"Carson Local Heroes"

 

The Carson Folktale Project

(Second Draft ­ 9/1/05)

 

by  Teatro Dominguez

Summer 2005

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

c    2005   Teatro Dominguez                                                                                                            Bill DeLuca

                                                                                                                         CSU Dominguez Hills Theatre Arts

                                                                                                                                                                    1000 E. Victoria St.

                                                                                                                                                                      Carson, CA 90747


 

 

 

Characters

 

Buojita                                         A wise old owl; Frida's grandmother; magical qualities;

 

Frida                                              An eight year old child concerned about her community;

 

Fred                                                The experienced fireman; a Great Dane; unaffected by things;

 

Ted                                                 The inexperienced fireman; a Mutt; affected by everything;

 

Batty Ibatuan                          A Philippino bat who loves spicy Mexican food;

 

Captain Leo                             The town Sheriff; a soft-spoken, but proud lion; self-less;

 

Violet                                            An African-American bear crossing guard; she's very confident and can appear at any intersection on a moment's notice;

 

George Henry                        The Colt at the High School;

 

Roberto                                       The racoon; he operates a tamale cart;

 

Sly                                                   A young fox on a skateboard at Veteran's Park;

 

Beaver Bernie                       Pilot of the Goodyear Blimp; small but in charge; hardworking; dedicated;

 

Amy                                               An Armadillo at Carson Mall;

 

Iris                                                   A Pacific Islander (Samoan) turtle; runs a store in Carson Mall;

 

La Principessa                       A high-ranking official in town; a peacock delighted with her work and the many creatures around her;

 

 

Setting

 

A painted backdrop upstage and painted side wings

 reveal various locations in Carson, California.


 AT RISE:          Music. BUOJITA, the grandmother owl, enters from the upstage flat in a magical dance and addresses the children directly.

 

NARRATOR (BUOJITA)

Buenos dîas muchachos.  Good morning!  I am Buojita, and I am your Storyteller today.   But first, I want to introduce you to Teatro Dominguez, a group of estudiantes from Dominguez Hills, who perform stories from around the world.  Teatro Dominguez!  Come say hello to our students!

 

(The COMPANY runs on, waves, and runs off.)

 

I have a question.  What is the name of your school?  (congratulates correct answer.)  Now who knows the name of the town we're in?  Where is ........ (name of school) located?  Where are we?  (some responses).   Very good.  And who knows what the highest point in Carson is?  (no idea!)

 

Well, I have come here to ........ (name of school) to tell you about heroes in your town of Carson.  Now who can tell me what a hero is?  Do any of you know what I mean by a hero?  (more responses).  Do any of you have a hero?  Who can tell me someone who is a good example of a hero?  (takes two or three suggestions.)

 

Well, children, it's very important that we have heroes, and here's why.  Let me first ask you another question.  Do you ever feel scared?  Frightened?  Worried that something bad could happen to you?  When you watch Television and see that all around the world people are being hurt in car accidents, shootings, and even bombings, doesn't it scare you?  When you hear of violent things happening in your own neighborhood, doesn't it make you feel frightened?  Well, today you're going to meet a young girl who also feels like you do, but she will find out a way for us to feel safe, and to not worry about all these problems. 

 

(FRIDA crosses the stage swinging a butterfly net).

 

Frida!  There you are!  Come here, muchacho.  The children want to meet you.  Oh well, I guess she's busy right now.  But when you meet her, you'll see ....

 

(FRIDA crosses the other direction pulling a kite).

 

Frida!  It's me! Buojita!  Come back here now!  Oh, she's so difficult.

 

Well, do you know how Frida will help us feel less scared?  With this.  (she pulls out the magic feather).  This is a magic feather!  And it will take Frida on a magic journey where she will find enough heroes that will help us all make Carson a safe place to live in.  I'll put it right here.  (BUOJITA places it.) I hope she finds it.  Will you make sure she finds it? (talking to a child already selected).

 

Okay, now I have to fly back up to me tree to keep an eye on the traffic along Avalon, so  I need you to call her.  She's very shy, but she may come out if you call her.  So, let me hear you say "Frida" on the count of three.  Ready, One, Two, Three.  Frida!  (they call, but not so well)  Oh come on, you can do better than that.  Here, I'll get you some help.

 

(BUOJITA whistles and three members of the COMPANY come out.)

 

COMPANY #1

Can we help you, Buojita?

 

BUOJITA

Yes, can you help the children call for Frida?

 

COMPANY #2

Sure, Buojita!

 

BUOJITA

Thank you.  I have to go now.  Remember about the feather!  Bye Bye!

 

(BUOJITA exits.)

 

COMPANY #3

Okay, kiddoes.  Now, we need you to be nice and loud so Frida will hear you.

 

COMPANY #1

And we're going to call "Frida" after we count to three.  Ready?

