Public Speaking Assignment THE SOUND OF MUSIC Musical Stage Play Script Final XI SCIENCE-1 Davita Hartadi - 11 Ervan - 14 Jessica Wongsodjaja - Johanes Effendi - Putri Indah - Vincent Hartanto - THE SOUND OF MUSIC CAST OF CHARACTERS Captain Georg Ludwig von Trapp : Vincent Maria : Rosalina The von Trapp Children Liesl von Trapp : Davita Friedrich von Trapp : Johanes Louisa von Trapp : Putri Kurt von Trapp : Ervan Baroness Elsa Schraeder : Jessica The Nuns Mother Abbess : Jessica Sister Margaretta : Davita Sister Berthe : Putri ----------------------------------------------------------------- Salzburg, Austria --- There was a young postulant at the Nonnberg Abbey named Maria, who was constantly trying the patience of the nuns. She loves singing very much, eventhough singing in the abbey was not allowed for the nuns in that time. She may have many troubles with the abbey‟s rules and seldom on time, but inside her wild spirit, she is honest and brave. SCENE 1: The Nonnberg Abbey - overlooking the arcade SOUND: CATHEDRAL BELL BGM: MORNING HYMN AND ALLELUIA * The holy communion has already finished. All the nuns walks out from the church, getting through the arcade to their dormitory tower. Three of them are Mother Abbess, Sister Margaretta, and Sister Berthe. MA: (in gentle tone) Relax, my dear. Have you checked outside? SM: (seemed in tense) Yes, Mother. I have checked the storehouses, the fountain, and around the postern gate… But she is nowhere to find. SB: She is not in the chapel too, Mother. Neither the refectory and her room. (sighs) Oh. Where is she? MA: Oh, well. Always the same everytime. (sighs) Maria… SM-SB: (sigh) Maria… * With all of sudden, there is a loud drap behind them. SOUND: FOOTDRAP [Maria comes running passes them, then stops and walks back towards them] M: (grumps) Okay. I know I am late. MA: And where have you been, my dear? SM: You missed the holy communion. Again. M: (sighs) I am from… The hill, Mother. SB: The hill again. What will happen if you get lost? M: Oh, I will not get lost! I am the friend of the nature. MA: (sighs) Maria. My child. There is something I want to tell you, actually. (to Margaretta and Berthe) Sisters, you may leave now. SM-SB: Yes, Mother. SM: (to Maria) You are in trouble, young lady. * Then, after the two sisters have left, Mother Abbess has a serious talks with Maria. M: (takes a deep breath) What is it, Mother? Will I… Get a punishment? I know I have missed the holy communion twice already, and I am so undisciplined and all… MA: Ho. (voice becoming more gently) No, that is not it, my dear. I see that you still want to be free. Maybe the abbey is not ready yet for you, Maria. M: (surprised) It is not? But… Then… I… But I am in my way to be a nun, Mother! MA: Yes, yes, I know you are. But, dear, you need time. M: So… You mean that I have to wait? MA: Yes. Hmmm. Well. There is actually a captain with seven children who needs a governess. M: (shocked) Seven children?! MA: That is right. But they told me that four of them have lived with their grandparents in Berlin, so there are just four who stay with their father here, actually. M: Four! Oh! What a relief… But where is their mother? Does she live with them too? MA: Their mother died 5 years ago. That was the reason why the captain quitted from the navy. M: Oh, dear. Poor children… MA: Yes. They must be very lonely. So, have you guessed your new duty? M: (worried) Oh… Do I have to be their governess? MA: Yes. You are going to be their governess until you find yourself ready for this abbey. M: … Yes, Mother. I will. * Doubting Maria‟s devotion to a life in service to God, Mother Abbess has answered a call from Captain Georg Ludwig von Trapp, a widowed former commander in the Austrian navy who is searching for a new governess for his three children, and sends Maria out into the world to serve in the position. SCENE 2: The new governess’ arrival * Maria stares at the big house that stands in front of her. It is a very large manor with a big fountain in the corner, surrounded by a vast grass-yard. Maria pulls the heavy black gate, crosses the yard towards the house building. Soon after she reaches the large door, she rings the bell. SOUND: DOOR BELLS Maria waits for a moment or two, but nobody opens the door. So she starts knocking on the door, until all of sudden, the door is opened. A tall man with stack posture stands out in front of her. M: (jumped) OH! [Maria, who has not expected him to come out that fast, quickly pulls her hand to her back] CG: (clears his throat, looking at Maria coldly) M: (stammering) I, I