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Community Follies the Musical Act I
Scene I – Tuesday Afternoon in the Park
Song 1: Candy in the Park
TONY: Can you say….
TONY: And cookies!
RACHEL: And ice cream!
JACOB: All in the park!
ALL WALKERS (excluding Laura): Yay!
TONY: So, who’s ready for dinner?
CARMEN: I think we are! So when do we get candy?
RACHEL: Say, kids, let’s get going.
CARMEN: But we don’t get any candy? That doesn’t make sense.
JACOB: It’s called “Candy in the Park” for a reason.
RACHEL: It doesn’t say “Give your kids Candy in the Park.”
TONY: We will explain it at home to you guys.
RACHEL: I hope Laura gets home soon.
Scene II – Tuesday Evening Dinner in the Walker house
TONY: Candy, ice cream & cookies all in the park!
RACHEL: Who would’ve ever guessed that!
JACOB: Yeah, except there’s one small problem.
JACOB/CARMEN: We didn’t get any candy!!!
CARMEN: Yeah, or cookies or ice cream!
JACOB: How do you explain that?
TONY: Well, kids, I think it’s time that your mother and I explain to you something important.
RACHEL: Yes. Kids, this isn’t easy to say. And you are probably going to think we’re crazy for telling you this.
TONY: Indeed. Kids, we need to say…
Laura enters dramatically from Stage Left.
LAURA: Oh, hello! Hello blessed family! How are we all doing?
RACHEL: Where the heck have you been, young lady? You know 5:30 is dinner call time.
Rachel points at the clock. It is clearly 6 p.m.
CARMEN: You missed Candy in the Park!
JACOB: But we didn’t get any candy.
LAURA: Oh dang. Sorry about missing that, but Concert Choir had a special rehearsal.
RACHEL: Oh, that’s right.
TONY: You’re lucky this time. Take a seat. You’re missing dinner.
LAURA: Terribely sorry father.
Laura takes a seat at the empty chair.
TONY: Dear, how’s Concert Choir going?
LAURA: Oh, it’s going marvelous, dad! We just started working on our new song Little Birdie.
ALL FAMILY MEMBERS EXCLUDING LAURA: Oh great!/Wonderful!/Can’t wait to hear it!/etc
RACHEL: How about you, Carmen?
CARMEN: Oh, lovely. You know, life in Standard Chorus is good.
Heavy sigh from Carmen
RACHEL: Oh honey, I know you’re disappointed about the Concert Choir decision.
LAURA: Yeah, sis. We don’t have any freshmen in the Concert Choir usually.
JACOB: Yeah, and the Concert Choir is supposed to have good singers, right?
TONY: Jacob Allan Walker!
RACHEL: Young man, what’s new in your life?
JACOB: Nothing. The drums are still in good condition. I practice every day.
ALL FAMILY MEMBERS EXCLUDING JACOB: We know.
JACOB: It’s not that bad. Anyway, I’m also working on a big music project.
RACHEL: What is it?
JACOB: Don’t know yet, but it’ll be great!
CARMEN: We’ll see.
LAURA: Oh, parents, this dinner is lovely!
JACOB: Amen to that!
LAURA: Hey parents, I have a question.
RACHEL: Oh, what is it?
LAURA: How’d you guys meet?
CARMEN: Yeah, how come you guys never tell us this?
JACOB: Amen to that too.
TONY: Do you really want to hear it?
ALL KIDS: Yes.
TONY: OK then. Well, I wasn’t expecting this.
RACHEL: Oh, me neither.
CARMEN: What weren’t you expecting?
TONY: Well, we kind of have to explain it in song.
RACHEL: Yes, song.
Song 2: Meet at the Theater on Broadway
LAURA: Well, that was fun! May I be excused to take a walk?
RACHEL: Of course, dear! Be back by 7:30!
Last part of Meet at the Theater on Broadway
TONY: Now go on that walk!
Laura exits Stage Right, all other family members wave as she leaves.
Scene III – Outside Mr. Warsaw’s House
LAURA: Oh, beautiful life, everything is wonderful right now.
MR. WARSAW: Young lady, what are you doing?
LAURA: Ma… Ma…. Ma….. Mr. Warsaw! Is there a problem?
MR. WARSAW: Do you know where you are standing?
