.

crazygracieuk Tue 11-Dec-12 17:06:32

They ask the kids at our school what kind of part they'd like.

Dd is very confident, easily remembers lines, rarely ill and can talk loudly and clearly so often ends up with a big part. Considering how many class assemblies have children who can't talk louder than a whisper, I think she's a safe pair of hands.

Her younger brother on the other hand is fine being on stage but does not want to say anything, so has been cast as a shepherd (no lines) with some other boys with a similar temperament.

At our school play, the problem seems to be how certain parents seem to always bag front row seats. When the first parents turn up, they seem to be already there and waiting.

montymum Tue 11-Dec-12 17:35:32

Each year the children are in a different class so a different teacher will be casting the play. Usually they are picking the children that will be best for the part and are not thinking about what part they played last year. If I want a piece of work writen up for display I will choose my best writers, if I want someone to show visitors around the school I will choose polite but confident children. Every child in my class has their own talents and I like to celebrate them all however it is ridiculous to give quiet as a mouse, artistic Sophie a speaking part (she would hate every second, definitely not good for her self esteem), or Charlie brilliant at maths, two left feet a dancing role. I always ask the children what they would like to do and try to accomodate this as best we can, but at the end of the day there are a limited number of 'star' roles. Believe me having a parent who is a TA , teacher, head of he PTA does not cross my mind. The important thing is all the children have a brilliant time and that they enjoy performing whichever role they have.

auntevil Tue 11-Dec-12 17:38:27

We handed out parts based on abilities and attendance. If there was a lot of practise required (dance, action etc) we chose the children that we knew would be in regularly to practise. If it required following instruction, we chose children who could follow instruction to that level. If it only involved sitting on a chair holding a baby, or standing next to them, we also gave out those roles accordingly.

lljkk Tue 11-Dec-12 17:42:39

I think DS's role was chosen on the basis of being able to shout VERY LOUDLY.
(He is an innkeeper who gets a big laugh by shrieking "GO AWAY WE'RE ALL FULL UP!!")

elportodelgato Tue 11-Dec-12 17:54:56

I am a governor and on the PTA and my DD has the lead role in the Reception nativity play preens

JOKING OF COURSE, I'm a bit shocked that there are schools which select based on who the parents are, don't teachers just select based on who has the confidence to do it, who is most likely to remember lines, who has a nice loud voice etc? Having said that DD's teacher said they picked her partially because she thought DH and I would rehearse her at home, which perhaps amounts to the same thing?

Well maybe DD will screw it up on the night and never get another part again and you can all have a nice warm feeling of schadenfreude grin

Hulababy Tue 11-Dec-12 17:55:44

We chose parts for shows based on how children perform in smaller assemblies in the year, whether they put their hand up and how they manage with learning a line or two and saying it by heart in the hall. We don't audition but we do listen out. You can;'t have the main parts going to children who won't speak up or will freeze on stage when they are supposed to be acting.

We are planning on some mini auditions for the bigger end of y2 show this year to see if it makes it more open and "fair."

At DD's school they do auditions for main acting parts and for any singing solos.

Hulababy Tue 11-Dec-12 17:56:37

And yes - attendance and reliability does come into it to, as well as how likely they are to learn lines at home, etc.

BrigitBigKnickers Tue 11-Dec-12 18:08:57

Our school has picked two of the shyest children who never say boo to a goose in class and they were absolutely wonderful in their main roles!

All of the children who wanted a role got one- we usually choose plays that have loads of parts (Good old Edgy productions!)

I also make a point of choosing some of the slower readers for our carol service- they often do a better job than the speedy ones who are always a devil to slow down enough for us to hear a bloomin' word they are saying!

Wasn't the same at DD1s primary school though- always the same old same old who got the main roles- and it wasn't as if they were the best either... Main boy's role always used to go to the governers son and he was pants. It wasn't as if they didn't have the pick of talents either- loads of them attended drama and dance classes- really used to annoy me.

JKB1 Tue 11-Dec-12 18:22:26

This year the KS1 play at DD's school involved 120 children and lasted 45 minutes - an impressive feat by the teachers. There was some lovely singing and all the children had fun, which is the main thing. It would have been nice if the narration had been shared out a bit more - 4 children did the lot. I think they were flagging a bit by the end as there was a lot of story to tell!

