Monday, June 11, 2007

Scene 15: Freedom

Scene 15. Freedom

[Spotlight on Narrator]

Narrator
In 1867, Brigadier General Thomas Roe Freeman, CSA and Alfred Deatherage opened their law office, a general store, and a saloon. Alex Chilton and George Davis ran the saloon and first dry goods store in Eminence. It was an exciting occasion…. until the Militia arrived.

(Aunt Betsy & Lizzie enter from stage left carrying goods. George, Loon, & Alex enter from stage right carring small table and stool to DR. They busy themselves arranging goods. Four soldiers march in from stage left, and move DCS.)

Soldier 1
Alexander Chilton, George Davis, we are here to take your test oath.

Alex Chilton
I took the oath at Pilot Knob. Here’s my papers.
(Pulls papers from pocket)

Soldier 1 (refer to a paper in his hands).
George Davis and Loon Chitty have not. We confiscate the goods of rebels.

George Davis
I will take the oath. I was too young to fight during the war, but I was taken prisoner and beaten. I will sign, and so will all the other people in town, so you won’t have to return here again.

Loon Chitty
I signed the oath in Pilot Knob, but I will sign again.

(Soldier 1 Assigns Soldier 2 to write the names of people taking the oath. And have them sign in the book.]
[Soldier 1 Administers the Test Oath]

Soldier 1
All Stand. Yes, you out there as well.

Soldier 1
"I pledge allegiance”

All
I pledge allegiance

Soldier 1
to my Flag and the Republic

Allto my Flag and the Republic

Soldier 1
for which it stands,
All
for which it stands
Soldier 1
one nation,

All
one nation,

Soldier 1
indivisible,

Allindivisible,
Soldier 1

with liberty and justice for all.

All

with liberty and justice for all.

(Cast begins to line up to sign in the book.)

Soldier 1
Seize the Goods!

[Alex bolts and moves thru crowd far DSR to escape and is protected from soldier’s view by the crowd; George is quickly captured by soldiers DSL.]

Take Davis for questioning! Burn Chilton's house!

(soldiers begin to carry off goods from the table, etc., and move stage left with goods & Davis. Citizens are totally frozen silent in dismay.).

Alex Chilton
What about Justice For All? We stand for it and always have! The war is over. Will you never forget?

(Alex is shouting by this time. Other men hold him back. Alex moves DCS for finale. Addresses audience.)

[First four lines spoken by Alex Chilton while music plays in the background. Cast joins on the Chorus. Song starts out slowly with frustration, then picks up speed and gets louder and joyful by the end.]

Ballad: “FREEDOM” by Alexander Chilton & Cast (Words and Music by Steve McDonald)

Why all the warring? Why all the pain?
Why all the dying, For the sake of our name?
Why should our children, carry our bane?
I asked for a reason, then I heard you say.

CHORUS:
For
Freedom, Freedom,
A voice from long ago
Said Freedom, Freedom
A voice I’ve come to know
Freedom, Freedom
Echoes through the Glen
Freedom.

Land of the fathers, daughters and the sons
Land of the children, free to run.
Land of the fathers, daughters and the sons
Land of the children, free to run.


So go, go, and seek out where you’re from
So they may rest in peace
The souls of all who’ve gone
For we are not different
From all who’ve come before
If you open your mind
You’ll Open up the door


CHORUS:
To
Freedom, Freedom,
A voice from long ago
Said Freedom, Freedom
A voice I’ve come to know
Freedom, Freedom
Echoes through the Glen
Freedom, Freedom, Freedom, Freedom.

[Lights down. Curtain.]

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