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I Wanna Dance...Back to School

Act 2 The School.

Interior scene

Through the main door we pan through the school. There are kids carrying instruments, books, napsacks. It is just like any other school. Pan back to door way. Daryl is there dressed in an a typical dancer’s outfit right out of “Fame.” Red tights, short shorts, leg warmers, an ornage tank top and red headband. He is carrying his Boom Box. He turns on the radio and some old school funk pours out. he hoists it up to his shoulder and begins to walk down the hall.

Pan to cafeteria. It is being used as admittance and schedules. Daryl walks in, music blaring. He puts down the radio pn the closet table and starts walking in a circle, slowly clearing himself a ring. He goes back to the center and starts to pop break dance moves…very badly. He tries to get others to join in, but they are all looking at him as if he is insane. He drops to the floor to end his routine with a horrible windmill and back spin. Students just stare blankly.

He jumps up and yells “Yes!” as a teacher come s up to him.

Ms Barber
Frowning
WHAT ARE YOU DOING? THIS IS A SCHOOL NOT A CIRCUS.

Daryl
Smiling
I KNOW, I AM A STUDENT. JUST THOUGHT I WOULD THROW DOWN AND SHOW MY SKILLS. NO NEED TO THANK ME, I LIVE FOR THIS STUFF.

Ms Barber
Quizzical
THANK YOU? WHY WOULD I…

Daryl
Interrupting
YOUR WELCOME.

He picks up his radio and moves to the table with the D’s.

Daryl
Out of breath to the student behing the table.
DUMONT, DARYL. DANCER.

Student
Raised eye
REALLY? WHO KNEW?

Hands Daryl his schedule. Daryl looks at it. He looks up to the student behind the desk.

Daryl
Quizzical
THERE MUST BE A MISTAKE. MY SCHEDULE SAYS HISTORY, MATH, GEOGRAPHY, ENGLISH AND ONLY A FEW DANCE CLASSES.

Student
THIS IS A SCHOOL..WHAT DID YOU EXPECT?

Daryl turns from the table. He looks around him realizing for the first time how young the students are. Fade to flashback.

Fade in to Daryl’s high school, early 80’s. He dressed in slacks and dress shirt and tie. He is at his locker getting out his books. A group of boys approach, all dressed in over the top eighties garb. Tracksuits with sippered sides, baloon pants, heavy jewelery, micheal jackson coats, double breasted coats, gloved hands and of course the Boom Box. Quick pan shows ALL students dressed in 80s garb…except Daryl.

Earl
Pushing Daryl a bit
WHAT’S WITH THE SUIT DOOFUS?

Daryl
Skittish
IT’S JUST A SHIRT AND PANTS

Dougie
Laughing
YOU LOOK LIKE AN ACCOUNTANT SPAZ.

Daryl
THERE’S NOTHING WRONG WITH ACCOUNTING!

Earl
Looking at his chums
THERE IS IF IT GATS IN THE WAY OFF THIS.

Turns on the boom box. Herbie hancock blast out as the boys start break dancing. Close up on Daryl’s face, eyes wide. Pan down to his foot, it’s tapping. He looks down and realizes he may start dancing. We here his father’s voice “ONE MORE CHANCE DARYL, BUT DANCE AGAIN AND YOU ARE GOING TO ACCOUNTING SCHOOL!”
Daryl turns and runs away.

Earl
Yelling
YEAH RUN GOOBER! YOU CAN’T FACE THE FUNK!

Fade back to Daryl. He walks into the office.

Daryl
Panic
EXCUSE ME, ISN’T THIS THE NEW YORK SCHOOL OF THE ARTS?

Reception
YES.

Daryl
More panic
I THOUGHT THIS WAS A COLLEGE?

Reception
WELL THAT WOULD BE THE NEW YORK COLLEGE OF THE ARTS.

Daryl
SO I HAVE ENROLLED IN HIGHSCHOOL…AGAIN.

Reception
IF YOU ARE A STUDENT? THEN YES YOU HAVE.

Daryl
whispers to himself.
WHAT HAVE I DONE.

We hear voices swirling around Daryl…DOOFUS, DORK, LOSER, SPACE CADET, WEINER…and so on.

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So I will add a new bit of the script…then add it to the whole later.

Here is the main part of the growing script

I am a poet at heart.
A writer in dreams.
A father always.
A man.

I am, perhaps, me.

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Comments

  • Matthew Dalton
    Matthew Daltonalmost 6 years ago

    Paul – you are on fire! This is very funny but also poignant. I want Daryl to succeed even though I know he’s a dork.

    Made my day – thanks.

  • Mardra
    Mardraalmost 6 years ago

    Ahhh, High school again. You’ve touched on a commen great fear.
    The tension continues to mount – Delightful Paul!

  • Thanks Mardra! I appreciate the support.

    – Paul Rees-Jones

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