School’s out…there was some drama

18 Jun

Act 1

INT. Classroom – Last Day of school

Sixth graders are sitting on floor. Two girls are singing in front of room. Three teachers are huddled on one side of room. One stands alone on the other side. One of the three teachers is mouthing words to the lone teacher. She cannot understand so walks over to the group.

ME THE TEACHER: My lip-reading sucks. What’s up?

TEACHER 1: We are moving to Orange Hall.

ME THE TEACHER: What??? Are you joking?

TEACHER 2: No. Go check your email.

As Me the Teacher weaves through the mass of 6th grade bodies, Teacher 3 paces and mutters to himself.

Act 2

EXT. Later the same day on the playing field

Sixth graders are gathered on the field in various groups. Some are running. Some are signing yearbooks. A group is sitting in the grass playing with their Magic cards. A lone boy wanders, playing a harmonica.

ME THE TEACHER: The timing is bad, but there might be some perks to the move.

TEACHER 3: The locker room is bigger in Orange hall and, because we will be on the first floor, we will have direct outside access.

TEACHERS 1 & 2: I was thinking the same thing.

Act 3

INT. Classroom – Teacher’s Last Day of school

Me the Teacher is frantically packing. She is disheveled and her face is very red.

Act 4

INT. Classroom – Teacher’s Last Day of school

CUSTODIAN: Are you ready?

ME THE TEACHER: Yes. I didn’t think it was possible,  but I got it all packed up.

CUSTODIAN: This move means a lot of extra work for us.

ME THE TEACHER: I know and I am sorry, but have a great summer.

Custodian exits.

Me the Teacher does one last sweep of the classroom, turns off the lights and exits the room, closing the door behind her.






5 Responses to “School’s out…there was some drama”

  1. Brian Rozinsky June 18, 2019 at 7:56 am #

    Fun format experimentation & congratulations on meeting the packing challenge.

  2. arjeha June 18, 2019 at 8:25 am #

    Packing is always a challenge. Packing to meet a deadline is exhausting. In the end the move is usually worth the aggravation it causes. Congratulations on getting things packed and ready for the move.

  3. Patricia J Holloway June 18, 2019 at 1:14 pm #

    I enjoyed reading about your move as a screen play. The apprehension/tension was apparent.

  4. Lisa Corbett June 18, 2019 at 5:47 pm #

    I enjoyed the format! I’m moving down the hall and it’s as troublesome as changing schools. I have spent 2 weeks listing all the positives about this move and ignoring my misgivings. Now I can only think of the good!

  5. Ramona June 18, 2019 at 9:58 pm #

    I can’t believe you were packed and ready to move in one day! That’s an incredible accomplishment. Love your four act play!

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