Waggy Tail Schools Proudly Presents:
I'VE GOT YOUR TAIL!
Starring: Chance and Blaze
The Front Dog's playtime is like two little kids who just conjured up an act minutes before their parents came home and ad lib the entire show. Their fun, playful energy radiates through every leap and bound. They will perform without an audience, but are ever so grateful when there is one and welcome the chance of an active participate. Blaze will watch out of the corner eye to catch if I'm watching, "Look mom, did you see that?" With a smile on her face as she twist and tumbles with acrobatic style and joy that brings a smile to my face. There are no rules or boundaries to their homemade production, just pure abandon fun. Just a couple of kids with the pure simple beauty of enjoying every minute improvising their entire way through while getting a complete kick out of entertaining me.
Broadway Theater Proudly Presents:
WILL THE REAL STAR PLEASE FACE FORWARD
Leading Cast Members: (l to r) Brut, Fiona, Zappa and Silver
Then as we shuffle to the Back Dog's playtime, we see that the Broadway rehearsal is underway again. I am the stage hand to four actors and actresses who also serve as the directors. While I fuss with the necessary nuances of their demands, practice is already getting out of control.
Brut: Where is my lighting?? It needs to be focused on me!!
Me: Yes, yes...
Fiona: And then I'll zip over here and turn around this corner...hey, are you paying attention to me? (exit stage left) Make up, where's my makeup??
(Brut mounts Silver)
Silver: Really Brut? How many times do we have to "go over" that part?? I have a headache!
Me: Zappa! Zappa! You missed your cue...
Zappa: (SNAP) Did you see that? I caught three bugs right in a row! THREE!! It's a new record!! I gotta go for four!!
Brut: Don't pay no attention to that off beat kid of mine...Hey, stage hand focus! You do want all of the light shining on me, right?? (rubbing against my leg) I am the star of the show, you know!!
Fiona zooms through batting her freshly painted lashes and eyes.
Fiona: Dream on, DAD, it is my angelic beauty that will steal the show...(play bows to Brut)
Brut: Not if I can help it!
(Fiona zips and zags just out of Brut's reach)
Brut: No way princess!! (runs and jumps on me) I am still your STAR, aren't I??
Me: Yes, yes of course Brut...
Fiona: Wait a minute, I thought I was the STAR??
Me: You both are.
(Brut and Fiona look at each other and in a huff turn and walk in opposite directions.)
Silver: I remember when this used to be all MY show! (gives me sad, pouting eyes and slowly ambles away)
Zappa: FOUR!! I got four! (looks around) Are we done??
Then in that strange theatrical way when the Sun, Earth and stars line up, the lights dim, the curtain rises, and the Back Dogs put on the best show of their lives. All four of them in sync, in motion, with an awe inspiring grace that sets the stage on fire. The heavens bow, while the trees wave a majestic standing ovation as this magical production comes alive and this humble stagehand witnesses the beautiful gifts that we have all come to know as the Back Dogs.
Don't blink. Rehearsal starts again tomorrow!