MsGee Tue 11-Dec-12 18:23:25

My DD is Mary <ducks for cover>. I am not remotely connected to the school and run away when the PTA ask me to volunteer

I assumed she was chosen because Mary doesn't say much and DD does a good pious look despite being raised as a heathen who thinks jesus is just part of playmobil

mrz Tue 11-Dec-12 18:26:40

Only our Foundation Stage children perform a nativity play so it's impossible for the same children to be picked every year.

insanityscratching Tue 11-Dec-12 18:39:05

Dd is a strongman this year. She is cast in this part because she is the smallest daintiest child in y5/6 and they are guaranteed a laugh. Open auditions in dd's school but all children get a part and have time on the stage. Not noticed any particular children favoured tbh but I probably wouldn't notice anyway. Dd's happy now the costume requires leopard skin hmm and the majority of parents spend the time trying to avoid HT's eye so as to avoid being coerced into a comedy turn at the end.

Milly22 Tue 11-Dec-12 19:20:06

I wonder if DS's teacher will be ok if DS wears's his 'Red Dwarf' t-shirt and hat with a 'H' on the front? I'm sort of half expected to be taken aside in the playground. As he's a 'spare' dwarf instead of any the famous 7 from Snow White, I don't really see a problem grin.

seeker Tue 11-Dec-12 19:24:45

Depends what he wants to do, milly. Please don't use him to make a point.

exoticfruits Tue 11-Dec-12 19:41:12

Many don't want a main part-I liked to be back row of the chorus as a DC -so not surprisingly my DCs were similar.
A teacher friend said that she had a parent come storming in saying that 'yet again' her DD hadn't got a main part-to which my friend replied,in a surprised tone, 'but she was offered one and she didn't want one'. The parent did at least have the decency to come back the following day and apologise-her DD explained it was exactly as the teacher said. (the teacher friend's own DS wouldn't even be in the play at his school! My next door neighbours DS helped with the lights every year)
I think that some mothers would be better joining amateur dramatics themselves if they have such a yearning for the stage!

exoticfruits Tue 11-Dec-12 19:42:22

Generally they do one play a year and so it is a showcase-they choose the reliable DC who won't mess it up and will deliver the lines in a clear voice.

exoticfruits Tue 11-Dec-12 19:42:59

They generally audition for the parts.

Hulababy Tue 11-Dec-12 19:44:23

My own dd was Mary at her school. Nothing to do with me. Was because she was able to and happy to sing solo.

Milly22 Tue 11-Dec-12 19:55:06

My ds is more of a sportsman rather than getting involved in the entertainment side of things, but two years ago the school picked the usual favourites and took them on a day out for a production of a children's programme. They all turned up in their own clothes and the rest of the class turned up for school as normal. The children going were allowed to gloat and boast to the ones not going. The parents wanted to know when the rest of the year would go and were told that they could only afford the ones that had already gone. Surely this is so wrong, they either all go or none go at all. angry

exoticfruits Tue 11-Dec-12 20:00:55

I am convinced that most parents would be happy to have a long line of DCs, dressed up and they all say a few lines each (of exactly the same length)! They are not interested in the play as a whole-only their own DC. There is no thinking 'wasn't little Joe fantastic in the part?' ' what a wonderful singing voice Lucy has'-it is all 'why have Joe and Lucy got main parts and not my DC?' I see a lot without having a DC of my own in them and love them-and fully understand why you want to hear them, not have them shy on the night and not have one thinking it funny to do the wrong thing for laughs.

Milly22 Tue 11-Dec-12 20:07:16

exotic fruits - totally agree

Cat98 Tue 11-Dec-12 20:09:48

My ds is in reception class of 24 and they combine with the nursery class (25) for an early years nativity. They all have a line at least! Even the Nursery children! It's lovely.
They did pick a child for the main part who speaks well and is extrovert, but he got stage fright on the first performance and refused to say his lines! Another child is now doing it for the second performance.

Houseworkprocrastinator Wed 12-Dec-12 10:16:32

my daughters year has over 70 children so impossible for them all to have a main part she is a star for the second year and happy with that. the main parts are all different to last year they gave them some choice of what they wanted to be and not all children are comfortable being centre of attention.

orangeberries Wed 12-Dec-12 12:48:43

I think if my child went through the whole of primary without saying a single word in a play I would be concerned and go for a word about it.

I am not sure about the school doing this on purpose, I would like to think that most schools are like ours, ie try and get everyone to have a part with a view to develop their confidence.

Generally this is a successful approach as I have noticed children tend to grow so much in confidence year after year.

