Once Upon a Time, The January People’s Choice went to…..
The people have spoken… The January People’s Choice Award goes to Jessica June Rowe for her short play, Bippity Bobbity Boomer: A Modern Millennial Cinderella Story , presented as a staged reading at Monday Night PlayGround on January 14th at the Broadwater Main Stage. Congratulations, Jessica!
Courtesy of Ms. Rowe, we’re pleased to share the first two pages from the award-winning script. Enjoy!
BIPPITY BOBBITY BOOMER
A MODERN MILLENNIAL CINDERELLA STORY
Jessica June Rowe
Ellen – F – Mid to late 20s – Any – Modern upper-middle-class post-grad.
Godmother – F – Late 50s – Any – Whimsical, opinionated Fairy Godmother.
Note: The opening dialogue is directly from Disney’s Cinderalla
ELLEN sits on the ground, leaning against the end of a couch, sobbing into her arms. In one hand she holds a letter, the ripped-open envelope on the floor. She lifts her head—
Oh god. What am I going to do? I can’t believe…
She collapses into sobs once more. Enter GODMOTHER. She walks toward Ellen, watching sympathetically as Ellen cries.
There’s nothing left to believe in… not anymore. Nothing…
Godmother slides onto the other end of the couch.
Nothing? Now, you really don’t believe that?
Ellen flinches, scoots back.
Who are you?!
I’m here to help you, dear. Come now, dry those tears, your Fairy Godmother is here!
Fairy… Godmother? Are you for real?
Godmother stands, offers her hand to Ellen. Ellen takes it.
As real as anything.
Godmother leads her back to the couch. They sit.
See? No need to cry on the floor, my little Cinder-Ellen.
It’s just Ellen.
Oh my god. I’m so desperate I need an imaginary friend to help me out.
Sorry. It’s just… (sniffling) Oh god, I don’t know what to do!
She falls against Godmother. Godmother is pleased; she hugs Ellen, rocks her gently.
There, there. Now, what is it? You can tell me. Is it a boy? Has your father forbidden you to see him? Is he forcing you to marry someone else?
Is your father dead, then? Or maybe your mother? (hopeful)...Both?
Ellen shakes her head.
What about step parents? Or—oh! Is it a ball? I love balls! The dancing, the romance! And your dress, well… (plucking at the fabric) it definitely needs work. But that’s okay! Just give me three feathers, an 8-track, and a turnip, and you would be amazed—
It’s my student loans!
Join us for the Next Monday Night PlayGround of the season on Monday, February 11, at the Broadwater Main Stage and choose your own favorite. Click here for more info.