Laura pauses for a moment, realizes she is on his property
LAURA: Oh, goodness, I’m on your property! Dearest apologies, Mr. Warsaw! I’ll be leaving right now
Laura steps away, flowers and plants are crushed. Mr. Warsaw gasps.
MR. WARSAW: You! Freeze!
LAURA: Yes, Mr. Warsaw?
MR. WARSAW: You ruined my flowers and plants! All of them! Not a single one survived!
LAURA: Oh, I’m dearly sorry, sir. I can fix it….
MR. WARSAW: And you will! I want you to repay for a whole bunch of new flowers and compensation for trespassing, or I’m calling the police!
LAURA: But, but, Mr. Warsaw! I don’t have any money or new flowers!
MR. WARSAW: Well, you better find a way! I’ll give you until Sunday to pay! Or your parents and the police get told! Got it?
LAURA: Y.. y… Yes, sir.
MR. WARSAW: Watch where you step.
Mr. Warsaw returns inside his home.
LAURA: Oh, oh, dear. I thought today was going to be a wonderful day. A superb day. But, but, it’s just become awful. I didn’t mean to wreck his flowers. I mean, no one likes him, but I would never want to wreck them on purpose. Oh, what do I do?
Song 3: What Do I Do?
HANNAH: Laura, is that you?
LAURA: Hannah! Oh my, how have you been?
Hannah and Laura hug.
HANNAH: Oh, lovely, my dear friend. And you?
LAURA: Not so well.
Hannah notices Mr. Warsaw’s flowers are wrecked.
HANNAH: Woah, who wrecked Mr. Warsaw’s flowers?
LAURA: Me, accidentally!
HANNAH: Does he know? He’s going to kill you!
LAURA: Yes, he already knows.
HANNAH: What happened?
LAURA: Come with me, I’ll explain on the way.
Both exit Stage Left
Scene IV – Walker Kitchen
RACHEL: Hello, dear. How was your walk?
LAURA: Um, fine.
RACHEL: Dear, you don’t sound like it was fine.
LAURA: It was fine, mom. Don’t worry.
RACHEL: Are you sure? You know, we can always talk about anything?
LAURA: I know. And my walk was fine, don’t worry.
RACHEL: Well, ok, if you’re sure. Anyway, dear, I’m going to head to bed. I’m exhausted.
LAURA: OK, mom. Good night.
Rachel exits stage right.
LAURA: Oh, dear me. I just lied to my own mother. What kind of sick person have I turned into? I didn’t wreck Mr. Warsaw’s flowers on purpose. And if I tell her I was on that side of town, I’ll get grounded. I’m not supposed to go over there. Oh, what do I do?
Song 4: What Do I Do? Reprise (Laura solo)
LAURA: Oh, dear. I’ve got some figuring out to accomplish!
Laura exits stage left.
Scene V – Passing Scene – In front of curtain (Nicole & Hannah duet)
Song 5: Center Stage
Scene VI – Opening Scene of George Stevens, in Chorus Room, Wednesday Afternoon
Concert Choir finishing up Little Birdie song
MRS. ABRAHAM: Oh lovely, peeps! Just lovely! Remember to harmonize. And energize. Great job today! Don’t forget about our concert next week! Laura and George, can I see you for a moment?
Students start to disband, all leave stage except Laura and George
MRS. ABRAHAM: You two have lovely voices. This is why I’m giving you the solos.
LAURA: Oh, amazing!
GEORGE: Hey, hey!
MRS. ABRAHAM: Make sure you rehearse those parts.
Mrs. Abraham walks off stage
GEORGE: I don’t believe we know each other very well. Name is George. George Stevens.
LAURA: Laura Walker. I know exactly who you are, George.
GEORGE: You do?
LAURA: Of course, I’ve noticed you in chorus. I love your vocal performance.
GEORGE: Ah, well, blessings to you, my dear. But it is really your voice that I admire. It has the perfect harmony and I think you could do anything with your voice.
LAURA: Oh, George! You are a joy!
GEORGE: Well, you know, I just try to be me.
LAURA: I think you do a pretty good job at that.
GEORGE: Thanks. And you know something?
GEORGE: I think this is the start of a beautiful friendship.
LAURA: Me too.
GEORGE: Listen, I’d love to stay, but I must get home to assist my folks.
