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The Drum is Calling You Home

THE DRUM IS CALLING YOU HOME by Marcel Gagnon

Creative Facilitation and Directed by Karen Jeffery

Karen Jeffery 250-617-2167

Sunset Theatre 250-994-3400 PO Box 22 Wells, BC V0K 2R0

Marcel Gagnon 250-981-6905

Sunsettheatre@gmail.com

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The Drum is Calling You Home ROUND 1

SCENE PROLOGUE YELLOW, SPRING AS THE HOUSE LIGHTS COME DOWN WE BEGIN TO HEAR A CACOPHONY OF ANIMAL SOUNDS. (THESE SOUNDS ARE PRERECORDED AS MADE BY MARCEL: WOLF, RAVEN, OWL) WE BEGIN TO HEAR THE DISTANCE SOUND OF THE GROUSE DRUM (RECORDED) BEHIND THE GROUSE DRUM WE HEAR THE SPIRIT QUEST SONG (RECORDED) BEHIND THE DRUM SCREEN WE SEE SHADOW OF THE ELDER AND YOUNG THEY ARE LOOKING UP IN TO THE THE ELDER RAISES HIS ARM HIGH AIR GESTURING TO THE STARS.

THE MAN. SKY, IN THE

AS THE LIGHTS SHIFT AWAY FROM THE DRUM AND ON TO THE STAGE WE HEAR THE SPIRIT QUEST SONG AND THE GROUSE DRUM BEGIN TO SLOWLY CRESCENDO MOVING US INTO ROUND 1, SCENE 1. ELDER MARCEL (DIT NAN) ENTERS FROM UPSTAGE RIGHT (USR), THROUGH THE SPIRIT CIRCLE CROSSES DOWN TO THE RAMP. HE OPENS HIS BOX, TAKES OUT HIS SMUDGING AND BEGINS TO SMUDGE. HE THEN PICKS UP HIS FIRST MEDICINE JAR AND SLOWLY GOES OVER TO THE BIG DRUM, DOWNSTAGE CENTRE (DSC). HE SAYS A PRAYER AS HE SPRINKLES MEDICINE ON THE DRUM. SIMULTANEOUSLY, LITTLE BEAR ENTERS UPSTAGE LEFT (USL) WITH HIS DIPPING POLE AND BUNDLE. (COULD BE BLANKET, SACK, "STUFF" COULD BE MIMED - TBD). DROPS THE BUNDLE AND GOES OUT TO THE DIP STAND. HE LOOKS AROUND, GETS A SENSE OF HIS SURROUNDINGS, PICKS UP HIS DIPPING POLE, PONDERS HOW TO USE IT AND BEGINS TO SALMON DIP AWKWARDLY AND UNSUCCESSFULLY. THIS SHOULD BE TIMED SO WHEN ELDER MARCEL IS FINISHED SPRINKLING HIS MEDICINE

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The Drum is Calling You Home ON THE DRUM, HE GLIMPSES LITTLE BEAR TRYING TO SALMON DIP AND SILENTLY SHAKES HIS HEAD. ELDER MARCEL RETURNS HIS MEDICINE TO ITS POSITION AND STEPS UP ON THE RAMP LEADING TOWARDS THE SALMON DIP AND LITTLE BEAR. HE WATCHES FOR A TIME.

ROUND [1]

SCENE [1] THERE ARE PAUSES AND BEATS IN BETWEEN THESE LINES...

ELDER MARCEL:

(After watching young LITTLE BEAR for a time) SUSYAZ, how's it goin'?

LITTLE BEAR:

(A bit dismissive, glancing over toward his Elder) Good.

ELDER MARCEL:

Have you done this before?

LITTLE BEAR:

Of course.

ELDER MARCEL:

Can I give you some advice?

LITTLE BEAR:

(Slighting dismissive) I know what I'm doin'.

ELDER MARCEL:

(After a long pause) Well if you knew what you were doing, you would know that we only salmon dip at night. (Laughs) The sun is still on the horizon.

LITTLE BEAR:

(Caught, but not willing to give in) I knew that. I'm just practicing.

ELDER MARCEL:

(with a nod) Can I show you how? LITTLE BEAR RELUCTANTLY HANDING HIM THE IMAGINARY SALMON DIP POLE

ELDER MARCEL:

IN YOUR OWN WORDS EXPLAIN TO LITTLE BEAR HOW TO SALMON DIP, ETC.

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The Drum is Calling You Home You know the salmon are swimming up stream. They're coming from there. (Pointing) So you put your net in here. The net has to be behind the hoop, see that hoop, now when I dip I swing it, with just enough speed so the net goes behind the hoop, see - one more time, take it out of the water, give yourself a little pause so you can catch your breath, swing it, put it in gently, come down just a little bit faster than the current, go all the way down and then up, and you'll feel him when he hits. They can't go through so they have to come back and try again, until they come around the end the stand, that's why you have this pole with a big dip on the end. I'll do one more time for you. Ok, here we go, are you ready, just take your time. ELDER MARCEL MIMES CATCHING FISH. IT'S A LARGE FISH, IT REQUIRES HIS STRENGTH.WE SEE HIS DEXTERITY, HIS YEARS OF PRACTICE AT THIS TRADITIONAL FORM OF FISHING. HE LANDS THE FISH.

