My wonderful and brave 11 yr. old W had as one of his lines "He was taken and killed by wicked people" He has rehearsed this over and over at home with a lot of good inflection and uumph... but of course in church he doesn't dare give it the same feeling. That may be a good thing, since many a rehearsal at home ended with the other kids giggling uncontrollably.
Po - because he is 9 and too cool for words - was given some lines that he decided were too long to memorize. Somehow Mom did not agree, and he had to memorize them... and yet (because the Primary leaders are smart and don't trust everyone to have their parts memorized) because the lines were there in front of them, he read them from the paper... forgetting that the word "live" makes more sense in the sentence if pronounced with a short I sound rather than a long one...
H - well, there are no complaints - she did well through both programs (that's right, we got the privilege of doing it TWICE!) even though she did have to have someone tie the bow on her dress 1/2 way through the second program... and then again at the end... pesky bows.
M.... oh sweet M is always the exception to the rule isn't she? Her part was short and sweet: "We give hugs to our family" - that's it... she even wrote her own lines, she's so talented. Well, practice after practice at church she refused to say the lines into the microphone until Saturday when I stood up for our final practice and walked her to the podium where she said her lines nice and loud. All it takes is Mom helping - can do! First performance today? Stage Fright - Mom has to say the words. Second performance today? Well, we took the time beforehand to remind her that if she says her part from memory there's a prize in it for her... (see, you knew we'd get around to bribery eventually) It went off without a hitch - she left the stage smiling and even sat in her own seat... for awhile before bugging Mom again. Speaking of seats - M took the seating chart and proceeded to tell some kids that they were in the wrong spots DURING the program... then she HAD to stay on my lap!
My favorite part of the annual program is always the fact that it's over... then we get to start working on Christmas program... ugh, I'm not read to think about that yet!
Oh, and lest you think that T was left out of my narrative - at 13 he is too old now - but he gave great moral support as he dozed in the audience with Dad :)