LAURA: Of course. I understand completely.
GEORGE: We shall be in touch, my dear?
George starts walks off stage left, but stops about halfway.
GEORGE: Oh, and one more thing, Laura?
GEORGE: Congratulations on your solo.
LAURA: Thanks, you too.
George exits stage left.
HANNAH: Laura, Laura, Laura!
NICOLE: What was that all about?
LAURA: I don’t know! I mean, he just started talking to me! I didn’t even think he knew I existed. But now, I know.
HANNAH: Yeah, but we know something else, too.
HANNAH/NICOLE: Singing You have a crush on him.
LAURA: Shut up guys, ok? I know I have a crush on him. You know it too. But that doesn’t mean he has one on me.
HANNAH: Well, you can dream, at least.
LAURA: Yeah. You’re right. Well, it’s getting late, I guess I should be getting home, guys.
HANNAH; OK girl. See you later.
NICOLE: Yeah, and remember… George.
LAURA: You guys are so crazy.
Laura exits stage left.
NICOLE: You know something?
NICOLE: I think we may have Deering High School’s newest couple.
HANNAH: Now, let’s not get crazy here.
NICOLE: You can tell George likes her though, right?
HANNAH: Oh definitely. But Laura won’t believe us.
NICOLE: We’ll find a way to convince her.
Song 6: Couple o’ Lovebirds (1st part – part w/o George)
NICOLE: George, where did you come from?
HANNAH: I thought this was our special ladies song.
GEORGE: Pardon me, ladies. It is your song. I just heard you guys and I really, really like it.
NICOLE: Oh, well, thank you George.
GEORGE: May I join in?
HANNAH: Of course! 5, 6, 7, 8!
Song 7: Couple o’ Lovebirds (2nd part – part w/ George)
GEORGE: Well, that was fun! But I must depart now!
HANNAH: Farewell, George! As we must be going too!
George exits stage right.
Nicole and Hannah hear Laura crying from stage right.
HANNAH: What’s going on?
NICOLE: Sounds like Laura. I’ll go check it out.
Hannah exits stage right, Nicole exits stage left. Set change.
Scene VII – School Hallway Wednesday Evening
Laura starts crying in the hallway.
LAURA: Oh no, no, no, no, no, no.
NICOLE: Girl, what’s wrong?
LAURA: With all the excitement that’s been going on, I’ve completely forgot!
NICOLE: What’d you forget?
LAURA: Mr. Warsaw!
NICOLE: What does that Party ****** want?
LAURA: I have to replace his flowers I accidentally ruined, but I don’t have the money to buy new ones.
NICOLE: What happens if you don’t replace them?
LAURA: Oh, parent’s get notified, and I probably get grounded and banned from Concert Choir. I’m not supposed to go over to that part of town.
NICOLE: What’ll you do?
LAURA: I don’t know. I just don’t know. With this, and all the performances coming up, and school, it’s just well, it’s. (pause) The Troubles of an Average High School Girl.
Song 8: The Troubles of an (Above) Average High School Girl
NEWSPAPER BOY: Extra! Extra! Community Follies!
NICOLE: Oh no. Not him again.
NEWSPAPER BOY: Extra! Read all about it!
NICOLE: It’s Joe. He is crazy in love with me.
Newspaper Boy enters from Stage Left
NEWSPAPER BOY: Extra! Extra! Extra! Oh, hello, Laura. Hello, Nicoooole.
LAURA/NICOLE: Hi, Joe.
NEWSPAPER BOY: Here, Laura. You may want this. I have no idea why, but I think you could use it. Hands Laura flyer. Nicole, I need your help with something.
Newspaper Boy grabs Nicole’s hand, takes her off Stage Left.
LAURA: (reading flyer) Community Follies Talent Show, Friday at the City Hall Auditorium. Grand prize $200 and a bunch of flowers! That’s just what I need! I can replace Mr. Warsaw’s flowers and earn some cash! Today is great!
Song: Hooray, I’m Saved! (Laura solo)
LAURA: Oh, it says sign ups close in 30 minutes! I must get to City Hall to sign up! I need that prize! City Hall, here I come!
Laura sings the final line from “Hooray, I’m Saved!” again.
Laura runs to Stage Left to prepare for the Community Follies show.
End of Act I – 15 to 30 Minute Intermission
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