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The Price of Motherhood

An original play/an improvisational skit by Shaun Sykes

Cast of Characters
Momma Wilkinson………………………..Mildred Jackson
{ Mother of family }

Pappa Wilkinson…………………………..Shaun Sykes
{ Deceased Father of family }

Basil Wilkinson…………………………….Schuarah Sykes
{ Eldest brother }

Alvatine Wilkinson-Frankford…………Rosalind Tucker
{ Eldest daughter }

Janice Wilkinson…………………………..Courtney King
{ Youngest daughter }

Virgil Wilkinson……………………………Shaun Sykes
{ Youngest son - problem child }

Zekial Lewins………………………………..Christopher King
{ Son of Elviva, nephew of Momma Wilkinson }

Rev. Parker Vilton…………………………Clyde R. McRae
{ Pastor of The Church of the open Eye and the prayerful Spirit }

Officer Gorden Mitchell………………….Edward Goodwin, Jr.
{ Policeman }

Usher……………………………………………Zena Goodwin

Narrator……………………………………….Bessie Sykes

ACT 1

Scene 1

Momma Wilkinson
Basil Wilkinson
Alvatine Wilkinson-Frankford
Janice Wilkinson
Zekial Lewins
Rev. Parker Vilton
Virgil Wilkinson
Officer Gorden Mitchell
Usher


Scene 2

Momma Wilkinson
Pappa Wilkinson


Scene 3

Momma Wilkinson
Officer Gorden Mitchell
Basil Wilkinson
Alvatine Wilkinson-Frankford
Virgil Wilkinson
Janice Wilkinson
Zekial Lewins

Narrator

ACT 1


Scene 1 - Sunday Morning - Church of the open eye
and the prayerful Spirit. Momma and her family enter the church
for the morning service. But this is no ordinary Sunday. This marks the 20th
anniversary of Pappa Wilkinson's death [ WOW! Has it been 20 years already?
It seems like yesterday.] 3 out of her 4 children accompany her on this special
day, but the youngest son hasn't shown up yet. Momma wonders 'Where in
the World can he be,' as Rev. Vilton begins the service.

Scene 2 - Sunday Afternoon - Wilkinson Home.
Down and out, hurt and sorrowful, Momma Wilkinson laments over her son's
actions - and her daughter's condition. How could this happen, and what
could she have done to prevent this Momma asks. Blaming herself she
cries out, and her cries are met with encouraging words by her
deceased husband.

Scene 3 - Sunday Evening - County Jail and precinct.
Officer Mitchell leads the prisoner into the precinct and begins the paperwork
on Virgil. Is this the end of a raging youth, with a wrath so great against
his family that he hurts his own sister? Will the commemorative day for
the family end in tragedy for two members of the family? No, all is not
lost! Momma Wilkinson bursts into the precinct. Now much calmer, she
has a determination to save her son and keep her precious/but
fragile family together.

Narrator

The moral of our little story can be found in its title :
The Price of Motherhood
Motherhood has its joys and sorrows, but it ultimately comes with
a price………………………………………………………………………
- The price on the mother is a life-long devotion to a child, enduring
good days and bad - with the goal of properly nurturing, caring for
and raising that child to adulthood and beyond
- The price for the child involves subjection under the mother's
rules and regulations, obedience and respect. Things and situations
may not go the child's way all the time, but turning the other cheek
shouldn't be too much to ask for
In a perfect world the above mentioned prices would be a welcomed
wonder, but in our world strife and conflicts can develop between
children and their parents.
To the mothers here today - I ask you these questions:
a) What price or prices have you paid for your children and family?
b) Are you willing to pay the ultimate price, sacrificing yourself in the
process?

Only you can answer these questions. Decide today.

Events of scenes


Scene 1
- Rev. Vilton begins the service by asking the congregation to stand,
then leads them in the song I Don't Feel Noways Tired.
- Momma Wilkinson and family are ushered up to their seats (choir stand).
- Momma Wilkinson & family are welcomed. Kind words are said about
Pappa Wilkinson, his memory and work in the church by Rev. Vilton .
- Virgil Wilkinson walks into church and disrupts the service
a) Sits the Rev. Vilton down
b) Takes out a gun and points it towards his mother, then older
brother and sister/ threatening them
- Virgil disrespects his father's memory , puts down his good name and berates
his mother. He blames them for all his troubles.
- Officer Mitchell arrives on the scene and points his gun at Virgil. They exchange
words.
- Virgil points the gun towards his mother, and before he fires Janice jumps in
front of her. Janice is shot.
- A shocked and sorrowful Virgil, still with contempt for his parents is handcuffed
and taken to jail by Officer Mitchell.


Scene 2
- A sad and shocked Momma Wilkinson cries out in sorrow at home.
She wonders what has happened to her son, what she did to alienate him
and how she failed him in her duties as a mother.
- Pappa Wilkin's voice is heard, as he comforts, consoles and encourages
her in her time of need.
- Momma Wilkinson rises from her sorrowful state and with new determination
leaves her home - on her way to the county jail.

Scene 3
- Officer Mitchell enters with Virgil, releases him from his handcuffs - into a holding
cell and then begins the paperwork for his prisoner.
- Virgil laments over shooting (and in his thinking killing) his sister, and rages over
missing his target (his mother).
- Momma Wilkinson bursts into the jail and demands to speak
to her son. After her plea is accepted, she confronts her son and words fly.
Momma makes her point and narrowly reaches her wayward son.
- Alvatine enters with the news that Janice , contrary to popular belief is alive, well and
with her brother Basil.
- Basil and Zekial enter with Janice.
- The family have a tearful reunion.
- Virgil appoligizes and vows to do better.