 

COMPANY #1, 2 AND  3

One!  Two!  Three!  Frida!

 

(The children call and FRIDA comes out slowly.)

 

COMPANY #3

Frida!  Come on out and talk to the children.  What's the matter?

 

(FRIDA can only shake her head "no.")

 

COMPANY #1

Frida, don't be frightened.  The children can help you.  (Addressing the children) Right.  Can't you help Frida?  (takes reactions)

 

FRIDA

Okay.  But I'm not sure I should.

 

COMPANY #2

Why not, Frida?

 

FRIDA

Because I'm scared.  (Pause).  

 

COMPANY #3

What are you scared of, Frida?

 

FRIDA

Everything!  The way there's so many scary things around us everyday.  I'm scared for people hurting other people by fighting and calling names.  I'm scared of how people suffer from starvation, or being left without parents.   It even scares me to see how people hurt themselves by taking drugs or other things that make them sick.  I wish I had someone who could help us, someone who could protect us.  Someone I can look up to.

 

(SONG: "I Need a Hero" - Frida)

 

There's so many scary things around us everyday

It makes me feel so frightened and I want to run away,

but if I had a friend who .....

(unfinished)

 

Will you help me to find a hero? 

 

(Our selected child runs up and pulls FRIDA over to the feather.  She picks it up.  The child sits back down.)

 

What is this?  (gets reactions) You say that it's a Magic Feather?  Really?  How does it work, because I could use some magic right now.  Maybe you  could help me to make this feather work.  What should I do with it?  (takes suggestions)  Oh Okay, you think I should swing it around in a circle?  Let me try that!

 

 (She holds the feather out in front of her and starts spinning.  The COMPANY creates mysterious background music and they come out spinning around her too.   She enters a magical world - Carson!  As they exit, they whisper "Station 55, Station 55, Station 55")

 

Station 55, Station 55 (stops spinning herself).  Wow!  This is an amazing place.  Look at those chimpanzees riding that huge bicycle down Bonita Street!  And over there, is that a hippopotamus skateboarding at the X Games?  Where am I?  (walks up to the children)  What town is this?  (they tell her) Carson?  How wonderful!  What a magical place!

 

(Just then FRED, a large dog, enters the scene with TED, a small dog, bouncing around behind him)

 

FRED

Welcome young lady, my name is Fred and this is Ted.  What is your name?

 

FRIDA

Frida.     (she replies slowly and a little unsure)

 

FRED

Well young Frida, how can we help you?

 

 

TED

I wanna help.  I wanna help.  What can I do?

 

FRIDA

I am looking for a hero.  You know someone who can protect me from all of my fears.  Do you know who can protect me?

 

TED

We know lots of them.  Yep.  They are everywhere.

 

FRED

What Ted means is that there are heroes in all of us, you just have to search a little.

 

FRIDA

I donıt understand.  I thought the only heroes were people like firemen and police men.  They are the ones who protect all of us.  That is what I need.  How about you Fred, will you protect me?

 

TED

I will. I will.  You can count on me.

 

FRED

Calm down Ted. 

 

TED

Hey Fred, remember that time when IŠŠŠ.

                 

(SOUND: Just then the fire bell rings and over the loud speaker comes a voice ³Fire at Don Alfredos Mexican Restaurant on the corner of Carson and Main street.²)

 

FRED

Come on Frida, would you like to go for a ride on our fire truck?

 

FRIDA

I'd love to, but, shouldn't I be scared?

 

TED

Oh no, we'll protect you!

 

(They get onto the fire engine, operated by the COMPANY, and drive to Don Alfredos.)

 

FRED

You know, Frida.  We once had a real hero here on the force.  No one thought this little grasshopper could help much, but Grant ......

 

TED

Oh, yes, yes, Grant was a real hero.   Let me tell.  Let me tell.

 

FRED

Oh, Ted, go ahead.

 

TED

Grant could jump so high!  You'd be sitting next to him playing poker in the firehouse, and all of a sudden, BONG!  He' d be up on the ceiling.

 

FRED

Tell her the story, Ted.

 

TED

Right, Fred.  So there was a 3-alarm fire at Scotsdale, which has really tall buildings.

 

FRIDA

Wait a minute!  What do you mean by 3-alarm?

 

FRED

A 3-alarm means that 3 fire stations were called to the fire.  A 5-alarm would bring 5 stations. 

 

FRIDA

I hope you don't get too many 5-alarms.  That must be a big fire!

 

COMPANY

Right you are, Frida.

 

TED

So, Grant, this little grasshopper, saw up on the seventh floor, two little kittens that couldn't get out.  And he just jumped straight up to them, grabbed them by the scruff of their necks, and jumped back down with them to safety.  How about that, a grasshopper saving two kittens!

 

FRIDA

That's great, Ted!

