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                                      ACT 2023

                                 "Time Machine"

A preshow performed by Bessie Carmichael 5th Graders

                               

 

                  AMERICAN CONSERVATORY THEATER'S

                                     "A Christmas Carol"

                              

                                     December 12, 2023

                 

 

Natalie Greene introduces the students of Bessie.

 

Opening Song - "At ACT"

 

 

Welcome to the theater,

the Toni Rembe Theater.

Welcome to the theater at A.C.T.

 

Sit back and relate

to the stories we create,

Let the stage become your gate at A.C.T.

 

The American Conservatory Theater

is the company that brought us here today,

to this 1910 one thousand forty seater.

It's the place where you are about to see "A Christmas Carol."

 

Welcome to the theater,

The historic Rembe Theater.

Welcome to the theater at A.C.T.

 

The script is where we start,

then the process shapes the art.

Everybody plays a part at A.C.T.

 

The American Conservatory Theater,

Imagination can become reality.

Words and sound and light trigger your feelings.

A kind of magic happens here that you will see in London.

 

Welcome to the theater,

the historic Geary Theater!

Thank you for coming to A.C.T

 

 

A student steps forward to bask in the applause.  They take another bow.

 

Omar:          Can you believe all these people came to see us?

 

Another student steps forward

 

Christopher: They didn’t come to see us.

 

Omar:           What?

 

Jaycion:       They came to see “A Christmas Carol”

 

Another student steps forward.

 

Aileen:        Yeah, we’re just the warm up act.

Omar:          The warm up act? 

Kaydy:        Anyhow, why are we thanking them?  

                   We’re the ones up here on stage doing all the work!

Derek:         Yeah, all they have to do is sit on their lazy butts and enjoy the show.

 

Christopher: Actually, the audience plays a very important role in what we do.

 

Derek:          Yeah, right.  Look at them.  Half of them are sleeping.

Isa:               Maybe we’re not doing our job.

Kaydy:         Hey, speak for yourself up here.  Showbiz is my life.

                    Do you know how much time I practiced this dialogue?

                    I got way more lines than you.

Amirrah:      Divas, please.  Theater is a team art.

                   And without the audience, what would we be?

                   What would we be without lights?  Without sets?  Without costumes?

Mr. Peter:    Without a director?

 

Amirrah:      Of course, without a director?  What would we be?

 

 

SONG - “Why Do the Actors Get All the Attention?”

 

 

Isa: (singing) And I write the reviews!

 

A collective gasp, then silence.  The stage manager walks to the critic with an angry stare.

Valerie: (singing)  But I call the cues.

             (spoken)  We’re not open yet.  Please exit the stage.

He doesn’t budge, as he is still taking notes.

Valerie: NOW!

Critic drops notepad and runs out.

 

Valerie: (singing)  

 

                   I’m the stage manager.  

                   No one likes me,

                   ‘cause I carry a checklist, forget the charm.

                    If they’re late for their cue,

                   Tell me what else can I do?

                   But raise my voice and sound the alarm.

 

The stage manager looks sad. 

The cast consoles saying “We like you, we like you.”

 

Valerie:     FINAL CALL!!!!!! PLACES!!!!!!!!!!!!!

 

The cast scurries into positions for the kick line.

 

All: (singing)   Why do the actors get all the attention….

 

End of Song

 

After the applause, a student looks down and notices the critic’s notepad and picks it up.

 

 

Derek:         Look, the critic dropped his notepad.

Terry:          What’s it say?  What’s it say?

Derek:         It says, I was brilliant, but you were a flops.

 

A doubting student grabs the notepad and reads.

 

Adam:          No it doesn’t.  It says.. “The students of Bessie Carmichael dazzled 

                    the crowd with a fabulous reshow before the cast of Charle’s Dickens 

                    “A Christmas Carol” took the stage.

Zayd:            Who’s Charles Dickens?

 

 

Nada:           Who’s Charles Dickens?

                     One of the most famous authors of the late Nineteenth Century.

 

 

Zayd:            The what?

 

Nada:            The 1800s.

