Pippa’s starring in the chorus of the local homeschool production of Oliver!. OK, she’s in the chorus. But a couple of weeks ago, she was awarded the vital role of the Night Watchman.
On that account she gets a line. It goes: “Murder! Murder!”
I, being a diligent homeschool parent, have been working with her on her line. I cue her: “How’s your part going? Think you have a handle on your part?” I try to help her get into her character. “What do you think the Night Watchman’s motivations are? What’s his backstory? How old is he? Does he even have a name?”
For some reason, Pippa seems unimpressed by these considerations.