I’ve always wished I could sing and act! In my younger days, I did try some acting, but I wasn’t very good, and as for my singing – well, forget it! Instead, I diverted my energies into directing musical shows, and encouraging/helping others who did have these talents. I directed a dozen or so shows with young people and it was so good to see them blossom from nervous ten-year-olds, who tucked themselves at the back of the chorus, into confident mid-teens taking leading roles in the shows. A couple of them even went on into the professional theatre.
As for me, well, I carry on dreaming of being Calamity Jane, Maria in The Sound of Music, Ensign Nelly Forbush in South Pacific), or Eponine in Les Mis!
Maybe my 'frustrated dream' is one of the reasons why the heroines in my two of my novels have been actresses! Jess in 'Hs Leading Lady' was an accomplished amateur actress/singer who was thrust onto the professional stage in London's West End, and found the fulfilment of her dream (as well as her dream man of course). In contract, Abbey in 'Fragrance of Violets' was suffering a crisis of confidence after failing to get the role of her dreams, but then finds out there was a reason for that ...
If you could play a part in any musical show, who would you like to play?
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