Large hotel conference room, filled with round tables seating eight persons each. Each table is full; the persons number about one hundred fifty.
At front of room, an imposing podium and a long table not unlike that at which a wedding party is seated; in this case, said table is host to the most notable dignitaries at said gathering.
Cast of Characters:
Notable Gentleman stands at imposing podium.
New School Librarian (alternatively known as Marie Bernadette) sits at round table in front of room, surrounded by New Teachers 1-6.
Assistant Principal is seated next to New School Librarian. Other various dignitaries (1, 2, 3) are seated at head table.
Older Gentleman In The Back Of The Room
Notable Gentleman [into microphone at podium]: Please stand and join us in singing verse one of Our Country ‘Tis Of Thee.
Older Gentleman In The Back Of The Room [singing]: My country tis of thee…
[crowd joins in singing. New School Librarian sings, glad that she knows the words to the first verse of said song]
Sweet land of liberty,
Of thee I sing.
Land where my fathers died!
Land of the Pilgrim’s pride!
From every mountain side,
Let freedom ring!
[song concludes; crowd sits]
Notable Gentleman: Thank you. May I introduce to you Notable Lady. Please welcome her.
[Notable Lady crosses room to podium; crowd applauds]
Notable Lady: Thank you. I’m Notable Lady, and it’s great to be here. But first, I would like to say… I believe we have a music teacher at this front table, perhaps? I can’t be the only one who heard that voice ringing out. Thank you for helping lead us in song today!
Assistant Principal [turning to New School Librarian and including New Teachers 1-6]: you may not be a music teacher, but I’m thinking we may have a “staff chorus” component at the next school program.
New School Librarian [mumbling]: I don’t know how to sing anything less than loud…