Story Telling Project #3 of more
Title - Let Me Entertain You
I had never stripped before. I was nervous.
When I was in 7th grade I slept over my friend “Tracy’s” house. We played truth or dare and we dared each other to do strip routines. She went first. She was very…I don’t know what she was watching on TV, but she did her thing and it was great. She could’ve been a professional. Which is gross to say, because we were in 7th grade. She danced around to music and ended, you know… Then she said, as she put her clothes back on, “Your turn!” I had never stripped. I was nervous.
Being a musical theatre geek, the only thing I thought of when I heard strip routine is the big routine Louise does in the musical Gypsy. Which, of course, I knew by heart, because, as I previously stated, I was a musical theatre geek. So I did that! I stripped off invisible gloves and my invisible detachable shoulder straps. I stripped off the towel I was pretending was a feather boa. I also pretended to be those annoying flower girls up top.
I did the entire monologue and song. The whole thing was 5 minutes long and I just ended in bra and underwear because that’s what Louise does. I looked to “Tracy” thinking she’d be impressed because it was, like, a real routine. Instead, “Tracy” had this look of confusion on her face. “That’s a real stripper routine,” I told her. She asked if I knew another routine. So I started to do Rose’s Turn from Gypsy.
Now, she didn’t stop me during the angry “I thought you did it for me, Mama” monologue. She must have thought it was going to go somewhere sexy. She stopped me on the lyric “Some people can’t even give it away” told me to forget it, and we spent the rest of the time watching “My Father the Hero” because it was her favorite movie. And if I remember the movie correctly it’s about a girl who convinces her dad to pretend to be her boyfriend while on vacation, to make another dude jealous.
Thinking back…I think my friend may have been slightly messed up.