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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 4 – Masters)
Topic: Funny (10/04/12)

TITLE: It's Debatable
By Allison Egley


A playroom or toy room, but for performance purposes, no set is actually needed.

*Two podiums (optional)
*Three microphones Microphones should be hand held if no podiums are used. If podiums are used, any microphones may be used, but the two candidates should have the same type.
*A desk for the moderator
*Various stuffed animals and toys to act as the audience (optional)

*Thomas, the debate moderator.
*Fluffykins the Elephant, Recreation Party Candidate
*Donny the Donkey, Delightful Party Candidate

Costumes: (optional)
Costumes could be as simple as signs or t-shirts identifying each character, or could be as elaborate as mascot costumes, so long as they can speak through their costumes.

Thomas: Good evening, citizens of Andy's Room. Thank you for joining us for the Playroom Presidential Debate. I am Thomas, the moderator. I ask that you please remain neutral throughout tonight's debate. No cheering, booing, or other gestures that would indicate your personal position, and no applause, except for right now, as I introduce our candidates! Representing the Recreation Party is Fluffykins the Elephant, and representing the Delightful Party is Donny the Donkey. Please give them both a round of applause!

(The candidates greet one another, pretending to be cordial)

Thomas: Gentlemen, please take your places. Our first question relates to domestic issues. Donny, as the incumbent, you get the first chance to answer. What are your views on curfews?

Donny: The safety of all toys should be of the utmost importance. I believe in curfews. We can never be sure what is lurking in the house at night. The Big Things step on us. They kick us down the stairs. If we institute a curfew, we can assure citizens' safety within the confines of Andy's Room.

Thomas: Fluffykins... a rebuttal?

Fluffykins I too believe in the safety of all citizens, but at what cost? We should have the choice to be out and about whenever we want. We know the risks that The Big Things present, and we are intelligent enough to take the proper action in response to that risk. Taking the away the freedom of toys everywhere is not the answer.

Thomas: Our next question relates to living conditions. Fulffykins, what will you do to assure equal treatment in the toy box?

Flufflykins: We all know that the toy box can be a place of division. Our smallest and weakest members fall through the cracks, crushed by the bigger toys. I will make sure our strongest members lay the foundation, so to speak, for our vulnerable members to assure they don't fall through the cracks, and can always be found.

Thomas: Donny?

Donny: While Fluffykins's position is certainly laudable, I fully believe in a rotation schedule. No one should always be at the bottom of the pile. All citizens, whether big or small, deserve the chance to be on top, and all citizens have the reasonability to take their turn at the bottom, providing that foundation. If we all know everyone will get a chance at the best stops in the toy box, toys will not bully their way to the top, but, instead will wait their turn.

Thomas: LIAR!

Donny: Excuse me? I believe, as moderator, you are supposed to be impartial. But since you obviously feel strongly about this issue, I'd love to know what your problem is.

Thomas: Oh.... nothing. I've just always wanted to do that. Sorry. Carry on.

Donny: That pretty much sums up my views. On to the next question.

Thomas: Due to scheduling conflicts with bath time, our time is short tonight, so let's move on to closing arguments. Donny?

Donny: Citizens of Andy's Room, this election you have a choice. Do you want peace and security? Do you want everyone to have an equal chance? I'll close our doors so we're protected from invasions from Big Furry Barkers and Swine Flu. If we protect our borders we will be safe. Remember: "A vote for Donny is a vote for devotion."

Thomas: Thank you. Fluffykins?

Flufflykins Donny believes closing our doors is the answer. I believe we need to learn to defend ourselves, should Big Furry Barkers knock down the door. We should befriend swine, and find ways to fight the flu without isolating our porky friends. I believe in peace and security too, but I believe we have to earn it. Only when we can defend ourselves will we be truly safe. And remember, "Fluffkins don't take no fluff." Goodnight.

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Noel Mitaxa 10/12/12
Cute and very clever parallels for your election year - which we desperately need down here in Australia. It reminds me of Winston Churchill's comment, that democracy is the worst form of government - until you compare it with other forms of government. Well done.
C D Swanson 10/12/12
Great job with this "current storyline" of debates galore. God bless~
Shann Hall-LochmannVanBennekom 10/17/12
Oh this is hysterical and the idea of a toy room debate is absolute genius! You managed to build the characters and the conflict and make the whole scene believable. I could easily picture the debate with Thomas the Tank (I assume) being the moderator. I wasn't quite sure who I would vote for next month but you really have given me some food for thought! :) You managed to cover the topic both with the ha-ha funny and the tad wacky funny. Marvelous bit of writing.