Last week Melissa and William tried out for a play at the base with Missoula Children's Theater. This is our third time for this camp - once in Guam and once the first summer we were here. While Melissa and William enjoyed the camp in Guam (Ben wasn't interested), it wasn't such a great week for Melissa and Benjamin when we first got here as they did not get parts. This week William and Melissa both wanted to try out, but Benjamin did not. Being on stage is NOT his cup of tea at all.
From the beginning Melissa wanted to be an assistant director instead being on stage. Good news for her, since that's what she got! She was thrilled!! William did not get a part, but wasn't too upset as he had soccer to keep him busy. In fact, had he gotten a part, there would have been a conflict...so it all worked out.
It was a lot of fun seeing how excited Melissa was about being "in charge". These are the times I see a glance of the lady she'll be one day. She enjoys working with the other kids and likes understanding how the whole play works - not just one part.
Wednesday when we picked Melissa up from practice she was in tears. Once of the dancing trees complained that the dancing hurt her back, so the adults in charge switched her with one of the other assistance directors. Who then pouted about not being an assistance director. So, they then switched the back-hurting tree with Melissa. While she did NOT want to switch, she said she felt like she couldn't say no.
There were lots of tears Wednesday....maybe a few Thursday...but I'm very proud of her for sticking with it. She did think about quitting, she did not talk to us about it....she just did the mature thing and kept going.
Drew and I saw the play Friday night and it went well. Melissa did fine in her dancing tree part. And she's already talking about returning next year - to be an assistance director for the WHOLE week.