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My very surreal evening

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janerowena Sat 28-Jun-14 12:30:06

I was due to help DBH's school with their production of Bugsy. I was asked to go in for 6.30pm, DBH met me and said that I wasn't needed after all, just to relax and have a glass of wine with a few friends, members of staff, who all seemed very pleased to see me and extremely solicitous. I got a bit of a surprise when I discovered that the play was Joseph, not Bugsy at all and thought I must have misheard. We finished our pre-play drinks and one of the teachers stepped forward and announced that if all the governors and Mrs. Janerowena would like to step forward, she would escort us to our reserved seats. I was rather wondering why I had a reserved seat, but not too much as I often sit at the front so that I could see DBH playing in the orchestra, if he is doing the sound desk I usually sit in there with him and help. But I couldn't see him in the orchestra, and when I thought about it I couldn't remember exactly what it was that he had said he would be doing. I realised I didn't have a programme, Teacher-friend hadn't given me one as she escorted me to my seat and I couldn't find one on my chair, I stood up and looked down the back to see if it had slipped down (they are like cinema seats in that theatre). No programme, but as I didn't know many of the children it didn't bother me. Although they all seemed very smiley children, several of them looked at me and smiled. A surprising amount of them, in fact. I started to wonder if I looked funny!

I was pleased to find that I was seated next to DS's best friend's parents, they have a younger son who was in the production. They seemed a bit quiet and reserved, but I put it down to jetlag. They have a weird life, he is English, she is American, she works in Singapore and he works in the USA, they lived over here for a few years to educate the children but have just moved out and appear to have houses in Malaysia, USA and Singapore. So I just thought they were exhausted. More staff friends appeared and said they would meet me for drinks in the interval but DBH was busy sorting lighting so wouldn't see me in the interval.

The play was brilliant, the first half ended and I tried to go over to DS's old clarinet teacher, but she melted away. Teacher friends appeared and escorted me to the old hall and a glass of wine, entertained me beautifully and I was just starting to think, this is all a bit odd... They escorted me back again to my seat.

The second half started, Joseph was starting to be known for all his dream-deciphering and the Pharoah wanted to meet him. There was a brilliant piece of kit on the stage, a pyramid with a large Pharoah lit up on the front, an arm would emerge through a slit in the painting and send servants scurrying from time to time, very funny. Then came the moment (have any of you seen Joseph?) when the Pharoah/Elvis emerges from the pyramid to ask Joseph to decipher his dream for him, and lo and behold, I knew that voice... :D I shrieked. Everyone, but everyone was in on it. Staff, kids, parents, governors. They all bloody knew except me! He was brilliant. DBH is funny but quite strait-laced. And there he was, in tight white jewel-encrusted trousers and vest, with a great big headdress and masses of Egyptian eye makeup, strutting his stuff a la Elvis. It was quite sexy really... :D Afterwards everyone said none of them had been watching him at first, they were all watching me to see my reaction! :D I wish I hadn't made the teachers raspberry muffins the other day now...

Anyway, no I didn't have a clue. Everyone kept saying, surely you guessed, he has been practising the song and the dance for weeks. The only thing that stuck in my memory was the other day, when I said I didn't like Elvis! :D He looked a bit concerned.

The headmaster in the final speech at the end asked what I thought of his performance. I just said 'Does he get to keep the costume?' All the mothers laughed, DBH said he got some very knowing looks and smirks yesterday.

So, we went to the pub afterwards. Sadly he changed first! So many people either avoided me in case they let it slip, or were a little too solicitous in case I decided to go to find him, and I still didn't twig! I really thought the teachers were all being so nice to me (stopping me from going looking for DBH) only because I made them raspberry muffins because they were all suffering from end of year stress!

It's not the first time he has done something like that, and when people get suspicious and say, surely you must have known he was up to something, I can only think they are obviously married to someone a lot more transparent than DBH!

I laughed so much that I cried and my nose ran. I lost all my makeup.

jinglbellsfrocks Sat 28-Jun-14 13:15:03

Perhaps you could direct him to a drama group for grown-ups.

POGS Sat 28-Jun-14 13:24:20

Nice to know you were 'All shook up', and it proved you don't have a 'Wooden Heart'.

Sounds like you had a good night janerowena, how nice. smile

jinglbellsfrocks Sat 28-Jun-14 13:29:01

Quite honestly, if I were a parent of any child in the production who had worked hard on his/her part, I would be quite annoyed that a dad had oared in at the last minute and tried to steal the limelight. Sorry. I think it sounds pathetic.