 

 (They arrive at Don Alfredos and see smoke coming from the front door.  BATTY the Bat runs out with smoke coming out of his mouth and ears.)

 

BATTY

Help!  Help!

 

FRED

What's on fire?  What happened?

 

BATTY

HOT! HOT! HOT!  Whereıs the water?  Help me.  Make it stop!

 

 

FRED

Where is the fire?

 

BATTY

Right here.  (pointing to his mouth)

 

 

(TED grabs the fire hose - a squirt bottle, and aims it right at BATTY.  He turns it on full blast and BATTY goes flying backwards.)

 

BATTY

Wow!  Thanks a lot for your help.  That salsa in there is so hot it could singe the hair off a camel three blocks away!  (He exits.)

 

FRIDA

(Laughing at BATTY).  Fred and Ted, you are great heroes.  You saved his life.  You are just what I need.

 

FRED

This is only our job.  But if you really want to meet a great hero, we'll take you to the local sheriff's station.  Captain Leo is a great person to talk to.  Would you like to meet him?

 

FRIDA

Well, OK.  If you think he could help me.

 

(They all hop on the fire truck and head off to the sheriff's station.  TED waves and hollers to some animals on the street.)

 

FRIDA

Thank you so much Fred and Ted for the ride.  I really enjoyed watching you both be heroes.  See you later.

 

FRED

Good luck young Frida.  I hope you find what you are looking for.

 

TED

Yeah, good luck.  If you donıt find it here, keep looking.  Your answers are out there.

 

COMPANY

Get out there girl!

 

(The fire truck leaves.  FRIDA spins again with the feather, saying "Sheriff Station" over and over, until she stops. 

 

FRIDA

I'm here, at the Sheriff Station.  I love this Magic Feather.  Is there anybody home?

 

(CAPT. LEO enters the waiting room and takes a seat next the FRIDA.)

 

CAPT. LEO

Hello young lady.  I am the Captain of this station.  My name is Leo.  My deputies and I try to make Carson a safe place.  What is your name?

 

FRIDA

Frida.     (she replies a little scared and unsure)

 

CAPT. LEO

Well Frida, what can I help you with today?

 

FRIDA

Where I live there are a lot of scary things happening.  I am afraid to go out side and play.  I am even afraid to go to school some days because there are so many bullies.  I was wondering if you could let me have one of your deputies to protect me.

 

CAPT. LEO

Frida, I know there are a lot of scary things in this world, but you donıt need a deputy to protect you.  There are plenty of people out in the community that are everyday heroes.

 

FRIDA

I donıt understand.  I have never seen one.  There are no heroes in Carson.

 

CAPT. LEO

Not true, Frida.  You need to learn that even regular people can be heroes.  Here, let me tell you a story to help you understand.  (He pulls out a picture of a little mouse)  Does this look like a hero?

 

FRIDA

No.  That is only a mouse.  He is too small to be a hero.  Who could he help?

 

CAPT. LEO

One day Deputy Kai the Koala bear was patrolling the north side of Carson when he got a call. 

 

(COMPANY Mime: Geese honking all around FRIDA until KAI runs on and gathers them into one area.)

 

There were a gaggle of runaway geese causing a commotion up on University and Central.  Deputy Kai was having a tough time getting things in order.  Just then this little mouse saw what was happening and ran over to help the deputy.  He helped for nearly a hour before the mouse and the deputy had control over the geese.  If it wasnıt for the mouse, there could have been real trouble.

 

 

 

FRIDA

That is a great story, but I really donıt think a little mouse can help me.  I need a real hero, like the Power Rangers.

 

CAPT. LEO

Frida, they can't help you.  You should go talk to George Henry the Colt at Carson High School.  He is very wise and might be able to help you with what you are looking for.  If you go to 223rd and Dolores St., there is a crossing guard that will point you in the right direction.

 

FRIDA

Thank you for your time Captain Leo.  I'm thankful that we have people like you in our community.

 

CAPT. LEO

Good luck Frida and be careful.

 

(FRIDA starts walking up Carson street to Dolores street.  When she reaches 223rd she sees a huge bear with an orange vest and a stop sign.  BUOJITA watches from the side.)

 

VIOLET

Hello young lady.  My name is Violet and I will be helping you get across this big street safely.  Where are you going to?

 

FRIDA

Captain Leo told me to go visit George Henry the Colt at Carson High school.  He said he is very smart and may be able to help me.

 

VIOLET

Do you have a problem?  Maybe I can help you.

 

FRIDA

I am looking for a hero to help protect me.  There are so many scary things going on where I live.

 

VIOLET

Yes, the world is a scary place, and it would be good for you to meet George Henry.  Carson High School is directly ahead of you.  But young Frida, don't forget to see what's right in front of your nose!  You may not have to look very far for what you need. 

 

FRIDA

Well, thank you for your help.

