Thursday, April 30, 2009

Picture It, High School, 1984

This morning, the TV was on in the background as I was getting ready, and I heard someone say the words, "Impossible Dream" and BOOM! A memory popped right into my head:



He was Don Quixote. I was the Moorish girl. It was our first run-through of the scene. The Moorish girl dances and tries to seduce Quixote. She twirls around him, teasing him with her veil. She stands with her back against his chest, swaying seductively, and then…

Holy Shit!

It said something like “She takes his right hand and places it on her right breast. She takes his left hand and places it on her left breast.”

No really –Holy Shit!

Of course, we tried to be very professional about it and not even react. But we also realized that we were in a high school production and hands on breasts would never fly. So we improvised and wrapped his arms around me until he was holding me from behind. We thought we did an awesome job with it until we heard, “CUT!”

We were both thinking that we couldn’t believe that she was going to tone that down. I mean, come ON! We were all adults here (sort of). And then our seriously batshit crazy (not even kidding – she was insane) drama teacher said,

“It says she places his hand on her breast, not her waist. She is seducing him, not cuddling with him!”

Blank stares from us. Giggles from everyone else.

“Oh cut it out! Act like grown-ups for Pete’s sake! This is called acting! It’s not like it’s a relationship! She puts his hands on her BREASTS!

About six hours later (and for the next several months), we were practicing that scene in the backseat of his car. And his room. And the back of the auditorium. And the dressing room. And the...well, you get the picture.

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9 comments:

Elisa said...

yeah - like that won't lead to stuff for teenagers. gosh, did this drama teacher know *nothing*??

meno said...

Practice makes perfect! :)

Gwen said...

So you were method acting, right? :)There's nothing more erotic than rehearsing for/participating in a play.

I have a lot of respect for this teacher, actually. She obviously wanted to honor the material and felt like you were mature enough to handle it.

Elisa - I think the teenagers were going to be groping in cars with or without the teacher's encouragement. Just my opinion :)

Karen said...

Practice makes perfect, you know. I'll bet it was a stellar performance. Especially in the back of the car.

Gina said...

Yeah - I definitely wasn't blaming her - it was going to happen either way - I had my sights on him (and vice versa) from day one. It was just the way she said it and the timing that was funny.

And I called her batshit crazy - not because of this - but because she was, in fact, batshit crazy.

Shelly said...

Oh, it's acting. It's not like it's a relationship or anything. HAHAHAHAHA!

Karly said...

"It's not like it's a relationship or anything." Right, because it's BAD to touch the boobs when you are in a relationship, but fine otherwise! Hilarious!

mdx3mom said...

Ah, to be young again.

I think I would have blushed every color of red being on stage doing that.

But in the car alone, I think EVERY teen knows those moves.

Maura said...

Isn't it funny how a snippet of something overheard can bring back a memory like that, which we may not have thought of in YEARS?

This makes me kind of wish I'd be IN the plays instead of backstage, though...!