The location is Cleveland High School. The time is the day before Opening Night. The mood is nervous.

For several weeks, twelve brave teams of directors have taken up the task of turning a sorry bunch of teenagers into actors. Twelve plays is far more than ever has graced the stage in the auditorium at one time. And it will continue to be too many for a single night. But how cool would it be to have a four-hour show? Run from 7 to 11 at night? And then you’d know who the worthy audience members were- the ones who stuck around until the end for the fireworks.

Jane Ferguson: Woah woah woah, you want to have fireworks in your show?

Director: Well, yeah, I mean it’s not like they’d be big fireworks or mortars or anything. We just want to shoot a few bottle rockets into the audience.

Jane: Why?

Director: Well, see, it’s like a metaphor. It’s about how the world is so unjust and stuff, and at the end it just all explodes. It’ll be awesome.

Jane: Um, no it won’t be so awesome. You can’t have live gunpowder on stage. We tried that once. It wasn’t… it didn’t really… work. So the answer is no.

Director: But we’ll be really safe. I promise nobody will catch on fire this time. We have it all rehearsed and everything.

Jane: Alright. But don’t tell anyone I let you do it, because if you do-

Director: Everyone else is gonna want fireworks too.

Jane: That’s right. Gosh, I am such a pushover [laughs].

End scene.


1 Comment

  1. Marika said,

    November 7, 2009 at 8:49 pm

    I find it in myself to doubt this conversation. And as we were talking before, bottle rockets are illegal in Oregon.

    You should aim them at the crapped up part of the auditorium ceiling, that way if it accidently explodes or something, they’ll be replacing something that already needs replacing.

    Speaking of — are you coming again tonight, or no?

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