The year before I sold programmes which I enjoyed because I was on my own. I just didn’t do it because at first I need to get used to people and my surroundings. So I walked and talked but wasn’t in it. Mummy and Daddy thought that it would be a good idea because there are lots of different types of people in it. There was only three boys from my school in it who at the stage I didn’t know really well.
The first practice was really good. There were lots of people in the chorus which at first made me feel uncomfortable as I thought they might pick on me but they didn’t and were nice to me. I wasn’t frightened about the dancing because if somebody else is doing something with me I can do it easily. So I thought it would be 100% happy. But a few days later we lost a member of the chorus, who throughout the show was missed very much – he was getting bullied and could no longer take it. That was a really sad moment for me – i had never had a friend who died before. On the last night we lit two Chinese lanterns in his memory. It was really emotive.
The next practice I got told that me and the boys would have a solo so i stared shitting the brick but it turns out that it was a really cool piece of ju-jitsu so I was fine with it. After a few more practices I really got into the groove of the Panto, and before I knew it, we were practicing in the Ardhowen which made me think of how long I’d been practicing A few nights later the show began. I was nervous of the audience because i didn’t know if they’d like it or not but then I realised that the audience were having a great time.
The first night was rough but after a while it started to go really smoothly. Then the last night came and I started to feel sad. The last show was nerve-racking because a few of my friends were there. I’m really gonna miss the show. After the show, it was a hug fest, which made me feel happy and sad. I really love the Panto and I will definitely be back next year.
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