On The Outskirts Of The Gang

Rosa is a pretty, self-conscious girl who wants to be cool. She's a bit afraid of Jessica, the most popular person in the entire year. As she clings on at the edge of Jessica's gang, she notices things that slowly make her realise that there is something odd going on...


16. Tuesday 7th October

Last night, I couldn't sleep so I sat up in bed reading through some of the Annie script. I have so many lines! I didn't know that I had such a big part, but Miss Hannigan turns out to be the major villain. In the hall, I was just relieved to have a role at all - and one with an individual name as well! This school production is turning out to be a serious responsibility.

On the rehearsal schedule, it has my character down for almost every practise. I'll be very busy! Its a good job that I don't do any other extra-curricular stuff. All the same, I'm really worried that I'll let everybody down. I'm not Jessica, I do have a few, shall I say, flaws in my performance skills. Maybe Mr Julier should have handed the script to that Year 11 Rosa yesterday after all. I'm not sure that I'll be able to deliver.

Why am I being so pessimistic? I haven't actually tried out playing Miss Hannigan yet. Perhaps I'll surprise myself.  If the Drama teachers chose me, they must think that I would be able to do it well enough. I'll have to at least give it a go. There's ages until the actual showing of it because the rehearsing period lasts a really long time. The first performance is in the last week of March. If I'm not up to scratch then they could easily select somebody else in time.

I hope that I can play that orphanage lady well. It would be embarrassing to be replaced, especially as the gang have all got great parts that I know they'll keep. 'Jealous' would be the wrong word to describe how I feel about them and their naturally sparkling talents. I don't want to take it from them, or make them go away, I want to be one of them. Then the confidence that I would take from that might bring a bit extra to my acting.

Speaking (or writing) of them, Katya told me that they were having a quick run through some of the scenes at Hattie's house tomorrow, and she had invited me. It would certainly be a test to see if I could do a few pieces with all of them watching! I agreed to go anyway, because challenging yourself is good, right?

Now, I'm going to tell you something that nobody else knows - except from Penny. We're going to try to persuade our parents to let us join the Saturday Roller-Disco Club. Its got limited places: 10 for girls, 10 for boys. The local leisure centre runs it, and only kids are allowed in; the DJ is the only adult allowed. He's Penny's brother's friend, and he's 22. His name is Callum and he mentioned he could get discounts for family and friends. Oh, something I forgot to say; Penny's moving back here. I was so happy when I heard, because we still get on really well. She will probably be going to my school!

One thing about the Saturday Roller-Disco Club - they do international competitions. If you get good, they put you in the club team. Penny thinks that we could get famous. I remember we used to go roller-blading together when we were little, and she was very good. She might be able to make it!

Well, isn't life getting interesting! Goodbye!

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