Chalet - The Musical (UD 18 Benny Hill Theme song) by Beecharmer
Summary: A Chalet Musical, Set in mid 1960s. The Maynard family and friends come home to the Platz for the Summer. Many thanks to those on the CBB facebook group who helped with song choices. If you don't know the songs, links to the nearest You Tube versions are added at the start and on each relevant update. However I'd recommend just listening to the songs and reading the lyrics rather than watching, as the videos aren't helpful or necessarily fit the story.
Categories: St Scholastika's House Characters: Charles Maynard, Con Maynard, Felicity Maynard, Felix Maynard, Geoff Maynard, Hilda Annersley, Jack Lambert, Jack Maynard, Jane Carew, Jo (Bettany) Maynard, Len Maynard, Margot Maynard, Mike Maynard, Nell Wilson, Reg Entwistle, Roger Richardson, Stephen Maynard
School Period: Future
School Name: Chalet School
Genre: Family, Friendship, Humour, Romance
Challenges:
Series: None
Chapters: 18 Completed: No Word count: 15611 Read: 4220 Published: 11 Mar 2017 Updated: 14 Jun 2017
Story Notes:
Songs used : Now and Then (Film Soundtrack) Hey Mamma, Hairspray Musical Knock three times, Tony Orlando & Dawn The boys are back in town, Thin Lizzy Sugar Sugar - The Archies Pure Imagination - Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory Circle of life, The Lion King Starlight Express - Starlight Express Andrew Lloyd Webber On the Beach - Cliff Richard & The Shadows, Wonderful Life Does your mother know - Mamma Mia Musical I've had the time of my life - Dirty Dancing Time after Time (version used in Strictly Ballroom) Can you feel the love tonight - Elton John, Lion King (version has german subtitles, no idea ifnthey are correct !) You're timeless to me, Hairspray Musical Daydream believer The Monkees Benny Hill Theme song chase scene (video is a tribute one) You can't make old friends Dolly Parton & Kenny Rogers Blue Smoke Lover du Jour - Dolly Parton Blue Smoke I only want to be with you - Dusty Springfield Next time you fall in love - Starlight Express You tube playlist here : https://youtu.be/c-BCnHzNOVI?list=PLdQvEkakA5ZivglXCIbMVng6M__LUGb4S

1. Explanation by Beecharmer

2. Now and Then by Beecharmer

3. Hey Mamma by Beecharmer

4. Knock three times by Beecharmer

5. Sugar Sugar by Beecharmer

6. Bachelor boy by Beecharmer

7. Pure Imagination by Beecharmer

8. Circle of Life by Beecharmer

9. Starlight Express by Beecharmer

10. Dancing on the beach by Beecharmer

11. Does your Mother know? by Beecharmer

12. I've had the time of my life (and a Chalet rescue) by Beecharmer

13. Time after Time by Beecharmer

14. Can you feel the Love tonight? by Beecharmer

15. You're timeless to me by Beecharmer

16. Who will buy? by Beecharmer

17. Daydream Believer by Beecharmer

18. Benny Hill chase tune by Beecharmer

Explanation by Beecharmer
The idea behind this story is a Chalet character inspired Musical, set in the 1960s, but with songs from all eras. The difficult bit as a reader could be if you have an association with the original song, as sometimes the song has been an inspiration for a scene or situation, based on the words or feeling the song gives, and that might not match the original musical / song meaning if you know it.

In fact quite often that will be the case as a lot of these songs are from musicals already.

The first one is a relatively obscure song from a film, but most of the rest are fairly famous, so you may need to click the link for that one, but probably will already know at least the sound of some of the other ones.

There's links to the song versions I am meaning on each update, and you'll probably get more out if it if you do listen. However the story should be reasonably readable without knowing any of the songs or listening to them. .

Finally, the story is one that started out with me trying to control it, and the characters and songs that inspired it changed that. Like most musicals, the songs and dialogue are sometimes blatantly just to move the story on to the next musical number.

Sometimes also if you know the song well there will be things like a chorus only repeated a few times, not ten, or a couple of lines that don't make sense cut out, mostly however it will be using the online versions found of the song lyrics so should follow what you expect.

Also as a lot of these songs are American originally, there are phrases and slang words we all know that character might not say. You can think of them as joking or copying another character, or just go with it as it fits the flow of the song, but if you are someone who only likes stories that are exactly right with the speech and set up of the times, this probably isn't for you.

As like most musicals it's a melodramatic fantasy version of a story, not real life (unless in your own life you do suddenly burst into song every five minutes to express something, in which case feel free to consider it just like real life...)

Enjoy !!
End Notes:
You tube playlist here : https://youtu.be/c-BCnHzNOVI?list=PLdQvEkakA5ZivglXCIbMVng6M__LUGb4S

Individual names and links if the one above doesn't work.

Now and Then

https://m.youtube.com/watch?list=PLSc4IBej-3_q3NdovGcPPYePDBAWypCMS&v=c-BCnHzNOVI


Hey Mamma, Hairspray Musical

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=lu5zrI3eUL0


Knock three times, Tony Orlando & Dawn

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=KjGhO4B923Y


The boys are back in town, Thin Lizzy

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=5_xqb416S7o


Sugar Sugar - The Archies

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=JywK_5bT8z0


Pure Imagination - Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=r2pt2-F2j2g

Circle of life, The Lion King

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=r2pt2-F2j2g


Starlight Express - Starlight Express Andrew Lloyd Webber

https://m.youtube.com/watch?list=PL43VrNdCWfiMoeGxoRa7C-1XXbPn6OcdI&v=RaJ0zEBWbeI


On the Beach - Cliff Richard & The Shadows, Wonderful Life

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=rJhq46ZpVbM


Does your mother know - Mamma Mia Musical

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=iKC4tWmw2d0


I've had the time of my life - Dirty Dancing

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=l9BbUqHrWFI


Time after Time (version used in Strictly Ballroom)

https://m.youtube.com/watch?list=PLdQvEkakA5ZivglXCIbMVng6M__LUGb4S&v=RcN0b7J_PfE

Can you feel the love tonight - Elton John, Lion King (version has german subtitles, no idea ifnthey are correct !)
https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=eEjkvOgkAeo


You're timeless to me, Hairspray Musical

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=WpiUk_EDZy0

Daydream believer The Monkees

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=9_SMJ-Uwmkg

Benny Hill Theme song chase scene (video is a tribute one)

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=ZnmoBgfztJQ

You can't make old friends Dolly Parton & Kenny Rogers Blue Smoke

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=ZDUllsSR1UQ

Lover du Jour - Dolly Parton Blue Smoke

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=HeSyzLr4hy8

I only want to be with you - Dusty Springfield

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=TJMJSpOQEvk

Next time you fall in love - Starlight Express

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=iCAPONj4y24
Now and Then by Beecharmer
Author's Notes:
Now and Then (Link is for the song, not the video and to get the sense of the music, youndon!t need to watch / know it. Most others are less obscure!

https://m.youtube.com/watch?list=PLSc4IBej-3_q3NdovGcPPYePDBAWypCMS&v=c-BCnHzNOVI
Curtain opens. Main cast on stage in various places, dressed as if elderly, with various grandchildren around them as if being told a story.

Spotlight on LEN MAYNARD

LEN :

Started out just like any summer

CON also lit now. .

CON
Days have felt the life time love
That's when we found each other

MARGOT lit and all three sing together.

MARGOT, LEN and CON

And we found ourselves oooh

GROUP, joining in bit by bit (LEN, CON, MARGOT, REG, ROGER, STEPHEN, CHARLES, MIKE, JACK LAMBERT (called JACKY to avoid confusion) JANE CAREW & Various other cast.

Now and then don't have to look back
Now and then you're right here with me
Now and then oooh my friend
Don't say good bye again

TRIPLETS

Looking in your eyes was like a mirror
Every single joy and fear
All for one and one for all
Yeah we did it all

GROUP

Now and then don't have to look back
Now and then you're right here with me
Now and then oooh my friend
Don't say good bye again
And though it was long, long ago
Saw here, here inside our love
Now and then don't have to look back
Now and then you're right here with me
Now and then yeah my friend
Don't say good bye again

ALL THE MAYNARDS

Looking in your eyes was like a mirror
Every single joy and fear
All for one and one for all
Yeah we did it all

WHOLE GROUP

Now and then
Now and then
Now and then oooh my friend
Don't say good bye
Don't say good bye
Don't say good bye again

SCENE 1

60s street scene moves across, an interior scene follows, again decorated showing it's 60s.

LEN and CON come in, LEN holding a letter and frowning. Both are in their 20s, fashionably dressed for mid 1960s England, hair styled, made up tastefully and look confident.

LEN: It's not like Dad at all. He's as good as insisted we come back home this summer.

CON : He says it's because it's likely the last one we'll all manage all together, but there's something else...

LEN : Let's see what he's told Margot. She talks to him much more often than we do.

Girls go to phone, stand close together to talk into phone.

On other side of stage a spotlight lights up Margot answering and some unheard conversation, LEN and CON clearly asking a question.

MARGOT: I don't know, but he seems worried about Mamma. He says she isn't herself, that he feels she needs a breath of fresh air. I know she hasn't seemed to have much to say when he puts her on the phone.

LEN: That's a strange thing in itself, Dad having to get Mamma on the phone. I remember her being a nightmare when we first came to Oxford, could barely get a day without her calling.

CON : Well whatever it is, Dad's worried about something.

MARGOT: I think it's her. Flixy says Mamma hasn't been out much really for ages. Even to the school. I think we have to go.

LEN: If Mamma needs us, of course we'll go. But I just wish I knew if ... (tapers off)

CON : If Reg will be there? He probably will Len.

MARGOT : It's been two years Len, he may have a girlfriend himself. And you can't avoid home forever, you'll have to face him some stage.

LEN : I know... It's decided then. We go?

MARGOT : I think we have to, Dad doesn't ask for things like this, after all.

CON : Yes. It'll be fun to be together again. The boys have already said yes according to Dad's letter, so there'll be plenty of us to liven the place up a bit!

Fade to black. Triplets shown travelling, first separately, then meeting together and going by train.

They arrive and are met by Jack in Minny the minibus.

-
Hey Mamma by Beecharmer
Author's Notes:
The language here is obviously American, and I couldn't see Joey saying the bits towards the end in those words, but the majority of the song works, so maybe just take it that she is joking / mimicking talk she's heard that day.

Hey Mamma, Hairspray Musical

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=lu5zrI3eUL0
Scene : Outside Freudesheim. Triplets and their father are outside, Jo is visible inside through window, doing chores.

JACK MAYNARD : Girls, I want you to distract her. Take her out. Make her realise she's still needed. She's ... not herself.

The girls look at Jo, who is wearing quite grey and dull, slightly mismatched and patched clothes, hair is messy and falling out of her earphone buns. They can see she isn't taking care of herself. She smiles when she greets them but her body language shows it isn't really a smile that reaches much depth.

