Listen to this amusing tale of a little girl’s accidental acting mishap in this week’s edition of MOTH Monday, a partnership with Good News Network that features inspiring videos from The MOTH, a nonprofit group showcasing the art of storytelling.

When Ally Mason was auditioning for her school’s third grade play about Paul Bunyan, she took on the role of “Babe” with the hopes that her theatrical skills would help her achieve school-wide popularity—and win the heart of her crush.

Ally was dismayed, however, when she eventually discovered that her role as Babe would require her to dress up as a fat blue ox who sang about craving pancakes.

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Since her teacher would not allow Ally to switch roles, she became determined to sabotage herself so she would not be forced onto the stage.

In an amusing and fortuitous twist of events, Ally was indeed forced to play Babe the ox—but to her surprise, her attempts to ruin her own performance ended up getting her the exact attention and adoration she had hoped for.

(LISTEN to the hilarious 5-minute story below)


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