My Time at "Camp Operetta"

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    hey do you like the odd ones out or Adamic sore rubber ninja or egoraptor Aaron Hanson or most importantly many laughs and me then hey you should go to scribble showdown calm and check that out James Tom Morris and Aaron they're all gonna be doing the comedy and drying and improv games and I'm gonna be there too so if that sounds like a fun time you should go to scrub with showdown come check out what cities were going to what the dates are and they'll see you there and so will I my mum put me in a lot of extracurricular activities when I was growing up like I've mentioned before and one I haven't talked about yet was the summer camp called camp operetta when I was the ripe age of eight my mom decided I wasn't enough of a versatile super child yet and it was time for me to dip my toes into the showbiz puddle that is musical theater I did piano and stuff but I've never been interested in the Performing Arts so when my mom asked me if I wanted to do this camp operetta thing during the summer I was like okay wait what is this look I just agreed with anything my parents told me as a kid I didn't know I could actually have an opinion I'm assuming that most of you don't know what camp operetta is because I googled it and got no results to be fair it was a one-off indie camp one of the local elementary schools just did so basically camp operetta was for young artsy theater kids and would start off by sitting in the group and reading a picture book then everyone works together to rewrite it into a musical play to perform in front of the parents at the end of the camp and then what should the tiger say make him say the f-word then we all get assigned roles for the play write the music and make the costumes in set it was actually really fun and I looked forward to it a lot also when I say write music I mean the teachers tell us how to play nursery songs and xylophones and those colored plastic tubes we weren't dropping fire in fourth grade the first year I did camp operetta the book we were supposed to theater eyes was I can't remember I just know it was about a bunch of animals in the jungle and I wanted to land the role of cheetah because I thought cheetahs were cool and obviously I'm the best cheetah out of all you losers she wasn't the main character but I've never been a main character kind of guy I'm the I can't cope with number one spots because the expectation spotlight and stress is enough to break me kind of guy so that's why I'm always happy to sit at like number two and most things it proves hey I'm talented and hardworking enough to land an important than high up role without complete judgment and pressure of being at the top with everyone waiting for you to mess something up bit of a depressing life hat for you guys spoiler alert I nailed the audition and reeled myself in the role of cheetah the catch was there were too many kids in the camp for the amount of characters in the play so what the teachers decided we do was assign two people per character then halfway through the play switch outcasts the girl who landed cheetah 2 was this one girl who I don't remember the name of but I thought she was super cool because she only had one arm it's a good thing the teachers didn't care that the two kids who shared a role didn't have to look similar because they'd either have to dye her hair dark brown and make her look Asian somehow or chop one of my arms off we made masks out of paper plates painted a jungle scenery on big sheets of paper for the background I think the costumes were made of paper too look they didn't have much money I remember one day I decided I wanted to bring my favorite stuffed animal to camp with me and show them off to the other kids it was this stuffed Mouse I got at a book store I named Raoul spelled RA oh oh le because that was 8 year old me trying my best I brought out Raoul during lunch slash break time and we all started playing with him we stood in a big circle and tossed him hot potato style to each other and after a few minutes of this I went to go use the bathroom real quick Raoul has always been really special to me because he was the first purchase I made completely on my own without my parent's permission at the end of the school year if you read enough books and took a little test to prove you read it you'd get to go on a field trip to a bookstore and I being the bookworm I am barely scraped in by reading the bare minimum amount of books to make it in a desperate attempt to make the cut in time I even requested a bunch of random book tests in some miracle I'd guess enough answers right to pass and get points for it was pathetic and it worked hell yeah suckers I totally earned this trip the purpose of the trip was for kids to get excited about reading and buy some books later read over summer break so I walked around the bookstore looked at the books that people were talking about skimmed the new releases and then bought a mouse because I don't like reading and I was really excited about it because it was my first a hundred percent own personal choice I didn't have to go mommy can I get this I made my own decision with their money since that field trip I took Raoul everywhere and he's always been my favorite stuffed animal and super special to me hey we ripped his foot off so in the literal two minutes I was gone taking a pee the kids got so rambunctious that they ripped Raul's foot off and all the freaking beans were spilling all out the gas hole what thank you barbarians I immediately put Rahul back in my bag upside down so no more beans spilled out but I wasn't really that upset about it for some $0.06 reason while I was in the bathroom I actually thought to myself they're gonna rip him open somehow and they did I was cool and we were all able to joke about it the beans that spilled out looked like little eggs so we were like oh he's laying eggs though after camp my mom was able to stitch him back up to so he's all good look theory is doing good anyway we kept working on the play finished getting the show setup practiced our lines and after a couple weeks we were ready to perform in front of the parents and I think it went really well I honestly don't remember anything about it but my parents are sending videotaped footage they took of it so here's some of that but that's not the end of camp operetta I went again next year and this time we did a play on the rainbow fish the story of a special fish with shiny rainbow scales and no one wanted to hang out with him because he wouldn't give them what makes him special and the only way he felt like he could be happy was to give away his specialness to the fish that only wanted to leech off his beauty setting aside the controversial morals of the book we got to work turning it into a play there weren't as many kids this year so we didn't need to share roles I ended up again with a semi main character the sea horse now hardcore rainbow fish stands are probably saying wait there's no sea horse in that story and you're right as a group of kids we decided to completely create a new character in the story because we liked sea horses and that was the cohesive morale story about acceptance and loneliness can we add a seahorse make him say the f-word during the music learning part of the play the teachers asked us who could play the piano because they wanted to assign someone the role of playing the under the sea melody from the Little Mermaid without botching it up I along with three other kids raised our hands and we were taken to the piano to do a little musical audition the other kids took turns playing mary had a little lamb and twinkle twinkle little star and I quickly realized I was overqualified for this part when it was my turn to play I sat down and played Pachelbel's Canon I memorized from my piano recital like a show-off that was the one time I realized I was the Asian kid in a scenario I got the part the night of the play we got into our costumes mine was made out of a towel with the bottom rolled up to look like a seahorse tail I thought the costume was actually really cool but a problem arose when I was in the middle of my final lines in the performance I had a solo part where I was supposed to build hype for the ending of the play and raise my arms up at the end to deliver the lines that induce the big finale but as I was saying my lines and getting ready to raise my arms up I realized the bracelet I was wearing was caught on one of the towel strings I started freaking out because this was the big finishing move for my character it said in the script seahorse raises both arms blah blah blah blah blah this was the big moment and it's gonna ruined because my costume is a towel I was wiggling my wrist in all directions and trying to get my arm free as time was ticking down quickly finally I delivered the last line and could only raise up one arm like cheetah - I remember feeling really stupid because no one raises one arm to do anything but ask to use the bathroom or be flamboyant I felt like I ruined the big moment but talking to my parents afterwards they said they didn't notice and looking back it was probably a much bigger deal in my 9 year olds head than it actually was I still feel like that was one of my biggest failures in life though see that's exactly why I don't like main roles in anything a prime example of self-fulfilling prophecy and that was my time in camp operetta no I didn't do it a third year because they didn't have enough money or participants so they had to shut it down I told you they didn't have much money you will be forever missed camp operetta you made my summers more fun and my rivals foot all Genki who knows if I would have became a theatre kid if camp operetta never shut down but either...
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