Elegran Sat 28-Jun-14 13:32:44

Where did it say that he was a last-minute shoe-in, Jingle? "They were all in on it. Staff, kids, parents, governors." sounds to me as though it was all fixed long ago.

jinglbellsfrocks Sat 28-Jun-14 13:45:13

Hmm. Not sure. Still think kids' productions are best left to the kids.

jinglbellsfrocks Sat 28-Jun-14 13:46:36

I do think school productions of Joseph are the best. First heard/saw it performed at DD's primary school way back. Was totally blown away.

whenim64 Sat 28-Jun-14 13:53:26

What a lovely, memorable story, janerowena. Good that you really didn't have a clue and the surprise came off. smile

Nelliemoser Sat 28-Jun-14 14:03:19

"Joseph" is a brilliant show. It is so full of funny references and different musical styles. I was also taken aback with the appearance of Pharoah/Elvis, when I first saw it. grin

janerowena Sat 28-Jun-14 14:15:51

Not a parent jingl - he is Head of maths! But is also a musician and used to be a Head of music. The children in that production were all 12 and 13 years old, none of them could cope with the part/wanted to audition for it so he was volunteered stepped in. He is a very popular teacher (despite teaching maths!).

There's lot of history behind it, jingls, the year before last, the much-loved Head of music died suddenly of cancer so DBH had to take his place for the performance. Understandably, there was a lot of debate as to whether to cancel it.

Then almost exactly a year later, last year the Head of drama collapsed on stage at a rehearsal and died, in front of the last few children to straggle home. Her family asked that the show continue, but this year some of the children were a little reluctant to audition, as a 'jinx' scare had gone around. So DBH stepped forward, citing the lessons he had done on chance and probability. As he is very much alive and kicking, I think they believe him now. grin

The kids were fabulous, but so was DBH. And he didn't take a final bow with them, either. He isn't a limelight hogger by nature - except when it comes to singing as guest tenor in big choirs, and he is paid to do that!

janerowena Sat 28-Jun-14 14:17:08

Yes, he was a parent - but our son moved on from that school 6 years ago.

Grannyknot Sat 28-Jun-14 14:24:38

jingle how can you possibly think like that?! I bet the kids were delighted to be part of something like this. Far from stealing the limelight, it would have made their day, as it clearly did for others. I'd put money on that.

Jane what a fabulous, wonderful night. Swot up on Elvis - quickly! smile

whenim64 Sat 28-Jun-14 14:26:10

Much respect to your DBH, jane flowers

petra Sat 28-Jun-14 16:23:27

I don't know why, but the song Don't Rain On My Parade came to mind reading this thread.

jinglbellsfrocks Sat 28-Jun-14 16:28:31

Oh right. That puts a different complexion on the whole thing.

I can think like that quite easily Grannyknot and still would be doing so without the subsequent info.

petra Sat 28-Jun-14 17:12:02

In case the the original poster thought I was referring to their post, I wasn't.
I'm sure there are some who know what I meant.

janerowena Sat 28-Jun-14 17:14:25

I just went to the last couple of hours of Sports Day, the kids are all very proud of him! It appears that he is now officially 'cool'. grin Head is quite jealous I think.

jinglbellsfrocks Sat 28-Jun-14 18:13:59

Yes. Perhaps it was a bit mean to rain on js parade. But we're all big strong girls are n't we? No tender little flowers at our age. smile

jinglbellsfrocks Sat 28-Jun-14 18:15:15

That was to Petra.

Grannyknot Sat 28-Jun-14 18:19:55

Kids love nothing better than when the "grownups" join them in having fun, Jane I am not at all surprised that he is now seen as being cool.

I enjoyed reading your post (didn't know what to expect from the title) you were so clearly thrilled, it was contagious! smile

janerowena Sat 28-Jun-14 18:21:39

No. I am well 'ard. And where would we be if we didn't have a few hardened cynics like jingls to make us question the Whys and Wherefores?

I do know what you meant petra and am grateful for all moral support. But I quite like a little lively debate now and then, as long as it doesn't get too personal. I too have sucked in between my teeth at the realisation that a young head of music was in danger of making it his show at a school concert, so I know what jingls meant. DBH isn't like that, which is why it all came as such a shock. I was more shocked by his duplicity than by his talents!

janerowena Sat 28-Jun-14 18:22:39

I was thrilled! That was exactly the right word for it. It cheered me right up.

Galen Sat 28-Jun-14 18:27:28

What does DBH stand for please?

janerowena Sat 28-Jun-14 18:41:53

Dearly Beloved Husband, Galen. Because he is. Even though he can be a pain in the neck at times.

Galen Sat 28-Jun-14 18:47:12

Ah! Thanks.