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Meet Emerald Bannister

EMERALD BANNISTER

Emerald has had a difficult life lately. It did not begin this way.  She was raised in a beautiful, loving family and traveled the world with them.  She and her sister, Sienna, were best of friends despite the age difference, and both shared the dream of becoming actors like their father.  The talks Michael was having with Disney was actually for a television series starring both young women and their future looked bright.

Five years ago in Las Angeles the family were driving home from dinner when a drunk driver ran into their car.  Emerald's mother was instantly killed and her father and herself were permanently injured.  Only Sienna escaped unharmed and even though her sister stayed with her and supported her completely, Emerald could not help feeling resentment that she was left unscathed.  

Emerald suffered burns to 40% of her body and has been left with permanent burn scars on her legs and face, as well as an enduring weakness.  The doctors have done what they could, and there were many, many plastic surgeries to reduce the scarring - especially to the face, but eventually nothing more could be done for her.  The reality is there is really not much visible scarring but every time Emerald looks in a mirror (which is rarely) all she sees are the scars.

Emerald has become a recluse and her father and sister stay with her to help her through her trauma.  Michael encouraged her to try and express her creativity through art and they discovered she has an amazing flair for visual expression.

Emerald has come to love drawing and painting but has developed a phobia about entering new environments and meeting new people.  She has found it hard to move on because she does not see her father moving on either.  Her Dad's decision to take on this project with the theatre has made her consider being involved.  Michael has assured Emerald that she can do a lot of her design work from home and only needs to interact with others minimally.  Deep down she knows this is not true, but for now is willing to believe the lie and try it out.

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CHAPTER 26: The Outrageous Compromises

CHAPTER 26 The Outrageous Compromises

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SCENE 1: The Outrage Dan and River call Emerald and Henri into a design meeting to solve some problems.
FEATURING: Dan Brasher, April Garreffa, Imbi Leili Ling, and Damian Vuleta
SCENE 2: The Compromise Henri convinces Edward to wear the right costume for the character of King Richard III
FEATURING: Scott Knight and Damian Vuleta
SCENE 3: The Arrival Sophia arrive in Australia and reminds Flora what she needs to do to make their plan work.
FEATURING: Samsara

Episode 24 - The Calming

INT.BISTRO.SIENNA AND BRICK ARE HAVING A DRINK.MICHAEL WALKS IN AGITATED AND HEADS STRAIGHT TO THE BAR.
BRICK
Oh, look, your dad has just come in.
SIENNA
Where? (turns head) Oh, there he is.Oh dear, he does not look happy.
BRICK
I wonder what has him so riled?
SIENNA
Ah, my guess is that would be me.
BRICK
Why, what did you do?
SIENNA
He rang me just before we went out shopping and I burst into tears and told him the whole sorry story.Obviously I was feeling a whole lot less confident then, than I do now with all the help and support you and Emerald are giving me.
BRICK
I think we should invite him over.He should hear the good news,That way he will be able to sleep tonight.
SIENNA
The good news! Hah.
BRICK
Now, now, I thought we were past all that.You take another swig of that very effective Margarita and I will bring him over.
SIENNA
Mmmm.Good idea.Order me another while you’re up there.This one is going down very easy.(both laugh).
BRICK
It’s a good thing you are my cousin or I could have my wicked way …

Episode 26 - The Remonstration

INT.  BACK STAGE.  RIVER AND FRANK ARE GOING OVER THE SCHEDULE FOR THE NEXT DAY.
RIVER Yes, Frank, that should work.  I nearly had a heart attack when the supplier rang and gave me the final dimensions!
FRANK No stress, Miss Drummond.  Every problem has a solution.
RIVER (laughing)  Frank, we are going to be working together quite intimately for a long time to come, so I think you can start calling me River.
FRANK Thanks River.  I wasn’t sure.  What, with you being the boss’s daughter and all.
RIVER When we are here at Dramaticus I am the Head Stage Manager, not Ruby’s daughter.  You are the Technical Manager and we are going to have to develop a strong working relationship in order to make this theatre work.  We can’t do that if I am putting on airs and graces, or if you think you can’t speak opening and honestly with me without fear of repercussions.
FRANK That is true.  I am very relieved to hear you say that. 
RIVER Look, it’s getting late and there is not much more we can do today.  How about…