am very sorry… errr, Sir! I thought the bell is broken by some reasons. Uh… I am here to see the… Captain von Trapp, Sir! CG: (still giving a cold-look) I am the Captain. And who are you, Frauleine? M: I am Maria, Sir--I mean, Captain! I am the new governess from the abbey. Errr… How do you do, Captain? (shakes the Captain‟s hand awkwardly) CG: (ignores her hand) Follow me. M: Uh… Y, yes, Captain! [Maria follows him in] * Maria follows the Captain into the house, and stares at the tall ceiling with the enormous pillars, and the ancient statues all along the corridor through the hall. [The Captain stands beside the stairway, and suddenly blows a whistle. SOUND: LONG WHISTLE-BLOW Maria jumped, and puts her both hands over her ears in reflect. Then she hears loud slamming-doors followed by footdrap from the top floor] SOUND: SLAMMING DOORS, FOOTDRAP * Here comes the von Trapp children, all four of them, dressed in white sailor-uniforms, marching down the stairs. [As soon as they reached downstairs, the children immediately formed in a line] CG: Children. This is Frauleine Maria, your new governess. Stand out and say your names in order. Li: I am the first. I am 16 years old. My name is Liesl. F: I am the second. I am 14. My name is Friedrich. Lo: I am the third. I am 13 years old. My name is Louisa. K: I am the fourth. The only man of the house. I am 11. My name is Kurt. M: (comes over, takes a look of them carefully) Well. Hello, children. You look all well. [Maria comes to Liesl first] Li: I don‟t need a governess. M: Oh. Well, we can just be friends, I think. [Then Maria comes to Friedrich] F: I am stubborn. And I am very impossible. M: O-ho. Okay. Let‟s just make it possible, then. CG: (claps his hands once) Alright. Introduction is over. Children, I have some announcement for you. I have to leave for Vienna tomorrow morning. Children: Vienna! Not again, Father… (all grunting) CG: (raises his eyebrows) May I know what is wrong with Vienna? Li: It is not the place. It is you who can not accompany us tomorrow. Do you remember of our weekend-plan to watch the orchestra together, Father? (looked disappointed) CG: Well, I do. But this is so sudden. How about watching it after I am back? Children: Okay… (+++lesu) F: Are you going to see the Baroness again, Father? CG: Yes. She will come with me when I am back on the evening. [The children all moan heavily, and Maria just watching it all in silence] Alright, everyone. Dismissed. [The children turn back and marching their way back to upstairs. The Captain now turns his body to Maria] You too, Frauleine. Make sure your works are already done before the dinner. Frauleine… (stops to look over Maria, head-to-toe) Please change your clothes, will you? This one looks hideous. SCENE 3: The Captain’s (+++kepergian) [Maria and the children are in the library. She is teaching them history. The children lies on the floor, reading their books unethusiastly] * The Captain has left for Vienna very early morning. As soon as the Captain gets off, the children become unenthusiast. They feel disappointed because they can not spend the day with their father. They do not want their father to spend his weekend in Vienna. And honestly, they do not even want their father to meet the Baroness. Baroness Elsa Schraeder is a wealthy socialite from Vienna whom the Captain has begun courting since last year. She often visits them here in Salzburg, and whenever she comes, she always brings many presents for them. The children know that their father is going to make her their new mother, sooner or later. K: Frauleine Maria, can we stop reading this “History of Austria” just for a second? I am tired… M: You are tired? K: (+++lesu) Yeah… Li: Me too… I think my brain can not absorb this anymore… (throws her book away, sighs) Lo: I want father to come back quickly. F: No! If he comes back, he is taking the Baroness with her too, you know! M: And what is wrong with that, children? Lo: (moans) Oh… You will not understand. We do not want Father to get married again… K: That is right. We still love Mother… Li: But this is a secret, Frauleine Maria. Please swear you will not tell Father about this. M: I… What can I say? I am surprised. But I understand how it feels like. I will not tell him. (then suddenly claps her hands) Well, no more grumps now. Let‟s go outside! F: (not moved) Huh? Are you serious? Lo: Father does not want us to play outside since mother‟s death. M: I know. But you need fresh air. Sunshines. Life! K: I want to play outside so bad! What do you think, Liesl? Li: (looked meaningful) You