For those of you who missed the first installment of The Stage Struck English Teacher please click this link The Stage Struck English Teacher to catch up with Mr. Gambino, our 8th grade frustrated English teacher and failed Shakespearean actor. This installment is written by Bettina Levy. Thank you Ms. Levy.
Gambino: The Stage Struck English Teacher Rides Again
By Bettina Levy
Mr. Gambino burst into the classroom, flinging the door open with high drama; and the students froze.
They stopped whatever it is they were doing, any conversations they were engaged in, to look up from their desks and stare aghast at the surprise visitor.
There was Gambino with his short, night black hair that was so oily and clumped together, you couldn’t tell whether he had sculpted it that way with product, or whether it was simply a lack of hygiene.
Gambino, whose face was so doughy and red, pimply and pockmarked, that he looked like cafeteria pizza.
Wearing a long, sweeping black cloak, Gambino strode into the classroom with the fabric flying behind him.
He marched in with great purpose and seriousness; and finally stopped triumphantly in front of his desk, standing, staring directly at his students in silence.
The students stared back, frightened, and confused. A few looked to their classmates, asking with their eyes, “Are we going to survive this?”
And in that next glorious moment, Gambino, that stage struck English teacher, launched himself into character reciting Hamlet’s: “To be or not to be. That is the question.”