 

Jaycion:         Please, that guy’s depressing.  Have you read his books?  

                      “Bleak House,” “Great Expectations,” “Tale of Two Cities,”

Christopher:   “Hard Times”

Jaycion:          That’s what I’m saying.  The guy was a downer.

Aileen:             Actually, “A Christmas Carol” is quite an uplifting tale.

 

Amirrah:           Speaking of which, we should get on with our last song.

                        Are we ready to do some time traveling.

 

Everyone:       Yes!

 

 

Song - Time Machine

                           Song - "Time Machine"

 

Maybe someday you will invent a time machine

and it will take us through the years,

If we want to go visit our older selves,

We will travel to the future.

Maybe someday you will invent a time machine,

The present day will disappear.

If we want to revisit our younger selves,

We will travel to the past.

 

What was San Francisco like 100 years ago?

How was it different?  How was it the same?

 

What will San Francisco be like when I’m grandma’s age?

Time flies, so they claim…

 

Maybe someday I will invent a time machine

and it will take us through the years,

If we want to go visit our older selves,

We will travel to the future.

 

Maybe someday I will invent a time machine,

The present day will disappear,

If we want to revisit our younger selves,

We will travel to the past.

 

But for now, let’s make the most of present moments,

While they last…

Salaywa:         True, an actual time machine has not yet been invented.

Adam:             But we can rely on good old fashioned theater 

                        to transport us back to the 19th Century.

Christopher:    So it’s time for us to clear the stage for the fabulous ACT company.

 

Derek:              Before we do we’d like to thank some people.

Nada:               Thanks to our friends at ACT for inviting us here today.

Zayd:               Thanks to the teachers who helped us get ready.

Amirrah:           Thanks to our families and friends for their love and support.

Kaydy:             And thanks to you, the audience,

                        for without you there would be no show.

 

Everyone:         Ready, Set, Action!

 

Song - Reprise “At ACT”

 

 

 

 

 

Song “Why Do the Actors Get All the Attention?”

 

 

Everyone:            (Singing) So…

                

                             Why do the actors get all the attention?

 

                             What about those of us behind the scenes?

                             We do the hair.

                             We do the make up,

                             We do the lighting,

                             Who needs a prop?

 

                             And we finance the teams,

                             The producers so it seems.

 

                             So…

                             Why do the actors get all the attention?

                             What about those of us backstage as well?

                             We dress the characters.

                             We do the sound effects,

                             We build the set.

                             The director directs.

Critic (Isa):  And I write the reviews.

There is a collective gasp, then silence.  The stage manager appears. 

Stage Manager (Valerie):  (Singing) But, I call the cues.

 

She approaches the critic, clipboard in hand.  The critic is busy writing when the stage manager approaches.

 

Stage Manager (Valerie):  (Spoken) We’re not open yet.

                                                         Please exit the stage.

 

The critic stops writing and looks up.

Stage Manager (Valerie):    (Yelling) Now!

The critic drops their pad and runs off.

Stage Manager (Valerie):  (Singing)I’m the stage manager,

                                         No one likes me,

                                         ‘cause I carry a check list, forget the charm.

                                         If they’re late for their cue,

                                         Tell me, what else can I do?

                                         But raise my voice and sound the alarm.

 

The stage manager looks sad.  Cast consoles, saying “We like you.”

 

Stage Manager (Valerie):    FINAL CALL!!!!!!! PLACES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

 

The cast scurries into positions for the kick line.

                       ALL: Why do the actors get all the attention?

                                Where would they be without us at their backs?

 

                                 Naked and speechless,

                                 Set-less and prop-less,

                                 Directionless,

                                 Lost in the darkness,

 

                                 So why then does it go?

                                 That the actors steal the show.

 

                           Song - "Time Machine"

 

Maybe someday you will invent a time machine

and it will take us through the years,

If we want to go visit our older selves,

We will travel to the future.

Maybe someday you will invent a time machine,

The present day will disappear.

If we want to revisit our younger selves,

We will travel to the past.

 

What was San Francisco like 100 years ago?

How was it different?  How was it the same?

