2. Miss Sierra
“If all the world’s a stage, applause is my oxygen!”
This is the most exciting moment in my entire existence! Miss Poppy Adams, the extraordinarily talented actress who needs no introduction, is starring in Slug Brook Academy’s student production! As the school’s drama teacher, I’m so proud I may burst. This is my big break; this is my breakout opportunity. Who knows? Maybe, one day, I will leave Slug Brook Academy behind! Move to Hollywood where I’ll produce spin-offs of Chronicles of Hell High, the best TV show ever created.
I should celebrate. I should bake a cake. A special cake with sprinkles and vanilla cream icing, extra buttery. I should and I would, if not for Headmistress. What if she notices I can’t contain my enthusiasm? She deplores it when teachers let
s their feelings take over. Not everyone can be like Miss Echo. With her whisper-soft voice and quiet demeanor, it’s like Miss Echo was genetically engineered to be a librarian. She’s never gotten in in trouble with Headmistress. She’s not someone who needs to belt out Broadway showtunes in the shower and cry her eyes out reading poetry.
I can hear Headmistress’s scolding tone already. “Our priority is to protect our students. It is the utmost law of the Highest Order. Emotions are distractions. Distractions lead to mistakes. Mistakes hurt our girls.”
Oh fiddle dee dee, acting is about feeling! Theatre requires an actress to jab a needle in her heart and bleed her emotions for the world to see. It’s about turning your soul inside out and letting the audience see your fraying seams! When we’re vulnerable, others see themselves in us, shedding light on the truth we are all the same, we are all one! And together, anything is possible!
Hope is not theatre, theatre is hope.
Go on to Chapter Three…