LEN : We'll try Dad

MARGOT : What happened?

JACK MAYNARD : I don't know. We've been so busy the past few years, she was fine, but it's been hard - you know Phil was very fragile after the last relapse.

CON : Is she any worse?

JACK MAYNARD : No - if anything she's stronger than she has ever been. But you mother is struggling to believe it's improved. She's just not herself. I'd rather see her break down. This calmness is not good.

The triplets look at their mother.

MARGOT : We'll do what we can, Dad.

They all go in, and the lighting dims as if night, then brightens into the next day.

Jo is with the triplets. They are trying to convince her to go out. Eventually she agrees and they get in the car, driving to one of the nearest big towns. The scene changes around them as they sing.

MARGOT :

Ma, it's changing out there
You'll like it!

JOEY (Dully) : Don't call me Ma...

Girls look at each other, clearly worried. Joey normally reacts strongly to teasing like Margot calling her Ma.

They stop by the lakeside and get out, go swimming. Jo doesn't want to come in, doesn't change to swimming costume. This is so unlike Joey that the girls decide they have to ask her outright.

LEN : Why Mamma ?

JO : People will talk. I'm old and fat. No one wants to see that.

The girls look at each other in bemusement.

MARGOT: Mamma, you never let us use that sort of excuse.

CON : You look fine, and even if you didn't - who cares? No one that matters.

LEN: Come on Mamma - I'll race you to the landing stage ! Maybe by now I can beat you!

JO: It's not a sensible thing to do especially at my age. People will talk.

The girls look at each other, even more worried, this is so unlike their mother.

LEN : So let them! You've never listened to what other people thought before, and that was when people probably did disapprove!

JO: Well nothing has changed.

All triplets : Oh it HAS!

Music starts.

CON:
Mamma - People who are different
Their time is coming.

LEN :
Hey mamma hey mamma,
Look around
Everybody's groovin' to a brand new sound

Jo looks unsure what they mean. Mixtures of people dressed in 60s clothes are scattered around the beach.

She shakes her head but does sometimes start to smile at the triplet's infectious enthusiasm.

They leave the beach and go along a shopping street laughing and joking before going into a big department store. The security man on the door frowns as he looks at Len, clearly trying to work out why he recognises her.

CON :
Hey mama hey mama,
Follow me
I know something's in you
That you wanna set free

MARGOT :

So let go, go, go of the past now
Say hello to the love in your heart
Yes, I know that the world's spinning fast now
You gotta get yourself a brand new start

ALL TRIPLETS:

Hey mama, welcome to the 60's
Oh, oh, oh, oh, oh, oh, oh, oh
Oh mama, welcome to the 60's
Oh, oh, oh, oh, oh, oh, oh, oh
Go mama, go, go, go!

Shop assistants around them join in, and the girls try things on, and encourage her to do so.

Welcome to the 60's
Oh, oh, oh, oh, oh, oh,
Hey mama
Yeah, yeah, yeah,
Yeah, yeah, yeah

LEN:
Hey mama, hey mama,
Have Some Fun

JO (looking around her in a bit of a daze) I Haven't had new clothes since 1951...

Various comments between the girls and Jo. Jo starts to look more alive and tease them on some of their choices.

LEN :
So let go, go, go of the past now
Say hello to the light in your eyes
Yes, I know that the world's
Spinning fast now
But you gotta run the race
To win the prize

TRIPLETS and Chorus repeat as they go around the shop.

Hey mama, welcome to the 60's
Oh, oh, oh, oh. Oh, oh, oh, oh
Oh mama, welcome to the 60's
Oh, oh, oh, oh, oh, oh, oh
Go mama, go, go, go!

MARGOT :
Welcome to the rhythm of a brand new day

CON :

Take your old-fashioned fears

ALL TRIPLETS :

And just throw them away

CLOTHES SHOP STAFF

You should add some colour and a fresh new "do"

(Jo looks at them like they are mad, but as she sees at her daughters being so keen and so excited, she submits to her hair being brushed out and cut. )

TRIPLETS and HAIR STYLISTs

'Cause it's time for a star
Who looks just like you!

Various chatter between them all and Jo emerges with a neat and more fashionable haircut.

TRIPLETS :

Welcome to the 60's
Yeah, yeah, yeah
Hey mama, welcome to the 60's
Oh, oh, oh, oh. Oh, oh, oh, oh
Oh mama, welcome to the 60's
Oh, oh, oh, oh, oh, oh, oh
Go mama, go, go, go!

With a grin between them, the triplets steer Jo into a make up department.

Stylist :

Dontcha let nobody
Try to steal your fun
'Cause a little touch of lipstick
Never hurt no one

JO refuses, allows a slight touch of make up and powder, nothing more.

SHOE STORE saleswoman, clearing trying to join in :

The future's got a million roads
For you to choose
But you'll walk a little taller
In some high-heeled shoes

(JO and triplets stop, look at her, and then at the fact that they are all markedly taller than anyone else there, laugh and and shake their heads)

OTHER Salespeople surround Jo while she goes in and out of changing room.

And once you find the style
That makes you feel like you
Something fresh
Something new

Step on out
Hear us shout

TRIPLETS :
Mama, that's your cue!!!

JO looks a bit bemused, then gets a cheeky look in her eye as she directs the stylists to do the same to the girls as to her. She slightly mocks the style of the others, but is obviously getting into the fun of it.

Hey Triplets, hey babies
Look at me!
I'm the cutest chickie
That ya ever did see
Hey Triplets, hey babies,
Look at us
Where is there a team
That's half as fabulous?!

TRIPLETS, JO AND ENSEMBLE

Let go, go, go of the past now
Said hello to this red carpet ride
Yes I know that the world's spinning fast now

JO, looking at her girls and herself and liking what she sees.

Your mama's welcoming the 60's
Oh, oh, oh, oh, oh. Oh, oh, oh
Oh your mama's welcoming the 60's
Oh, oh, oh, oh, oh, oh, oh, oh
Go, mama, go, go, go!

ENSEMBLE
Welcome to the 60's
Open the door
For the girl who has more,
She's a star...
Joey, go, go, go!

JO to TRIPLETS : (in brackets are Triplets echoing the words)

Your mama's hip, (hip) your mamas in (in mama) , your mamas lookin at herself and wondering where you been? (where you been?)

Your mamas lit (lit) she's all glow (glow mama) , your mama what shes holding back your mama's gotta let go (GO GO GO!)

ALL
Hey mama, welcome to the 60's
Oh, oh, oh, oh, oh, oh. Oh, oh
Oh mama, welcome to the 60's
Oh, oh. Oh, oh, oh, oh, oh. Oh
Go mama. Go, go, go!
Hey mama welcome to the 60's

Saleswoman :

Welcome to the "6", to the "0"
To the apostrophe "s"!
HEY YEAH YEAH....
OH yeahhhhh

ENSEMBLE :

Oh, oh, oh, oh, oh
Oh, oh, oh, oh, oh
Oh, oh, oh, oh, oh
Go mama, go, go, go!!

Girls and Joey laugh and head back to the Platz where JACK sees the 'new' Joey. His jaw drops, but he smiles and clearly likes the look and is pleased that she is happy and laughing.
End Notes:
Note : If you don't know the original Hairspray musical scene, this could read as though I'm saying dressing up and make up solves things - I'm not, and the film doesn't either. But the context is a depressed, self conscious overweight woman over comes her agraphobia to help her daughter, is made to feel special and treated like any other woman chosing clothes or having a new hair style. If you've never been very overweight you perhaps don't realise how clothes shopping can become limited, often functional and boring. People who don't have weight issues also often assume that it's laziness or bad habits, wheras there are often a lot of other factors, especially when depressed, anxious or mental health issues, and it's very much easier to put weight on than take it off and keep it off. That person you see could well be fighting very hard just to get down to a level many people would class as overweight. I like this scene despite never wanting a makeover myself, because it's someone being encouraged to find their look and feel confident in their own skin, and enjoying themselves when they haven't for a while.
Knock three times by Beecharmer
Author's Notes:
I had the big problem whenever writing about Jack Lambert and Jack Maynard, where it can get very confusing quickly. So Jack gets a name change throughout most of the story, to Jacky.

Knock three times, Tony Orlando & Dawn

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=KjGhO4B923Y
Back at Freudesheim.

CON : When do the boys get here?

JO: Tomorrow. They're bringing some friends with them. Everyone says I am wrong but I THINK one of them may be Stephen's girlfriend now...

MARGOT : Ooh, who?

JOEY : Jack Lambert.

TRIPLETS ALL TOGETHER : JACK LAMBERT??

They look at each other, a question in their eyes.

JO: Well he's at great pains to say she's just one of his friends from university. But I remember them as teenagers, she was always visiting the house to play with the train set and he always got annoyed with Felicity's hero worship of Jack. Mothers notice these things, you know !

(Jo goes out of the room and the Triplets talk to each other. )

MARGOT : Um. Jack? Isn't she um...

CON : Yes, I always though she...

LEN : (Looking confused) Me too. In fact I was sure she was.

CON : Stephen always did have crush on her, but I didn't think it was anything more than that?

LEN: I guess we will have to wait and see ! But... Jack and Steve?

Flashback Scene : Outer view of Fruedesheim.

On other side of stage is the Chalet. Various Chalet Girls are in the Chalet gardens. They dance, mess about, laugh and talk to each other. Among them is Jack Lambert aged about 17.

On a balcony of Freudesheim, Stephen Maynard can be seen. He is leaning out watching with a wistful look on his face.

STEPHEN : Hey girl what ya doin' down there
Dancin' alone every night while I live right above you

I can hear your music playin'
I can feel your body swayin'

I see you below me you don't even know me

I love you
Oh my darling...

The scene changes to a university. A slightly older Jack Lambert (Jacky) leaves her group of friends and nervously enters a room marked Engineering.

Various male students turn as she enters and one tells her to go, she must be in the wrong room. She shakes her head and points to her folder, which says Engineering.

The group turns nasty, telling her she's in the wrong place, and calling her names, physically pushing her between them, trying to bully her into leaving.

BULLIES :

Don't be stupid, you can't do this course!
Look at her hair ! Bet you she wants to be a man!
Dyke! You're going to hell...
Won't be able to keep up with us anyway - she's a girl!

They surround her, and the various comments meld into a repeated

LEAVE !
LEAVE !
LEAVE!

She refuses, and they start to turn nasty. One grabs hold of her, and Jacky's judo training comes in handy, she throws him to the floor and stands ready for the others to attack.

Stephen passes the door, sees what is happening with other older students, and immediately comes to her aid, standing just beside her.

The bullies move away for now and he puts his arm around her. She reacts defensively to start with, then realises who it is, gives him a smile, and he leaves, she collects her papers back together and sits down at her desk. No one is stopping her from being an engineer, whatever it takes. The light fades out on that set.

