This weeks “Express Yourself” prompt asks us about a musical of play we have viewed. Here is my answer to this interesting question:
It has been a long time since I have been to a play, or musical, if you don’t count my daughter’s performances with her former acting school.
The last “real”one I remember attending, was with my mother ten years ago in Germany. We went with her friend to a performance of a local theater group which performed a 1 hour play, that was written just for the occasion and was traditional Bavarian folklore. Funny and a little over the top, dressed as you probably imagined in lederhosen and the Dirndl, a specific dress worn to special ooccasionsin Bavaria, where I am from. To give you guys an idea what I am talking about, here is an image of what a stage in a play would look like:
I know the following example is in German, but it is still kind of interesting to watch, especially considering how different a traditional play here in the US is from a traditional play in southern Germany. Enjoy!
P.S. The video is from an older performance, but it was hard to find anything on YouTube that represented the type of play I was talking about.
There are many reasons to reach for a goal. Revenge, desire, passion, or a deep personal drive to give back to the people whom are in your care, are common.
But so is envy, and it was my motivator, my reasons to stay up late at night, to rehearse my lines with great care, and to end up on this stage.
I wanted, no – needed – her to feel the sting of envy, that she tried to cultivate within me all of her life.
Here, at the prime of my life, knowing that she was watching, boiling with envious rage within her, I smiled, fully embracing the applause directed toward me.
Copyright Claudia H. Blanton 2014
This post was inspired by this weeks theme “Envy” from the Five Sentence Flash Fiction.
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