 

What will San Francisco be like when I’m grandma’s age?

Time flies, so they claim…

 

Maybe someday I will invent a time machine

and it will take us through the years,

If we want to go visit our older selves,

We will travel to the future.

 

Maybe someday I will invent a time machine,

The present day will disappear,

If we want to revisit our younger selves,

We will travel to the past.

 

But for now, let’s make the most of present moments,

While they last…

 

 

Nada:                      True, an actual time machine has not yet been invented. 

 

Valerie:                    But we can rely on good old-fashioned theater to transport

                                 us back to 19th Century London.

Chloe:                      So it's time for us to clear the stage for the fabulous ACT

                                 company.

 

EJ:                            Before we go, we'd like to thank some people.

 

:                       Thanks to our friends at ACT for inviting here today.

 

Zayd:                      Thanks to the teachers who helped us get ready.
 

Adam:                     Thanks to our families and friends for their love and support.

 

Kaydy:                  And thanks to you the audience, for without you there would

                                be no show.

 

EVERYONE:           Ready, Set, Action!

 

 

 

"At ACT" Reprise

 

Sit back and relate to the stories we create,

Thank you for coming to ACT!

                                                                                                      STAGE (ONE ROW)

Dante Marquis Henry Kymani Lola Gerard Calvin Ramony Elyse Maja Migy Arisha Arkin Maynard Ace Mya Daniel Jasai Jasay Dominic

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                                                                                                     IN FRONT OF STAGE

     201  201  201  201 201 201 201  201        207 207 207 207 207 207 207 207            202 202 202 202 202 202 202 202

          201  201  201  201 201 201 201            207 207 207 207 207 207 207                  202 202 202 202 202 202 202

       FIRST TWO ROWS OF AUDIENCE (Chaperones, Other Bessie Students Not Performing, and Invited Guests)

TICKETS

 

Let’s try to make sure the tickets are used up.  Best to have Bessie students/family members/staff, but if it looks like we won’t be needing all of them, we should let ACT know by the end of the week.  I believe our matinee is sold out so they could sell the extra tickets.  It will be okay if a few seats are left empty given that some may still be unsure they can attend. 

                                 "Time Machine"

 Preshow performed by the students of Bessie Carmichael

                                        presented before

              AMERICAN CONSERVATORY THEATER'S

           "A Christmas Carol"

                              

                                    December 12, 2023

                    Video of previous performance at ACT

 

 

 

Natalie Greene introduces the students of Bessie.

Opening Song - "At ACT"

​​

Welcome to the theater,

the Toni Rembe Theater.

Welcome to the theater at A.C.T.

​​

Sit back and relate

to the stories we create,

Let the stage become your gate at A.C.T.

​​

The American Conservatory Theater

is the company that brought us here today,

to this 1910 one thousand forty seater.

It's the place where you are about to see "A Christmas Carol."

​​

Welcome to the theater,

The historic Rembe Theater.

Welcome to the theater at A.C.T.

​​

The script is where we start,

then the process shapes the art.

Everybody plays a part at A.C.T.

​​​

The American Conservatory Theater,

Imagination can become reality.

Words and sound and light trigger your feelings.

A kind of magic happens here that you will see in London.

​​​

Welcome to the theater,

the historic Geary Theater!

Thank you for coming to A.C.T

One student steps forward to bask in the applause.  They bow again. 

 

 

JM:                      Can you believe all these people came to see us?

 

Another student steps forward to the mic.

 

Maja:                   They didn’t come to see us.

 

JM:                      What?

 

Maja:                   They came to see “A Christmas Carol”

 

Another student steps forward.

 

Dante:                 Yeah, we’re just the warm up act.

 

JM:                      The warm up act?  We're just the warm up act?

 

A crew member enters.

 

CREW:                How do you think we feel? 

                           At least you get some applause.

 

Ace:                    Who are you?

 

CREW:                Backstage crew. 

                           If it weren’t for us, the magic wouldn’t happen.

                           But you actors get all the credit.

 

 

Song “Why Do the Actors Get All the Attention?”