 

(FRIDA exits, confused.  BUOJITA approaches VIOLET.)

 

BUOJITA

Thank you for looking after her, Violet.  It's great to have you out here, helping our young people.

 

VIOLET

But Buojita, you are the best guardian of our community.  Thank you!

 

(BUOJITA exits.  VIOLET approaches the kids.)

 

And you kids need to remember to look both ways before you cross a street.  Promise me?  Okay!

 

(VIOLET exits.  FRIDA enters and goes to the children.)

 

FRIDA

Do any of you know what a colt is? 

 

(GEORGE HENRY the COLT runs in.)

 

GEORGE HENRY

A colt is a young male horse!  With a lot of energy!  (Circling her.)

 

FRIDA

Wait!  I have to ask you a question!

 

GEORGE HENRY

Then you're in the right place.  I am Carson High School, where questions are asked everyday!

 

FRIDA

Well, where can I find a hero?

 

GEORGE HENRY

Someone like Mrs. Badney?  She's great.  She's our Dean and she knows everyone by name and takes time to talk with each student and she really cares for them.

 

FRIDA

Does she save people?

 

GEORGE HENRY

Well.  She helps kids from dropping out of school and makes them work harder. 

 

(Loud quacking is heard backstage.)

 

Oh, there she goes now.   She's always running after someone and solving problems.  She's great!  But you know, my real hero, is a Samoan turtle, named Iris, because she really worked hard.  She wasn't a great student, but she never gave up and she not only got through Carson High School, but guess where else she went to school?

 

FRIDA

To UCLA?

 

GEORGE HENRY

No, that's silly.  She graduated Cal State Dominguez Hills!

 

(THE COMPANY appears and intones "Cal State Dominguez Hills.")

 

FRIDA

Wow!

 

GEORGE HENRY

And now, she is the head of Carson Regional Library!

 

FRIDA

Really!

 

GEORGE HENRY

Want to go see her?  Sheıs probably at the library right now.

 

 

 

(ROBERTO, a racoon, enters, pushing a tamale cart and calling out ³Tamales.²)

 

GEORGE HENRY

Oh, Iıd like a tamale please.

 

FRIDA

Me too, thank you.

 

ROBERTO

With pleasure.  Here you go.

 

(Song: Tamales for Carson - Roberto)

 

When you're feeling empty,

Like you've got no get up and go,

Stop at Roberto's,

If you really want to know.

 

I've got the best tamales

In all of Carson town,

You'll love the taste,

Even if they are overly brown.

 

(FRIDA and GEORGE HENRY enter.  They listen to ROBERTO and get hungry.)

 

 

How often do you get the chance,

To taste something better,

Once you have Roberto's tamales,

You'll leave Taco Bell forever.

 

(ROBERTO gives them each a tamale.  They eat and sing with him, but you can't understand their words.)

 

Get your tamales from Roberto,

They're so delicioso,

You shouldn't miss this chance,

To taste (?)

 

FRIDA

That was delicious.  How do you make them so good?

 

ROBERTO

Inspiration, my child.  Inspiration!  George Henry, how are things at Carson High School?

 

GEORGE HENRY

Just fine, Roberto!  Thanks for the tamales. 

 

ROBERTO

But who's your friend?

 

GEORGE HENRY

Oh, excuse me.  This is Frida, and she's looking for a hero.  I thought she should meet Iris.

 

ROBERTO

Absolutemente!  She is an inspiration to us all.  But I just saw her reading a book in  Veteran's Park.  You may want to catch here there.  Good luck, Frida.  Tamales!  Tamales.

 

(ROBERTO exits, pushing his cart and calling "Tamales."  They magic feather to Veteran's Park with the help of the company intoning ³Veteranıs Park.²)

 

FRIDA

He was nice.  And his tamales were scrumptious!

 

GEORGE HENRY

I know.  Well, Iım sorry Frida, but Iıve got to go back to school.

 

FRIDA (frightened)

No you canıt George Henry!  I donıt want to go alone!  Iıve never been there.

 

GEORGE HENRY (sympathetically)

Oh youıll be alright sweetie.  No one there is going to bother you.  (aside) Except that stupid fox maybe.  Anyway if you just use your magic feather, Iım sure youıll find her right away. 

 

                                                      (GEORGE HENRY begins to walk away from FRIDA.)

 

FRIDA

But what am I supposed to do if I get into trouble?

 

GEORGE HENRY (laughing)

You wonıt get into trouble!  If you donıt want to, that is.  Youıll be fine.  And remember.  Youıre in Carson.  There are heroes everywhere.  Bye Bye Frida.

 

(GEORGE HENRY leaves and FRIDA is left alone.  She spins with her feather and the company helps her arrive at Veteranıs Park.  She nervously looks around and slowly begins to advance through the park.  She hears the hoot of an owl and jumps back, but does not see BUOJITA looking over her. )

 

FRIDA

Ueu, this place is scary.   Look at those strange zebras over there. )

 

(As she continues walking, SLY the FOX comes up behind her as if to cause trouble.  FRIDA notices him and anxiously looks toward the children.)

