Triple Threat-Friday Fictioneers.

When you wish upon a star, your dreams come true. At least, that was the plan.  Nic had packed all her dreams into a suitcase. Sold everything she owned. Forsaken her one true love and stacked all her chips on Hollywood. After sweating blood in the dance studio and juggling hours of singing and acting classes with recurrent vocal nodules, she would be the next Nicole Kidman. Her star would shine on Hollywood Boulevard alongside the Hollywood greats. Working in the Box Office was supposed to be her foot in the door, a stepping stone, not her final resting place.


100 Words.

I was excited to see this week’s prompt. A friend of mine is working towards having her musical appear on Broadway and our daughter appears in Grease the Musical at her school tomorrow night and is pursuing a career in dance. We love the box office and were recently introduced to Stage Door when her dance teacher performed as Veruca Salt in Charlie & the Chocolate Factory in Sydney. We love this world, even if the career prospects are more than daunting and you know that dreams are more likely to be shot down in flames before they shine. Yet, the stage has its magic and allure. If that’s where you’re meant to be, you have not choice. You have to try. Pink…”Try”.

27 thoughts on “Triple Threat-Friday Fictioneers.

  1. gahlearner

    She has stamina and works hard. If she also has the talent, she’ll go far. Lovely story.

  2. tidalscribe

    I have done amateur dramatics, usually in the chorus. I once had one of the three leading girls’ roles -and up there on the stage of Wimbledon Town Hall for a moment though I had forgotten my lines – I hadn’t, but vowed never ever to do that again. I prefer to stay in the background. The great artists are those on stage every night – not film stars.

  3. Brenda's Thoughts

    There are far more who do not “make it” than do. It’s a hard business to break into. I guess that’s why passion and perseverance are key. Hope your friend and daughter do well!

  4. msjadeli

    Excellent story. Following one’s dreams doesn’t mean it will be easy. Even if she never made it big she was around what she loved.

  5. Margaret

    You’ve built a touching and convincing portrait of Nic. I’m cheering for her, although I hope she has a Plan B. I wish your daughter well, too.

  6. Rowena Post author

    Thank you, Margaret. While we usually encourage these people to have a Plan B, it takes so much to have a shot at Plan A that there’s not a lot of time or energy left.
    We had a great time seeing our daughter perform in Grease the Musical at school over the last two nights. I love every minute watching both performances and there were quite a few parents who’d gone to both as well.
    Best wishes,

  7. Rowena Post author

    That’s a really good point and one that I’ll hold onto and share with my daughter and her friends. I had a great with an upcoming actor last night and he’s been over to New York to a few workshops and just being in that space blew his mind. It would be great just to dip your little toe in. Actually, make that extraordinary!
    Best wishes,

  8. Rowena Post author

    Thank you very much, Brenda. Passion and perseverance are essential. I also have concerns about the mental health of these people so I also need staying on an even keel and working out how to manage the knock backs and just intensity of it all is very important too. I also tell my daughter that the organization and time management side which is relatively boring is just as important as being able to dance. If you don’t turn up at the right time and the right place, it doesn’t matter how well you can dance.
    Best wishes,

  9. Rowena Post author

    Shirley, you picked up the dark side of this which was fully intended. There are always those people in places like this who had their dreams and end up cleaning the toilet, behind the bar or driving a taxi. I am looking on the bright side with my daughter that if she doesn’t make it, that she’ll have valuable life skills which will help her get ahead in an alternate field.
    Best wishes,

  10. Rowena Post author

    That’s the thing with the flash fiction pieces The reader can often take the story where they want it to go. It’s not set in stone.

  11. tedstrutz

    I liked your story.

    Tell your daughter to follow her dreams, I’m sure she was fabulous in Grease, one of the Pink Ladies? My daughter is an actress, after her mother, and my granddaughter is following in her mother’s footsteps. There are plenty of opportunities to perform, even if you don’t make a living doing it.

  12. Rowena Post author

    Thank you very much for the informed encouragement, Ted. She was one of the younger performers and so she was a cheerleader and in the dance troupe. I used to do performance poetry readings and reached my peak in 1992 when I was 21. I did a solo reading at the Shakespeare Bookshop in Paris. I have no idea why he accepted me at such a young age and I don’t believe I knew much about the history of the place at the time, being before Google and all. I was dumbstruck when i looked it up a few years ago.
    Your family sounds like a lot of fun. We have quite a few people into music or the performing arts and its wonderful.
    Just as a PS I should mention that the role of parent of the grand performing isn’t all pride and glamour. There’s a lot of driving, expense and seemingly some sewing involved. Was sewing ribbons on ballet shoes this morning, taking in a skirt and last night we were driving our son to and from his performance and enjoying from the audience. I’m planning to get back on stage myself soon doing some karaoke.
    Best wishes,

  13. tedstrutz

    At the Shakespeare Bookshop, Wow. I was a theater major in college and went on to do some local television and produced some stage plays. I was a lousy actor, mostly because I lacked discipline. My daughter and her mother are still involved with a professional theater here. My daughter is also the drama instructor at a local high school. I just go to plays now.

  14. Rowena Post author

    I don’t think the role of being an informed member of the audience should be under-rated. It would be a great job being the drama teacher at a school. It pulls everybody together and draws out the best (hopefully) in everyone and it’s so good for young people to find out what they’re made of. I have a bit of a hankering after the stage even still. A cousin of my grandmother’s ended up becoming the face of the Seniors campaign in ads and did some extra work on TV. That gave me a glimmer of hope.

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