LITTLE BEAR:

I thought you said we only catch them at night?

ELDER MARCEL:

Patience, Susyaz. WITH A REVERENT TWINKLE IN HIS EYE, HE RAISES HIS ARM TOWARD THE SETTING SUN AND AS IF BY MAGIC, LOWERS HIS ARM, HELPING IT BECOME NIGHT. ELDER MARCEL WATCHES LITTLE BEAR SALMON DIP, COMMENTING AND CORRECTING. Nuh. (Passes Susyaz the Dip Pole) Now swing it, that's it (etc.) THEY CONTINUE FOR A TIME UNTIL LITTLE BEAR CATCHES AND LANDS HIS FIRST FISH.

LITTLE BEAR:

(Let's out a cry of success)

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The Drum is Calling You Home ELDER MARCEL BEGINS TO WALK AWAY WATCHING IN APPROVAL ELDER MARCEL:

Relax. You're gonna be here a while. You have 29 more to go. (Laughs at the thought of it.) STANDS AND WATCHES YOUNG LITTLE BEAR SUCCESSFULLY LAND A FEW MORE SALMON BEFORE HE SAYS...)

ELDER MARCEL:

And don't stay out too late, the animals are out tonight - and they're hungry - they like a good salmon. LITTLE BEAR DRUM SONG

ROUND [1]

SCENE 2

THE WOLF AS ELDER MARCEL HEADS BACK TO HIS CAMP HE SITS ON THE EDGE OF THE RAMP UPSTAGE CENTRE(USC) WATCHING LITTLE BEAR WHO HAS NOW SUCCESSFULLY LAND SEVERAL SALMON. FIRST AWKWARDLY THEN MORE COMPETENTLY THEN MASTERFULLY. (THIS SHOULD BE CHOREOGRAPHED IN A STYLIZED MANNER) WHILE THIS ACTION IS TAKING PLACE E. MARCEL IS PLAYING THE LITTLE BEAR DRUM SONG WHICH IS ABOUT A YOUNG BOY TURNING INTO A MAN. AS THE DRUM SONG IS FINISHING MORE ANIMAL SOUNDS BEGIN TO BE HEARD, THE TWINKLING OF THE NIGHT AS IT GETS DARKER, THERE ARE AMBIENT SOUNDS, RUNNING WATER ETC. OUT OF THE DARKNESS WE HEAR A SCREECH OWL. WE CAN'T SEE THE OWL BUT BOTH ELDER MARCEL AND LITTLE BEAR LOOK UP IN UNISON SCANNING THE SKY. THE SCREECH OWL REPEATS. E. MARCEL NODS IN REMEMBRANCE AS LITTLE BEAR IS CLEARLY SHAKEN BY THE SOUND. IT SCARES HIM. HE BENDS DOWN TO GATHER HIS SALMON TO GET OUT OF THERE

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The Drum is Calling You Home IN RESPONSE TO THE OWL E. MARCEL MAKES A WOLF SOUND ELDER MARCEL:

Wolf Howl 1 LITLE BEAR NOW ON HIS HAUNCHES LISTENS TO THE WOLF SOUND AND BEGINS HIS TRANSITION INTO WOLF. TAKES A FULL TWO BAR BEAT

ELDER MARCEL:

Wolf howl 2 WE BEGIN TO SEE THE FULL TRANSFORMATION INTO THE WOLF. ONCE HE IS FULLY TRANSFORMED...

WOLF:

Wolf howl

ELDER MARCEL & WOLF: Wolf howl together ELDER MARCEL BECOMES HIMSELF, THE STORYTELLER. HE BREAKS THE FOURTH WALL AND TELLS HIS STORY DIRECTLY TO THE AUDIENCE USING THE WHOLE STAGE TO SET HIS SCENE(S). STORYTELLER:

TELL FULL STORY OF WOLF HERE.... AS MARCEL TELLS HIS STORY, THE WOLF WATCHES HIM, HE EMBODIES SOME OF THE MOVEMENTS THAT ARE DESCRIBED - THE KILLING, THE HUNCHED SHOULDERS READY TO ATTACK, THE STARING OF THE EYES I realized the wolf was not interested in me. He went about his way as I backed up home... AS MARCEL IS CONCLUDING HIS STORY OF THE WOLF, HE PICKS UP HIS GUITAR (WHICH PERHAPS IS PRESET AT THE TOP OF THE PLAY) AND STARTS THE INTRO THE WOLF SONG WHICH TAKES HIM BACK BEHIND THE FOURTH WALL AS HE SINGS THE WOLF SONG. WOLF SONG LYRICS The Wolf Song Emin

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The Drum is Calling You Home Did you see the senseless slaughter Did your conscience bother you Did you think the things we told you were stories that weren’t true If you want to know the answers then let our spirit be your guide You know are your brother keeper You hold the keys to what’s inside

Hi Ya Way

When first I heard him calling Telling me there’s something wrong I searched for understanding As to where they all belonged I recall the old men saying, He’s the strength within The chain If ever we should harm him Would be a act of man so vain

Hi Ya Way

goes to Amin

The forest now is quiet we can see the killing fields For now he has a future and his fate is not sealed

Hi Ya Way

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The Drum is Calling You Home MARCEL TAKES THE YELLOW PRAYER FLAG AND WHEN HE IS READY, IN SILENCE GOES TO THE FIRST WILLOW. HE STOPS, LOOKS OVER AT LITTLE BEAR WHO HAS TRANSFORMED BACK FROM BEING A WOLF AND GESTURES FOR HIM TO TAKE THE PRAYER FLAG IN A MOTION INVITING HIM TO TIE THE PRAYER FLAG ON TO THE WILLOW. LITTLE BEAR DECLINES VEHEMENTLY AND RUNS AWAY BEHIND THE SCREEN. ELDER MARCEL COMPLETES TIEING THE FLAG ON THE WILLOW.