To those who say parents go only to see their own children, I suppose I might be unique in that I don't feel that way. It's great to see all the other children, I love the way their personalities really shine through.

Maybe I am a bit soft that way - it would be really boring if there were 2 or 3 children doing everyting in one play (even if they were my own) and all the others just standing there watching.

lljkk Wed 12-Dec-12 13:13:19

There was a girl in DC school with a wonderful singing voice. I can remember first meeting her when she was otherwise a nondescript bossy 3yo. Her singing was (is) such a pleasure to listen to, I'd have no trouble hearing lots of her & less of even my own DC.

Don't they all get to sing & smile, sometimes dance about a bit? that's 90% of it, anyway.

Pythonesque Wed 12-Dec-12 13:29:03

My son's school does both a nativity and a summer term pantomime with reception/yr1/yr2. Every boy has at least one line to say in both. Numbers have gone up but they have maintained that principle. Reception boys are generally split between sheep - with a yr 2 shepherd looking after them; stars, ditto, and I forget what else. Pantos I've seen included Snow White and the 14 dwarves, and Sleeping Beauty with a similar number of wizards giving their gifts at the christening.

My son's in year 3 now. I think I'm going to have to poke my nose in on the nativity play tomorrow afternoon anyway ... I think we get a year 3/4 production later in the year though.

Pythonesque Wed 12-Dec-12 13:31:57

Oops, meant to add, they have increased their narrators from 6 to 8 as well. Allows them to keep the plays moving without too many lines to learn and provides many more places to put the most able boys constructively.

simpson Wed 12-Dec-12 22:40:59

Well DD (reception) has been "promoted" she now has to read the closing prayer out. Luckily she does not have to learn it off my heart (I did almost faint when I saw it as I was hoping she didn't need to learn it as we only have 6 days, but apparently not <<phew>>).

My worry is now being a blubbing mess next week blush

Bunnyjo Wed 12-Dec-12 22:57:24

Well, DD was in reception last year and was cast Mary in the Nativity; I am not a pushy parent, avid member of the PTA or a Governor. I do help with the PTA and am a parent reader in the school, but DD was given the role of Mary as she was confident with speaking. The school does different plays for each class (there are 3 classes in the school) and DD's class was made of of YrR and Yr1 kids. It just so happened that DD was chosen to play Mary.

This year she has been streamed into the Yr2/3 class (class 2) and they did a playe based on the traditional Russian fable - Snegurochka. Understandably, as there were far more confident Yr2/3 speakers - she played the role of 'Villager 4' in this play and only had a couple of lines to say... Oh and a Russian dance, which was both sublime and ridiculous!

DD did fantastically; she didn't care whether she was Mary (Crystal in the Russian play) or 'Villager 4' and neither did I!

lljkk Thu 13-Dec-12 08:00:26

Oh bum bum -- DS has vomitting bug so we won't get to see his funny line in the Nativity play after all.

Twocakesarebetterthanone Thu 13-Dec-12 10:14:07

Sympathies to you lljkk, dd has chicken pox so is devastated she misses her play too, its rubbish isn't it

lljkk Thu 13-Dec-12 10:20:24

Luckily I don't think DS really realises. He had a performance yesterday, just not the one we got tickets for. OH WELL.

I'll just be grateful if the vomitting is over with quickly.

lljkk Thu 13-Dec-12 10:20:46

...and doesn't spread <<eek!!>> would be greedy to ask for more(?!)

thegreylady Thu 13-Dec-12 12:31:53

Going to see dgs [6] as a shepherd in his school Nativity play this afternoon smile
He had to learn 3 lines-I am very [ish] excited smile

ArtexTheHallWithBoughsOfMonkey Thu 13-Dec-12 12:49:58

Jeez louise, not every kid is great at performing or speaking or even wants to. Yes we could make it 'fair' and just have the head reading a story and then all the children singing, but how jeffing boring would that be?

I'm saying this as a parent of a chorus line dd: you have to get over this, children seem to learn not everything can be about them much more easily than some parents do, i think.

I think teachers pick children for the speaking parts based on whether the child will want to do it. They have more knowledge of how your child is in the school situation so are making that decision with more information than you have.

Also, every child has something they are brilliant at - some are academic, some great at sports, for some their chance to shine is the school play.

your child will only be upset by not getting a speaking part if people make a big deal out of it (and I say that as the parent of DCs who have never had a solo speaking part!)

cakebar Thu 13-Dec-12 13:09:19

We often get the same kids cast each year, parents act embarrassed but you can tell they are secretly delighted. I think the teachers don't realise the same kid got a good part last year as it is a new year's teacher or I think they do know but want to pick the people that they think will be best at the part.

