Good ones for sure. I mentioned "Jabberwocky" up there a bit -- she has it nearly memorized already and is good at it but she wasn't enthused about doing it for the talent show. She had the same reaction to the other ones -- likes them, thinks they're good poems, but not quite what she'd want to do.
We've definitely decided that "Thriller" is out -- maybe in a couple of years, but there's no way these kids could get it together before the deadline.
Blues Brothers ("Soul Man") had a partial resurgence -- sozlet wanted to do it but her friend was lukewarm about it, AND when it first came up last fall it started this drama (sigh, always the drama) because two other friends of theirs wanted to be in on it and it's really a partner thing (or partners with a band backing 'em up... but the friends didn't want to just do backup).
Friend's mom suggested "Shake a Tail Feather" instead (Ray Charles/ Blues Brothers) but neither sozlet or friend were into it.
I may have just had an idea though.
For her eighth birthday party this year, sozlet had a mystery party. Everyone had a role to enact and then they tried to figure out who the murderer was. It was incredibly fun and everyone really got into their roles. Sozlet was a snooty heiress with a big staff she was mean to and who all had various reasons for wanting to kill her. (It was light and funny, don't worry.) Her friend K who I've been talking about here was Zee French Chef, and she was HILARIOUS. I got her a mustache and a chef's hat and she had an accent and everything.
So, long story slightly less long, I'm thinking of creating a skit around some of those characters, and then specific roles for other friends.
Just asked K's mom via email whether K would be thrilled or mortified to do the chef character in front of a big crowd, if she's OK with it, this might work. (Sozlet thinks it's the best idea ever.)
It'd have to actually be funny of course which is the tricky part! But this crew is all really dramatic and goofy and I think they can make it work. (One of these kids plans to be a stand-up comedian when he grows up and I can totally see it. At the party, he was cracking up the table at cake time with blonde jokes and E.G. said something like, "um, you realize there are several blondes here, right?" [indicating blonde girlies] and the kid swept off the hat he'd been wearing and said "Hello! I'm
blond!!" without missing a beat.