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[QUEEN BEE exits behind the first flat. BLUE J gestures, “What about a director?”]
MIGHTY MOUSE: Okay, you be the director.
[BLUE J gestures, “No, no, not me. I just want to act. I don’t want to tell people what to do. Why don’t you be the director?”]
MIGHTY MOUSE: No, no, you be the director and tell people
what to do.
[BLUE J ignores BIG CHEESE and gestures to MIGHTY MOUSE, “Uh-uh, you.”]
MIGHTY MOUSE: No, you.
[An index-finger swordfight ensues until BLUE J “stabs” MIGHTY MOUSE.]
MIGHTY MOUSE: (Acts out a melodramatic death.) AHHHH!! UGH!! OH-OH-OH . . .
[BIG CHEESE really believes this and tries to comfort/resuscitate MIGHTY MOUSE].
BIG CHEESE: Oh, Mighty Mouse is hurt! Are you okay?
[A piece of rope comes flying out from “down below” (the upstage left flat) and smacks MIGHTY MOUSE in the face].
BLUE J: Aha! So, what do I look for?
[BLUE J exits behind the second flat; QUEEN BEE enters from behind the first flat with a clothesline and poles. MIGHTY MOUSE appreciates her discovery. He shows her that the poles need some kind of support. QUEEN BEE goes off searching for something].
BIG CHEESE: Something’s missing.
[QUEEN BEE enters with a tire. Her posture and movement resembles a turtle].
BIG CHEESE: Hey, what about a turtle story? I loooovve turtles.
[BLUE J, having crossed over backstage from behind the second flat, comes up behind the first flat loaded down with costumes. He has a comical appearance. When he “arrives,” he fumbles all of the props and costumes onto MIGHTY MOUSE and BIG CHEESE. They help BLUE J set all of this stuff down.]
MIGHTY MOUSE: I’m going to help the others.
[MIGHTY MOUSE gestures to someone “down below,” behind the first flat, to throw something. At the same time BIG CHEESE taps her on the right shoulder. MIGHTY MOUSE turns and a tablecloth smacks BIG CHEESE in the face. BIG CHEESE has been following MIGHTY MOUSE everywhere, wanting to ask her a hundred questions. MIGHTY MOUSE scolds the person “down below.” BIG CHEESE taps MIGHTY MOUSE on the left shoulder and a second tablecloth comes flying up and slaps BIG CHEESE in the face. MIGHTY MOUSE exits “down below.”]
BIG CHEESE: (Pacing.) Turtles, turtles . . . turtles.
Let’s see . . . gotta come up with a story about turtles. Aw man, my mind is
a blank. (Runs to QUEEN BEE.) Do you know— (QUEEN BEE
shoves a clothesline pole in his hand and gets BIG CHEESE to help her.
This is her way of telling him to “shut up and work.”)
[QUEEN BEE quietly fills BIG CHEESE in on the story while SWEET CORN and MIGHTY MOUSE enter from “down below” with more costumes and props.]