The focus goes to Stephen and his friends outside. They walk in a circle, coming back to the building set, though this time with a big sign over it saying University Halls.

FRIEND : She probably is, you know.

STEPHEN : Is what?

FRIEND : A ... one of them... a queer

STEPHEN : Yes. She probably is. She used to follow my sister around like a little puppy.

FRIEND : So, she... you know, she'll probably not be interested.

STEPHEN : No. She isn't. In me I mean. I tried when we were younger, we kissed a bit but it never went far. We're just friends, you know.

FRIEND looks doubtfully at him.

STEPHEN and friends enter the University Halls building, shortly followed by JACKY and a group of girl students.

The girls all go to the second floor up, the boys to the floor above. Stephen's room is above Jack's.

Montage of STEPHEN and JACK spending time together as part of a group, at the halls, walking to university together, studying in the library. Laughing together and Jack blushing as Stephen points out girls to her, and teases her about them.

Scenes in a night club, Stephen dancing with a girl, and pointing another out to Jack, who finally gives into the teasing and asks the girl to dance. In between, there are various scene with bullies, going after one or both of them.

Stephen sings and occasionally they communicate via knocks when either ready to go out, run cables with notes on up or down between their rooms, or have codes when in need of help from bullies.

STEPHEN : Knock three times on the ceiling if you want me
Twice on the pipe if the answer is no
Oh my sweetness

(Percussion : Sound of three knocks) (this is done wherever the words are in brackets)

Means you'll meet me in the hallway
Twice on the pipe (knock knock)
Means you ain't gonna show...

If you look out your window tonight
Pull in the string with the note that's attached to my heart

Read how many times I saw you
How in my silence I adored you

Stephen clearly isn't over Jack, Jack is oblivious. Over the course of the song both go to their respective rooms and close the curtains a few times with various girls, although Stephen's all look quite like Jack.

Stephen :
Only in my dreams
Did that wall between us
Come apart...

Oh my darling

Knock three times on the ceiling if you want me
Twice on the pipe (knock knock) if the answer is no
Oh my sweetness

(Knock Knock Knock)

Means you'll meet me in the hallway
Twice on the pipe (knock knock)
Means you ain't gonna show.

I can hear your music playin'
I can feel your body swayin'

One floor below me
You don't even know me
I love you...

Oh my darling

(Knock Knock Knock)

Knock three times on the ceiling if you want me
Twice on the pipe (Knock Knock) if the answer is no

Oh my sweetness...

(Knock Knock Knock)

Means you'll meet me in the hallway
Twice on the pipe (knock) means you ain't gonna show.



They are clearly best friends, and know each other well, tease and joke together happily. Steve seems over his crush, and they have managed to get rid of the bully attacks by the end of the song.

Final scene shows JACKY and STEVE meeting up with JANE CAREW, ROGER RICHARDSON, CHARLES and various cast representing friends in the train station, then heading to Switzerland for the summer, arriving at the station to be met by the TRIPLETS.
Sugar Sugar by Beecharmer
Author's Notes:
The boys are back in town, Thin Lizzy

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=5_xqb416S7o


Sugar Sugar - The Archies

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=JywK_5bT8z0
Mountain path scene from station on the way to Freudesheim.


JANE CAREW : Wow, it's so strange to be back here !

CON: It's odd for us too, we haven't all been together for so long ! How are you ?

JANE CAREW : Wonderful Darling! It's been years!

LEN: Jack? How about you? How is your course?

JACKY: It's good ! I don't know what I'll do now Steve and Roger are both finished, it'll be quiet in the library though for once!

LEN: Oh, I'm sorry Steve, I completely forgot, congratulations! Graduating and new job! When do you start?

STEVE : Not till August, thought it worth having a break first. And Jacky won't tell you herself, I'd bet, but she is storming though her own course. She's been either top, second or third in every module.

JACKY looks embarrassed, but also slightly pleased. She clearly wants Len to think well of her.

CON: Jacky? Not Jack?

JACK: (Shyly) It's just ... easier sometimes. There are a lot Jack's on the course, also...well sometimes it's easier not to have a boy's name.

LEN and CON nod, they understand, Steve has told them before about Jacky and the bullies.

JACKY: I've got used to it. I don't think it's me any more if I hear someone call for Jack now.

LEN: It will be hard, but of course, we'll try to remember. So what have you been up to?

JACKY and LEN walk off chattering.

STEVE looks after them, a little jealous and sad, then pulls himself together, hugs CON & MARGOT, says something and they all laugh and head off towards FREUDESHEIM all together.

CHARLES : Where's MIKE? I thought he would already be here?

CON: He's down at Montreux. You know him and the Embury boys, never apart for long. They'll be here soon.

They pass some gates saying CHALET SCHOOL. Some sixth formers have overheard them say that Mike and the Embury boys will be there, and go into giggling groups, watching the road.

One SIXTH FORMER to another: Guess who just got back today ?

(In the background the song The Boys are back in town plays as MIKE MAYNARD, ROBIN and PAUL EMBURY turn up on motor cycles.

SIXTH FORMERS : The boys are back in town, the boys are back...

Scene where the boys show off on their motorbikes while the music plays.

Guess who just got back to day, them wild eyed boys that have been away...

MIKE, ROBIN and PAUL finally see the Chalet sixth formers and stop.

They all start to flirt, dance and tease each other. The boys alternate who they are talking to depending on who they think they have the best chance with. The sixth formers are obviously used to this, and tease and flirt back.

PAUL EMBURY : Sugar, ah honey honey
You are my candy girl
And you've got me wanting you.

ROBIN EMBURY:
Honey, ah sugar sugar
You are my candy girl
And you've got me wanting you.

MIKE - to one girl.

I just can't believe the loveliness of loving you

SIXTH FORMER :
(I just can't believe it's true)

PAUL : - to another

I just can't believe the one to love this feeling to.

OTHER SIXTH FORMER
(I just can't believe it's true)

PAUL, MIKE & ROBIN, all swopping to different girls.

Ah sugar, ah honey honey
You are my candy girl
And you've got me wanting you.
Ah honey, ah sugar sugar
You are my candy girl
And you've got me wanting you.

MIKE :

When I kissed you, girl, I knew how sweet a kiss could be

Yet another SIXTH FORMER :

I know how sweet a kiss can be

PAUL:

Like the summer sunshine pour your sweetness over me

ROBIN :

Pour your sweetness over me

SIXTH FORMERS giggle and flirt back.

Sugar, pour a little sugar on it honey,
Pour a little sugar on it baby

MIKE :
I'm gonna make your life so sweet, yeah yeah yeah

ALL :
Pour a little sugar on it oh yeah
Pour a little sugar on it honey,
Pour a little sugar on it baby

PAUL :

I'm gonna make your life so sweet, yeah yeah yeah
Pour a little sugar on it honey,

ROBIN:
Ah sugar, ah honey honey
You are my candy girl
And you've got me wanting you.
Oh honey, honey, sugar sugar ..
You are my candy girl ..

The song is cut short as a mistress arrives, tells the girls off and herds them back to the school.

MIKE, ROBIN and PAUL grin, blow kisses towards the girls and get back on their bikes, roar off.

------
Bachelor boy by Beecharmer
Author's Notes:
Cliff Richard, Batchelor Boy.
https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=jE_1NB8DN08
Scene changes to FREUDESHEIM GARDEN.

The group are spread about in the garden, on hammocks and various chairs, clearly been chatting a while. Most of them are gathered around a campfire, which burns and flickers in the middle of the stage.

The phone rings inside the house and Joey comes out.

JOEY : Telephone for you Mike - again!

CON : So who is it this time Mike? Anne? Betty? Carole? Where are you in the alphabet now?

MIKE grins and sticks his tongue out at her as he goes.

STEVE : I'm jealous, nothing quite the same as that age. Everything is new and exciting, you can live in the moment. Anything is possible.

CON : Who made you so elderly? You've only just left university!

LEN : It's the final exam stress talking. I'd bet you haven't quite registered it's all over. You wait till you are working and are able to have a bit of free time after work. It's completely different to studying.

ROGER: Definitely. I wouldn't swop with Mike for anything, however many girls he has. Much more fun being a little older.

FELIX : Why?

ROGER : Earning money, able to do what you want, but no kids or real responsibilities yet.

FELICITY: But surely you'll be getting married to someone soon, won't you? Or at least engaged?

ROGER : No, No, not me! I'm a happy bachelor, not planning on changing that any time soon! Dad had a lot of crackpot ideas, but at least he was right with that one!

FELIX : Right about what?

ROGER :

When I was young my father said

'Son I have something to say'

And what he told me I'll never forget

Until my dying days

He said son you are a bachelor boy
And that's the way to stay
Son you'll be a bachelor boy
Until your dying days

The group laughs, and they tease him, but he shrugs and grins.

ROGER:

When I was 16 I fell in love
With a girl as sweet as can be

FELICITY : Ooooh, who?

Steve, Margot, Con and Charles all point to Len at the same time. Len goes red and then laughs as Roger blows her a kiss.

FELICITY: Wow! Really?

ROGER : (looking innocent) Oh I don't kiss and tell, you'll have to ask your sister.

Felcity, Felix, Cecily, Geoff AND Phil all turn and look expectantly at LEN. She has gone bright red but is laughing too.

FELICITY: Well?

LEN: (giving in) Yes, for about two weeks before we realised we were much better as friends. Don't get your hopes up Flixy, that's definitely ancient history!

The youngest Maynards look disappointed.

ROGER: It was a lovely two weeks though!

LEN : It was.

ROGER:

But then I remembered just in time
What my daddy said to me

He said son you are a bachelor boy
And that's the way to stay

Son you'll be a bachelor boy
Until your dying days...

FELICITY: Well that sounds very silly to me. Why don't you change your mind? You and Len could get married.

LEN and ROGER both look horrified by the idea.

LEN: No, we weren't meant to be, FLIXY

ROGER: No, though I couldn't ask for a better friend.

FELICITY is clearly disappointed with the failure of her idea.

ROGER:

As time goes by I probably will
Meet a girl and fall in love
Then I'll get married have a wife and a child
And they'll be my turtle doves.

But until then I'll be a bachelor boy
And that's the way I'll stay
Happy to be a bachelor boy
Until my dying days.

The group laughs and he bows, before sitting back down in front of the fire.

------
Pure Imagination by Beecharmer
Author's Notes:
Pure Imagination - Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=r2pt2-F2j2g
FELICITY : Well if Roger won't settle down, what about you Len? Con?

CON : The older I get the less I'm interested in dating. Not convinced it's worth it!

FELICITY : Oh don't say that! I want some nieces and nephews to spoil !

LEN: You'll have to wait for STEVE to get around to that, my students take all my time now.

