Who said retirement might be boring? Some days I just don’t seem to have five minutes free. Really, it isn’t quite like that at all but I must admit it is rare for me to be bored – especially when my week included three volunteering events at the ballet!
I love to go to the theatre; my favourite genre is the ballet. How I wanted, like so many other little girls, to be a ballerina when I grew up. And how bitterly disappointed I was when my Mum came and told me my ballet teacher said I was going to be too big and too tall for the stage. I was devastated. I wanted to go on the stage – and I must dance. The suggestion to take up ballroom dancing was met with total disbelief – didn’t my Mum understand anything? (A common remark by children which still echoes through the ages!) These days, of course, they wouldn’t say anything like that to a young child. It isn’t politically correct at all.
Nevertheless, in spite of not physically dancing, I still love the ballet and never tire of going to see it. And I get to go when volunteering which is fantastic.
The WA Ballet company is currently performing ‘The Great Gatsby’. I couldn’t envisage the story as a ballet at all. But I have to say it is brilliant. You really need to know the story line otherwise it might be a little confusing. But the dancing, 1920’s music and costumes are stunning and I loved it.
I’m really looking forward to taking my youngest grandson to his first ballet. The ballet company is performing ‘Peter Pan’ around Christmas time – and my daughter and I thought it might be just what he would enjoy. I remember taking my eldest son to the ballet for the first time. I took him for company as I didn’t want to go on my own. He sat enthralled – never moving. And no, he didn’t fall asleep! But, he tells me, he wouldn’t go now!
Time didn’t solve my disappointment – I did so want to dance on the stage.
However, as I often tell the younger generation, one should never give up on one’s dreams. Sometimes they just take a while to materialize.
Many moons passed in my life when, suddenly, I was going on the stage! I was going to perform in ’My Fair Lady’ at the Regal Theatre, in Perth, and it was just the beginning. I joined the Gilbert & Sullivan Society here in WA and got to perform in so many of their shows. I played Queen Victoria twice. Imagine how it felt when I entered the stage via the auditorium and everyone stood up for Her Majesty! What a hoot! I took to it like a duck to water. And, on the production side, soon began to design and produce posters, programmes and even a story book! I have a wonderful box of all of my programmes, etc. Memories, indeed.
And I danced.
So, it wasn’t the ballet, but the music was playing and I was dancing.
My dream had come true!