and Warburton Seventh-day Adventist Church - July 23, 2011
The brief given to Scott: A series of 5 short plays themed around a 'plane trip to heaven', including specifically: Why we want to leave, How we get a ticket, Who is the Pilot, The journey and the final destination.
ACT 1: The Dream
SCOTTIE: Hey Alex, do you ever dream of going to Dizzyland?
ALEX: No. I love the park. It has both a swing AND a seesaw!
SCOTTIE: (Puzzled) A Swing . . . and a seesaw?
ALEX: Yep, I love it. There is no way I’d miss a trip to the park for anything else.
SCOTTIE: You would rather go to the park than go to Dizzyland?
ALEX: That’s right!
SCOTTIE: Do you even know what is at Dizzyland?
ALEX: (satisfied) Nope.
SCOTTIE: Well let me tell you. Dizzyland has slides, merry-go-rounds, tree houses, boat rides, flying foxes, roller coasters, Tarzan swings, mazes and tunnels, cars you can drive and steer . . . and it even has a one of those fountains you can jump in. It has everything.
ALEX: I bet it doesn’t have swings though!
SCOTTIE: Oh yes it does! The biggest, highest, fastest swings you’ve ever seen.
ALEX: But want about seesaws, my park has TWO seesaws!
SCOTTIE: Dizzyland has 100’s of seesaws!
ALEX: But do they go up AND down? The park I like has seesaws that not only go up but go down too!
SCOTTIE: The seesaws at Dizzyland go up & down and round and round and up-side-down.
ALEX: (Surprised) Oh! But my park has a shop right next to it you can buy ice cream at. That’s something other parks don’t have. I bet you can’t buy ice creams next to Dizzyland!
SCOTTIE: That is true.
ALEX: Augh Ha, see!
SCOTTIE: No no, it’s true you can’t buy ice creams outside Dizzyland . . . that’s because you can get them FREE, inside Dizzyland.
SCOTTIE: Yep, as many icecreams as you want, in what ever flavour you want.
ALEX: No way! Any flavour?
ALEX: What about double chock chip
ALEX: What about strawberry caramel
ALEX: What about watermelon flavour
ALEX: Donut flavour
ALEX: French fries flavour?
SCOTTIE: Yep that too!
ALEX: Ok, what about beetroot, coconut, lemon, onion, cheese, baked bean flavor?
SCOTTIE: Yep, with two cherries on top!
ALEX: This place sound’s amazing!!! Let’s go now!
SCOTTIE: Oh, we can’t go now, we have to go to school..
ALEX: Oh man. I can’t wait until the school holidays! Donut flavour icecreams . . .
ACT 2: The Ticket
ALEX: (excited) Scottie! The school holidays are here.
ALEX: Now, about that place you were talking about the other day…
SCOTTIE: What place?
ALEX: The one with the swings and seesaws, slides, merry-go-rounds, tree houses, boat rides, flying foxes, roller coasters, Tarzan swings, mazes and tunnels, cars you can drive and steer, and all the ice creams you can eat for free. . .
SCOTTIE: (Cuts Alex off) Oh, Dizzyland!
ALEX: Yeah! The other day you said we couldn’t go because we had to go to school.
SCOTTIE: Yeah, that was a shame.
ALEX: Well, (bursting with excitement) school’s finished! Now we can go!
SCOTTIE: Oh yeah, you’re right!. . . Oh . . . wait. We need plane tickets to go to Dizzyland and that is very expensive.
ALEX: (well-meaning) No problem! I have my piggy bank here.
SCOTTIE: (amused) Oh yeah, how much do you have in your piggy bank.
ALEX: 37 cents.
SCOTTIE: Alex, it costs thousands of dollars to get a plane ticket to go to Dizzyland.
ALEX: (Glum) Oh. I guess we’ll never get there.
SCOTTIE: (Glum) Yeah . . . (excited) UNLESS!!
ALEX: Unless what?
SCOTTIE: Well, James says he has tickets, we could ask if he would give them to us.
ALEX: Why would James give his tickets to us? We never let James play with us at lunch time.
SCOTTIE: Yeah, but we have no other options. (Walks over to James) Hi James.
JAMES: Hi guys, what’s up?
SCOTTIE: (Shyly) Say, you’ve got tickets to Dizzyland?
JAMES: Yeah, two actually. They were a gift from my Dad.
SCOTTIE: (Disappointed) Oh.
JAMES: Why what’s up?
SCOTTIE: Well, Alex and I were really wanting to go, but can’t pay to get tickets. We were hoping you might have some spare tickets, but you only have one spare.
JAMES: Well, I could give you both tickets.
ALEX: BOTH tickets? But then you couldn’t go!
JAMES: Yeah, true, but if it’s the only way you can get there. Maybe my Dad can find a way for me to get there.
SCOTTIE: Really, you’d give us your tickets, for free?