FELICITY : How about you Con? You don't mean it do you?

CON: Oh I do! I'm quite happy alone, romance never matches up to my imagination anyway! Or to stories.

JANE CAREW: It's true. All the stories make it seem like it's easy, just a matter of a prince appearing and a kiss. But the reality doesn't match up. Much easier in a play to act love than to find it.

CON: Yep. Far more trolls than knights or princes around I reckon! No offence boys - present company excluded ! But I'm far happier with my characters!

JACK MAYNARD and JOEY MAYNARD have come onstage and exchange smiles, remembering another girl who could never see marriage and children in their future.

JOEY : You'll change your mind one day - mark my words. There will be someone!

CON: If you say so Mamma.

She clearly doesn't believe her, but is being polite. Her parents laugh and say their goodnights, head into the house.

FELICITY : How about you Jack... I mean Jacky sorry? After your degree, do you think it's worth it?

JACKY: Is what worth it?

FELICITY: Romance, marriage and children ?


Everyone looks around, although Felicity is oblivious to the possible tactlessness of her question.

JACKY : (awkwardly) I don't know, Felicity. Reality always appealed to more to me than stories. Non fiction library card always wore out sooner than the fiction one !

CON looks bemused by this idea.

LEN Grins.

LEN: So you did know how to use the library ! It always felt like you thought I was a walking encyclopedia !

JACK Grins at her. : Sorry ! You shouldn't have been so good with answers!

LEN : Ah but I am the fount of all knowledge, it's true! All should worship me!

She Pretends to pose, JACKY joins in and pretends to worship her and FELICITY AND FELIX join in. Margot finds a big hat, suggests Len might need it, and Len puts it on. They all laugh and joke together before settling back down.

ROGER : I agree with JACKY though. Non fiction for me ! Reality always beats fantasy, much better to enjoy the world as it is.

STEVE: Hear Hear !

CON: Heathens, all of you. Real life pales in comparison, I still love my stories !

CON : Come with me
And you'll be
In a world of
Pure imagination

Take a look
And you'll see
Into your imagination

JANE CAREW joins in :

We'll begin
With a spin
Traveling in
The world of my creation

BOTH CON & JANE:

What we'll see
Will defy
Explanation

ROGER shakes his head, he's very much a reality based person. He gets FELICITY'S attention and puts his own spin on the song.

ROGER : Such a great example you all set ! Don't listen to them Flixy !

ROGER:

If you want to view paradise
Simply look around and view it
Anything you want to, do it
Wanta change the world?
There's nothing
To it

CON: (Making a face at him)

There is no
Life I know
To compare with
Pure imagination
Living there
You'll be free
If you truly wish to be.

CHARLES joins ROGER in singing the case for reality.

CHARLES: Don't be so cynical, Con! Life is what you make it FLIXY.

CHARLES & ROGER :

If you want to view paradise
Simply look around and view it
Anything you want to, do it
Wanta change the world?
There's nothing
To it

CON Laughs and puts her hands up in a surrendering motion.

CON: They're right too FLIXY. You enjoy both, after all I want some nieces and nephews too. But I'm happy as I am.

They all settle back down to conversation.

-
Circle of Life by Beecharmer
Author's Notes:
Circle of life, The Lion King

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=r2pt2-F2j2g

(And a cameo mention for How to Solve a problem like Maria )
LEN : How has your year been CHARLES? You've been awful at keeping in touch!

CHARLES : Sorry ! It's just been so absorbing. I do try !

FELIX: I still can't quite believe it. Will you make us call you Father Maynard ?

FELICITY : Or will it be Father Charles? At least when Margot takes her vows it won't be quite so strange, she'll still be Sister Margot!

Margot smiles as they all look at her, then as soon as people look back at Charles, she frowns and looks away a bit. Something is clearly wrong, and CHARLES notices it.

ROGER : I was so sure you'd be a zoo keeper, or a naturalist. I can't see you shut away inside a church !

CHARLES grins. He is obviously used to these sorts of comment.

CHARLES: There's more than one way to follow a calling. Don't you think Nature and God mix? Margot and I are going to help people in the real world, that's not shutting ourselves away.

MARGOT nods but still doesn't look quite herself.

CHARLES sings to the whole group, but particularly to her.

CHARLES :

From the day we arrive on the planet
And, blinking, step into the sun

There's more to see than can ever be seen
More to do than can ever be done

(He gestures to the stars and mountain scene above them. )

There's far too much to take in here
More to find than can ever be found

But the sun rolling high
Through the sapphire sky
Keeps great and small on the endless round.

They are all quiet, and then conversations start up again between them all. MARGOT has wandered off to the edge of the group. CHARLES follows.

CHARLES : How are you ? How is your training going?

MARGOT : Oh. It's fine. You know, it's good. I love learning how to treat the tropical diseases. We can make such a difference, if we can just educate these people...

CHARLES: That's good.

He waits a bit, and they get a little further from the group, the light fades to focus on the pair of them, the others still just visible in the background but clearly out of earshot.

CHARLES : How about preparing for your vows? How are you feeling about that?

MARGOT looks at him, clearly weighing up what to say. He's patient however and she finally admits she is having doubts.

MARGOT : I love my medical studies, and I still feel it's my vocation, but ... Oh I don't know. Our order is...very strict. I ... sometimes I feel ... just ... oh I don't know.

Charles waits, silent and making it clear he won't let her drop the subject.

MARGOT (eventually) : When did you know? When were you sure? About... about not having a family, a wife?

CHARLES : When and what I felt isn't important. What do you feel?

MARGOT: I... I just don't know. I know I want to help. I know my feelings, my faith. But the rest? I'm just not sure. Everyone talking about dating and marriage just makes me wonder. Is it this order, or is the whole situation just not right for me?

CHARLES: Only you can tell. You can still help people without being part of the order. But if you feel the call, you will need to answer one day. Aunty Robin told me that.

MARGOT : Yes, she told me the same. She tried to ignore her call, but it was stronger than her. Which is how I used to feel.

CHARLES : What has made you feel this now? A few years ago you were really happy, really sure about it all.

MARGOT: It's a few things. Everyone being together, talking about marriage and children. But it's more than that really. You know that new film, The Sound of Music?

CHARLES: Yes

MARGOT: Well ... that's me. That scene where they despair of Maria as a postulant and sing "How to solve a problem like Maria?" - Well subsitute the words "Mary Margaret" and I could just see the Sisters having that conversation about me.

CHARLES smiles, but leaves her to keep talking.

MARGOT : And... well she goes out into the world and changes her mind. It's too important a decision to do that, and I don't want a husband particularly - and certainly not a collection of children! But it made me think.

CHARLES: In the end, it comes down to whether you are ready, whether it feels like a life decision you feel ready to make. Do you?

MARGOT: Right now? No. I'm not sure.

CHARLES : Then wait until you are. When you know, you'll know.

She nods, and heads back towards the others. Charles holds back for a bit, watching the stars.

CHARLES:

It's the circle of life
And it moves us all

Through despair and hope
Through faith and love

Till we find our place
On the path unwinding
In the circle
The circle of life

It's the circle of life
And it moves us all
Through despair and hope
Through faith and love
Till we find our place
On the path unwinding
Starlight Express by Beecharmer
Author's Notes:
Now this could seem a leap, but weirdly this song has been the one that has been the most consistent earworm trying to get me to write this story. I could just see Stephen being attracted by the combination of the physical and practical of the trains, and the reassurance of being looked after that the song also has. I could also see Reg being a big part of the children's lives when they visit the holiday cottage and when visiting them, and being like a big brother to them. You can imagine the scene how you like, I have given possible examples of who might be singing when, but it probably would be a mixture of voices in harmony from both present day and flashback scene.
The family have been up talking for a while. Geoff, Phil and Marie Claire are clearly struggling to stay awake but not wanting to miss anything. Len notices.

LEN: Time for bed you three, Mamma said only a little later than normal, you still have school tomorrow.

They protest but are overruled.

CON: Night Night, sweet dreams!

LEN : Sleep Well!

CHARLES : God bless !

MIKE: Night tiddlers ! (Geoff and Phil grimace at him, he grins and sticks his tongue out at them)

MARGOT : See you tomorrow.

STEPHEN : Good night, listen for the Starlight !

GEOFF : (stopping on his way in) : What ?

STEPHEN : You know. The Starlight Express. Or are you too old for that already?

Twins and Marie Claire look puzzled.
Felix and Felicity do for a moment, then smile as they remember.
Charles and Mike clearly know what Stephen is talking about.

GEOFF: What do you mean? Is this a joke?

STEPHEN : The night song? Reg's song? He sang it to us, We sang it to Mike ...

CHARLES : It's partly about trusting God, and feeling looked after.

(STEPHEN looks surprised at this, then looks away. He clearly hasn't thought of the song this way)

CHARLES continues : Then Mike and I sang it to Cec, Felix and Flixy?

Cecily and first twins nod. Youngest ones still look bemused.

STEPHEN : Then Mike sang it to you guys?

(Something clearly dawns on Mike, who starts to sneak out. Stephen reaches out and catches him.)

STEPHEN : You didn't keep it going, did you?

(Swats Mike around back of the head in brotherly frustration)

MIKE : Well Reg wasn't around any more, you two were away. Felix was too young. I wasn't singing by myself!

Len looks guilt as she realises Reg wasn't around initially because he was with her, then staying away after their break up.

Charles and Stephen shake their heads at Mike and start to sing to the younger siblings.

CHARLES & STEPHEN :

When your good nights have been said
And you are lying in bed.
With the covers pulled up tight

(Lighting on Present day cast fades out though their singing still heard blending in with the flashback scene on other side of the stage)

Flashback scene :

Young Reg appears with young triplets, toddlers Stephen and Charles grouped around, Stephen holding a toy train. The song and their reactions show how much of an older brother figure he was to the Maynard family.

REG: (with PRESENT DAY STEPHEN & CHARLES as back up in the background)

And though you count every sheep
You get the feeling that sleep
Is going to stay away tonight.

That's when you hear it coming
That is when you hear the humming of the...

(As the song goes on Little Mike joins the past group and Reg slightly ages. Eventually he goes.

Older Maynards continue the song without him.

Little 'first twins' Felix and Felicity join,

Stephen and triplets go, children swop and 'age' but only as far as Charles and a young Mike
singing to a very young first twins and Cecily.)

STEPHEN, TRIPLETS & CHARLES

Starlight Express, Starlight Express,
Are you real, yes or no?

STEPHEN & CHARLES (to the younger ones)

Starlight Express, answer me yes.
I don't want you to go.

Want you to take me away
But bring me home before daylight
And in the time between

MIKE AND CHARLES: (to their younger siblings)

Take me to everywhere
But don't abandon me there
Just want to say I've been.