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The Drum is Calling You Home ROUND 2

SCENE 1

FROM THE DARKNESS AND BEHIND THE DRUM WE SEE THE CHERRY OF A REEFER BEGIN TO GLOW AND THE SHADOW OF A YOUNG MAN (PLAYED BY SASYAZ)DRINKING FROM A BROWN PAPER BAG. HIS STANCE IS DEFIANT, GREGARIOUS, AND WELCOMING, HE IS COOL, ATTRACTIVE AND HE KNOWS IT. THE GESTURES ARE DONE IN A STYLIZED MANNER AND IN A FLUID MOTION. SX: IN THE BACKGROUND WE HEAR THE TOM CROW RIFF E. MARCEL IS DOWNSTAGE RIGHT (DSR) WHERE HE IS SMUDGING AND PREPARING FOR THE NEXT ROUND SUSYAZ ENTERS UPSTAGE LEFT (USL) WITH A BROWN PAPER BAG HIDING A BOTTLE OF BOOZE. (WHILE THE BOTTLE IN THE BAG CAN BE MIMED, THE CRUMPLED PAPER BAG NEEDS TO BE REAL.) HE STANDS AND WATCHES E. MARCEL FOR A TIME. MARCEL TAKES THE SECOND JAR OF MEDICINE AND SPRINKLES IT ON THE DRUM. AS HE IS FINISHING AND WALKING BACK TO PLACE THE JAR IN IT'S 'PLACE' HE SEES LITTLE BEAR WATCHING HIM. LITTLE BEAR:

You know you are going to go to hell for doing all this shit.

ELDER MARCEL:

(Nods, not so much in agreement but in acknowledgement of this sentiment) Would you like to take a closer look?

LITTLE BEAR:

Would you like to take a closer look!! (GESTURING WITH HIS PAPER BAG INVITING E. MARCEL TO TAKE A DRINK, TAUNTINGLY)

ELDER MARCEL:

(Unfazed - after a pause allowing Little Bear to have his fun) I had a paper bag like that once, but it wasn't filled with alcohol, it was filled with poverty and shame.

STORYTELLER:

THIS MEMORY ALLOWS MARCEL TO BREAK THE FOURTH WALL AND TELL THE AUDIENCE ABOUT THE ONE LUNCH BAG THAT HE WAS GIVEN THAT HAD TO LAST A WHOLE

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The Drum is Calling You Home MONTH. HOW EMBARRASSED HE WAS, THE BANNOCK, THE OTHERS EATING CAKE, HIM AND HIS BROTHERS AND SISTERS SITTING SOMEWHERE ELSE. THE SHAME HE FELT, BEING POOR BEING ABORIGINAL. WHEN HE IS DONE THIS STORY HE LOOKS BACK AT SUSYAZ WHO HAS BEEN LISTENING RELUCTANTLY THE WHOLE TIME. LITTLE BEAR: ELDER MARCEL:

What do you have to say? You're still nothing but a dirty Indian! "Get away from me you’re ugly, your just drinking, running from reality. Tzul Tah Det Nuk" THIS RESONATES DEEPLY WITH E. MARCEL. HE RESPONDs WITH DRUM SONG,

STORYTELLER:

PARENTS FIGHTING, RUNNING AWAY WITH YOUNGER BROTHER, LIVING ON THE STREETS, NOTHING TO EAT, SLEEPING IN INSULATION, HIDING OUT, COLD, NO MATTER HOW HARD IT WAS AT HOME YOU KNEW YOU COULD ALWAYS GO BACK, JUMPING THE TRAIN HOME, HANGING ON, JUMPING OFF, COMA, NURSE WHITE, OH, MARCEL! MY MOM WAS TOLD THAT I WOULD NEVER BE ABLE TO DO ANYTHING THAT REQUIRED THE USE OF YOUR LUNGS, LIKE SPORTS, OR SINGING. I think it was the first time that I experienced compassion for another human being. LITTLE BEAR HAS EITHER EXITED OR TAKEN HIS PLACE UP BY THE DRUM (USC) AND SITS IN SHADOW FOR A TIME WHILE MARCEL TELLS HIS STORY. WHEN MARCEL GETS TO THE TRAIN PART OF LITTLE BEAR WILL BE BY THE DRUM IN SHADOW BEING 'ON THE TRAIN' JUMPING OFF, ETC.

