My church performs an amateur, Spring play each year. This time, I was asked to co-write this year’s play. We always do our best to give all who try-out a part. Per usual, we always have a lot of kids. Often, we work them into scenes as a group; however, each kid gets one line due to time constraints. This year, the kids were adamant they wanted more lines, but we had to maintain the one-line standard.
The problem is my wife remembered that my 9 yr old son (one of the kids in the play) has the perfect costume from Halloween. The knee jerk reaction was to give him a slightly bigger part. The decision was made late in the auditions, and I don’t think the other kids heard this. My wife (who supports this) inadvertently put a bug in my ear making me realize how BAD this could be! This will spark accusations of nepotism, and the other kids will be very upset once they hear this (I predict). My wife argues that he just happens to have a perfect costume for this bigger part, plus he has to be at every single rehearsal with me (due to our schedule)…not just the kids rehearsals.
Ug, I hate confrontation! So, now I must choose between disappointing my kid and upsetting my wife (who fails to understand)…or, upsetting many church folk whom I must face each week. How would you handle this? Either way, I fear will be branded a heel. My kid may not hear the end of it either from his peers, and he won’t take it gracefully, I am sure.
One potential out for me: My kid’s costume is actually too good upstaging our very low-budget costumes that will merely suggest what characters we play. IMHO, his costume will upset the natural balance and “look” of the costumes if his is a little classier (i.e., his costume is actually over-qualified!). Can I use this to reinforce my argument why he should just accept a common kids part?