 

 

Everyone:            (Singing) So…

                

                             Why do the actors get all the attention?

 

                             What about those of us behind the scenes?

                             We do the hair.

                             We do the make up,

                             We do the lighting,

                             Who needs a prop?

 

                             And we finance the teams,

                             The producers so it seems.

 

                             So…

                             Why do the actors get all the attention?

                             What about those of us backstage as well?

                             We dress the characters.

                             We do the sound effects,

                             We build the set.

                             The director directs.

 

Critic (Maynard):  And I write the reviews.

 

There is a collective gasp, then silence.  The stage manager appears. 

 

Stage Manager (Elyse):  (Singing) But, I call the cues.

 

 

She approaches the critic, clipboard in hand.  The critic is busy writing when the stage manager approaches.

 

Stage Manager (Elyse):  (Spoken) We’re not open yet.

                                                        Please exit the stage.

The critic stops writing and looks up.

 

Stage Manager (Elyse):    (Yelling) Now!

 

The critic drops their pad and runs off.

 

Stage Manager (Elyse):  (Singing)I’m the stage manager,

                                         No one likes me,

                                         ‘cause I carry a check list, forget the charm.

                                         If they’re late for their cue,

                                         Tell me, what else can I do?

                                         But raise my voice and sound the alarm.

 

The stage manager looks sad.  Cast consoles, saying “We like you.”

 

Stage Manager (Elyse):    FINAL CALL!!!!!!! PLACES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

 

The cast scurries into positions for the kick line.

 

                       ALL: Why do the actors get all the attention?

                                Where would they be without us at their backs?

 

                                 Naked and speechless,

                                 Set-less and prop-less,

                                 Directionless,

                                 Lost in the darkness,

 

                                 So why then does it go?

                                 That the actors steal the show.

 

After the applause, a student looks down and notices the pad that the critic dropped.  They pick it up.

 

Ace:                    Look, it’s the critic’s note pad.

 

Migy:                  What does it say?  What does it say?

 

Ace:                   It says I was brilliant, but you were a flop.

 

STUDENT 6 grabs the note pad from STUDENT 5

 

Migy:                  No, it doesn’t.  It says…

 

                           “The students of Bessie Carmichael dazzled the                                                  crowd with a fabulous preshow before Scrooge                                                  and company took the stage?”

 

Arkin:                   Whose “Scrooge?”

Mya:                    You know, the old, mean guy!

 

Marquis:              Hey, no spoilers!

Kymani:               And no "put downs!"

JM:                      Speaking of Scrooge, we should get on with our 

                            last song.  Are we ready to travel to the past?

Everyone:            Yes!

 

                           Song - "Time Machine"

Maybe someday you will invent a time machine

and it will take us through the years,

If we want to go visit our older selves,

We will travel to the future.

 

Maybe someday you will invent a time machine,

The present day will disappear.

If we want to revisit our younger selves,

We will travel to the past.

 

What was San Francisco like 100 years ago?

How was it different?  How was it the same?

 

What will San Francisco be like when I’m grandma’s age?

Time flies, so they claim…

 

Maybe someday I will invent a time machine

and it will take us through the years,

If we want to go visit our older selves,

We will travel to the future.

 

Maybe someday I will invent a time machine,

The present day will disappear,

If we want to revisit our younger selves,

We will travel to the past.

 

But for now, let’s make the most of present moments,

While they last…

Maja:                      True, an actual time machine has not yet been invented. 

Elyse:                       But we can rely on good old-fashioned theater to transport

                                 us back to 19th Century London.

Maja:                        So it's time for us to clear the stage for the fabulous ACT

                                 company.

Gerard:                    Before we go, we'd like to thank some people.

Jasai:                       Thanks to our friends at ACT for inviting here today.

Jasay:                      Thanks to the teachers who helped us get ready.
 

Arisha:                     Thanks to our families and friends for their love and support.

Dominic:                  And thanks to you the audience, for without you there would

                                be no show.

EVERYONE:           Ready, Set, Action!

"At ACT" Reprise

Sit back and relate to the stories we create,

Thank you for coming to ACT!

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