ELDER MARCEL:

SONG - COMPASSION KING, DM FIRST FEW BARS TAKES E. MARCEL BEHIND THE FOURTH WALL. LITTLE BEAR PLAYS HARMONICA OR (OTHER) DURING SONG. TBD DURING REHEARSAL AND BASED ON THE ACTOR'S ABILITIES.

Hold back the rain don’t let it fall

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The Drum is Calling You Home There’s too much water on the ground I heard his distant lonely call Begging for no one else to drown

Stop all this pain inside my head I need a place to run and hide Why seek the living among the dead It’s hard these days to be his bride

Maybe the COMPassion King is resting, too many people in his care Maybe our faith he’s testing it’s so much more then we can bare

Hold back the storm and calm the sea the old mans cellars almost dry The sign has sent him to his knees, now all he do is sit and cry

Maybe the COMPassion King is resting, too many people in his care Maybe our faith he’s testing it’s so much more then we can bare

ELDER MARCEL PUTS DOWN HIS GUITAR, PICKS UP HIS SECOND PRAYER FLAG, (BLUE) AND GOES TO TIE IT ON THE 2ND

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The Drum is Calling You Home WILLOW. HE SEES SUSYAZ WATCHING AND AGAIN GESTURES FOR HIS TO JOIN, BUT SUSYAZ REFUSES SOMEWHAT LESS VEHEMENTLY THAN THE FIRST TIME. MARCEL COMPLETES THE TYING OF THE PRAYER FLAG BY HIMSELF.

ROUND 2

SCENE 3 LITTLE BEAR IS NOW RAVEN. HE IS SEATED AS IF AT A CAMPFIRE, HE'S COLD, HUNGRY WE HEAR THE RIFF OF TOM CROW PULSING THE BACKGROUND

RAVEN:

Got any smoke's

YOUNG MARCEL:

For the last time, no!

RAVEN:

I'm frik'n hungry

YOUNG MARCEL:

We gotta do something man...

RAVEN:

Maybe we could sell something to Ol' Stogie, for some beer and smokes?

YOUNG MARCEL:

We got nothin' to fence.

RAVEN:

(After a bit of a pause) Hey the trains just come in, why don't we go and do a Box Car?

YOUNG MARCEL:

(Looking like that's not a bad idea) Yah, why not? BOTH START TO GET UP TO GO, GATHER THINGS TOGETHER

RAVEN:

Got a screwdriver or something? PICKS UP A STICK OF SOME KIND

YOUNG MARCEL:

What about this?

RAVEN:

Let's go!

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The Drum is Calling You Home THEY BOTH EXIT BEHIND THE DRUM AND WE SEE SHADOWS OF RAVEN BREAKING IN (?, TBD) THEN WE SEE TWO BOXES BEING TOSSED ACROSS THE DRUM IN SHADOW. BOX #1 IS MEDIUM SIZE BUT HEAVY. BOX #2 IS VERY LARGE, BUT LIGHTER. WE KNOW THIS BY THE SPEED AND TRAJECTORY THAT THE BOX MAKES WHEN TOSSED ACROSS THE SCREEN. ONCE THE SHADOWS OF THE BOXES BEING TOSSED/TAKEN FROM THE TRAIN IS COMPLETE, THERE IS A BIG FLASH OF LIGHT FROM THE BRAKEMAN SWINGING IT FROM SIDE TO SIDE SIGNALLING THE ENGINEER THAT IT'S CLEAR FOR THE TRAIN TO GO. DIALOGUE FROM BEHIND SCREEN

YOUNG MARCEL:

The brakeman is coming...

RAVEN:

Hurry, hurry... BOX #2 GET'S THROWN DOWN ONTO THE STAGE RAVEN CARRIES IN BOX # 1 AS IT'S TOO HEAVY BOX #3? THEY ARE LAUGHING AND THINKING IT'S FUN

RAVEN:

It's fucking heavy man. Open your's up and see what you got

YOUNG MARCEL:

I got clothes in mine, I peeked on the train, open up yours..

RAVEN:

It's really heavy man...

YOUNG MARCEL:

Gotta be worth somethin'...

RAVEN:

At least a pack a smokes...

YOUNG MARCEL:

What is it..

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The Drum is Calling You Home TEARS OPEN THE BOX. THEY STARE DOWN AT IT. AFTER A TIME YOUNG MARCEL:

It's a frick'n sink man!

RAVEN:

What??!! YOUNG MARCEL STARTS LAUGHING

RAVEN:

What are we goin' to do with a sink?

YOUNG MARCEL:

That's a really nice sink. (Pause) At least I know there's clothes in mine. OPENING UP THE BOX, WHICH WAS PARTIALLY RIPPED OPEN AT THE TOP. BOTH ARE LOOKING INTO THE BOX, THERE'S A BIG HOLLOW HOLE. THEY ARE STARING INTO THE HOLE.

YOUNG MARCEL:

What the... MARCEL REACHES WAY DOWN AND FEELS SOMETHING ON HIS ARM There's a hoop thing in here...

RAVEN:

Pull it out, pull it out... MARCEL PULLS OUT A HOOP WITH PANTS AND SUSPENDERS ATTACHED TO IT

RAVEN:

That's frick'n clown pants man! YOUNG MARCEL BEGINS TO LAUGH

RAVEN::

What else is in there? Just those pants? THERE'S ANOTHER CLOWN SUIT IN THERE AND TWO HATS ONE IS PINK WITH BIG YELLOW POLKA DOTS. MARCEL IS STILL LAUGHING

RAVEN:

I wanna go back...

