Title: EX-DRAMA QUEEN
Genre: Upper Middle Grade Contemporary
Word Count: 51,000
Thirteen-year-old Casey Fitzgerald has always been the star. Ever since she was cast as the apple in her kindergarten production of The Five Food Groups, she’s known she was destined to be an actor. But when her best friend Amanda wins the lead role in the school musical, the curtains close on Casey's dream.
There's no way Casey can get into the performing arts high school cast in a bit part as a nun. Her life is over – unless she can reinvent herself. The new Casey does karate and plays poker, and she finally gets actor Trevor’s attention. There’s just one little problem – Trevor is Amanda’s boyfriend. Casey must decide whether her great new life is worth losing Amanda’s friendship. So much for ex-drama queen.
I am a member of SCBWI and a former high school drama geek.
Wednesday, September 6th is the day my life will change.
I'll either land the lead role in The Sound of Music, get into Holland Performing Arts High School, and end up on Broadway before I graduate college. Or, I'll bomb the audition, go to boring South County High where I'll have no friends, and end up waiting tables at some roadside diner in Nowheresville, Kansas.
So, I've decided to memorize the entire play before I even audition. No drama teacher – not even Ms. Sharp – can possibly deny my dedication to theater.
“Casey, aren't you going to eat?” Amanda pushes my lunch bag toward me.
“I can't marry him!” I recite with my eyes closed. My voice carries across the lunchroom, drowning out the chatter and shouts and clattering trays.
“Nice projection,” Amanda says as I bow to the table of wide-eyed sixth graders next to us.
“The auditions aren't for two days. I really doubt Ms. Sharp expects you to have anything memorized.”
“I have to be perfect. My entire life depends on this role.” I rip open my lunch bag and pull out the salad and veggie burger I packed last night. Every great actor must perfect her skills, so I like to take on the role of different characters. Since Mom bought a boatload of bagged salad on sale, I decided to be a vegetarian this week.
“Don't worry so much.” Amanda flicks her long blond hair over her shoulder. "You'll get the lead."