When I think of the panto, I think of my hours spent hanging around the cafe at the rehearsal venue. I see it through rose tinted glasses. I love that place. I love my glass of freshly-squeezed orange juice and the particularly nice cheese and onion crisps that I stretch out for an hour or more. I read a book or, if I’m feeling good, I read one of my work books. Panto rehearsals are marked with photos like this.
But nothing stays the same. My daughter is at secondary school now. There’s no time for her to get home before rehearsals. I would have to go and pick her up from school and drive her straight to the venue. It was going to be time-consuming and use up a lot of fuel.
But then my daughter came up with a plan. It was a genius plan. So simple, yet I would never have thought of it myself. She could get a different bus from school. Instead of me driving to pick her up and driving to rehearsals, she would just get on a different school bus. And, credit to the bus company, they let her do it. I love that they’re so helpful and flexible.
The good news is, I could actually spend longer at home and make dinner for the boys. It would be a better use of my time and a lot less fuel used. But I felt a little bit sad that I wouldn’t be spending my quiet time in the cafe. Although I did actually go there on the first two days, just to check my daughter was settled and was safe and happy with the new bus.
And how are the rehearsals going? They’re going very well.
This year there has been a big influx of tiny new girls. Previously an 11 year old would still have been considered on the young side, but suddenly my daughter is one of the big ones. It’s very strange to see her looking big. Of course she’s grown a lot since she was ‘little’ two years ago.
And the dancing is going well. We’ve had some demonstrations at home. The routines remind me a lot of her jazz exam – only harder. They must be a struggle for the 8 year olds! The choreographer knows her name and she never makes the effort to know anyone’s name, so I’m seeing that as a positive.
I can’t believe it’s less than two weeks until opening night, but there’s a lot more rehearsals to go before then. Oh yes there is!