Return to present day

STEPHEN, then CHARLES, then MIKE, REST GRADUALLY JOINING BACK IN

I believe in you completely
Though I may be dreaming sweetly of the...

Starlight Express, answer me yes.
I don't want you to go.
And if you're there

And if you know
Then show me which way
I should go.

Starlight Express, Starlight Express,
Are you real, yes or no?

Starlight Express, answer me yes.
I don't want you to go.

End on Geoff, Phil and Marie Claire yawning and going in.

The others start to make their way to bed too.

Stephen swats Mike good naturedly again as they leave the stage.

-
Dancing on the beach by Beecharmer
Author's Notes:
Sorry for delay, I had some change to make in the story, so needed to pause in case the earlier bits needed to be adjusted.

This is one where the video actually fits reasonably well.

On the Beach - Cliff Richard & The Shadows, Wonderful Life

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=rJhq46ZpVbM
Next day.

LEN, CON, MARGOT are at the front of stage in front of backdrop showing they are walking in the woods.

CHARLES, STEVE, MIKE, JACKY & JANE CAREW are just behind, all chatting together.

From the other side of the stage, REG and a young woman appear, laughing and walking with linked arms.

LEN stops. REG notices her and stops too. They stare, then eventually he nods, she does too and the groups pass. The other Maynards look unsure whether to acknowledge REG or not, looking at LEN. She continues off the stage. CON and MARGOT follow her.

STEVE, CHARLES, MIKE, JACKY & JANE stay on stage

JACKY: What was that about? I wondered where Reg was last night. Who is that girl? I thought they were getting married?

CHARLES : They broke up. Called the marriage off. About two years ago now.

JACKY looks at STEVE, clearly confused why he hadn't told her. STEVE doesn't respond.

MIKE: Len doesn't talk about it really. But I think she got cold feet. He was getting jealous of her spending time with men on her course. Even with some of her girl friends. He couldn't get hold of her a few times when she was out with a friend and they had an argument. He quite often seems to be with that nurse now, I think it's serious.

JANE CAREW (asking the boys but looking at JACKY as if checking her reaction) : What about Len? Any romances?

MIKE (shrugs) : I don't know if there's anyone special now, do you Steve?

Steve shakes his head.

He walks off, and JACKY looks after him, confused.

CHARLES answers instead.

CHARLES : She always says now that she just wants to concentrate on teaching. Come on, the sun will be hot soon, I want to be near the water, lets get on our way.

They all head off the stage and Reg and his girlfriend head off in the other direction.

Curtains open to : LAKE BEACH

Most of the main cast is there. They have clearly all been swimming, sunbathing or talking for a while. Con is in the water, then stands and calls to her sister.

CON: Come on LEN, let's race !

LEN: I've just got dry! Ask someone else.

Con looks around. The only one of the main group who is still in the water is ROGER. He splashes her and starts out of the water to the beach.

ROGER: You'd have no chance. I'd have to give you a 500 yard head start!

CON : Oh you would would you? Come on then! To the buoy and back!

She heads quickly into the water. He pauses a minute then turns and follows her. He clearly expects to catch her up up quickly, but suddenly realises he is behind as they come up to the buoy, and she isn't slowing. The others cheer and jeer.

They reach the beach again neck and neck, and she wins, just.

They stagger up the beach, and collapse onto their towels, laughing and out of breath.

ROGER : I take it back ! That was quite a competition!

CON: (Grinning at her mother ) I had a good teacher !

The group talk and laugh. Roger and Con now spending a lot more time together.
It's as if they hadn't really noticed each other before, now they keep sneaking looks across at each other and choosing to stay close.

MIKE, PAUL and ROBIN arrive on their bikes, come onto the beach and start a radio playing.

JO: Mike! Do you have to do that?

He turns it down briefly until she leaves, then once she has gone, he turns it back up. He, PAUL & ROBIN all grab the hands of various girls and pull them up to dance with them.

MIKE :

I can think of nothing better
Than dancing on the beach
See a girl, you can go and get her
Your troubles will be out of reach

Group in brackets, MIKE other lines.

(On the beach)
You can dance to a rock 'n' roll
(On the beach)
Hear the Bossa Nova, played with soul
(On the beach)
You can dance, twist and shout
(On the beach)
Everybody hear me come on out
(On the beach)
Come on, everybody, stomp your feet
(On the beach)
You can dance with anyone you meet

'Cause your troubles are out of reach
On the beach

PAUL EMBRY : (to CON)
Umm, this is fun
Umm, won't you tell me
I'm the one you're gonna dance with
Yeah, Bossa Nova!

ROGER looks jealous, cuts in and starts to dance with CON instead. He is a lot bigger and older than PAUL, who backs down quickly.

ROBIN EMBRY laughs at his brother, turns to one of the other girls.

ROBIN:
Umm, this is fun
Umm, now I know
I'm the one you're gonna dance with
Yeah, twist and shout now!

MIKE:

You can do the dance that you want to
With anyone that you meet
And if the Bossa Nova doesn't get you
The twist will have you on you feet

Group : (all singing various parts now, not just MIKE)

On the beach
You can dance to a rock 'n' roll
On the beach
Hear the Bossa Nova, played with soul
On the beach
You can dance, twist and shout
On the beach
Everybody hear me come on out
On the beach
Come on, everybody, stomp your feet
On the beach
You can dance with anyone you meet
'Cause your troubles are out of reach
On the beach

They all dance. ROGER with CON, JANE, STEVE, JACKY, CHARLES,
MARGOT, MIKE and LEN dance in the group and everyone is dancing as a group changing around with various partners or just dancing all together.

Suddenly when JACKY and STEVE are dancing close to each other, she trips in the sand.

STEVE catches JACKY but loses his balance and falls down with her, they both are laughing. Suddenly on impulse as he helps her back up he kisses her.

As he realises what he has done he almost drops her again, helps her up, looks embarrassed and leaves the group in a hurry. JACKY stands looking shocked and lost for a moment then gets caught up in the dancers and can't get to the edge again for a bit.

He goes for a swim while the dance continues, and then returns, dances again, but is very careful not to dance with Jacky, however much she tries to dance or talk to him.

-
Does your Mother know? by Beecharmer
Author's Notes:
Sorry for the delay, I have the whole story pretty much sorted, but had a few bits next few updates that needed rearranging, then life took over !

The original of this song is Abba, but it's this version from Mamma Mia that I am thinking of with the scene being played. The video in this case is quite accurate for the scene and may be worth watching if you haven't seen the film version of Mamma Mia.

Does your mother know - Mamma Mia Musical

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=iKC4tWmw2d0
MIKE dances with a few of the girls, but then catches sight of JANE CAREW. He tries to get her attention. She laughs and dances with him, but teases him as he continues to try to get her to dance with only him.

The music changes, most drop down to their chairs and beach towels for a rest. MIKE is trying to flirt with JANE.

JANE: (laughing at him) Little boys who play with fire get their fingers burned !

You're so hot, teasing me

She pushes him away gently and lies back down to sunbathe. He persists, bringing her a drink. She looks at him and sings to him, teasing him as he forgets his cool guy act and acts like a lovesick puppy.


JANE:
So you're blue but I can't take a chance on a kid like you
That's something I couldn't do
There's that look in your eyes
I can read in your face that your feelings are driving you wild
Ah, but boy you're only a child

She grins, and gets up, dances with him.

Well I can dance with you honey
If you think it's funny
Does your mother know that you're out?

MIKE momentarily looks around, worried JO has returned. JANE laughs at him more, as do their friends.

JANE:

And I can chat with you baby
Flirt a little maybe
Does your mother know that you're out?

He returns to trying to woo her, failing but clearly still hopeful.

JANE:
Take it easy (take it easy)
Better slow down boy
That's no way to go
Does your mother know?
Take it easy (take it easy)
Try to cool it girl
Take it nice and slow
Does your mother know?

I can see...
What you want
But you seem pretty young to be searching for that kind of fun
So maybe I'm not the one
Now you're so cute, I like your style
And I know what you mean when you give me a flash of that smile (smile)
But boy you're only a child

MIKE, ROBIN and PAUL all clearly look affronted at this, they quite obviously think of themselves as worldly men.

JANE:

Well I can dance with you honey
If you think it's funny
Does your mother know that you're out?
And I can chat with you baby
Flirt a little maybe
Does your mother know that you're out?

Take it easy (take it easy)
Better slow down girl
That's no way to go
Does your mother know?
Take it easy (take it easy)
Try to cool it boy
Take it nice and slow
Does your mother know?

Well I can dance with you honey
If you think it's funny
Does your mother know that you're out?
And I can chat with you baby
Flirt a little maybe
Does your mother know that you're out?

The song closes to her pushing MIKE back gently and him landing on the beach looking stunned.

Just as Mike lands back on the beach, there is a shout, and one of the child supporting cast falls out of a boat, disappears from sight. The other person in the boat starts to shout from a boat on the lake, positioned right at the back of the stage.

BOATER: Help! Help!! My daughter ! She fell out, I can't see her !

He jumps in, but clearly isn't a strong swimmer.
I've had the time of my life (and a Chalet rescue) by Beecharmer
Author's Notes:
Bit of melodrama and rescuing, and then soppiness...

I've had the time of my life

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=l9BbUqHrWFI
Roger and Con immediately leap into the water, and swim out.

Len starts to follow, then sees they have reached the girl and are bringing her back. She looks around her and starts to organise the rescue.

LEN : Quick, we need something to lie her on, in case we need to carry her!

Steve and Jack look around them, then at each other. They start to collect together poles and towels, and rig up a stretcher. The awkwardness is gone in having something they need to do. They are a good team, and don't need telling what to do.

LEN sees this, and heads down to the edge of the beach. Charles and Margot are already there, and they help Con and Roger carry the girl up the beach.

As soon as the girl is laid on the stretcher Margot starts first aid, and directs the others what to do. She manages to get the girl conscious, but she's clearly still in need of medical attention.

LEN : Mike, Paul, Robin get your bikes running, it's the only transport we have. It's a pity none of you have sidecars, but if you go, you can get them to send an ambulance.

MIKE : Robin is fastest, you go.

Robin shoots off, and Mike and Paul sit waiting ready to go if they have to.

Charles helps the father, who is in shock, encourages him to get dry and keeps him distracted. He looks at Con, Roger and Len, and they shield the girl and father from nosy other beach cast who aren't helping.

MARGOT: She's stable, but still no response. I really want to get her to the hospital, she needs more than we can do here...

Jacky has been looking around the beach, and suddenly spots the Chalet school bathing hut.

JACKY: Steve ! The bathing hut - there always used to be a cart in there, we could maybe make a kind of sidecar?

STEVE looks at her then at the hut.

STEVE: It's worth a try ! You mean like your project last year ?

JACKY nods as she heads to the hut. Mike and Steve follow.

STEVE: We'll have to break the door down...

MIKE: No, wait...