YOUNG MARCEL:

Any shoes in there?

RAVEN:

Let's go back...

YOUNG MARCEL:

(Marcel has a better idea) Let's put these on and pay a visit to Ol' Stogi to see if we can get him to buy this sink.

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The Drum is Calling You Home THEY PUT ON THEIR CLOWN OUTFITS (HOOPED PANTS AND SUSPENDERS ONLY, MAYBE THE HATS). RAVEN PICKS UP THE BOX WITH THE SINK IN IT AND WE HEAR? SEE THE LIGHTS OF A COP CAR AND THE SOUND OF THE POLICE HORN FLASH. RAVEN:

Run!!!! THE BOYS, DRESSED IN CLOWN OUTFITS RUN IN ALL DIRECTIONS, UP THE RAMPS, AROUND THE BACK, DOWN STAGE, POSSIBLY INTO THE AUDIENCE, THERE IS TOM CROW MUSIC IN THE BACK GROUND. THIS IS MEANT TO FUNNY, BUT NOT SLAPSTICK. THEY ARE HOLLERING AND HELPING EACH OTHER 'OVER HERE' THIS WAY' HAIVNG FUN, BUT ALSO KNOWING THEY COULD BE IN BIG TROUBLE, SO HIDING, THEN DASHING TO THE NEXT SPOT, RAVEN FALLS WITH HIS BIG HOOP, HE BOUNCES BACK UP ETC. AFTER ENOUGH TIME HAS PASSED THE BOYS COME BACK TOGETHER CENTRE STAGE BACK AT THIER CAMP, CATCHING THEIR BREATH AND FIGURING THEY ARE SAFE. MARCEL TAKES HIS GUITAR WHERE HE IS AND STARTS INTRO TO TOM CROW. RAVEN IS ON HIS BACK WITH HOOP STICKING UP. REACHES FOR HIS HARMONICA

YOUNG MARCEL:

SONG - TOM CROW, Gmin MARCEL ON GUITAR, RAVEN ON HARMONICA. THERE IS DANCING AND CARRYING ON - THE CALL AND RESPONSE BREATHING SECTION AT THE END OF THIS SONG NEEDS TO REACH A FEVERING PITCH.

Has anybody bothered to call on Old Tom Crow I hear rumours he’d been feeling mighty low You know he’s done so much for you

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The Drum is Calling You Home Anything that you ask him to

He always worry bout a widows health and care I remember him cutting up a bear He’s making sure that all are fed Before he layed there in his empty bed

He’s setting his net in the pouring rain nothing lost but lots gain Hi yi yi yi ya

Has anybody bothered to call on Old Tom Crow I hear rumours he’d been feeling mighty low You know he’s done so much for you Anything that you ask him to

He’s setting his net in the pouring rain nothing lost but lots gain

AS THE SONG IS FINISHED THE LIGHTS OF THE POLICE CAR CAN BE SEEN. BOTH MEN ARE STILL, FROZEN IN A TABLEAU AS THE LIGHTS SNAP TO BLACK WITH A LOUD SOUND (DOES NOT NEED TO BE LITERAL BUT IT NEEDS TO DEPICT BEING SHUT IN AS THE JAIL CELL SHUTTING OR LARGE DOOR SHUTTING). END OF ROUND 2

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The Drum is Calling You Home

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The Drum is Calling You Home ROUND 3 SCENE 1 THEME OF ROUND 3 IS IS THE DESIRE TO CHANGE, IMPROVE UPON THE DARKNESS OF LIFE, BUT THE VOICE OF DARKNESS STILL CALLS MARCEL THROUGH LIQUOR. BENNY HULO

SPIRIT QUEST INTERLUDE MARCEL ENTERS ALONG FROM (DSIDE DOOR?) WITH HIS GUITAR, AND MAYBE A SAC? OF PERSONAL BELONGINGS. HE HAS JUST GOTTEN OUT OF PRISON. THERE IS SILENCE. AFTER A CONTEMPLATIVE TIME HE SITS ON THE CENTRE STAGE LEFT (CSL) AND BEGINS TO NOODLE ON HIS GUITAR (PERHAPS SOME RIFFS HE'S LEARNED WHILE IN PRISON). LITTLE BEAR AS BENNY HULO ENTERS UP STAGE RIGHT, PASSES THROUGH THE SPIRIT CIRCLE AND STANDS FOR A TIME LISTENING AND WATCHING MARCEL. AFTER A TIME HE JUMPS DOWN AND BREAKS THE MOOD. BENNY HULO:

Trouble!

MARCEL:

Hey, hey, good to see you man!

BENNY HULO:

So when did you get out? ( Heard you got out!)

MARCEL:

A few months back. I spent some time in Vancouver.

BENNY HULO:

Vancouver! Why would you come back to this hell hole?

MARCEL:

'cause, I got myself a girl.

BENNY HULO:

Atta boy!

MARCEL:

A white girl.

BENNY HULO:

What white girl would wanna go out with you!

MARCEL::

A smart one!

