"By now, my wife's policy on attending school plays (a policy that also covers pageants, talent shows, revues, recitals, and spring assemblies) is pretty well known: she believes that if your child is in a school play and you don't go to every performance, including the special Thursday matinee for the fourth grade, the county will come and take the child." Calvin Trillin
Luckily (but also sadly) for me, my daughter's next production is a one-night-only event. It's also the first time she's broken out of the two-generation typecast we've had going: Connie in "Good News," The Abbess in "The Comedy of Errors," Catherine in "Pippin," Glinda in "The Wizard of Oz," executive secretary Joyce Edwards in the little-known "Going...Going...Gone With The Breeze"--all women who serenely dominate the end of a play and tie up its loose ends.
On Thursday night, though, S. will be playing a ten-year-old boy, er...fish--Flounder in "The Little Mermaid." She'll have to actually act--and she's going to be on wheels. I can't wait to see it.