Yesterday, my sons were entertaining each other outside while my husband and I entertained some friends inside. Watching them made me flash back to when my sister and I were kids and used to act out "The Parent Trap" (Hayley Mills version, of course) in the backyard of our mom's manicurist's house. That would keep us entertained for at least an hour, while we recited all the lines of the film and played various parts. For the main roles, I was always Sharon and she was always Susan. She had short hair and both our personalities fit the roles we were playing. We'd then act out the movie in our house or at a nearby park (if it was just the two of us). In the past, there were other movies and TV shows we'd act out, ranging from "Annie" to "Cagney and Lacey." The world was our stage (or at least the balcony at our timeshare in Florida). Other times, we used our Barbies or Cabbage Patch Kids as the actors. "Back to the Future" was fun to act out with them. We used Peaches and Cream Barbie's dress for Lorraine's Enchantment Under the Sea dress. After we started getting into musicals, we'd sing along with a lot of the soundtracks. For a while it was "Les Miserables" and we'd joke about a version of a song from a highlights CD. When I drove her home from high school every day, we'd listen to the soundtrack for "Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat" and sing along. We'd even have friends in the car who would join in our sing-alongs! As we got older (college age), we would sing the entire "Rent" soundtrack in the car when we were home on school breaks. As an adult, I would do these Broadway sing-alongs with "Jack," but it was different than with my sister. Still fun...just different.
We were older than my boys currently are when we got the acting "bug," but it's fun to watch their imaginations come into play, even if they make us blow out a piece of chalk over and over again because it's supposed to be a candle. I wonder if they'll act out their favorite movies in the future.