BENNY HULO:

Wait'll she gets to know ya!

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The Drum is Calling You Home MARCEL:

Whatever. I gotta get me a job, though.

BENNY HULO:

Where ya gonna live man?

MARCEL:

Out at my mom's at Willow River? Shelley?

BENNY HULO:

That's rough. there.

MARCEL:

I hear you are at the mill?

BENNY HULO:

Ya, keeps me in booze and smokes.

MARCEL:

Think they might be lookin'

BENNY HULO:

Maybe. How'n the hell you gonna get there?

MARCEL:

I'll walk if I have to.

BENNY HULO:

She got you Hen pecked already...You're gonna walk everyday! It's ten miles.

MARCEL:

No problem.

BENNY HULO:

You're a crazy man! Haven't changed a bit.

MARCEL:

So, can you take me there?

BENNY HULO:

Half a mind to make you walk there. See if you got what it takes!

You're not gonna get a job out

WHILE MARCEL GATHERS UP HIS THINGS, LITTLE BEAR PASSES HIM A FLASK. MARCEL DECLINES THE OFFER. Don't go all dry on me now.

MARCEL TAKES THE FLASK AND THEY BOTH EXIT UP STAGE LEFT (USL) AMBIENT SOUND CUE??

ROUND 3 SCENE 2: THE MILL

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The Drum is Calling You Home

WE ARE AT THE MILL. IT IS LUNCH BREAK MARCEL ENTERS IN 1/2 LIGHT SITS ON THE UPSTAGE CENTRE RAMP (USC) PICKING ON HIS GUITAR LITTLE BEAR AS BENNY HULO ENTERS WITH HIS GUITAR, HARMONICA IN POCKET AND OR RATTLER MARCEL:

You're late. Lunch is almost over.

BENNY HULO:

Sorry man. Foreman gave me these. PULLING OUT TWO PAYCHEQUES. HANDS ONE TO MARCEL. HE STARES AT IT FOR A LONG TIME LITTLE BEAR DOES'NT PAY MUCH ATTENTION, STUFFS HIS INTO HIS POCKET.

MARCEL:

Wow! (referring to his paycheque). This is more money than I've seen in my life.

BENNY HULO:

Don't spend it all in one place.

MARCEL:

EXUBERANTLY PLAYING HIS GUITAR MARCEL LEADS INTO THE SONG 'MASTER OF HOUSE'. HE IS TEACHING LITTLE BEAR THE CHORDS, SINGING THE NEXT MOVE/CHORD, THEY ARE HAVING FUN, TWO BUDDIES. THEY PLAYING MASTER OF THE HOUSE TOGETHER, MAYBE HARMONICA, IF LITTLE BEAR MAKES A MISTAKE MARCEL MUST CORRECT HIM! NOTE: THE ACTION ABOVE WILL BE DETERMINED BY THE LEVEL OF MUSICIANSHIP WITH ACTOR PLAYING LITTLE BEAR. IF THEY PLAY THE GUITAR WELL THEN THEY CAN PLAY ALONG TOGETHER, IF NOT THE ACTOR CAN, SING AND PLAY THE HARMONICA OR SHAKE THE RATTLE. THE SONG MOVES FROM LESSON TO

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The Drum is Calling You Home EXUBERANT. HAVING FUN. PARTYING. EGGING EACH OTHER ALONG. MARCEL:

Just play the A the way you always play an A We gotta long way to go...

MARCEL:

MASTER OF THE HOUSE (A MAJ) The Master of the house he’s knockin' at the door Im as quiet as a mouse ya he’d been here before No matter where I go to hide I know what he’s here for

I’ve lowered the shade I’ve turned the light down low My beds never made I sleep on the floor No matter where I go to hide I know what he’s here for

Long Instrumental break

The master of the house he come to gather up his rent Why do I feel like a louse I’m always hell bent Ya he seem to come when the money’s all spent

Long Instrumental break AFTER THE SONG ENDS ON A HIGH FOR BOTH MEN, BENNY HULO WANT TO KEEP GOING AND MARCEL MAKES A DECISION

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The Drum is Calling You Home BENNY HULO:

Come on. The boys are having a party - let's go.

MARCEL:

(Waving him on, after a pause) You go on ahead - I'll catch up to ya. THERE IS A LOOK BETWEEN THEM, BENNY HULO WANTING TO CONVINCE MARCEL AND MARCEL WANTING TO GO BUT DECIDING NOT TO. LITTLE BEAR EXITS ALMOST WITH DISGUST BEING LET DOWN BY HIS FRIEND.

