December 7: Flash Fiction Challenge – Drama Performance


December 7, 2017 prompt: In 99 words (no more, no less) write that features a performance. You can interpret what is a performance any way the prompt leads you.

My senior drama students faced a final performance exam presided over by visiting examiners.

Scott and I rehearsed for months, refining his character and his performance. He worried over every detail, and there was nothing we hadn’t rehearsed.

Exam day arrived, and the performances were under the control of the examiners, I could only sit and watch.

A nervous Scott went into his performance. Half way through he forgot his lines. The look on his face was devastating. He looked at me, but I was powerless to help him. He stumbled defeated to the end and left in tears.


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17 Responses to December 7: Flash Fiction Challenge – Drama Performance

  1. floridaborne says:

    I’ve seen it happen before. Heartbreaking.

  2. Frank Hubeny says:

    A sad story. I wouldn’t be able to remember lines either.

  3. How awful for him. Did he recover Michael?

  4. Charli Mills says:

    In high school, I did forensics and performed in several plays. Not much, but enough to still have dreams where I forget my lines! I like how you focused on the empathetic yet helpless position of the teacher, watching a student. Good one, Michael!

  5. Awwe, been there, done that. He’ll bounce back with a vengeance I’m sure.

  6. Been there. I know how Scott felt. Difficult to be unable to help but perhaps that will eventually save him from his fear.

  7. A heartbreaking experience for anyone. I can recall forgetting entire sections of presentations. It’s an awful feeling.

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