“AMALAE is at her computer in the middle of the room. There is a bunk bed in the corner, suggesting that this is a bedroom.”
Characters: AMALAE (Amalie): twelfth grader, very protective of work, NESSET (Nes-set): clingy little sister, second grade
AMALAE is at her computer in the middle of the room. There is a bunk bed in the corner, suggesting that this is a bedroom.
NESSET runs in.
Amalae, Amalae, what are you doing?
AMALAE looks up.
Go away, Nesset, I’m applying to college.
AMALAE continues doing her work.
But, sis, you never play with me!
AMALAE stands up with a sigh.
Fine, but just this once.
NESSET accidentally sees her sister’s computer tab and gasps.
What is it?
I left something in my bed. You can go ahead.
This is a lie. As soon as AMALAE leaves, NESSET checks the computer. She creeps to the desk. Suddenly interested in being a spy, she does some pretty bad rolls and gets to the most recent tab. She looks at it with wonder.
Why would Amalae be applying to an acting school if she wants to become an artist?
New character: BECEREA (Bec-a-re-a): a mom who hates actors and loves those who study or do anything other than the arts
They are in a room with a lot of toys, a couch, and a TV.
So what do you want to do?
Um, um, um.
BECEREA comes storming in after seeing that the bedroom is empty.
You should be studying, Amalae.
Um, um, um.
NESSET looks like she wants to pee her pants or like she is keeping in something important.
Amalae wants to be an actor!
BECEREA looks at her.
What is she talking about, Amalae?
BECEREA looks at AMALAE to see that she has disappeared. The front door is open.
Nesset, how dare you put ideas in her head.
BECEREA storms out the front door in pursuit of AMALAE.
But I didn –
If I were Amalae, I would run away, too.
She follows her mom out.
I wish that I had kept my mouth shut. Then maybe we would be able to play.
BECEREA walks through the streets, looking for AMALAE.
Where did that traitor go?
BECEREA passes the alley that AMALAE is hiding in. NESSET, who is following BECEREA, sees AMALAE writing in a notebook. She runs away.
I don’t need to betray her even more.
AMALAE looks around, making sure she is not being watched. She starts doing something nobody has ever heard her do. She starts to sing (but waits for BECEREA and NESSET to talk. She instead hums).
BECEREA stops a few meters ahead.
Do you hear that?
NESSET, knowing who it is, is scared, and is obviously hiding something. She turns to the audience.
Now she starts singing – just when I decide to protect her?
She turns back to her mother.
I’ll go check.
Who Knows How Long
All my life I’ve been searching
Searching for me (long)
For who I’m supposed to be (long)
For me (statement)
But who knows how long it’ll be
’Til I’m away from my chores
From my history (long)
And I know
There’s a place out there
My secret lair
Where I can uncover the layer
That keeps coming to haunt me (long)
Cause I’m tired of all the history books (this is where it starts getting exciting)
The nooks that I can’t find
I wish for a chance to be alone
A chance to hold my own
A chance that’s all I need (long, slows down)
All I need, cause then I’ll be free (long)
But who knows how long that’ll take
Who know if before that, I’ll break
From the pressure
From the control
So I’m breaking out
They’ll shut their mouths
Once they see what I can do
Then I’ll be something different to you (long)
AMALAE turns and sees NESSET run away.
An actor steps into the alley a second after NESSET would have seen movement. The character is introduced later as MRS. LILLAETTE, the professor of music at the Academy of Foundational Arts, which is the academy that AMALAE wants to go to.
Have you ever considered being an actor?
New character: KAYLEEN: best friend, wants to become a dancer, funny
They are in a dorm at the academy.
Hi – you’re my new roomie, right?
I guess so?
Great, you two are settled in. Amalae, this is Kayleen’s first day, too. The play is in three weeks, and auditions are in two days. Kayleen, the dancers choose their song tomorrow, but the official auditions are on the same day as the play auditions. Bye.
Isn’t this great? When I ran away from home, hoping to find an academy to train at, I didn’t think I’d get the best one ever!
Wait, you ran away from home? I did that, too!
What a coincidence. Anyway, what are you auditioning for?
I don’t even know what the play is!
It’s Beauty and the Beast.
They turn to find two people at the door.
Who are you?
He’s the director of theater.
And she’s the director of dance.
And why are you here?
I wanted to give you the dance we are learning for our performance, Kayleen.
And I wanted to give you the lyrics. All the wannabe-Belles will be singing, Amalae.
AMALAE AND KAYLEEN
MR. LOFT AND MS. ROKISAS
The teachers leave. The girls turn towards the door across from the beds.