I do actually have a problem with that because I think there would always be a different child in a class of 30 who could do a great job if they were given a chance to shine, and I think some of the usual choices become obnoxious when they are picked yet again.

ArtexTheHallWithBoughsOfMonkey Thu 13-Dec-12 13:12:44

I quite agree chrysanthemum, my dd is always thrilled to bits when she's in her assemblies or whatever because she sees me and dh looking all proud and excited and waving and smiling at her, even if she is just stood around at the back holding a candle or whatevs. Yes the same girl in her class gets the big things to do, but she does dance and drama on the weekend. Our dd went a few times, but she prefers karate. Not much call for karate skills in the nativity. We've all come to terms with this.

Biscuitsneeded Thu 13-Dec-12 14:00:44

Only KS1 do a Christmas play at ours. Reception and Y1 classes have non-speaking parts but usually do a song and dance as a class, and the speaking parts are all Y2. The children put themselves forward and then the other kids vote after a mini 'audition'. Seems fair enough to me,although it can be a bit of a popularity contest, but my DS 1 in Y2 last year seemed very unbothered by the politics of it all. When I was at school I always wanted to be Mary or an angel and always got cast as the narrator because I could read well and remember lines. At least my kids get to say what they would like. This year DS2 is an alien. I didn't need a school play to tell me that!

cory Thu 13-Dec-12 16:18:14

I think the nativity at ds' school was a lot less boring because the children who actually enjoyed acting and threw themselves into it were given main parts and the ones like ds who couldn't care less got smaller non-speaking parts. One line each for 79 children, some of them with ds' attitude, sounds thoroughly tedious. I'd rather watch somebody else's child having fun and doing it well than having it rubbed into me in public that ds doesn't really want to do this sort of thing.

sittinginthesun Thu 13-Dec-12 17:26:14

R, and Years 1 and 2 at dc's school, with speaking parts going to the Year 2s. Every child gets a role, and the chance to sing and dance on stage.

From what I can tell, the main part usually goes to the most confident child (who is usually (and I would NEVER say this out loud in RL blush) the most annoying and drama queen type child in the class), and who tends to lap up the attention and shine on stage.

BrigitBigKnickers Thu 13-Dec-12 23:10:54

One of my less able readers for our church service made my day today. He is wildly dyslexic and struggles so much with his reading but was the only one who had learnt the Christina Rosetti poem I had given him off by heart and said it just beautifully in our practise today (sniff.)

He was soooo proud of himself! smile

feelinchirpier Fri 14-Dec-12 14:12:04

My school did similar back in the day grin you didn't need a crystal ball to know who would be doing what part, unfortunately no matter how much I tried to blend into the back ground I was always picked for a speaking role (not lead thou thank gawd) absolutely hated it made me feel so sick with nerves. I loved the way my Dd's school did their play this year every child went up in groups and shouted a line, did a little dance to a song until all had taken part, it was lovely smile.

DeWe Fri 14-Dec-12 14:38:22

Tbh I think children voting on it is awful. Personally I think they vote for far too much at school anyway. So those who are popular also get all the jobs and now all the parts? And it's no point pretending that they'll vote for the best actor/ess, they won't they'll vote for their friends, or who they want to be their friend...

Dd1 tended to get good/best parts. She's not confident in rl, but is a very competant performer. At times, actually I got a bit embarrassed and suggested to one teacher she didn't have to always get it but don't tell her becasue she wasn't always the most suited to the part.
Dd2 never gets anything much. She was really hopeful this year because they auditioned for the first time and she's a good actress. However the parts went to the usual suspects, including a couple of dramatic parts which I have on good authority (not her) are being said in a deadpan voice... hmm She is inkeeper number 4, which is her biggest part at school to date and has, as she informed me, exactly 14 words. grin

Takver Fri 14-Dec-12 19:46:25

I think dd's school hits just the right note in that every child in the top two years gets a good part but they do play to their individual strengths.

So eg you can guess who will get a solo, who will have lots of lines - but those who don't sing & aren't good at remembering words will have a part where they are on stage more, maybe a solo dance, or have a really nice piece of comedy business that will get a big round of applause.

Mind you this is the school where one year the absolute star parts were the two cleaning ladies in Herod's castle grin

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