Dates

Rehearsals (2) - April 24 and May 8, 1999 (Saturdays)

Performance - May 9, 1999 (Sunday - Mother's Day)



A Lost Father's Love

An original play/an improvisational skit by Shaun Sykes

Cast of Characters
Jane Aldrich…………………………….…..Rosalind Tucker/
{ Mother of family } Evelyn Dredden

Philip Aldrich……………………………….
{ Husband }

Douglas Stone……………………………….F.B.M. McRae
{ Long Lost Father of family }

Constance Aldrich…………………………
{ Eldest daughter }

Catherine Aldrich………………………….Terri McRae
{ Youngest daughter }

Gorden Aldrich……………………………..Schuarah Sykes
{ Son }

Theresa Stone………………………………Lois Clinton
{ Sister of Douglas Stone }

Rev. Parker Vilton…………………………Clyde McRae
{ Pastor of The Church of the open Eye and the prayerful Spirit }

Narrator……………………………………….Bessie Sykes

ACT 1

Scene 1

Jane Aldrich
Philip Aldrich
Douglas Stone
Constance Aldrich
Catherine Aldrich
Gorden Aldrich
Theresa Stone
Rev. Parker Vilton

Scene 2

Jane Aldrich
Philip Aldrich
Constance Aldrich
Catherine Aldrich
Gorden Aldrich

Scene 3

Douglas Stone
Theresa Stone
Jane Aldrich
Philip Aldrich
Constance Aldrich
Catherine Aldrich
Gorden Aldrich

Narrator

ACT 1


Scene 1 - Sunday Morning - Church of the open eye
and the prayerful Spirit. Today is Father's Day. Oh how special
it is to have a father in the home, who cares for and about the entire family!
"What could possibly go wrong on a perfect day like today," Jane Aldrich
thinks. Her family is together and that's all that matters. But even a perfectly
manufactured life has its hidden skeletons, as we are all about to witness.

Scene 2 - Sunday Afternoon - Aldrich Home.
Revelations have their place, but not on a day like today! And in front
of all those people! The deep, dark secrets that Jane has lived with for 20
years have all surfaced at once. Why did he have to show up now? How
will she break the news to her family? There are only two people in this
household that are glad for this sudden reunion, and they are Catherine
and Gorden.

Scene 3 - Monday Evening - Theresa Stone's Home.
Catherine and Gorden made the agreement, with Jane and the rest of the
family reluctantly following behind. The events of yesterday's fiasco still
burn brightly in the minds of everyone involved. With disaster and kaos
building, how can anything good come of this? Has Jane ruined her family's
lives and happiness forever? Let's look in and find out, shall we.

Narrator


Morale


Is a father's place in the home or in the heart? Only a family can answer this question.
Father, Daddy or Dad. The titles are descriptive for the man of the
household, who fathers, nurtures, raises the child or children - giving them
guidance and direction. But what happens when the father leaves the lives
of the family, through flight or abandonment? What then? Does this man
then cease to exist as the Father, Daddy or Dad?
Biological or through marriage; a father is and will remain a father,
regardless of his actions towards his children and his family.
On this Father's Day - I want you to all take this opportunity to think
of your fathers, or men who have stood in the place of your fathers.
God has indeed blessed us. How you ask;
- For those who have grown up with fathers present in the home
and
- For those who have had others stand in to take the place of the
missing fathers
There should be thanks given to God.
A Father's love for his family is indeed his own.

Events of scenes


Scene 1
- Rev. Vilton begins the service by asking the congregation to stand,
then leads them in the song
- Rev. Vilton welcomes the congregation
- Rev. Vilton addresses the fathers and gives them praise for their great accomplish-
ments. He also addresses the mothers who have taken on the dual parental roles
for those fathers who are deceased or have abandoned their families
- Douglas comes in and voices his sorrows aloud: for not being there for his family
so many years ago . He pleads with his sister and wife to forgive him, and says
that he wants them back.
- Rev. Vilton and Philip verbally abuse him, insisting that he sits down. Philip says
that he must be mistaken, then looks to his wife.
- The Aldrich children are in disbelief, and look to their mother. Constance
verbally abuses Douglas. The children reject him as being their father.
- Douglas pulls out a revolver and points it at his head. He feels that life is not
worth living if he isn't accepted by the ones he loves.
- Theresa comes to the aid of her brother. She convinces him to relinquish the
revolver, and gets help in taking him away.
- Jane and Theresa have words.


Scene 2
- Jane breaks the news of her 'Long lost husband' to her family. She tells of the
years of lonliness, lying, cheating and abuse that Douglas , and she, gave the family.
- Jane tells of how frustrated and fed up she became, and how finally she left her
husband and fled with her three children.
- Philip and Constance have words with Jane:
- Constance about her 'no good father and fleeing mother'
- Philip who says that their whole marriage is built upon a lie (Philip was told
by Jane that she was a widow when they met
They both angrily storm out, with Jane running behind them.
- The telephone rings: Theresa and Douglas set up a meeting with the Aldrich family.
Catherine and Gorden call him father.

Scene 3
- Douglas tells Theresa that this has all been a terrible mistake. Theresa
convinces him that it wasn't.
- The Aldrich family arrives. Words are exchanged by Philip and Douglas -
which is quickly broken up by Theresa.
- Jane addresses Theresa and Douglas.
- Douglas addresses his lost family. He explains his situation and says that
he tried to find them, but couldn't. The only way that he finally found them
is through his sister, who by chance discovered them in her vicinity.
Douglas apoligizes to his family.
- Constance, Catherine and Gorden each have words with their father. They
all come to terms.
- An agreement is made by the Aldrich family to let Douglas and Theresa back
into their lives.



Dates


Rehearsals (2) - June 12 and 19, 1999 (Saturdays)

Times - 9:00 or 10:00 am

Performance - June 20, 1999 (Sunday - Father's Day)



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