He reaches into a pocket and pulls out a key. Jack and Steve look at him. He shrugs.

MIKE: Makes a change from the herdsman's hut. The school really ought to be more careful with leaving keys where someone could get them and make a copy ...

STEVE and JACKY shake their heads, and get the wheeled cart out. They soon have a makeshift sidecar made up, and the girl is laid on it. Margot gets on with her, and Mike heads carefully off, with Paul behind riding double with the child's father.

The rest of the group start to pack up. They clearly don't quite know what to do with themselves, but don't feel like swimming or dancing any more.

Just as they are starting to leave the beach, Mike, Robin, Paul and Margot return.

MIKE: We met the ambulance halfway and they took over.

MARGOT: She woke just as we swopped her over. They can't be sure, but they think she is going to be ok. It was close, but they gave her an injection, it seemed to help.

Everyone is relieved and they chatter amongst themselves and start to pack up properly to head home.

- Change to mountain scene -

The group are walking back in the twilight, laughing and joking together.

Roger is walking close to Con, and they lag behind. The others leave the stage, and ROGER turns CON.

It's quite clear they have changed in how they see each other, equally they aren't sure whether the other is feeling the same, and wary of risking awkwardness in the family if they are wrong.

CON: So... you really aren't interested in Len anymore?

ROGER: No! I haven't been for years.

CON: You must have a girl at home though? Or a few if you are such a Bachelor boy ?

ROGER: No, no one at the moment... What about you?

CON: No, I meant what I said, dating just isn't... wasn't feeling worth it any more.

She looks at him, and clearly makes a decision.

CON: But ...

ROGER : But?

CON: I've ... had ... the time of my life

ROGER: (suddenly slightly shy) : I never felt like this before

CON: Yes, I swear it's the truth...

BOTH CON & ROGER:

And I owe it all to you
'Cause I've had the time of my life
and I owe it all to you

ROGER :

I've been waiting for so long
Now I've finally found someone
To stand by me

CON :

We saw the writing on the wall
As we felt this magical fantasy

ROGER smiles at the fantasy side, but gets closer to her and agrees.

ROGER:

Now with passion in our eyes
There's no way we could disguise it secretly

CON:

So we take each other's hand
'Cause we seem to understand the urgency

ROGER:

Just remember
You're the one thing
I can't get enough of
So I'll tell you something

BOTH CON & ROGER :

This could be love because
I've had the time of my life
No I never felt this way before
Yes I swear it's the truth
and I owe it all to you

CON :

With my body and soul
I want you more than you'll ever know
So we'll just let it go
Don't be afraid to lose control

Yes I know what's on your mind
When you say:
"Stay with me tonight."

ROGER looks shocked, then grins.

ROGER:

Just remember
You're the one thing
I can't get enough of
So I'll tell you something
This could be love because
'Cause I had the time of my life

No I've never felt this way before
Yes I swear it's the truth
and I owe it all to you

They kiss, before Con pulls away and starts to lead him up the mountain side set.


BOTH :

'Cause I've had the time of my life
and I've searched through every open door
Till I found the truth
and I owe it all to you
Now I've had the time of my life
No I never felt this way before
Yes I swear it's the truth
and I owe it all to you
'Cause I've had the time of my life
No I've never felt this way before
Yes I swear it's the truth
and I owe it all to you
'Cause I had the time of my life
and I've searched through every open door
Till I've found the truth
and I owe it all to you.

They reach the top of the mountainside set and leave the stage.
Time after Time by Beecharmer
Author's Notes:
Time after Time (version used in Strictly Ballroom)

https://m.youtube.com/watch?list=PLdQvEkakA5ZivglXCIbMVng6M__LUGb4S&v=RcN0b7J_PfE
Freudesheim set, outdoors.

STEVE, CHARLES and Mike enter the stage.

Mike teases Steve about Jacky and Charles grins, neither believe Steve, who is saying they are just friends.

His brothers leave the stage, but Steve holds back, says he'll catch them up.

He wanders slightly and then stops, clearly deep in thought.

He doesn't see Jacky Lambert has come on stage a little behind him.

STEVE : (wistfully)

Lying in my bed,
I hear the clock tick,
And think of you...

(Jacky comes out of shadows towards him, shy but determined)

JACKY:
Caught up in circles
Confusion is nothing new

(Steve jumps, looks at her and is unsure what she means. He starts to be a bit hopeful, but is still wary, trying to work out whether she is serious.)

STEVE: Look I ... sorry I...

JACKY: Please - don't be sorry, I liked it - you just surprised me!

STEVE : You did?

He clearly doesn't know quite what to think.

JACKY: Took me right back to being 16 again.

Steve's hope falls as he thinks she just remembers their being teenagers experimenting together.

STEVE : Just a trip down memory lane, I guess? When we used to 'play with the train set' up in the attic?

Jacky grins at the old excuse to be alone, but shakes her head.

JACKY : No, not just that Steve - though that was a wonderful time.

STEVE: Yes. Things seemed so much simpler, somehow.

BOTH :

Flashback, warm nights
Almost left behind



(On the other side of the stage, a memory scene shows a young Jack and Steve walking, holding hands, shy and awkward. A group of girls go past, including young Len.

Young Jacky blushes and drops his hand, shy. As is habit for her now, eyes follow her heroine. Young Steve notices her watching his sister and visibly slumps. He pulls away and leaves, confusing Young Jacky, who waits a bit looking after him then follows the other girls back to school.

*Back to present day, flashback fades out.

STEVE : (still a bit sad)

Suitcases of memories,
Time after...

Jacky interrupts him, determined to try to make him see she's not a child any more, and more importantly that it's not so simple as one sex or the other, but who she falls in love with.)

JACKY:

Sometimes you picture me
I'm walking too far ahead

Steve looks doubtful but happier, paying proper attention finally. As he sings, Jacky smiles tentatively and moves a bit nearer. He wants to believe it but still nervous he's got it wrong.

STEVE :

You're calling to me,
I can't hear...
What you've ...
Said...

(She puts her arms around him)

STEVE :

Then you say, go slow
I fall behind
The second hand unwinds

JACKY :

If you're lost you can look and you will find me
Time after time

STEVE: (looking really happy for the first time)

If you fall I will catch you, I will be waiting...

JACKY : Time after time

BOTH :

If you're lost you can look and you will find me
Time after time
If you fall I will catch you, I will be waiting
Time after time

STEVE: (still trying to be considerate, not quite believing this is real)

After my picture fades and darkness has
Turned to grey

JACKY:

Watching through windows
You're wondering if I'm okay?

STEVE & JACK:

Secrets stolen from deep inside
The drum beats out of time

STEVE :

If you're lost you can look and you will find me
Time after time
If you fall I will catch you, I will be waiting
Time after time

JACKY:

You said go slow
I fall behind
The second hand unwinds

BOTH:

If you're lost you can look and you will find me
Time after time
If you fall I will catch you, I'll be waiting
Time after time

If you're lost you can look and you will find me
Time after time
If you fall I will catch you, I'll be waiting

Time after time
Time after time
Time after time
Time after time
Time after time
Time after time
Time after time
Time after
Time

They finish and finally kiss properly before heading off the stage together.


END of ACT ONE

Curtains fall.
Can you feel the Love tonight? by Beecharmer
Author's Notes:
Apologies for such a long delay. The whole story is written, so this won't be another of the beecharmer drabbles destined to sit forever on a cliff hanger! Real life got very firmly in the way, and I didn't feel up to editing or posting till now. Thank you all for reviewing. It does make quite a difference even if it's just a 'Thank you', or an 'Oh Dear what will happen!' It feels quite lonely sometimes writing and posting, but when I know other people are reading and hopefully enjoying it it becomes fun again and more interactive. Or if someone doesn't like something it can be good feedback too.

A different interpretation of this song from the film, but it's one I feel works in either interpretation if you take the side comments from Timon and Pumba out that show it as romantic more.

In context, the timing of the musical is a hot summer on the Platz, so I'm taking it that such a large party was always intending to sleep outside on mattresses or hammocks, not that they've all fallen asleep randomly on the grass!!

Can you feel the love tonight.
ACT TWO

Scene change : Night time, Garden at Freudesheim. Various cast are asleep in hammocks and on low outdoor mattresses / rugs spread about the stage.

CHARLES wanders around, not sleepy yet but not wanting to disturb anyone. He goes over to look at the mountain view.

MARGOT stirs and wakes. She watches him, and then joins him, and they walk a little away from the sleeping people. Roger & Con are in one corner fast asleep, holding each other close, as are Steve and JACKY in another.

CHARLES : You were amazing today, Margot; saving that girl. I was so proud.

MARGOT: (blushing, but looking proud) It was nothing really, I'm trained to do those things after all. But I really was so scared. I knew she needed to get to hospital quickly, I'd run out of things possible to do on the beach. All I could do was pray.

CHARLES Nods but stays quiet.

MARGOT: Then Steve and Jacky built their sidecar and it made just that extra bit of difference. The ambulance said that we'd got her to them just in time. Hopefully she'll avoid anything worse than a bad headache. But if they hadn't been able to give her an injection and get her off to the hospital it might have been so different.

CHARLES : Everyone and everything worked out together. We make a good team in a crisis in this family!

MARGOT: Very true!

CHARLES: I suspect we need to count Jacky properly in the family now, you know...

MARGOT: You saw then? I covered them up, they obviously thought that bit of the garden is as private as it used to be, but the plants are much thinner!

CHARLES grins.

MARGOT : I was really surprised, I honestly thought if it would be anyone for Jacky it would be Len.

CHARLES: Oh she hero-worships Len, maybe even had a crush on her once, but when you see her look at Steve it's obvious who she wants to be with.

Margot stops walking and looks at him

MARGOT :.I wonder whether you and Mamma are psychic, sometimes ! I really didn't see that, just thought they were friends.

CHARLES: Steve did too, he was sure Jacky only wanted friendship. But you should know by now, Mamma is always right !

MARGOT : I'd bet anything she didn't predict Con and Roger though ...

CHARLES: No, I don't think any of us saw that coming!

They look over towards Con and Roger, who are still sleeping soundly.

MARGOT : It does feel right, though. He's so grounded, he'll help her keep her feet on the ground, and she'll help him not be so sensible all the time.

CHARLES : Steve and Jacky weren't the only ones who thought their hidey hole was more private than it is, I do hope they weren't hoping to keep this a secret, as the way they are cuddled together I doubt it will be successful!

Margot grins then looks pensive.

MARGOT: How do you feel. With people, you know... tonight.

CHARLES : What? How do I feel ? I'm happy for them, they will suit each other well.

MARGOT : Oh me too. But ... they aren't married, or even engaged ...

Charles takes a moment to reply. He's clearly far more relaxed in his faith and beliefs than is perhaps typical for his time.

CHARLES: I'm not condoning it. But you work with what you have. Do you think Mike would listen if I lectured him? Would Steve? Roger?

