My name is Cupcake! I am a pink ghost.
You and me go together like butter and toast.
I live in a tummy.
Everything down here is yummy.
A day ago some little girl ate!
So now I am a little cupcake ghost.
I have sprinkles on my face and my dress is tan.
Well, see you later,
I’m going to sleep!
By Lucy Wallin
crimson foliage cascading
lifeless, twirling wind
withering dry leaves
rustic with resignation
moist dirt decaying
By Cynthia Wilson
“Reflections of a Ballerina”
My friends and I were sitting outside the dance studio stretching. We were excited to get our parts as toys for the first time. We waited and waited and after what seemed like two hours Lise, the director, called us in the studio.
My heart was beating like a humming bird’s wings. I was so nervous. We danced the parts of all the toys like marionettes, harlequins, and soldiers. All the parts we tried were fun but they were hard, too. Finally we split up into groups, I was going to be a marionette!
Marionette’s dance steps are challenging, and I had to do the splits. The two other people and I had to act like real puppets. Every time the person controlling me moved I had to move at the same time and same way and the costumes smelled like rotten pizza. PU!
Then it was time for the first rehearsal with everyone in our scene. It was hard to get on and off the stage at the right time. When we supposedly had a break, but I didn’t get one, Lise, the director, called some people and I to stay in. Then I learned I would not only be a marionette but a marleton too!
Marletons are clowns, they had huge hats with little pom-poms that made me lose my balance quite a lot. Apart from heavy costumes Marletons took a lot of work to perfect. We had to find a way to get into a stable six person pyramid without stepping on each other, and we messed up on that it would hurt OUCH!
For weeks and weeks and weeks we rehearsed. We all got bruises and we all got really tired. Then finally we were doing the very last rehearsal before opening night. I was so excited, I was bubbling with energy. When we were done with the rehearsal everyone went down in their dressing rooms to get costumes and makeup on.
Then after what seemed like one hundred hours, we got called up for starting positions. All of us tried not to be scared but it showed that we were. Marionettes are the first toys on stge. And as we were waiting to go on my knees were shaking like there was an earthquake.
After my first entrance and exit everything went A-OKAY! Everyone was working really hard and doing great and the show went really great. We did five shows, each show was better than the last and no one got hurt, except… I got strep on the last show, but that was fine with me! Now I can’t wait until next year.
Written by: Gwyn Alexander, 4th grade
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