 

SLY (in tough guy voice)

Hey little girl where ya goin?

                                                     

(FRIDA ignores SLY and continues to walk.)

 

SLY

Whereıd you get that feather?

 

(FRIDA is getting very nervous now and is looking more and more at the children for help.  SLY jumps in front of FRIDA and tries to grab the feather.  FRIDA narrowly misses him and turns to run away.)

 

SLY

I said gimme that feather!

 

(SLY snatches the feather out of FRIDAıS hand and begins  bouncing around waving the feather in front of her.  As FRIDA struggles to grab back the feather, SLY laughs and dances around the children, making faces at them.  After upsetting everyone, he merrily runs off with FRIDAıS feather.  Just as all is almost lost and FRIDA begins to sob, we hear a gigantic rumbling coming from high above.)

 

FRIDA (excited)

Itıs the Blimp!

 

(FRIDA watches the blimp as it lands offstage.  BERNIE the BEAVER walks onto the stage from the direction in which the blimp landed.)

 

BERNIE

Hi!  Are you Frida?

 

FRIDA (suspiciously)

Yes.

 

BERNIE

Well Iım Bernie the Beaver and Iım the pilot of the Goodyear Blimp.  My friends down at the fire station called me and asked if I would look out for you if I went flying today.  And itıs a good thing I did. 

 

FRIDA

I hate that stupid fox! 

 

BERNIE

Now you shouldnıt hate anybody.  Tell me what did he do?

 

FRIDA

He stole my feather!

 

BERNIE (confused)

Oh you can get a feather just about anywhere.  Why only yesterday I sawŠ

 

FRIDA (pleading)

No you donıt understand.  Itıs a magic feather!

 

 

BERNIE (excited)

A magic feather!  Well thatıs a horse of different color.  Weıll have to get it back.  Come on!  To the Blimp!

 

(As BERNIE and FRIDA exit the stage the scene now switches to a blowup of the blimp and puppets (operated by company), as BERNIE takes FRIDA on board and they chase after SLY, who is pretty fast on his skateboard.  They mention locations in Carson where SLY is spotted (the school weıre at, the Home Depot Center, the Refineries, etc.), but they finally corner him in a traffic jam on the south 405.  Returning to live actors, SLY tries spinning with the feather but it only makes him dizzy and he falls to the floor.  BERNIE and FRIDA run in and take the feather away from him.)

 

BERNIE

Now Mr. Fox, you should be ashamed of yourself.  Trying to frighten a little girl.  Donıt you know better than that? 

 

(SLY is looking a little dazed and ashamed)

 

BERNIE

It is very important to respect everyone.  Not just those who you know, but everybody.  Itıs okay if we are all different in some way, be it our customs or beliefs, but what makes everything in our community peaceful, is a general respect for yourself and your neighbor.

 

SLY (shyly)

Iım sorry sir.  It wonıt happen again.  I wish there was some way I could make it up.

                 

(As SLY slumps away, BERNIE and FRIDA walk and talk with FRIDA carefully holding her magic feather.)

 

FRIDA

See I was using this feather to help find some heroes in Carson.  I was trying to find Iris the turtle in the Park when I ran into this trouble- maker. 

 

BERNIE

Oh, Frida, I just saw Iris at the Carson Mall.

 

FRIDA

Well, Bernie can you come with me?

 

BERNIE

Iım sorry Frida.  I would go with you but Iım going in the opposite direction to deliver some safety messages to people out at the beach.

 

FRIDA

But I donıt want to go by myself.  Iım too afraid.

 

(As FRIDA laments her situation, SLY sees his opportunity for redemption. He runs over to BERNIE and FRIDA.)

 

SLY (excited)

I can go with her! 

 

(FRIDA looks a little hesitant but BERNIE seems relaxed).

 

Please let me help.  No funny business, I promise.  I just want to make up for what I did.  Iıll even get you an ice-cream. 

 

FRIDA

Okay you can take me to the mall.  But Bernie is going to be watching from the sky arenıt you? 

 

BERNIE

I sure am.  So long!  But Iıll we watching.  (exits)

 

(FRIDA and SLY spin with the feather, and the company helps by spinning and saying Carson Mall, Carson Mall; BUOJITA appears in front of the children.)

 

BUOJITA

See kids you never know when a real hero like Bernie is going to show up.

 

(BUOJITA disappears offstage.  They arrive at the mall.)

 

 

 

 

SLY

Hey Frida, I gotta ask,  what's with the feather?  I mean, what's so special about it?    You went crazy over it.  You chased me all over Carson for it!  You even had a blimp chase me down and I don't even know why. That was cool!

