Nostalgia. Essay

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Once in late autumn the drama department decided to put on a Shakespeare play for the school production. The year before was something by Robert Swindles and was a rather extravagant production with a special setting, including hiring scaffolding and various other props with the school's funding. The cast were rather apprehensive about the amount being spent and later Ms Hamlet admitted that they had overspent. It was to her and our relief that all nine hundred tickets for the three nights of the show had been sold out and so there was more than enough money to pay back the school and put extra for next years production.It was extremely entertaining play, my mother cried when several of the characters died. She had to be reminded by my sister who sat next to her that it was only a play. Yet when I'd rubbed my makeup and emerged from backstage my mother greeted me with a frown on her face.'You were really horrible and stuck up!' she exclaimed instead of congratulating me on my performance. 'I didn't like you at all.''Mum? She was supposed to be horribly stuck up, and impatient and everything.''Still!' my mother insisted firmly. 'Oh all right,' she said grudgingly, 'you were marvellous, sort of powerful and...good.''You know the earrings mummy lent you? We could see them glittering in the light right from the back,' my sister added proudly. Her face then darkened, 'but you know the guns you lot used, when the first shot went...mum screamed.''Well so what? The whole bloody audience jumped and screamed. You couldn't even here my voice!'I didn't say anything. I remembered when they first used the replica gun in rehearsal we all jumped and screamed, because the shot was loud and we were caught off guard thinking it was a real gun. I remember Heather having an unfortunate accident, falling down a couple of steps in fright and twisting her ankle. Later the sympathy died down, as the revelation came that she was actually swinging on the bars.The play was heralded a success with at least ninety of us involved. My mother was extremely proud I was part of it, 'our Mara beat five hundred other boys and girls to get her part you know,' she'd tell everyone. That was of course a lie, but once she got started she couldn't stop. My sister Amber told me to leave it, 'after all,' she said, 'she's telling something quite close to the truth.' And I suppose my mother was because there had been an awfully long waiting list of almost three hundred students dying to get a part if any one of us tried to drop out. My part was rather small though; with only eighteen lines in a three-hour long play.Yet that late autumn when we held 'Macbeth' which was the most beautiful play ever held by our school, and was by far the cheapest play we ever did, with a black and rather plain setting and black costumes, there was no pride in my mother. In fact she was slightly tired of school and me productions. I was hurt, angry and disappointed but I tried to look like I didn't care. I didn't...

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