ALEX: I can pay you something, I have 37 cents.
JAMES: (laughs) No, don’t worry about it. The tickets are all yours! Go, have a great time there!
ALEX: OH THANK YOU SOOOOOO MUCH James. We’ll always let you play with us in future.
JAMES: I’d really like that. Thanks!
ALEX: Let’s go pack, Scottie.
ACT 3: The Pilot
SCOTTIE: There’s the plane, Alex!
ALEX: (un-excited) Oh . . . yep.
SCOTTIE: What’s wrong?
ALEX: I just remembered, I don’t like flying.
SCOTTIE: You don’t like flying?
ALEX: Yeah, it scares me.
SCOTTIE: What are you frightened of?
ALEX: Well, crashing, of course. How do we know the pilot knows how to take off AND land!
I fly paper aeroplanes all the time and they always crash!
PILOT: (cheerful) Hello, boys.
BOTH S & A: (paying attention) Hello, sir.
PILOT: I’m your pilot, where are you flying today?
SCOTTIE: We’re off to Dizzyland.
PILOT: Dizzyland hey, that’s a wonderful place.
SCOTTIE: You’ve been there?
PILOT: For sure. Many times actually. You’ll have a fantastic time there.
ALEX: (gloomy) If we get there.
PILOT: What do you mean?
SCOTTIE: Oh, don’t worry about Alex; he’s just a bit scared of flying.
PILOT: Oh, don’t be afraid, Alex, I have been flying since before you were born. I even have a co-pilot and other air staff to help me during the trip. You just leave the flying to me and you’ll be safe. You have nothing to worry about.
ALEX: (convinced) OK, you do sound quite good at it.
PILOT: Just relax. You have nothing to worry about. Go find your seats and buckle in, we’ll be taking off soon.
ALEX: SEAT BELTS! If it’s so safe why do we need seatbelts??!!
SCOTTIE: Don’t worry Alex, the seat belts are just to make sure you don’t eat too much.
ALEX: What??!! We get food on the plane?
SCOTTIE: I guess that’s what you call it.
ACT 4: The Trip
ALEX: Well, takeoff was not too scary, but now what? We just sit here?
SCOTTIE: Well, it’s going to be a long flight. Sitting is better than standing.
ALEX: I don’t know if this will all be worth it. I mean right now I could be at my park on the swing. Instead I’m stuck here, with no swings or seesaws in sight.
SCOTTIE: We’ll just have to be patient. Why don’t you meet the person sitting next to you, see were they’re going?
ALEX: I guess it’s something to do. (Turns to passenger) Hi there.
PASSENGER: (Glum) Hello.
ALEX: Where are you going?
PASSENGER: Oh, I don’t know.
ALEX: You don’t know? How can you not know?
PASSENGER: Well, I’m looking for somewhere fun, but I haven’t been able to find anywhere I like yet.
ALEX: Have you heard of Dizzyland?
PASSENGER: No, I haven’t.
ALEX: (excited) WELL! Apparently it Has swings and seesaws, slides, merry-go-rounds, tree houses, boat rides, flying foxes, roller coasters, Tarzan swings, mazes and tunnels, cars you can drive and steer . . . and it even has free donut ice creams.
PASSENGER: That sound’s too good to be true!
ALEX: I know, but it’s real, and we’re going there now.
PASSENGER: Well, can I come?
PASSENGER: How do I get there?
ALEX: Just follow us! (turns to Scottie) Hey Scottie, that person may never have found out about Dizzyland if we didn’t tell them.
SCOTTIE: I know, do you think we should tell everyone on the plane about it?
ALEX: I think so. It would be such a shame if people never went to Dizzyland simply because they didn’t know about it!
(Exits, and calls out)
Excuse me miss, have you ever heard about Dizzyland? . . .
ACT 5: The Arrival
(Scottie and Alex are appearing and disappearing, up and down, as if on trampolines)
ALEX: (Super excited) Can you believe this place!
SCOTTIE: I know, how much fun is it?!
ALEX: It’s awesome!
SCOTTIE: Let’s try these swings!
BOTH S & A: (start going backwards and forwards as if on swings) Wheeee!
ALEX: There is so much to do here!
SCOTTIE: Hey, there’s that guy we met on the plane!
PASSENGER: (Going around in circles as if on a merry go round) Hi boys, thanks for telling me about this place! It’s the best and I would never have known about it if it wasn’t for you!
BOTH S & A: No problems!
ALEX: And there’s the Pilot!!
PILOT: (Walking up casually) Hello Scottie and Alex. Are you having as much fun as me?
ALEX: (Swinging stops) We sure are! Let’s go in the roller coaster together!
(All three disappear for a moment, then appear briefly, 1 ,2 ,3 like a roller coaster train slowly going over the hump first hill the racing off)
ALEX: Here we go . . . .
(All three appear once more time, lower down, 1, 2, 3 over another hump)