 

FRIDA

You'd go crazy too if someone took off with your magic feather.

 

SLY

Did you say magic feather?

 

FRIDA

That's right!

 

 

SLY

Awesome!  What is it supposed to do?

 

FRIDA

It's supposed to help me find a hero.

 

SLY

How come you are looking for a hero?  I don't want to be nosy, but I feel like you are a friend now.  Did someone do something bad to you?

 

FRIDA

I'm scared Sly and I'm sick of being scared.  I hear about the bad things and the bad people all the time that I feel I'm not safe anymore.  I've seen people being mean to one another and I'm looking for someone to help me.  I've seen bullies picking on other kids at school.  I don't like that and I want to help, but I need help.  I'm looking for someone to guide and protect me.  I just know there is goodness out there, but I need help finding it.

 

SLY

I suppose you're right, but you know something?  Bullies can change.  I know that I'm going to try my hardest to stop being such a punk.

 

 

FRIDA

That's great, Sly!  It makes me feel good to hear you say that.

 

SLY

Now I want to go to the mall and find this hero too. 

 

FRIDA

Okay!  Hold onto to me tight.  And just repeat after me, "Carson Mall, Carson Mall, Carson .."

 

(SLY joins in as they spin.  The COMPANY appears and joins in their spin, then exits.  They stop.)

 

SLY (looking around) 

Hey! We're here!

 

FRIDA

Wow!  The mall looks so big and busy!  I sure hope I can find Iris here.

 

SLY

With all these stores you are sure to find her.  What does your hero look like anyway?

 

FRIDA

A turtle.

 

SLY

A turtle?  Does this turtle have a cape to fly with and uses special powers?

 

FRIDA

I don't think she does.  Turtles don't fly, do they?  (to the children)

 

SLY

Give her your magic feather and maybe she will.

 

FRIDA

This feather is going to help me find her, not make her fly.

 

SLY

Well let's hurry up and find her.

 

FRIDA

Hey, I can see the IKEA store and look over there.  (she points)  There's the Bank of America and the J. C. Penny where my grandmother, Buojita, shops!

 

SLY

Hey look!  There's the Big 5 Sports store!  I want to buy some tennis rackets and I need a new badminton set and I think I need a new skateboard.  (He digs in his pockets and pulls out some change.)

 

FRIDA

This is fun!

 

SLY

It would be a lot more fun if I had money.  If I ever become a hero, I'd better make some serious cash.  I sure hope that being a hero pays well.

 

FRIDA

I think that being a hero pays well, but not with money.  I'm learning that being a hero makes people respect you and that's worth more than all the money on earth.

 

SLY

You're absolutely right.  You know, you're pretty smart...for a girl.

 

FRIDA (smiling)

Thanks, Sly. (searching around)  I'm going to ask around for Iris.

 

SLY

Good idea.  Let's start with Hot Dog on a stick.

 

(FRIDA and SLY walk over to company member representing H.D.O.A.S.)

 

FRIDA

Excuse me.  Have you seen a turtle around?

 

COMPANY MEMBER 1

No I haven't, but try asking at Mrs. Fields Original Cookies.

 

FRIDA & SLY

Thanks!

 

(They walk to another COMPANY MEMBER representing M.F.O.C)

 

FRIDA

Excuse me.  Have you seen a turtle here?

 

COMPANY MEMBER 2

No, sorry.  Try asking at Chuck E. Cheese.

 

FRIDA & SLY

Thanks!

 

(Again, they walk to COMPANY MEMBER 3.)

 

FRIDA

Excuse us.  My friend and I are looking for a turtle.  Have you seen her?

 

 

COMPANY MEMBER 3

I can't say that I have, but I can tell you who can help you.

 

FRIDA & SLY

Please tell us.

 

COMPANY MEMBER 3

Over at the Baskin-Robbins you'll find Amy the Armadillo, who runs the Food Court.  She knows this place like the back of her claw.  She'll help you find who you are looking for.

 

FRIDA & SLY

Gee, thanks!

 

(They hurry to meet AMY.)

 

FRIDA

This place is really cool!

 

SLY

Yeah, all those stores smelled good.  Boy, I can go for a hot dog or a cookie, some pizza or ice-cream!

 

FRIDA

Hold on, Sly, letıs find Amy the Armadillo.

 

SLY

Oh, yeah, right.  Hey look!  That must be Amy the Armadillo!

 

(they approach AMY timidly.)

 

FRIDA

Excuse us.  Are you Amy?

 

AMY (smiling)

I sure am!

 

FRIDA & SLY

Yay!  We found you!

 

AMY

What can I do for you two cuties?

 

FRIDA

I'm Frida and this is my friend, Sly.  We're looking for Iris, the turtle, and we were told you could help us find her.

 

AMY

Ohh!  You just missed her.  She was just here having her daily salad for lunch.

