The Dancers by Alberto Florentino

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The Dancers
Before the Play will start the narrator will read: ( Lights are off, characters are in a freeze while the narrator reads) Narrator: what is a family? Family are people in your life who you may be related to by blood, marriage, or choice, often for a lifetime (yours or theirs), who you hold dear and would generally do anything to help them when needed including making personal sacrifices, and whom you generally agree to accept no matter what they do. They may be someone you see daily or infrequently but the bond remains, and stands the test of time, distance, and overrides almost any challenges. But what if your family suffers from poverty, a family composed of a father that does not work for his family a drunkard and irresponsible, and forces his daughters to dance in the cabaret in order to earn for a living and the mother cannot do anything but to cry out loud to God for what is happening with her family, with a younger brother who is still innocent but had experienced seeing what people do inside a cabaret entered the cabaret and saw a place of sin. It is a story drama written by Alberto Florentino. It is a story of an unfortunate family who suffers from poverty; it is a story of how a family is being ruined because of POVERTY. Ladies and Gentlemen THE DANCERS.

First SCENE:
(Father is seated looking outside the window while smoking, and Elena arrives with her bright colored tight shorts. She wears a heavy makeup. Father went out and seems like he is infatuated with Elena, father looked at Elena intensely) Elena/Jan Alaiza: (screaming the name of Rita while walking towards the house of Rita) : Rita! Rita!?? (fixing her dress) Good evening Mang Tomas is Rita ready to Go? Father or Mang Tomas/Ace: (to Elena, father comes out of the house and get near Elena looking at her lustfully from head to toe.) : oh Elena! Rita is not yet here. Elena how pretty you are tonight with your nice dress on Elena/Jan Alaiza: thank you Mang Tomas

Father or Mang Tomas/Ace: Elena you promised me you’d teach me how to dance Elena/Jan Alaiza: did I??
Father or Mang Tomas/Ace: (Father holds the arm of Elena, pulling her near to him, wrapping his arms to her) Come on teach me now Elena/Jan Alaiza: I can’t, there is no music here, if you go to the cabaret at 8 I will teach you Father or Mang Tomas/Ace: at the cabaret? No I want it here. SHHHHH listen do you hear that music (father keeps on pulling Elena) ( music of careless whisper will be played) Elena/Jan Alaiza: (Elena struggles from Mang Tomas) no I can’t, Mang Tomas let me go! Father/ace: O come on let’s dance ( Mang Tomas Keeps on Pulling Elena) Elena/Jan Alaiza: Mang Tomas please I don’t want to dance here,, Let me GO!!!!!!! (Rita Arrives and saw what was happening between her father and Elena, she shouted with her loud vouce) Rita/Veronica: (to Father) FATHER!!!!!! What are you doing with Her???? Father/Ace: (Father stop pulling Elena and kept distance to her) She…………. She was just teaching me how to dance… Elena/Jan Alaiza: (about to cry) oh look at my shoes I had even cleaned it very well this morning Rita/Veronica: father, see what you’ve done ( Rita cleans the dress of Elena) Father: Sorry Elena

Rita/Veronica: (to father) Keep away from her father, you haven’t taken a bath for five months Father/Ace: no that’s a lie, I had took my bath only last month (smells his self and went away to take a bath) Elena and Rita breaks into laugh while father went away to take a bath

SECOND SCENE: (bagong Elena ang next character pra hnd naman mahirapan yung first elena na magsaulo na line  sa next scene close curtain para change character na for Elena and Rita Elena and Rita are fixing themselves, putting makeup with each other. Rita will enter the house to get her things. Juanito will arrive and sit in the bench Rita2/Maica: wait here Elena I will just get my things (Enters room) Elena2/Jeriza: (Elena will go near Juanito kneeled infront of Juanito) why are you not...
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