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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 3 – Advanced)
Topic: The Manuscript (04/29/10)

TITLE: Slowly The Curtain Rises . . .
By Deborah Ann Belka


The director took the script into his hands and slowly flipped it to the last page, staring at the words, “The End,” he smiled and knew he was ready for the first act to begin.

He was one of three collaborating playwrights who had spent less than a week to come up with the perfect script. The three of them had join forces and worked throughout the days and long into the nights, skillfully writing and fashioning every idea, every expression, and every declaration. They were careful to form every word that would be uttered and made sure that no stone was left unturned, no thought would come back void, and no concept was made by mere whim of fancy. The framework of every notion was written out to the finite degree, every saying was flawlessly planned, and every line was devised to inspire and to prove itself noble and true to the characters.

They looked at each of the scenes they had conceived and knew the time, location, and the exact minute they would start and the appropriate time for them to come to an end. They understood the complexity of every act and described the highs and the lows in minuscule details. They drew out and ordered every step the characters were to take, how they would take them, and where each footprint would leave its remnant, paving the way for others to follow.

They peered into the main character's very heart and soul and had perfect knowledge of their thoughts and actions. They created the motives behind their inward beliefs and knew their comings and goings, their risings and failings. With their words, they would guide and lead them from rebellion, to faithfulness, from questioning, to certainty, from insecurity, to confidence, from being unloved, to finding perfect love. Somewhere in the process, the four of them merged and became one.

They had handpicked each character that would make up the ensemble. They knew in-depth their weaknesses and strengths, their fears and anxieties, their strengths and joys, and took their complicated lives and adeptly wove them into the story at just the right moment. They made sure their steps crossed over and met up with the main character as they journeyed up, down, and across the stage. Each impression they made would be integral in determining the outcome of the final scene.

Yes, he was ready to see the performance and to see if his cast could stay true to the script. There was only one thing different about his requirements for the cast members, there was to be no rehearsal, no memorizing of lines, it was all impromptu. As he called his cast together, he gave them each a book in which the manuscript had come from, and told them everything they needed for their performances could be found between the pages of His Word.

Slowly the curtain rises . . .

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Beth LaBuff 05/07/10
oh wow! What a creative idea here. It's all there (like you said) in the Word! This makes me want to reflect a bit to see how close to the "script" I'm adhering. I like this!
Mildred Sheldon05/11/10
WOW!I enjoyed the immensely. We are all actors and actresses on the stage of life. Thank you.
Carol Penhorwood 05/14/10
Debby, this is beautifully intense and thought-provoking. What a creative take on this week's challenge! Way to go, girl, and placing in your level! Congratulations! Powerful stuff here!