 

SLY

Oh, Iım so hungry, Iıd even eat a salad. 

 

AMY

You should always try and eat healthy foods whenever possible.  There are sometimes foods like cookies, chips, and fries.   And there are anytime foods, like salads.

 

(SONG: "Healthy, Healthy, Healthy" - AMY and Company)

 

Healthy, healthy, healthy

Healthy everyday

Weıll do well in school

And have lots of fun at play

 

Drinking lots of water

And getting exercise

Eating good nutrition

Makes us strong and wise

 

(AMY gives SLY an apple and he enjoys eating it.)

 

Going to bed early

And getting lots of rest

Will keep us wide awake at school

And help us do our best

          

Healthy, healthy, healthy

Both inside and out

Eating good nutrition

Is what health is all about

 

FRIDA

You know, Amy, you might really be able to help us.  Iım looking for a hero.  Do you have any heroes?

 

AMY  (emphatically)

Of course!  My parents.  They taught me everything I know about food.  They taught me how to cook and prepare meals, but they also taught me to be very respectful of food.  They taught me that it was bad to waste when so many people in our world and community go without food. 

 

FRIDA

Itıs so sad to see people go hungry.

 

AMY

Youıre right Frida it is.  You're in search of a hero?

 

FRIDA

Yes, I am. 

 

AMY

That's great, but remember that heroes are everywhere.

 

FRIDA

I keep hearing that.

 

AMY

It's true.  There are so many unsung heroes out there.

 

FRIDA (confused)

Do heroes have to know how to sing? 

 

AMY

No, I mean everday people that don't get recognition.  They are the ones that help mold us.

 

SLY (confused)

Mold?  You mean like that yucky green stuff that grows on rotten fruit?

 

AMY (laughing)

Not exactly.  I mean the heroes close to you, like my friends and family.  They have shared so many stories with me about the early days of Carson.

 

FRIDA

Wow, that's great.

 

AMY

Hey Sly, I see you have a skateboard.  (Sly nods)  Why don't we go to the park and I show you some sweet jumps I learned with my friends when I used to hang out over at the Boys and Girls Club.

 

SLY

Ooh!  That's cool!  I'll learn some tricks and I'll do more chores around the house so I can buy a new skateboard.  I suppose that being a hero means you should be responsible, right?  What do you think, Frida.

 

FRIDA

I think you're right.

 

AMY

You better believe he's right.  Let's go!

 

FRIDA

Thanks Sly for all your help. 

 

SLY

No, thank you, Frida.  I think I'm figuring out what a hero is all about.  You got to be respectful, kind and responsible and you don't need super powers to be a hero.  You really are a friend.  Thanks for caring.  Now I know I can go out and help make a difference.  I'll see you around and good luck.  Tell me how it all works out.

 

FRIDA

I sure will.  Thanks again and thank you, Amy

 

SLY & AMY

You're welcome! 

 

(They hug and all exit.)

 

FRIDA

Oh, I need to hurry up and get to the library before it closes to meet Iris, the turtle.

 

(FRIDA spins with the company; enter BUOJITA)

 

BUOJITA

Oye niños.   Just like Sly, I think Frida is understanding what a hero is.  What do you think?  (she looks over her shoulder)  I think she found Iris.  Let's go see.

 

(BUOJITA exits and FRIDA enters the library.)

 

FRIDA

Hola.  You must be Iris

 

IRIS

Yes and you must be Frida.

 

FRIDA (surprised)

Yes.  How did you know?

 

IRIS

Our friend, George Henry, called me on my cell and told me you were looking for me.

 

FRIDA

Oh cool!  So you're going to tell me about being a hero.

 

IRIS

I'd love to tell you, but Frida.... Frida, my hero is my friend, Principessa the peacock.  Principessa helped me tremendously to stay in school and study hard.  I come from a different country.  I am Samoan and it was hard at first, but I worked even harder and look around.  Now I run this wonderful library that all the kids love to come to.  Frida, promise me that you'll always study hard and stay in school and don't ever get mixed up in bad situations.  Heroes stay in school and work hard, too.  Remember that.

 

FRIDA

Thank you Iris .

 

 

IRIS

You know Frida, I think you'll really enjoy talking to her.  Wave your magic feather and it will send you to Violet who can take you to City Hall.  That's where you'll find her.  Oh, do me a favor.  Tell her we just got the ŠŠ that she wanted to read to her grandkids. 

 

FRIDA

That's great.  Thank you again and don't worry, I'll tell her.

 

(FRIDA waves her feather and spins, calling for VIOLET, who then enters, spinning.)

 

VIOLET

Woaaaaaa,  Girl!  Easy with that feather.  You're making me dizzy!

 

FRIDA

Oh, sorry, Violet!

 

VIOLET

How is your search for a hero coming along?

