Yes, we were missing a musketeer, but Eve just had to spend the night packing for Hawaii. So Robin and I went without her to see a high school production of The Three Musketeers. Did either of us know anyone in the cast? No. But since we’re currently working on teen novels, we thought it was a good idea to immerse ourselves in their world.
In a word, we had TonsOfFun! It was opening night, so the nervousness was palpable (a word that I’ve always thought sounded snooty, but is a lot of fun to say). By the end of Act I, it was easy to tell where each actor’s family was sitting. “Shh! Here comes Andrew.”
For me, it was quite a nostalgia trip. We sat in the back row, right in front of the window to the sound booth. That’s where, for two plays when I was a freshman, I missed way too many sound cues. For Robin, it was an eye-opener. At her high school, the whole town seemed to come out for the plays. Here, it’s mostly family and friends…and YA novelists.
But this play was just the beginning. In April, the Disco Mermaids are planning to attend the high school Mock Rock competition. In May, we’ll wander the halls during Open House. And if we can, we’d like to chaperone the prom. If we can’t, I’ll probably just buy corsages for Eve and Robin, take them out to a nice fancy dinner, and promise their spouses to have them home by dawn.
“All for one, and one for all!”
BONUS POST: Check out the very, very, veeeeeeeeeeeeeeery end of this article in the latest Publishers Weekly.