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A couple of the girls in my homeroom even told me they thought it was good that I enjoyed doing it. As Thanksgiving approached, I was having the time of my life. I had auditioned for a young people’s theater group called The Pitt Players, and was cast as Dorothy in their big holiday production of The Wizard of Oz. qxd 12/17/02 8:49 AM Page 33 Rainbows Lost school would be attending the play, and I was so excited, I could hardly see straight. Every day was a new adventure. Everything seemed to be great, so no one could have predicted what was coming.
Within seconds, our French poodle, Shu Shu, and my grandmother’s toy poodle, Toya, came barreling into the room, devouring the candy that had spilled across the floor. Everyone was laughing to the point of tears. My grandmother was snapping photographs and my mom had the 16-millimeter movie camera out, recording our excitement from every possible angle. My mom knew that I was lonely as an only child. She was determined to help me have a wonderful birthday party, and she was so pleased when all my classmates arrived.
No one would talk to me. I was in anguish. During recess, everyone ignored me. Later that afternoon, I found spoiled food from the garbage bin stuffed inside my bookbag. At least I had the play to look forward to. I enjoyed rehearsals and got along well with the other kids in the theater group. “Things aren’t so bad,” I told myself. My dad said I showed strength of character. How many fifth graders could boast that? ” I was performing in the Sunday matinee. Dress rehearsal was Wednesday evening.