MARGOT laughes. : No!

CHARLES : I feel it's wise to choose my battles. I know I should lecture sometimes, but somehow feel it misses the point. I can do much more choosing by being there when needed. A guide. Not a judge.

She nods.

MARGOT : When we talk like this, I remember why I started. The order I'm with ... I'm not sure it's right for me. It's too strict. Too... judgemental.

He nods.

CHARLES : Out of touch?

MARGOT: Yes. I don't think their strict type of life is for me. But... neither is this ... I still...

She can't continue. He understands anyway.

CHARLES : You'll find the right order, the right path. After seeing you on the beach, I have no doubts. You didn't just minister to her body, you prayed and pulled people around you together. You seemed to just fall into what you needed to do to help.

MARGOT: Yes. I think it reminded me of why I started. That had become lost in rules and restrictions, and prayer times, and more importantly in having to show disapproval of so many people and situations outside of the order. I felt my vocation again.

CHARLES: It's stronger than wanting romance and a family, but hard to explain. Your order may not really be so restrictive, you might find it's one or two of the sisters who are over strict, or even have slightly lost their own path. Trust yourself. You know inside yourself what feels right.

She nods.

MARGOT : I always feel it more when up here. I feel I'm talking more directly to ... him.

He nods. They wander out a little further from the group, looking out at the mountain scene.

CHARLES: (Quietly, singing outwards to God, not to Margot)

There's a calm surrender to the rush of day
When the heat of a rolling wind can be turned away
An enchanted moment, and it sees me through
It's enough for this restless warrior just to be with you.

(He turns and sings more directly to Margot)

And can you feel the love tonight?
It is where we are.
It's enough for this wide-eyed wanderer
That we got this far

She nods. She seems calmer, more herself than she has been before.

CHARLES:

And can you feel the love tonight?
How it's laid to rest
It's enough to make kings and vagabonds
Believe the very best

BOTH MARGOT & CHARLES :

There's a time for everyone if they only learn
That the twisting kaleidoscope moves us all in turn

MARGOT : (out to God/audience)

There's a rhyme and reason to the wild outdoors
When the heart of this star-crossed voyager beats in time with yours

BOTH MARGOT & CHARLES

And can you feel the love tonight?
It is where we are
It's enough for this wide-eyed wanderer
That we got this far

And can you feel the love tonight?
How it's laid to rest
It's enough to make kings and vagabonds
Believe the very best

(They get quieter and go back to the group, settling down into their own hammocks)

BOTH (Quietly)

It's enough to make kings and vagabonds
Believe the very best
You're timeless to me by Beecharmer
Author's Notes:
There are a few American bits in this that Jack or Joey wouldn't probably say, but apart from that I've thought of Jack and Joey a few times before when heard this song.
This on is based on
'You're timeless to me' Hairspray the Musical

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=WpiUk_EDZy0
JOEY MAYNARD & JACK MAYNARD come out of Freudesheim and look at the collection of sleeping younger Maynards and friends scattered about.

They move between them, tucking blankets in, JACK checking knots on hammock ties are strong enough. They come to STEVE and JACKY together and JO looks triumphantly at JACK, who hands over some money, obviously she won the bet that JACKY was or would be STEVE's girlfriend.

They come across ROGER and CON and clearly neither had predicted this. JACK is momentarily the angry father and tempted to to wake them up, but JO gives him a look and pushes him gently away from the group.

JACK MAYNARD : How long do you think THAT'S been going on?

JOEY: Not long, I think. They were talking about being happily single last night after all !

JACK MAYNARD : That's true.

JOEY : It makes good sense, now I think about it. Con has been floating around for far too long - she needs someone with feet firmly on the ground, and Roger is far too sensible and solid sometimes. A bit of dreaming could wake him up a bit.

JACK MAYNARD : Hmmmm. You could be right.

JOEY : I'm always right !

JACK MAYNARD : (Grinning and putting his arm around her.) Oh you are, are you?

JOEY : Yes. And you know it too.

He laughes as he puts his hand to her new 60s hairstyle.

JACK MAYNARD : I'll miss your earphones, but you look wonderful, Mrs Maynard.

JOEY : You're a bad liar, but thank you.

JACK MAYNARD : I'm not lying, you're as beautiful as you ever were.

JOEY : (scoffs at this) I'm fat and old, and I've had 9 children, stop trying to charm me.

JACK MAYNARD : I'm not ! You don't look exactly the same, but it's not a bad change. You're just as beautiful to me as ever.

Joey clearly doesn't believe him, but smiles at him for saying. He realises this is perhaps what the problem has been, she is feeling old and run down, no longer herself.

Music starts

JACK MAYNARD :

Styles keep a changing
the worlds rearranging
but Joey you're timeless to me...

She shakes her head and continues to tidy up.

JACK : Hemlines are shorter
a beer costs a quarter
but time cannot take what comes free...

She still isn't really believing him, or listening.

He grins, gets out of arms reach and tries a different tack.


JACK : You're like a stinky old cheese babe
just gettin' riper with age...

You're like a fatal disease babe
but theres no cure
so let this fever rage.

He grabs hold of her with the last bit and starts to dance with her poorly.
She starts to laugh and joins in.

BOTH JACK & JOEY :

Some folks can't stand it
say time is like a bandit
but I take the opposite view

JACK :
Cause when I need a lift...
time brings a gift...
another day with you
a twist or a waltz
it's all the same schmaltz
with just a change in the scenery
you'll never be old hat
that's that!
you're timeless to me

JOEY
Fads keep a fadin'
Castro's invading,
but still you are timeless to me...

Hairdos are higher
mine feels like barbed wire
but you say I'm chic as can be!

He grins and they dance together, cleverly avoiding the sleeping youngsters on the ground and in hammocks.

JACK

You're like a rare vintage ripple
a vintage they'll never forget
so pour me a teeny weenie triple
and we can toast the fact
we ain't dead yet!

JOEY:
I cant stop eating
your hairline's receding
and soon you'll have nothing at all

He looks affronted and then touches to his head and laughs.

JOEY :
So you'll wear a wig
while I roast a pig
hey! pass the geritol!

JACK :

Glenn Miller had brass
that Chubby Checker's a gas
but they all pass eventually
you'll never be passe
hip hooray!
you're timeless to me!

(Music plays and they dance and then head into Fruedesheim and up the stairs. Lights gradually turn off as they go, and the rest of the stage goes into darkness once they pass away from it)

JACK :
You're like a broken down Chevy

JOEY:

All I need is a fresh coat of paint

JACK :
And Joey,
you've got me goin' hot
and heavy

(He looks at her and judges that she can take a joke now)

You're fat and old

(She pretends to be offended and hits him gently for his cheek)

JACK:
But baby
boring you ain't!


BOTH JACK & JOEY

Some folks don't get it
but we never fret it
cause we know that time
is our friend
yeah, it's plain to see
that you're stuck with me
until the bitter end


JOEY:
You'll always hit the spot
BIG SHOT!
you're timeless to me

JACK :
You'll always be du jour
mon amour
you're timeless to me

JOEY:
you'll always be first string

JACK:
Ring-a-ding-ding!

BOTH :
You're timeless to me...

JOEY :

You're timeless to me

JACK:

You're timeless to me

BOTH :

You're timeless to me.

They enter their room, and the last light goes off.
Who will buy? by Beecharmer
Author's Notes:
Thank you for the comments on the last couple of updates. I love the idea of Jack and Joey when I hear the song from the previous update to this, even the bald spot joke fits in !

Sorry to be so erratic with posting, life has been very random recently, so after two updates close together early last week, then ended up being ages before the next one.

This wasn't part of the orginal story I wrote but it ran into my head as a earworm, and wouldn't let me leave it out. It's from Oliver and I'm thinking of the film version when I hear it, though the size of the Platz means it would be quite a lot less people doing the dances !
Next morning

The sun gradually starts to rise, and Jacky Lambert wakes. She realises she is with Steve and smiles, looking at his face.

Len has woken too and looks over at Steve and Jacky. Her face shows her shock and her mouth drops open. Jacky puts a finger to her lips to say be quiet, and gets up, leaving Steve asleep. She and Len walk off to the side of the stage.

The curtain falls, hiding the rest of the group and Jacky and Len talk as they walk.

They are seen first on the pathway, then coming into the main village of the Platz.

People are getting ready for the day, it's become more of a tourist destination by now, and there is a big market being set up.

LEN: Mamma said she thought you were Steve's girlfriend. I didn't believe her. But...is it true?

JACKY LAMBERT (blushing) : Um... well it wasn't, but I hope it might be, maybe.

LEN: But Steve told us... um... he said...

JACKY (clearly embarrassed) : That I ... had girlfriends ? Yes, well. It's ... I do, or well, I did... but Steve and I ... it happened so suddenly. But it just feels... Right.

LEN: (looking worried) : But... are you sure? I know it's not easy living our... a different way, but ... it's not a solution... it's not fair on Steve if you aren't ... if you are just settling ...

JACKY: I am sure, Len. I've been trying not to get over him for ages. Ever since we met again at university really. I wasn't sure at all what or who I wanted when we were teenagers. I did have a crush on ...er ... um... someone... so when he he cooled off, I didn't chase him. I thought maybe he had someone else. Then when we met again... well he kept saying to everyone we were just friends, he kept suggesting girls for me. If friendship was all he was offering, that was better than nothing.

LEN: (looking a bit less worried but still thoroughly confused) Are you sure though, that you don't just want this in order to keep the friendship ? You need to be sure Jacky. He seems calm and in control but he's as soft hearted as they get.

They have reached the village by now and are wandering around the market

JACKY: I know, I won't hurt him, Len. It's ... I feel... well I know I keep saying it, and actually I feel completely amazed after everything I've been through in past years to now be saying this about a man, but when I'm with Steve it just feels... oh I'm not good with words. It just feels right, Len. We fit.

They pause for a minute together, watching the market.

ROSE SELLER

Who will buy my sweet red roses?
Two blooms for a penny.
Who will buy my sweet red roses?
Two blooms for a penny.

MILKMAID : (to Len)

Will you buy any milk today, mistress?
Any milk today, mistress?

LEN: No thank you, not today.

ROSE SELLER

Who will buy my sweet red roses?

MILKMAID: (To Jacky this time.)

Any milk today, mistress?

(Jacky shakes her head)

ROSE SELLER

Two blooms for a penny.

STRAWBERRY SELLER : (To them both)

Ripe strawberries, ripe!
Ripe strawberries, ripe!

Len and Jacky move to the side of the stage while the market continues to set up, music going all through.

JACKY : Please don't say anything to anyone, though Len. He... well you know Steve, girl every other week and one for the weekend. Perhaps I'm one for the holidays!

LEN: Well I didn't know that about my baby brother, but if you say so !