ROUND 3 SCENE 3: THE DRUM IS CALLING YOU HOME

AFTER LITTLE BEAR EXITS MARCEL TAKES OFF HIS GUITAR AND WHEN HE IS READY BREAKS THE 4TH WALL AND SPEAKS DIRECTLY TO THE AUDIENCE. STORYTELLER:

The Drum is Calling You Home story. (Keep Marcel on track with something) IN YOUR OWN WORDS, REMEMBERING TO MENTION THESE POINTS - After that, they wanted me to be a foreman, but I wanted something more. I wanted to paint cars and have my own auto body. We eventually moved to Quesnel and I opened my own Auto Body Business. I was the only Native (Indian) in the area with a successful business??? - Things were going well. I was asked if I would sit on the board of the Native Friendship Centre. I never did this before but thought 'what the hell, sure.' They voted me in as President. They were having a big gathering and there I was in my suit 'n tie standing next

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The Drum is Calling You Home to these dignitaries, - the Mayor of Quesnel, Premiere? All in a row. The auditorium was filled with people. They were having a Pow Wow. I had never been to a Pow Wow before. - There were dancers etc. The big drum starts playing. Jingle lady dances up to me. - Tears pouring down my face. - I don't know who you are my boy but the drum is calling you home. - I don't know who you are my boy but the drum is calling you home. ELDER MARCEL GOES TO TAKE THE MEDICINE, COME OVER TO THE DRUM, SPRINKLE MEDICINE ON THE DRUM, SAY A PRAYER, SETS MEDICINE IN SPECIAL SPOT. PICKS UP GUITAR AND PLAYS INTRO OF MASTER MASTER MOVING HIM BACK BEHIND THE 4TH WALL

ELDER MARCEL:

MASTER MASTER EMIN Master Master there’s been a change in me Your winds of change has set me free Faster and faster I run to the finish line Those boyhood things I’ve all but left behind Im facing me I like what I see in change

Like a lion waiting hiding on his prey I only filled the needs of just that day But a red and winding path before me lay

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The Drum is Calling You Home My pride restored you sent me on my way Im facing me I like what I see in change Instrumental break Oh Master Master I know you’re everywhere They claim you’re in their church and over there It confuses me to hear the things they say We seek you and we worship in our own way

Oh the wizards came we had nowhere to hide They stole our kids and locked them up inside Our beliefs our tongues our clans almost destroyed Preaching gloating and truly overjoyed facing me

Im

AS MARCEL IS PLAYING MASTER MASTER WE BEGIN TO SEE THE SHADOW OF A JINGLE DANCER BEHIND THE DRUM. WE SLOWLY BEGIN TO HEAR THE JINGLES AS THE SONG PROGRESSES INCREASING IN VOLUME AND INTENSITY. PRIOR TO MARCEL TIEING THE PRAYER FLAG ON TO THE WILLOW HE LOOKS OVER AT THE SHADOW OF THE JINGLE DANCER THERE IS A SILENT ACKNOWLEDGEMENT BETWEEN THEM. THE SHADOW ON THE DRUM DISAPPEARS LITTLE BEAR COMES OUT FORM BEHIND THE DRUM AND ENTERS UPSTAGE LEFT (USL) AND WATCHES MARCEL TIE THE PRAYER FLAG ONTO THE 3RD WILLOW.

MOVES INTO ROUND 4

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The Drum is Calling You Home ROUND 4 SCENE 1 CONTINUED FROM ROUND 3 SCENE 3...

ELDER MARCEL:

Do you want to come and help? OFFERS THE WHITE PRAYER FLAG, HE DECLINES MARCEL TIES FLAG ON WILLOW

LITTLE BEAR:

No, I don't. Aren’t you afraid you will burn in hell for doing this.

MARCEL:

I know, they told me the same thing. I've been where you are once. I've always been told that this is the home of the devil that you're building. PASSES A MEDICINE POUCH, HE IS RELUCTANT TO TAKE IT BUT HE DOES

LITTLE BEAR: MARCEL:

Would you like to join me Susyaz SUSYAZ LOOKS AT POUCH

LITTLE BEAR:

will I lose my way?

MARCEL::

It's ok.

ELDER MARCEL PICKS UP HIS GUITAR AND STARTS INTRO TO CRAZY MAKER. LITTLE BEAR GETS PULLED INTO THE SONG - HE DANCES WILDLY NOT WANTING TO CONNECT TO THE WORDS OR THE SONG - IT'S A DANCE OF DENIAL AS WELL AS ACCEPTANCE, IT DEPICTS THE STRUGGLE BETWEEN BLACK AND WHITE, RIGHT AND WRONG, CHRISTIAN AND NATIVE BELIEFS. BY THE END OF THE SONG LITTLE BEAR HAS INCHED CLOSER TO HIS ROOTS. ELDER MARCEL:

CRAZY MAKER A min

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You been right there from the very start And you were there at the Little Big Horn Inside our head inside our hearts Even The Word tells how you were born Ya, the night before the fight When the camp lay very still I saw red and I saw white But the blood imposed its will You came to conquer and divide We know your cold and ruthless ways You’re the Crazy Maker You’re the Crazy Maker You’re the Crazy Maker You’re the Crazy Maker When the ground opened up to bleed It first struck terror into your heart But the battle call you did heed He only tried to tear you apart Oh tell us the truth about Wounded Knee Would it be treason or blasphemy? Ahh hopefully it all will disappear Or maybe we should ask Leonard Pelltier You come to conquer and divide we know your cold and ruthless ways You’re the Crazy Maker You’re the Crazy Maker You’re the Crazy Maker You’re the Crazy Maker

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The Drum is Calling You Home LITTE BEAR FINISHES THE SONG EXHAUSTED, HE GET PULLED BACK BY THE SOUND AND BY MARCEL'S STORY.