know… If we can keep it as a secret-- M: (+++menyambung) He will not know. After all-- Children: (screams happily) FATHER IS NOT HERE! (laughs out loud) * So the children are ready to get outside. They are very happy, because they haven‟t play outside since their mother‟s death. As a new governess, Maria learns quickly about the von Trapp family. She knows that the Captain is still stricken with grief over the loss of his wife, so he does not want to be reminded of the joy they once had. Music is expressly forbidden, and he has been raising the children according to the principles of military discipline. That is why he demonstrates the discipline with blowing whistles to issue orders and makes them wear uniforms. As for today, Maria has made fresh play clothes made from discarded draperies dor the children. [The children come out from their room happily in their new clothes. Maria stands in front of them, smiling, and nods in satisfy] M: (held her guitar on her back) Come on, children. Set off! Children: Aye, Captain! M: Now I will teach you how to sing. You will sing a wonderful song for the Baroness when she comes this evening. She must be very welcomed. We will practice it along the roads, okay? Children: Okay! * Maria lets the children follow her to come out from the manor grounds, bouncing happily in their new clothes, fresh and adventuring. Then she held out her guitar, and they start singing. MUSIC: DOREMI SCENE 4: The children are in trouble * The children have so much fun with Maria that day. They climbed trees, had a canoe-ride, and learned to sing so many songs. It has been already evening when they walks back to the manor, their clothes are all wet and full of dirt, but they are laughing happily. [Maria and the children walks home, joking along the roads] * When they reach the gate, they see the Captain is waiting for them in the front door. Children: (shocked) Father! [They quickly run in to the Captain, then formed in a line, restlessly, with Maria stands at the back, seemed in tense] CG: (not smiling) Have fun? Where have you been? Li: We… We played on the hills, Father. CG: And? F: (coughs unnaturally) We learned how to sing. CG: Then? What made you all dirty wet like a drowned-puppy? (in cynical tone) Li: We rode a canoe… K: And we climbed trees… CG: (snorts unhappily) Heaven. Now get back in and clean yourself. Immediately! [The children drap hurrily into the house. The Captain now turns to Maria] And you too, Frauleine. Pack up your things, and go back to the abbey. You are fired. M: (finally burst to a protest) Me? Fired?! Because of taking the children to play normally like other children do?! I do not understand you, Captain, and I do not care of your business. But they are your children, and children need to play! CG: (becoming more cynical) They can play inside, with not acting like local urchins. You know the rules in this house, Frauleine. I hired you for that. M: Yes! I was hired to be their governess! And I take them to play! You do not even want to know well your children, Captain. Liesl and Friedrich do not need any governess, and they are mature enough to be ruled like this. Louisa wants to know music so bad, but you said that music is forbidden because of their mother. And Kurt, you do not even know that he admires you so much! He wants to get near to you, but you never have time for him! And-- CG: (cuts Maria off) AND who you think you are, Frauleine, to speak to me like that, lecturing me about my own children?! Now you are fired, so please get packed. [The Captain turns back angrily, then get into the house, leaving Maria alone in hatred] SCENE 5: The song for the Baroness [The children have put on their clean clothes. They are in the music room, ready to sing for the Baroness] * The children have cleaned up themselves, and put on clean uniforms. They are going to sing a song for the Baroness, the song that Maria has taught them today. [Liesl gives the sign to start] CHOIR: THE SOUND MUSIC * The Captain hears a choir from the music room, and then comes over to check who is singing. Maria silently follows him in a distance, hoping the children are doing well. She thinks of them sadly, for this is her last time in the von Trapp manor. Then she go upstairs to her room, and start packing. [The Captain walks into the music room, and the children keep singing. The Captain looked amazed. He just stands still in the entrance, and watches the choir] * The Captain‟s heart is touched with the song the children sung. He remembers how he is used to sing this song with his wife. His wife