JACKY: (laughing) That does sound wrong - I don't really mean it, he isn't that bad. I'm probably worse really, we tease each other sometimes. He just doesn't seem too keen on commitment. I've been the same really...

They both go quiet. Len is still trying to work out what she feels and thinks about it all, and Jack is a bit unsure what else to say.

Around them the village is waking up and more people are coming on.


MILKMAID : (To others in the market)
Any milk today, mistress?

ROSE SELLER
Who will buy my sweet red roses?

KNIFE GRINDER

Knives, knives to grind!
Any knives to grind?
Knives, knives to grind!
Any knives to grind?
Who will buy?

STRAWBERRY SELLER

Who will buy?

MILKMAID

Who will buy?

ROSE SELLER

Who will buy?

Len and Jacky walk back to the centre of the stage, looking at the items on the market stalls. Len notices Jacky's uncharacteristic quietness and tests the water again. She really doesn't want Steve to get hurt.

LEN: You're very quiet? Are you sure you aren't wondering if it's really what you want?

JACKY : No! I'M not ..It's just ... I've woken up before and regretted who I went home with. I was just joking really before, but now I talk about it, perhaps it is just a holiday fling for Steve. It ... it didn't seem like that last night, but...

LEN : I don't think so. Not with you, if you really mean it.

(She seems to come to a decision and believe Jacky loves Steve for himself)

LEN: I don't really know what to think, Jacky, it's all such a shock. But ... if you feel the same back, I honestly don't think he'd regret this. He was head over heels about you before, and seeing him this weekend I doubt that's changed. He was just trying to hide it - Badly !

JACKY: (cheering up) You really think so?

LEN: Yes I do.

As the market bustles around them, the reality of last night and Steve maybe loving her back hits Jacky, and Jack almost bounces around beside Len, who is trying not to laugh at her as she fools around.

JACKY :

Who will buy
This wonderful morning?
Such a sky
You never did see!

ROSE SELLER

Who will buy my sweet red roses?

JACKY:

Who will tie
It up with a ribbon
And put it in a box for me?

STRAWBERRY SELLER

Ripe strawberries, ripe!

JACKY :

So I could see it at my leisure
Whenever things go wrong
And I would keep it as a treasure
To last my whole life long.

MILKMAID

Any milk today?

JACKY :

Who will buy
This wonderful feeling?
I'm so high
I swear I could fly.

KNIFE GRINDER

Knives! Knives to grind!

STRAWBERRY SELLER

Ripe strawberries, ripe!

JACKLY:

Me, oh my!
I don't want to lose it
So what am I to do
To keep the sky so blue?
There must be someone who will buy...

LONG SONG SELLER

Who will buy?

KNIFE GRINDER

Who will buy?

MILKMAID

Who will buy?

ROSE SELLER

Who will buy?

EVERYONE :

Who will buy
This wonderful morning?
Such a sky
You never did see!

Who will tie
It up with a ribbon
And put it in a box for me?

There'll never be a day so sunny,
It could not happen twice.
Where is the man with all the money?
It's cheap at half the price!

Who will buy
Who will buy
This wonderful feeling?
I'm so high
I swear I could fly.
Me, oh my!
I don't want to lose it
So what am I to do
To keep the sky so blue?

JACKY:

There must be someone who will buy...

MILKMAID

Must be someone

STRAWBERRY SELLER

Must be someone

KNIFE GRINDER

Must be someone

ALL

Who will ... buy?

They all go back to what they are doing, while Jacky stays centre stage and grinning. Len is laughing at her and pulls her into a hug then keeps her arm round her.

LEN : Well then... Wow ! Welcome to the family!

JACKY : (laughs) Thank you. Though lets not count any chickens before they hatch! I don't know if he really meant it. I'm still a bit afraid he'll wake and decide it was all a mistake, or just a holiday fling.

LEN: If I know Steve, he won't. Oh I'm so glad ! He's been keen on you for ages, everyone could see it.

JACKY : (blushing again) Really?

LEN: Oh yes! Oh it's such a nice surprise!

She pulls Jack closer into a hug again, just as Steven comes in and looks around for JACKY.

Unseen by the two of them, he gets the wrong idea, his face falls, and he looks away, then back. He can't can't cope with what he expects will be rejection, or worse that Jack is wanting to be with him to be socially acceptable, or even worse just to be closer to Len.

Jacky sees him and starts over with a smile.

JACKY: Morning !

STEVE: Morning. I've ... er... got to go... busy day, you know.

JACKY: Oh... ok...

He gets walks off stage abruptly. Jacky's face falls, she watches the way he went for a moment, then, she walks slowly off in a different direction.

Curtains close.

-
Daydream Believer by Beecharmer
Author's Notes:
Back to a less stressful couple! Bet everyone can guess from the song title who this update is about !

Daydream believer The Monkees

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=9_SMJ-Uwmkg
Curtains reopen back at Freudesheim.

The rest of the group start to get up. ROGER moves as he wakes, and disturbs CON, who jumps awake then stares at him in surprise.

CON: So it wasn't a dream?

ROGER: (stretching again with a yawn) Nope ! Or if it was, we both dreamt it!

He stretches too much and falls out of the hammock, tipping Con out the other side as it swings.

They fall on the floor then laugh, and he pulls her close. She puts a hand to his cheek and feels the stubble there.

CON: A lot more than when we first met!

ROGER: Well I'd hope so ! I was only 16 or so !

CON: I remember you shaving. We used to laugh and say you barely had three hairs to get rid of !

ROGER : Cheeky lot!

CON: You were so proud of doing it though.

ROGER: I'm amazed you noticed, you always seemed to be off in a dream world, full of knights and damsels in distress.

She hides her head in mock shame.

CON: Oh those stories really were awful!

ROGER: I'm sure they weren't !

CON: (looking cheeky) Well I'll tell you one thing ...

ROGER : What?

CON: None of the knights in shining armour I imagined had stubble this spiky ! I don't know if I approve of this or not...

He laughs as she strokes his cheeks again.

ROGER : I get the hint! I'll be back soon.

He goes inside and can be seen through a window in Freudesheim washing and shaving.

Con helps her family clear up, and they tease her about the turn of events. She blushes and goes off to one side, clearly a bit embarrassed to have everyone teasing.

Roger looks out of the window. He sings to himself as he watches Con while finishing getting ready. He's clearly worried about whether this can last, whether he is really what Con wants.
He's still young, can he support a wife yet? Will she be disappointed in the reality of life with him?

ROGER :

Oh, I could hide 'neath the wings
Of the bluebird as she sings.
The six o'clock alarm would never ring.
But it rings and I rise,
Wipe the sleep out of my eyes.
My shavin' razor's cold and it stings.

Cheer up, Sleepy Jean.
Oh, what can it mean.
To a daydream believer
And a homecoming queen.

He goes out and as Con sees him and smiles he is no longer worried, she is so clearly happy to see him. He sings to her now.



ROGER :
You once thought of me
As a white knight on a steed.
Now you know how happy I can be.
Oh, and our good times start and end
Without dollar one to spend.
But how much, baby, do we really need.

She grins at him and teases him for being so serious early in the morning. He grabs her and dances with her.

ROGER :

Cheer up, Sleepy Jean.
Oh, what can it mean.
To a daydream believer
And a homecoming queen.
Cheer up, Sleepy Jean.
Oh, what can it mean.
To a daydream believer
And a homecoming queen.

They are the last to clear off the stage, taking the last bit of the hammocks and bedding with them into the house.


-
Benny Hill chase tune by Beecharmer
Author's Notes:
Another short update, I hadn't realised how sort these two were, I could have combined the Daydream believer one and this one really. Benny Hill Theme song chase scene (video is a tribute one)

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=ZnmoBgfztJQ
JOEY MAYNARD comes out of Freudesheim and heads off along the path. The set changes so she passes under the arch saying CHALET SCHOOL and ends up at Hilda's Salon.

Hilda and Nell are there, having their mid morning coffee.

They look up, and splutter their coffee as they see the change in her hair and clothes.

JOEY : Hello you two! I have news!

HILDA : Joey ! What on earth!

JOEY : (face falling) Does it look so bad then ? The girls wanted me to do it, I thought it couldn't hurt...

HILDA : No ! You look lovely my dear, it was just a surprise !

NELL: (firmly) It looks a lot better.

JOEY: (Cheers up.) Thank you. Well that isn't the news though... We have romances all around at the moment ! The children are back...

HILDA : (Looks pleased then suddenly wary) Oh help, is it that time already? Is...er... Mike with them?

She starts as if to go to the door.

NELL: It's ok, I sent the Sixth form and St Mildreds off for a really long ramble. They leave for home early tomorrow, there shouldn't be too much chance of 'distractions'

JOEY : He's distracted enough himself, from all that I can tell. They won't tell me who it is, but apparently Mike has fallen hard for someone who can 'see right through his act'. I'll believe it when I see it ! I love that boy but he's been more trouble than all the others put together !

NELL : Is that the news?

JOEY : No, or rather not all of it. No, we have some other budding romances. Steve and Jack Lambert for one. All of you said no, but I knew they'd suit each other!

HILDA and NELL look confused. As Joey goes to hang her coat up they move away and speak to each other.

NELL: Isn't Jack Lambert er... otherwise inclined?

Hilda : Don't ask me ! I always thought she was, though.

NELL : Do you think this is real, or just wishful thinking from Joey?

HILDA : Who knows !

JOEY Returns to the main stage.

HILDA : So is that all the news?

JOEY : No, not at all. It appears Con has found her knight at last. ROGER !

HILDA: Roger ! Really?

NELL : Roger Richardson? Well !

They gossip for a little longer, and then JOEY leaves.
They watch her go. She's far more animated than she had been at the start of the show, more like the irrepressible Joey of earlier years.

NELL: Jack was right. Joey needed her children back for a bit. She was much more like herself today than she's been for ages.

HILDA : Yes. She was seeming so worn down, so flat. It's quite a change to see her like this - even more so without the earphones !

NELL: I'm glad to see it. She always used to be young at heart, she has been far too serious in recent years.

HILDA : (preoccupied) I can't believe I didn't realise the boys were back up before term ended properly. Good thinking Nell with diverting the Sixth and the Millies. We should be fine...

NELL : (as something dawns on her) Yeeess. We should. The only thing is...

A school bell rings and there is chatter in the background.

They look at each other and realise at the same time.

BOTH HILDA & NELL : The Upper Fifth !!

The Benny Hill theme tune starts up. Behind them a collection of girls run past the french windows, with PAUL and ROBIN EMBRY, chasing after them and being chased.

HIlda and Nell go out of the doors in a hurry and chase after them. There is a random scene with the groups of girls and boys being chased by Nell and Hilda, sometimes getting caught enough to be separated, other times keeping just ahead. Eventually the whole group run off the stage, Hilda and Nell in hot pursuit.
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