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27th Jan '18 11:13:24 PM foxley
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* In the closing scene of ''Film/TheGreatestShowman'', Barnum's youngest daughter Helen appears playing a tree during her elder sister Caroline's ballet recital. She even waves to her parents in the audience.
21st Jan '18 11:42:31 AM nombretomado
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* Also not an inanimate object, but ''LoveActually'' had a pretty entertaining exchange on the subject.

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* Also not Not an inanimate object, but ''LoveActually'' ''Film/LoveActually'' had a pretty entertaining exchange on the subject.
1st Jan '18 11:03:17 AM nombretomado
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* In ''HarrietTheSpy'', the class votes to do a dance for the Christmas program in which they portray a Christmas dinner. Harriet is forced to be an onion, and other students play peas, squash, turkey legs, and gravy.

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* In ''HarrietTheSpy'', ''Literature/HarrietTheSpy'', the class votes to do a dance for the Christmas program in which they portray a Christmas dinner. Harriet is forced to be an onion, and other students play peas, squash, turkey legs, and gravy.
24th Nov '17 10:17:13 AM Snowsky
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* ''Horrible Harry in Room [=2B=]:'' Song Lee's role in the school play: a fish caught by the others, having to lie there and allow herself to be dragged up. However, she actually ''wanted'' this role: her [[ShrinkingViolet shy nature]] prevented her from pulling off a speaking part, so she asked the teacher if she could be a dead fish like Harry, who suggested it first.

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* ''Horrible Harry in Room [=2B=]:'' Song Lee's role in the Thanksgiving school play: a play is the dead fish caught by that Squanto buries in the others, having ground to lie there and allow herself to be dragged up.grow the crops. However, she actually ''wanted'' this role: her [[ShrinkingViolet shy nature]] prevented her from pulling off a speaking part, so she asked the teacher if she could be a dead fish like Harry, who suggested it first.



* The first ''Literature/DiaryOfAWimpyKid'' novel plays with this. Greg is forced by his mom to audition for a SchoolPlay of ''Film/TheWizardOfOz'' and he ultimately ''has'' to choose a part because everybody who auditions gets one. When he sees the movie, which has living trees throwing apples at Dorothy, he signs on to be a tree because Dorothy is being played by a student he has a grudge against...plus, he won't have to sing. And ''most'' of the boys don't want to be in the show and thus want to be trees. He gets the part only to learn 1) there are no arm holes in his costume and 2) the director feels everyone "deserves" a chance to sing, so the trees get a stupid song. [[spoiler:Ultimately, he ''doesn't'' sing and ''does'' bean Dorothy -- at the expense of the rest of the show.]] The trope is played straight with a poor kid playing a shrub when he auditioned for the Tin Man, but he sneaks a video game into his costume during rehearsals. [[spoiler: He gets stage fright.]]

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* The first ''Literature/DiaryOfAWimpyKid'' novel plays with this. Greg is forced by his mom to audition for a SchoolPlay of ''Film/TheWizardOfOz'' and he ultimately ''has'' to choose a part because everybody who auditions gets one. When he sees the movie, which has living trees throwing apples at Dorothy, he signs on to be a tree because Dorothy is being played by a student girl he has a grudge against...plus, he won't have to sing. And ''most'' of the boys don't want to be in the show and thus want to be trees. He gets the part only to learn 1) there are no arm holes in his costume and 2) the director feels everyone "deserves" a chance to sing, so the trees get a stupid song. [[spoiler:Ultimately, he ''doesn't'' sing and ''does'' bean Dorothy -- at the expense of the rest of the show.]] The trope is played straight with a poor kid playing a shrub when he auditioned for the Tin Man, but he sneaks a video game into his costume during rehearsals. [[spoiler: He gets stage fright.]]



* Subverted in ''Ramona and Her Father'' when Ramona intentionally gets herself the role of a sheep in the Christmas pageant. (However, she isn't happy with the makeshift costume that her mom manages to make for her, and is reluctant to take the stage until an encounter with the Three Wise Persons (the Three Wise Men backed out) convinces her otherwise.)

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* Subverted in ''Ramona and Her Father'' when Ramona intentionally gets herself the role of a sheep in the Christmas pageant. (However, pageant because she's tired of being in the choir. However, she isn't happy with the makeshift costume that her mom manages to make for her, and is reluctant to take the stage until an encounter with the Three Wise Persons (the Three Wise Men backed out) convinces her otherwise.)
23rd Nov '17 6:01:37 AM dotchan
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* ''Theatre/IntoTheWoods'': Milky White the cow, when not being played by a wooden cutout, is usually an unfortunate cast member in a comically bad-looking cow suit.
27th Aug '17 9:51:14 PM CompletelyNormalGuy
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* ''Webcomic/FlakyPastry'' once had Nitrine playing a tree in an [[http://flakypastry.runningwithpencils.com/comic.php?strip_id=679 amateur theater production.]] This was likely deliberate punishment for causing the explosion that [[http://flakypastry.runningwithpencils.com/comic.php?strip_id=678 injured the rest of the cast.]] However, what makes this an especially odd case is that she was also using her SelfDuplication powers to play all the rest of the roles.
24th Jul '17 6:22:00 PM ryanasaurus0077
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* At the end of the BalletEpisode of ''Anime/SailorMoon'', Usagi gets the role of the moon for the Yamagishi Ballet Company's production of ''Theatre/{{Giselle}}'', much to her embarrassment.
12th Jul '17 6:56:15 PM CaptainMegaDong
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* Some high school drama classes will purposefully use this trope as a joke, and give students a double role as a speaking character, and as a tree or rock, as the idea of getting cast as a tree in a serious drama class is just funny by that point.
2nd Jul '17 4:08:43 PM Vox
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->'''Slim:''' What's the point of goin' out there? They'll only laugh at me.

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->'''Slim:''' What's the point of goin' going out there? They'll only laugh at me.
2nd Jul '17 3:01:58 AM JackG
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Not to be confused with [[{{Transflormation}} actually becoming a tree]] or [[FullBodyDisguise disguising as one]].

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Not to be confused with [[{{Transflormation}} actually becoming a tree]] or [[FullBodyDisguise [[MobileShrubbery disguising as one]].
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