The oldest by one minute son loves acting. He chose drama as a GCSE and is going to continue with the subject into A-Level.
*My mum worries it isn't academic enough and won't 'get him a good job' but then she isn't happy if she isn't worrying.*
He loved being in the school Christmas plays, and was most disappointed in those years when he didn't get a 'role'. For the last 3 years of primary school (you had to be Y4 or above) he took part in the summer productions.
He was a 'lead singer' in the first two he took part in (comes from their very musical father ... I can't hold a tune in a bucket) and had an acting role in the last one.
So I was surprised when he didn't get more involved in the various productions his secondary school put on.
Turns out doing the play got you out of PE with a teacher he really disliked, and that was why he did the primary school productions.
However, after his passion for drama re-emerged, he has wanted to be involved, but has been on trips or ill when the auditions were on .... and a chorus part was not 'good enough'.
So in what was possibly his final year *until he decided to stay on the 6th form* he was determined to be in the Christmas play.
So on Thursday night (there were 2 other performances) we went to watch 'The Spirits and Scrooge'.
The tale was based on A Christmas Carol, but was from the viewpoint of the ghosts. Jacob Marley was the main character, along with the other 3 ghosts. But there were also some other famous ghosts from famous literature.
He played the ghost of Hamlet's father. He did it brilliantly - the show producer described it as a 'master class of comic timing'. And he did it all in full Shakespearean voice, complete with accompanying mannerisms and expressions.
I know I'm biased but he was brilliant. I'm doing (or trying to do) a Christmas Journal this year. I'm hoping this may be the start of a new family tradition of appearing in a Christmas play/pantomime.