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Episode 3 - The Meeting

                                


EPISODE 3 – The Meeting

INT.  BOARDROOM.  EVERYONE BUT FLORA AND EMERALD AT TABLE

RUBY
So that brings us to item three – signage.  River, have the A3 head shots and biographies been printed yet?
RIVER

We have the images and layouts.  We just need a decision on whether we want the photos in colour or black and white.
MICHAEL

Black and white is more traditional
EDWARD

They should be in full colour.  It will bring out the blue in my eyes and colour photos are much more attractive.

BRICK
Black and white is more dramatic.

RUBY
Is there a cost difference?

RIVER
Black and white is cheaper.  About a third of the cost.

EDWARD
Cost is not an issue.  It is about what is most flattering.

SIENNA
How long will we have these?  Are they permanent installations, or just for the event?

RUBY
Good question Sienna.  I was imagining these to be up for a while as you are all the core repertory of the company.

BRICK
Of course you don’t think money is an issue Edward.  It’s not yours you are spending.

RUBY
Enough!  Michael, which way do you think it is best to go?

EDWARD
Why are you asking him?  This is our company!

RUBY
Michael is our lead creative and I have promised him full consultation and deciding vote on creative decisions.

EDWARD
That’s balderdash! (Flora bursts in)


FLORA
Hi, did I miss anything important.

RUBY
Why are you late?

FLORA
None of your business.

RUBY
Excuse me?!

RIVER
(interrupting) We were just deciding on colour or black and white headshots.

FLORA
Oh, colour of course.  Black and white makes me look so washed out.

RUBY
It is not your decision to make young lady.

MICHAEL
Okay, okay.  I have made a decision.  The headshots will be black and white.  It is more striking and the photos won’t age if we keep them hanging for a long time. Let’s keep moving.
  
RUBY
(Glaring at Flora she pauses, then moves on)  Item four – rehearsals.  How are they progressing Michael?

MICHAEL
I believe River has booked the incidental musicians.  Brick, Sienna and Flora have been rehearsing with the repetiteur for the big showcase numbers. 

RUBY
Which ones are they doing?

MICHAEL
We are doing songs from ‘A Chorus Line’.  It seemed appropriate.  The trio are doing ‘I Hope I Get It’.  Edward was supposed to be in it too, but he felt it was demeaning for someone of his experience and stature to sing a song like that

BRICK
Actually Mum, Flora hasn’t attended the last three rehearsals so Sienna and I have been rehearsing ‘What I Did For Love’ instead - as a duet.


RUBY
What?  I don’t understand.  Isn’t the point of this venture to relaunch your career Edward?  And Flora, you made such a song and dance (forgive the pun) about being involved.  What is going on?

EDWARD
I will not make my Australian debut singing a song about being in a cattle call hoping to be cast.  I am a respected and established English actor and will not be demeaned in this way.

BRICK
Respected!  You have been in two small West End shows and that is it.

MICHAEL
I offered you a solo, but you refused.

EDWARD
I am not interested in wasting my energy and talent on a silly launch.  I am an actor and I will debut as the lead in a play.
  
MICHAEL
That is your decision.  The more concerning question is regarding Flora.  You have missed three rehearsals.  Even if we tried to fit some extra in – which is really unfair to Brick and Sienna who have been working hard – you won’t be ready in time.

FLORA
I don’t need to rehearse.  I already know the song.

SIENNA
It is about more than just knowing the song Flora.  I know you are still young and inexperienced with performance so you need to trust us.  Rehearsals are essential.  You really don’t want to go in front of an audience and not know what you or we are doing.

RIVER
I don’t know if extra rehearsals are possible to be scheduled at this point.  We only have two days, and the repetiteur may not be available.

RUBY
Michael?

MICHAEL
Okay, I need to make another tough decision.  Flora, we have to leave you out of the showcase.  There is no more time to work you into the routine.

FLORA
Daddy!!!!!!

EDWARD
You can’t do that to my daughter.

MICHAEL
I can, and I have.

RUBY
Michael, are you sure this is necessary?  Can’t we work something out.

MICHAEL
I am afraid not Rubs.  There is just no time.  Emerald hasn’t finished her costume anyway, so River, please let Emerald know she can stop working on it and focus on the foyer presentation.

FLORA
(having a tantrum)  No!  You can’t do that!  Daddy, he can’t do that!  This is all your fault Ruby.  You are jealous of me.  I hate you!  I hate you all!

RUBY
Flora stop.  You need to calm down.  Life is full of disappointments and if you had attended rehearsals this wouldn’t be happening.  Maybe next time you will show more commitment now that you know this can happen.  I think we should call and end to this meeting today.  We have covered all of the important things.  River and I can sort out the rest.

EDWARD
Shhhh, sweetheart.  Calm down.  I have an idea.  Let me work out some details, and then come and find me and I will let you know what is happening.  Daddy will fix it don’t you worry.  You will sing at the launch.

FLORA
Promise?

EDWARD
I promise.


END.

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