“ Kindergarten Stagefright” by Tan

I hate those teachers. They gave me the script and said memorize it. I didn’t know what to do. I thought to myself, “What is this woman trying to tell me?” They gave out the scripts and sent me home.
I took the script. It looked like it was written in Japanese words. I looked and looked and couldn’t figure out what it said. I went to my brother and asked for help. There was no sound. I asked again, “Help me, brother.” No sound. It got on my nerves. “HELLO! I AM HERE, NEEDING YOUR HEEEEEEEELP!!!” That wasn’t right thing to say. With a ROOOOOOR, the door opened. He said, “GET OUT OF HERE!!! I CAN’T HELP YOU. ASK MY PARENTS,” and shut the door. (Now you can’t see that every day.)
And so first I went to my father, and he said he had work to do. Then I went to my mother and she said, “You start studying, I will come in a second.” But she never came, so the work was on me. I went to my room, shut the door and started reading. It was really hard. I tried to read and read it. But even if I read it, I didn’t get it. I studied for hours and finally the day came.
I was waiting back stage. Every time the audience clapped, my heart beat faster and faster. It was my turn. I wanted to just run away, but I couldn’t. They said my name. The teacher said, “Get on the stage,” but I stayed still like a branch.
I was scared. I was shaking. I was shaking. I said to myself, “I can’t do it.” I looked back at the teacher. Her eyes glowed like a star. I was stepping little steps toward the stage. Every time I stepped, I heard people breathing. I walked so slowly.
I was on the stage. The microphone was 2 inches away from my mouth. Suddenly I forgot my lines. I didn’t remember anything.
Everybody looked at me waiting for me to say something, but what I remember was it started with “the”. Then I remembered on and on through my paragraph. And that was that. I did it. I believed in myself and I did it. Every one clapped. I was smiling so wide that my mouth almost ripped. But I was so happy, and when I came back home I said to myself, I don’t need anyone to help me. I don’t need anyone to tell me how to say the words. I just needed to believe in myself, and so I did and that’s what I got:
Happiness and a clap from the audience and especially from
my family.

5 thoughts on ““ Kindergarten Stagefright” by Tan

  1. Tan it was sure you were nervous in kindergarten! Still awesome I like the part with the script when you had to learn it and al;so when you said that your smile was so wide that your mouth almost ripped!!!!Francois

  2. Tan, Great story, very real.I enjoyed reading the story and i really liked how you started with i hate those teachers, that makes you want to continue reading!!~Yasmina~

  3. I love your story. That's just how I felt when I first had to perform in front of others. But isn't it good when you have done it! And the best thing is, you can do it over and over again without all the agony.Great success!Mrs Kynigou's Mum

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