 

FRIDA

Oh, Violet, it's going great.  I'm really learning a lot about heroes, but I have a question.

 

VIOLET

Ask away.

 

FRIDA

Are all heroes adults or can they be kids like me?

 

VIOLET

Frida, heroes come in all shapes, colors, sizes and yes, ages.

 

FRIDA

I gotta find a kid hero.

 

VIOLET

I have no doubt that you'll find what you're looking for.  City Hall, straight ahead.

 

FRIDA ( exits, running)

Thank you Violet. 

 

(BERNIE flies overhead in the blimp.)

 

BERNIE

Hey, Violet.  How's it going down there?

 

VIOLET

Bernie, you better get that loud blimp out of my neighborhood!

 

BERNIE

Sorry, Violet.  But thanks for helping Frida out.

 

VIOLET

Get out of here, Bernie.

 

BERNIE

I'm going.  I'm going.

 

(FRIDA enters, spinning, saying "City Hall, City Hall, ...")

 

FRIDA (excited)

Wow, City Hall!  This place is huge. Look at all the books, and all the pictures, these people must be Kings and QueensŠ I hope one day I can be as special as these people. And dude look at this big chair, I feel like its gunna swallow me. The most important person must sit here.

 

(As Frida sits in the chair she spins around in it and begins to notice that she is all alone and begins to feel frightened.)

 

FRIDA

Where is everyone? (Callıs out) Hello is there anyone here?

 

(Becoming scared we see FRIDA grab her magical feather, then she addresses the students.)

 

Oh. well, I know you guys are, Hi.

 

(LA PRINCIPESSA appears high above.)

 

LA PRINCIPESSA

Well hello. My name is La Principessa, and you are?

 

FRIDA

Hello my name is Frida. Wow your feathers are beautiful.

 

LA PRINCIPESSA

Oh, so you like my dress?

 

FRIDA

Yea, itıs awesome the colors are really cool.

 

LA PRINCIPESSA

Well Hello children! How are you doing today?  Are you Frida's friends? (waits for a response) I hope you all have had fun and learned about some heroes while you were on the trip with Frida.  I am glad you came here; you all have come to the perfect place.  I am one of the highest  ranking officials here and even though I am very busy, I think I can help Frida to find the hero she's been looking for.

 

FRIDA

Wow!  How did you know I was looking for a hero?

 

LA PRINCIPESSA

Well, Frida, I have many friends too, and they all told me about you.

 

FRIDA

So, can you help us?

 

LA PRINCIPESSA

It's time for you to help yourself, Frida.  Come here, child, and listen to me.  Do you remember Fred and Ted, the firemen in your city and Grant the grasshopper who used courage to rescue those kittens, and Capt. Leo who is responsible for the safety in your town, and Bernie the beaver who only wanted to help you find your way?

 

(After each question, the characters reappear in a spin around FRIDA.)

 

FRIDA

Yeah, I do.

 

LA PRINCIPESSA

And children, do you guys remember Iris, who is a successful librarian,  (pause) and even George Henry, Violet, Roberto and Amy the Armadillo who taught us to respect food, and ourself.  And even Sly, who learned the difference between right and wrong, and what being a hero is all about.

 

(SONG: "Heroes are Everywhere" -  LA PRINCIPESSA, FRIDA and COMPANY)

 

Every one you see

 is a hero

Every one that loves you

only wants the best

Every thing around us

 helps us

and everyone that loves us

helps us become the very best.

 

LA PRINCIPESSA

Remember everyone, your family and the people in your community that love and care for you are the real heroes, and as long as you know that, when ever you're afraid or lonely or just need a friend to talk to, follow your heart and you will know exactly where to go.

 

FRIDA

I think I understand Principessa.  Everyone can be a hero, even me!!!

 

LA PRINCIPESSA

Yes thatıs right. Anyone can be a hero, as long as we love and try to help each other, we will all be heroes.  But Frida, you are forgetting someone.  You have someone to look after you, who is a true hero.  Frida, do you know who?

 

FRIDA

Yes I do.

 

(FRIDA waits for a couple of answers.)

 

Thank you so much, Principessa.  You have helped me so much, now there is one thing I have to do.  I must to go home right away.  But how do I get there?

 

LA PRINCIPESSA

Well, use your Magic Feather.

 

FRIDA

Right.  Thankıs again, byeŠ

 

(FRIDA waves goodbye and begins to spin.  The COMPANY repeats "There's no place like Carson, there's no place like Carson, There's .... while they spin here all around the set.  BUOJITA enters.  FRIDA stops spinning. She gives her a big hug.)

 

FRIDA

Thank you grand mommy.

 

BUOJITA (shocked by the big hug)

Thank you for what Frida?

 

FRIDA (admiring her)

Thank you for loving and protecting me and, most of all, thank you for being my HEROŠ

 

 

(CURTAIN.  END OF PLAY.)