I’m guessing that’s the closet?
I waited to explore until you got here.
They open it and walk in. Inside is a bathroom with two stalls and two sinks, and when they open the stalls, there’s a shower and a toilet in each.
Cool – we get our own bathroom!
AMALAE finds doors on opposite sides of the bathroom.
Yeah, now these doors must lead to closets, right?
One way to find out.
Together, they open the doors.
Oh, wow, there’s a stage and a monitor reading my lines in case I forget.
And I have a dance area with mirrors for walls, footsteps on the floor that match my dance steps, even a bar for ballet.
Let’s start practicing.
KAYLEEN falls into yet another room.
Oh, there’s the closet.
In the house, living room. NESSET has an apple. BECEREA is pacing in anger.
The nerve of that… that… that… fool.
I know, right?
She is a disgrace.
I know right?
Mom, why do you hate actors?
Because they killed my grandmother.
NESSET spits out apple chunks.
WHAT? Are you sure of that?
Wellll, I never found any real proof, but.
You want the whole story? Fine. It started when I was a baby.
You remember when you were a baby?
Yes, shush. I had just turned one when my mother showed me a picture of her grandmother. She had started the line of actresses, she said. My mother then told me that I would be an actress when I grew up. I was excited. I begged my mother to show me the oldest actor of our alive family – I begged for years. When I was seven, she finally agreed. She took me to Broadway to see my grandma’s latest achievement. I was so excited – I watched the first act of Beauty and the Beast with amazement. Then something horrible happened. Lumiere’s candles set the place on fire. The people watching ran out, screaming. The actors tried to put it out, but in the end, they had to evacuate. But not fast enough – my grandmother was trying to stop it harder than anyone – she had gotten the role of Belle! She wouldn’t stop – they had to drag her, but. Her dress was already burning – it was too late.
A picture of her while this happens has been playing the whole time.
NESSET’s apple drops to the ground.
Mommy, that’s intense.
Indeed, now, come on. I think I know where the misfit has gone.
I’m so nervous – what if I don’t get the song right?
I’m nervous, too – what if my feet don’t like modern music?
Girls? It’s time.
Starts dancing (ask director for how).
KAYLEEN is in other room.
And for the leading role of Belle: AMALAE! And for the honor of being up front with the dancers: KAYLEEN!
They are bouncing off the walls in joy.
Good job, girls.
Back to BECEREA and NESSET.
I think they are at the Academy of Foundational Arts.
Zooms in on outside of school.
Wake up, sleepyhead – you said we should do one more run-through before the play starts!
It’s morning already?!
Yes, that’s how sleeping works – time goes faster.
Wait, last night was… IT’S THE DAY OF THE PLAY!
We have one hour – are you going to be dumb and just stand there, or are we running through my routine and your lines? I do not want to go to breakfast without a refresher!
Okay, okay, let’s go to the dance room.
In her dance room.
Okay, so it goes one, two, to the left, to the right, cartwheel, fade into the crowd, step on the platform. And shoot into the sky. Then I jump off at thirty feet and survive. I go backstage while everyone else does the rest of the song and come back for the finale. We all start singing at two.
She actually does this to music.
AMALAE is in her theater room.
I’m sorry, Gaston, but I… I… I… I just don’t deserve you.
Bell that signals places rings.
BECEREA storms into the main office with NESSET trailing behind. PRINCIPAL HANAYES is waiting for them.
Hello, Becerea Temtilask. I knew you were coming. I understand you have a daughter registered and want to take her home.
How did you know that – are you associated with Magic?
Nooo, we have security that saw you enter the school.
I want to be a dancer!
Not now – where is Amalae?
She’s about to amaze the audience as the lead in our first production of Beauty and the Beast.
I don’t care if she’s directing Tangled on Broadway – I want to know where she is!
Mommy, look – Amalae’s on stage.
AMALAE is being shown her new room. BECEREA and NESSET go to stop her but become transfixed by the show. They watch the whole thing.
Woah, Momma, that was awesome.
She notices BECEREA is getting pulled to the next room with everyone else.
They watch KAYLEEN.
NESSET sees AMALAE and slips away from BECEREA without her noticing.
Nesset! Wait, if you’re here, that means… I have to run.
I saw you on stage, and although I only saw a part of a play, I’ve realized something.
What is it?
When I grow up, I want to put on a sliver of a play, too.
Nesset, we are going home… Amalae is not worth our ti… Nesset?
She walks away grumbling about traitors and daughters and actors.
Where am I going to stay now?!
You can stay with me.