'Stage Fright' ATC
Have you ever had a sudden onset of 'stage fright'? Was it a one off experience or is it an ongoing/forever kind of thing like it still is for me? Aparently, when I was in Year One, I suffered from such a severe case of 'stage fright' that I never did manage to get up on the stage that night. My mum told me the story, a very long time ago and I don't remember much of the details... I think I may have been an angel in a Christmas play... it's times like these I wish mum was here to ask! I have no conscious memory of this event... the blurred memory of mum's story causes me to think that she tried all manner of things to get me up there on the night and nothing worked! As a teacher of Year One's now, I find myself in a similar position to mum... convincing some kids that they really can get up there and do it, just the way we practised. Most manage it and occasionally it's too much for some... but hopefully they will learn to be brave and conquer the fear enough to get up on the stage and perform.