Stage Fright - Original Essay

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Stage Fright - Original Essay

I waited tensely behind the stage curtain, reciting my lines as if my life depended on it. Who was I kidding? My life did depend on it. If I failed here then all of my dignity would shatter like a bullet on glass. There was one, rather insignificant consolation, the blatant expressions on the other kids' faces portrayed that they were just as apprehensive as I.

My eyes were glued to my script as if magnetically attracted to it. I desperately tried to focus, but it was futile because people already on stage insisted on saying their lines: it drove me insane.

"You sure you're okay?" asked my instructor. She placed her hand on my shoulder; comfortingly. I took a
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The cheap plastic clock was moving at the speed of a drunken slug, but it transformed into a pounding cheetah when I heard my cue in the back of my mind. I snapped out of my daydream frantically, and as the curtain opened, my heart fell so far down my shivering anatomy; that it missed a beat as I haplessly clutched to the fading memory of those oh so vital lines. I bit my lip like that cheetah would do its victim, and hastily walked on stage.

I faltered. "This is it." I thought, yet my lines, they seemed to blurt out, it was a mind-boggling feeling. I was so happy that everything was going according to plan, I nearly let out a sigh of relief mid-line. I felt like I was being programmed to talk at high speed as the words were on a mission to make themselves heard. I wandered off the wooden stage with my head held high, and the I saw was dainty little Francesca, who did her trademark grin and more importantly, gave me a thumbs-up, which satisfied me no end.

I carried on through the rabble of the backstage area and joined my pack of mates.

"Dude you rock!" exclaimed Michael. He gave me a high-five.

"Heh, thanks." I said, with a failing attempt to be humble. It was almost an honour to be recognized in such a light by Michael, the proverbial 'leader' of the pack. He was the 'leader' because he was the oldest, at ten years old, which was surprisingly

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