Last night they put on the last of three productions of She Kills Monsters
  1. The script was toned down somewhat for high school performances
    But not as much as I thought it might be
  2. Her school is grades 6-12. She is in 8th grade and has been there since grade 6
  3. So far she has been in five plays: Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (Oompa Loompa), The Wizard of Oz (Toto), The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe (Elf), Little Shop of Horrors (First Customer), and She Kills Monsters (Kobold)
  4. She really wants a big role so she is disappointed each audition since she played Toto. Still, she rehearses her monologues for the auditions and tries so hard. She still has four more years and at least ten more chances for a big part.
    She was in almost every scene as Toto who obviously had no lines but did require lots of facial and physical expression. She was so excited because her part was important enough to have an understudy. 😍
  5. Also she can't sing so she has to focus on the fall plays because they are not musicals.
    But she has gotten a part in every play so far. I guess because she can't sing she really only has six more chances. I hope she can attain that because she is working so hard.
  6. The spring plays are musicals
    She has to sing for the auditions and she belts it out fearlessly. But sadly she is tone deaf and can't carry a tune. She recorded herself and thought she was good. Her drama and non-drama friends, her drama teacher, and her mom have tried to gently explain to her that she won't get singing parts. My role was to hold her in my arms while she cried over accepting this reality. 😢😢😢
  7. This year they have a winter production, too. Those will be one-act plays. I sincerely hope my granddaughter gets a big part in one of those.
  8. I'm so proud of her because she keeps trying and working on it.
  9. Her school handled She Kills Monsters really well, given the mature content and nature of the story.
    If you are not familiar with it, the play is about a 25-year-old woman (Agnes) who gets to know her dead 15-year-old sister (Tilly) by playing a game module Tilly wrote for Dungeons and Dragons. In the original play I believe Tilly committed suicide, but in the teen version she died in a car accident. Agnes never paid much attention to Tilly and gets to know her by playing the game Tilly wrote. In the game Agnes learns Tilly was gay and was harassed. It was moving, funny, sad and bittersweet.
  10. My granddaughter attends a school for international studies and is learning to speak Chinese (her birth country). She will earn a diploma of international studies as well as a high school diploma.
    She will have five years of Chinese in school, then an opportunity for two more at the community college (free) that build on her skills. If she is fluent at the conversational level after five years she wants to take two years of another language instead of seven years of Chinese. She is currently in her third year of Chinese.
  11. She loves history, cultural studies, social studies, language arts, and science.
  12. She went to a public Montessori school grades K-5 where she had no textbooks and no tests
  13. And now that she has actual grades, has books, and gets tested, she gets all As and, though it is her least favorite class, she is in advanced math.
  14. I love my beautiful, sensitive, smart, artistic granddaughter with all my heart.
  15. And I love my daughter for teaching my grandchildren so well.
  16. My 10-year-old grandson saw all three productions of She Kills Monsters with my daughter and understood and connected with the story and characters. I am so proud that my daughter has raised the kids to be so comfortable and open to all people. It blows my mind how kind and sensitive they are. I was so proud of my grandson too!
    But of course they are real kids, not some idealized version of kids. The school brought in an adult swordsman from the community to teach the young actors how to pretend to sword fight realistically. My grandson loved seeing his older sister on stage fighting with swords, killing others, and being killed herself. She had on this bloody monster make up that he loved. And after the show he got to use one of the pretend swords. I'm pretty sure this was the best part of the play to him 😂😂😂
  17. I am now exhausted from going out at night but this was definitely worth it!
  18. PS - I know most people on don't think this way, but I want to state very clearly that my grandchildren are not smart because they are Asian. You might be shocked by how many people actually say that! And the awful things they say to my grandchildren and my daughter. But that is another list!
  19. If you read this, thank you so much. This is clearly a proud Grandma list! I love you for making it this far, my dear list friends. You are the best and I love you. ❤️❤️❤️