Anyway, I need to send it out before this Thursday, but any help is greatly appreciated.
INT. AUDITORIUM - DAY (DAY 1)
A group of about thirty STUDENTS are scattered throughout the
auditorium, listening (with various degrees of attention) to the
DIRECTOR give his notes.
(in the middle of his notes)
Mrs. Calvin, nice scream. Alice, you need to
project more. And John, if you miss that
entrance again I will be forced to make you
The students laugh.
And that's all the notes I have for today.
Tomorrow we'll be running Act II. And Monday
we'll run the infamous Act III.
A chorus of "Oooooooh!"s.
And yes, Dave and Alice will have to kiss.
The ooooooh-ing increases in volume and intensity, and all eyes
turn to GARY , the male lead. He looks absolutely shocked, and
various jokes at his expense are called out.
Oh come on, it's not that big a deal. You
kids. Last reminder, set construction this
weekend - Saturday noon to four, Sunday one
to five. And that's it. Get out of here.
The noise level immediately skyrockets, and like a gelatinous
blob the students rise and pack up their things. Gary is the last
to get up, and when he does he makes his way to the Director, who
is chatting with the STAGE MANAGER. Gary shifts nervously as he
waits for the Director's attention.
Well, what can I do for you?
D-does it have to be a real kiss?
Isn't that what I said?
(even more nervous)
But....can't we change it? Make it a stage
You nervous? It's really not that big a deal.
Gary does not look convinced.
I thought about making it a stage kiss, but
it really doesn't work for the scene. It's
too funny. We want the audience to go "awww,"
not laugh. Okay?
Gary nods reluctantly, and goes back to grab his backpack and
exit the auditorium, the picture of misery.
INT. CAFETERIA - DAY (DAY 2)
Your typical high school cafeteria - crowded and noisy, with
teachers standing in the doorways like prison guards. Gary is
sitting at the edge of a table close to the doorway, picking at
his school-made meatball sub with a distinct lack of interest.
Gary's best friend MATT looks rather concerned.
You okay, Gary?
How very reassuring.
Okay, spill it.
I have to actually kiss a girl for the play.
What, she got a jealous boyfriend or
I've never been kissed before! I don't want
to lose my first kiss to the stage!
Okay, it's official. You're too much of a sap
to be male.
Well we already knew THAT.
BECCA plops down next to Matt. She's not particularly attractive,
but not particularly ugly either. You look at her and immediately
think "Nice kid." She takes a bite of her taco and looks at Gary
So what's this all about?
Gary's gonna "lose his first kiss to the
Ouch. Sucks to be you, my friend.
Gary whimpers pitifully and bangs his head on the table.
Awww!! Poor thing!
(pats Gary's head
What am I going to DO?!?
Throw yourself off a bridge?
Gary looks up and glares at him.
Or you could just try getting kissed before
Any secret crushes? This would be the perfect
time to get them out in the open.
Gary whimpers and hides his head again. Becca laughs in fond
amusement and returns to her lunch.
(completely changing topic)
Oh, Gary, I'm joining stage crew. Are you
gonna come to set construction?
Gary nods without lifting his head.
(poking Gary's head)
Yo, am I still coming over tonight?
Rot in hell.
I'll take that as a yes.
INT. GARY'S HOME - DAY (DAY 2)
Matt and Gary are in Gary's living room, which is a nice, low-key
place until you reach this one wall, which is completely
dominated by a big screen tv and hundreds of videogames. The two
boys are staring at the screen intently, mashing the controllers
with all of their might until finally -
(delivering the killer blow)
That was just a practice round!
Just like the other nine times I whupped you?
Face it, I owned you fair and square.
Matt makes a face at Gary, and Gary makes one back. This goes on
for several minutes until Gary suddenly blurts out:
Wanna order pizza?
Gary jumps to his feet and heads towards the phone. Matt
stretches as the sound of pizza being ordered is heard in the
background, and a slightly pensive look crosses his face. He
gives Gary a thoughtful look as the other boy sits down.
I ordered a large cheese and a bottle of
Coke. That cool?
Becca's right, you know.
Gary freezes, then starts nervously looking through his games.
Matt studies Gary, and then somebody flicks the switch.
You like her, don't you?
Gary avoids Matt's gaze, continuing to sift through his
collection of games with no real purpose save avoiding Matt.
You should tell her.
She might like you too.
How do you know?
If you don't try, you don't succeed.
Yeah, and you don't fail either.
Now what kind of a response is that?
The response of someone who has everything to
You really should tell her.
Why? I'm perfectly happy the way things are.
So says the moodiest person I know! You, my
friend, are lying through your teeth.
Look, you have the perfect excuse. You'd
rather lose your first kiss to a friend than
to the stage. Nothing has to change if you
don't want it to!
Things always change.
I guess the old adage is true. People would
rather be certain that they're miserable than
risk being happy.
This obviously strikes home with Gary. He gets a very pensive
look on his face.
INT. AUDITORIUM - STAGE - DAY (DAY 3)
The sounds of hammers, drills, and people talking permeate the
room. People are scampering about onstage, taking care of their
respective tasks, while the leftovers sit in the auditorium,
chatting and waiting to be needed. Gary sits apart from the rest,
watching the people on stage - more specifically, Becca -
intently. A few minutes later, she finishes up her assigned task,
and simply stands in the middle of the stage, admiring the
incomplete set. Gary sighs, and, gathering up his courage like a
safety blanket, heads up to talk to Becca.
(tapping Becca's shoulder)
Can I talk to you for a minute?
Gary leads her out of the auditorium and into the little hallway
next to it. They both plop down on the floor and sit. In silence.
Oh, yeah, sorry. This is just kind of
awkward. If you could just bear with me...
Becca nods, and the silence continues.
...can I kiss you?
Becca looks shocked.
(after a pause)
Is this because of the play?
Your first kiss is supposed to be special. I
don't want to remember mine as just a part in
I'd rather remember it with you.
You are such a sap, you know that?
Sure. I'd be honored.
Gary is more than a little surprised, and it's quite obvious that
he doesn't really know what to do. Hesitantly, though, and not
without some awkwardness, he kisses her. As they break apart, an
uncomfortable silence swoops in to fill up the space between
So...is this supposed to change things?
Only if you want it to.
What do YOU want?
(Gary hides his head, making her
You really are a girl. You just can't come
out and say what you want.
Becca then takes Gary's hand, and leans her head on his shoulder.
Gary pauses for a moment, marveling at such poetic stuff as the
miracle of her hand in his and the wonder of her head on his
shoulder. Once such quaint fancies have passed, however, he
extricates his hand and wraps his arm around her shoulder, and
they're just two kids who don't need poetry to express how
FADE TO BLACK:
END OF SHOW