We had a MUSICAL AT OUR LIBRARY AND IT WAS AWESOME!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! It was based off the book Dumplin, which is a YA Contemporary novel about a fat girl running for the beauty pageant.
And then a bunch of other girls join our protagonist and run for the pageant too. Meanwhile our protagonist, Willowedean Dickson, finds herself torn between two dudes, Bo and Mitch, who are both very nice BUT SHOULD SHE EVEN BE IN A RELATIONSHIP SHE'S SO FAT?
So yeh, it's an awesome book about body positivity (at least towards the end of the book it is), daring to do what you want, and good ole fashion Dolly Parton, bc naturally. SO YOU SHOULD READ THE BOOK!
But anyways how did we make this awesome book into a musical? Welllllll, I was hard and extensive work. Through the long hours Anna (the library specialist and play manager lady person who had the initial idea to do this thing) and I toiled, burning the midnight oil and totally being asleep. XD
Hahaha, no. In reality it was more like me going to the library and sitting at the teen desk with Anna writing while listening to Taylor Swift on repeat. And also hiding from my parents bc they hate Dumplin' and think it's a HORRIBLE BOOK. I'm so glad I don't live with them anymore, lol, because the book is amazing. (To be honest they hate on fat people and don't like body positivity bc they think fat people should be shamed. Screw you, parents.) BUT ANYWAYS I WROTE LIKE A THIRD OF THE SCRIPT. WOOO HOOOO YAY HANNAH. Anna did the rest. She is a productive good bean. *thumbs up*
Some of the script was literally just taken straight from the book. A lot of the dialogue was exactly the same, except without the "he said, she saids." We meshed scenes together for time. Tailored some of the dialogue if needed and inserted songs when we could. Like when Willowdean and Bo had an argument we put in the song Jar of Hearts. And when the pageant girls had to get their game on, we inserted the song Better When I'm Dancing. And then we had Willowdean sing Jolene because her character does in the book. IT WAS SO MUCH FUN!
I'm the person eating the carnation btw the way. AND YES WE GOT FLOWERS FOR BEING SO AWESOME. #YAYUS
We spent a good couple months (from like March? to August) practicing and it paid off! We did do it in reader's theater style. Which means we all sat on chairs and when it was our turn stood up and read our lines from our binders, but we do a little staging like sitting at a table or walking away from a person and all that stuff. So it was pretty easy to do, BUT SO FUN. WE EVEN MADE CAST T-SHIRTS YAYAYAYAYAYAY.
To be quite honest I can't wait to do this again. I'm considering getting my college major in theater. I've proposed doing a Civil War play Hamilton style and my friends are all for it. SO WE MAY DO IT! #EXCITED #LIKEWAYYYYYYYYYYEXCITED I want to fight dancing, and rapping, and jazz, and ALL THE THINGS IT'S GOING TO BE SOOOOO COOOOOOOOOOOOOL. I will let you know if we do decide to do it, of course. :D
Until next time, peace out, do a library musical just bc, and LOVE LIBRARIES. and probably check out myonline store bc yeah.
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