liked music so much, and the Captain himself used to love it too. But it was just until before his wife‟s death... Now he realized something. He has to get up from this grief over the loss of his wife. It has been over 3 years since that time. And now Maria has brought the music back to the house. [The song is over. Kurt gives the Baroness a flower] * Now the children are not even dared to look at their father. They put their heads down, waiting to be scolded in a minute. BE: Georg! Why are you just standing there? Come here, dear. Oh… (holds her hands together, looked very happy) The children are so wonderful! It is so sweet of you to let them sing for me, Georg. I am very surprised. [The Captain slowly walks in, and put his one hand in the Baroness‟ shoulder] CG: I--Do not know they can sing this well… (clears his throat uncomfortably, still looked amazed at the children) BE: Oh, of course they do! (rubs the Captain‟s hand) Who taught you the song, children? The children keep silent for a moment, whispering to each others with heads down. Then Liesl starts to speak up] Li: It is Frauleine Maria who taught us the song this morning, Baroness. F: She is great. We could not even know a tune before. [The others wait nervously] BE: (eyes rounded, eyebrows raised) Oh, really? You could not sing before? And… Do I know Maria? Lo: It is our new governess, Baroness. K: (adds quickly) And she is beautiful. [The Captain is nervous now, not knowing what must to say. He just stands very still] BE: Oh. Can I meet this Frauleine Maria, then? CG: (finally speaks something) I--I am afraid not, Elsa. BE: No? Children: (surprised) Father! Why? CG: She might be on her way back to the abbey now. (takes a deep breath) I fired her, children. Li: No, Father! You did not! K: That is not fair! Tell me that you are lying! CG: (eventually looked tired) No. I did fire her. I thought… Maybe she is not good for you because she has broken the rule of this house… Lo: But that is wrong! It is you who did not let us know music! [Liesl comes to hug her, calming her down] Li: We are sorry, Father, if you think that we are so wrong. F: But we like singing, and we are very thankful to Frauleine Maria. K: And now we are done. Hope you like the flower, Baroness. [The children slowly walk out the room after bowing to the Baroness, ignoring the meaningful-look in their father‟s face] * The Captain feels very guilty. He does not know what to do. He likes seeing the children singing, and the look that Elsa gave him because she was very happy that the children sang for her. But he also thinks about Maria. Has he been so wrong to the children? Has he been so wrong to Maria? CG: No, I was wrong. She should still stay. My children are the everything for me, and they need Maria. [He walks out the room] BE: Georg! [But the Captain ignores the call] * So the Captain hurriedly goes to Maria‟s room, hoping that she has not leave yet. He will stop Maria to go. And the Captain meets Maria on the entrance door, carrying her things ready to leave. CG: Frauleine! [Maria looked surprised and turns over] Frauleine, I was wrong. I should have not ask you to leave. You have brought the music back to this house. I am very thankful for it. Can you forgive me? Please stay, Frauleine… M: I… I, I think I can not, Sir. I have made a big mistake. I have broken the rules of the house. I have been acting impolite to you. I… I really should leave! [Maria opens the door and walks out] * So Maria leaves the house, the children, and the Captain, back to where she hopes she belongs to. The abbey. SCENE 6: Maria returning the abbey [Maria is in her nun‟s clothes. She is walking to the Mother Abbess‟ office room, rubbing her hands restlessly] * After Maria‟s back to the abbey, she becomes more quiet and always attends in every holy communion. She spends most her time in praying, and always looks sad all of the time. Mother Abbess realized this, and called Maria to meet her in her room to have a talk with her. [Maria knocks on the door] MA: Come in, my child. [Maria opens the door, and sits] (with the-always-gentle-tone) Well. Maria. Tell me everything. M: Well… Uh… MA: Maria. You have already told me on your first letter that you love the children so much, right? M: Yes, I do, Mother. I love them with all of my heart. MA: If it is it, Maria, then why are you here? M: It is… Because I am very afraid, Mother. MA: What are you afraid of? What happened? M: I am afraid… With the reality. I-- I think I can not face him anymore… MA: Him? The Captain? What is wrong with the reality? Speak, my dear. M: I have broken the rules in the house. Well, I-- I know I was wrong, Mother. But I… MA: He has asked you to stay, hasn‟t he? M: Oh… He has. But I… I don‟t know. MA: Oh. Maria. You are in love with him. M: Me? I… No, Mother! I am not! MA: Yes, you are, my child. I can see it in your eyes. M: But… But it can be right! I‟m going to be a nun, Mother! MA: Maria. You are not wrong. God lets us to love people, Maria. And He has made you to meet the right person. You can not just run from the reality. The abbey is not the place for hiding. So go back, and reach your love. M: If you say so, Mother, then I will go back. SCENE 7: Maria is back [The children is in the frontyard, sitting on the grass, looked blank] * Without Maria, days are so blank for the children. They have not done anything these days, except reading boring-books and trying to sing some songs they know, but they just want to see Maria again. Suddenly, they hears Maria‟s voice, calling them. [Maria appears from their back, holding her guitar with her] M: Children! K: Frauleine Maria! You are back! [The children quickly runs towards Maria, trying to hug her together] Li: Frauleine Maria! I thought you will not come back anymore! Lo: We missed you so much! K: (shouts) MARIA IS HERE! MARIA IS HERE! * The Captain hears so many noises from outside, and comes out to see what is happening, with the Baroness follows him on his back. Then the Captain sees Maria. Their eyes meet together. [Suddenly a silence] M: Captain. CG: Frauleine. You are back. M: Yes. I am. I missed the children. CG: Of course. They missed you everyday. They really need you. [They both suddenly feel awkward and not dared to look at each other‟s eyes] * Then the Baroness, who has just watching it all, feels something from the Captain‟s eyes, telling her that he is, too, like the children, missed Maria so bad. [The Baroness pulls the Captain‟s hand suddenly] BE: Well. So this is Maria. Happy that you are back. M: Oh. You must be the Baroness. How do you do? [Maria helds her hand out to the Baroness, but the Baroness does not want to accept it] BE: (in a high-tone) Well. As you know, I am his fiancée. We are getting married soon. * The atmosphere suddenly becomes uncomfortable, and Maria wishes she can just go away from this place. M: (uncomfortable) Oh… I… Uh, of course I know that. I guess… I will take the children to play now. Excuse me. Come on, children. We will practice new song. Children: Alright! [The children follow Maria to the backyard. They bounce happily beside her, leaving the Captain and the Baroness in a stiff-atmosphere] * The Baroness, who does not share Maria's rapport with the children, becomes jealous of Maria's talents and the effect she has on the Captain. It becomes obvious to her that Maria and the Captain have both begun to have feelings for each other. BE: So. Have feelings for her now, Captain? (full of jealousy) CG: Who? Me? Elsa. Please. What are you talking about? BE: Oh. Come on. Do not pretending like you are innocent. You have fallen in love with her. Am I right, Georg? CG: I… I don‟t know. I really don‟t know. BE: Well. Seemed as a „yes‟ for me. You know… Georg. I have just been thingking. Maybe I am not quite good for you. For the children. They love Maria so much. And… I think you have to get her. CG: Elsa. I told you I am confused. BE: Confused about what? You love her! [suddenly becomes gentle] Well. It is okay for me. I can let you go. I will return to Vienna, and I will not disturb your life anymore. (smiles) You can call me if you need any help. Now you are wasting your time! Go and get her! [The Baroness pushing the Captain to go] CG: Well. Elsa… Thank you so much. I owe you for your kindness! [The Captain hurriedly walks away to the backyard] SCENE 8: Happy ending * It is already late in the night when the Captain sees Maria through the window, sitting beside the fountain in her night gown. Then he comes over her. M: (surprised, then quickly stands up) Oh! Captain! CG: Maria… I know this is very strange for you, but I am happy that you came back to us. M: … Yes. I missed this place so much, and I don‟t understand why… CG: Well. I started to think about you, and my children every night. You know, they love you so much… As much as I love you. M: (looked more surprised) Captain! You can‟t… CG: (ignores her) Do you love me, Maria? M: I… Yes, I do… CG: Will you marry me? ENDING MUSIC: PROCESSIONAL AND MARIA * The von Trapp family finally realized that music has made them stronger more than anything in this world. Music, family, love-- together forever.