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...


17. Wednesday 8th October

Acting horrid is fun! Not to actual people, of course -  it would disgust me if I thought that - but as a character. Miss Hannigan is a vile person and I haven't had any particular experience of treating others with her amount of loathing. Definitely, it is going to be hard to portray an angry, powerful woman when I'm (I think) a nice harmless girl. I'm not even sure that I've got it in me to produce a satisfyingly convincing act. Much more practising will be needed!

On the subject of practise, the mini-rehearsal at Hattie's was pretty good. The gang share a lot of scenes with me because their people all live at the orphanage mine owns. It was slightly unnerving how much Jessica seemed to be the plain, outspoken Annie; she wasn't at all like herself when she acted.The others, as more orphan girls, seemed to gather around Annie because of her loud fussiness. That was one thing that Jessica and Annie had in common - they got noticed.

My visit to Hattie's aside, the main thing that happened today was that Penny rang me. She had told her family about wanting to apply for the club and they had let her fill out the form.  Penny had emailed me the link to it so that I could use it...  but first I would have to convince my mum to let me join. After all, she's probably be the one who would be paying.

I have to go to Gran and Grandad's later because Mum is going out to the cinema with her friends. I don't mind because Gran said that she was making her special lasagne, which is absolutely divine. Mum is trying to learn the recipe but she's useless when it comes to anything involving pasta. Grandad used to be a chef but Gran's the real cooking talent. Her cakes are always winning the local WI competitions. Lasagne is her speciality though.

I'm going to take my script with me to try and memorise some of the earlier scenes. Felicity and Katya have already learned their parts off by heart, including the songs. Hattie and Imogen aren't that far off, and Jessica said she's nailed about 2/3 of her vast workload. How they do it is beyond me. Perhaps they have got used to committing lines to memory. After all, they are always winning roles in our plays at school, whereas this is my first time with a big part.

At school tomorrow I have an end-of-unit History test, which is about the Victorians. Personally, I think that it's a bit unfair. We've only had three lessons on the topic. One of them was just us brainstorming what we already knew about it! What will happen is that all the people who read history books for fun, or who did it in primary, will get much better grades than those of us who have to rely on the brief snippets of information we can salvage from the garbled nonsense from our mumbling teacher.

Mum's yelling up the stairs that a new TV programme is starting, and I might want to watch it to see what its like. Normally, the stuff that she likes is pretty drab, but you never know so I'll go down anyway. 


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