ROUND 4 SCENE 2: RELEASING THE SPIRIT ELDER MARCEL BREAKS THE 4TH WALL AND TELLS HIS STORY OF BEING CALLED TO RELEASE THE SPIRIT.

STORYTELLER:

One night, I was at home and I got a phone call. It was late at night... PROCEED TO TELL STORY IN OWN WORDS TOUCHING ON THE FOLLOWING... Alice Can you come Take your drum APARTMENT DESCRIBE, POLICE, LOTS OF PEOPLE CONTINUE

ELDER MARCEL:

DRUM & SING AMAZING GRACE IN CARRIER AMAZING GRACE, HOW SWEET THE SOUND, THAT SAVED A WRETCH LIKE, I ONCE WAS LOST BUT NOW I'M FOUND WAS BLIND BUT NOW I SEE. 2ND VERSE THROUGH MANY DANGERS TOILS AND SNARES, I HAVE ALREADY COME,

LITTLE BEAR:

(Joins in) T'WAS GRACE THAT KEPT ME SAFE THUS FAR

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The Drum is Calling You Home AND GRACE WILL LEAD ME HOME IN THE BACKGROUND LITTLE BEAR RECOGNIZES THIS SONG AND STARTS TO SING ALONG WITH MARCEL. BECAUSE DURING THE SONGS, MARCEL IS BEHIND THE 4TH WALL, THERE IS AN OPPORTUNITY TO ACKNOWLEDGE EACH OTHER AT THE END OF THE SONG. THOUGH WE DON'T SEE LITTLE BEAR'S FULL TRANSFORMATION, HE IS ON HIS WAY. STORYTELLER:

The next day, I am called to a Potlatch TELL STORY OF POTLATCH HERE IN DETAIL, WHAT IT MEANS, THE FIRST ONE IN PRINCE GEORGE IN HOW MANY YEARS? BEING SAT AT THE WRONG TABLE ETC.

Now when I walk into a room, I can go anywhere, and I am recognized and honoured. They say... LITTLE BEAR:

(Little Bear Bangs his staff?)Marcel Gagnon, T'sa from the Lheidli T'enneh. STANDS FOR A MOMNET AND THEN TURNS BACK TOWARDS LITTLE BEAR AND ENTER BEHIND THE 4TH WALL FOR FINAL SCENE.

ROUND 4 SCENE 3: THE SWEAT

ELDER MARCEL PICKS UP A ROCK HOLDS IT UP OVER HIS HEAD AND THEN SETS IT ON THE FIRE. HE PICKS UP A SECOND ONE AND PASSES IT TO LITTLE BEAR, WHO IS HELPING HIM BUILD THE SWEAT LODGE. ELDER MARCEL:

Here, you take one of the Grandfathers ....

LITTLE BEAR:

Grandfather's?

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The Drum is Calling You Home ELDER MARCEL:

That's what we call the rocks.

LITTLE BEAR:

Why?

ELDER MARCEL:

We call them the Grandfathers Susyaz because they represent those who watch over us. They take our prayers. We pour water on the rocks that carry our prayers up to the heavens. Every religion in the world uses smoke or steam to symbolize the carrying of your prayers up, up. Up to the stars, up to the heavens, up to the Gods.

LITTLE BEAR:

You won't be offended, Elder Marcel, if I still pray to my own God?

ELDER MARCEL:

This isn't about some God that is only for Natives. This is about Allah, about Buddha, about Jehovah and about Jesus. There is room for everyone in this house.

LITTLE BEAR:

Lord I thank you for this place.

ELDER MARCEL:

You see Susyaz, other religions choose to give him a name. We don't. We call him the great mystery. You say his name is Jesus. And I say - Ok. Beautiful. And that's the beauty of the whole thing is that you call him what you want. I choose to call him Grandfather because he has a grandfather and he had a grandfather and he had a grandfather until the very first one. ELDER MARCEL PASSES THE ROCK TO LITTLE BEAR WHO TAKES IT HOLDS IT TO THE HEAVENS WITH HIS OWN PERSONAL PRAYER AND PLACES IT ON THE FIRE. AS HE DOES THIS ELDER MARCEL GOES TO PICK UP THE FINAL PRAYER FLAG AND HANDS IT TO SUSYAZ, WHO TAKES IT. ELDAR MARCEL NODS IN APPROVAL AS SUSYAZ GOES AND TIES THE FINAL PRAYER FLAG ON THE LAST WILLOW. TOGETHER THEY TIE DOWN THE FIRST OF THE FOUR WILLOWS TO FORM THE SWEAT LODGE. ELDER MARCEL TAKES HIS GUITAR AND BEGINS TO PLAY THE SWEAT SONG AS MARCEL PLAYS THE SWEAT SONG,

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The Drum is Calling You Home SUSYAZ FINISHES THE LODGE PREPARING THE SWEAT. THIS ALMOST BALLETIC MOVEMENTS BUILDS THE SWEAT LODGE IN THE MUSIC.

ELDER MARCEL:

AND THE SHOULD BE AS SUSYAZ TIME TO

The Sweat E maj The smell of the sweetgrass is covering me The dancers in trances so methodically Not even distractions can lead us astray We’ll sing the same stories in a new kind of way

There’s cries from the city and into town Political promise trying to smother the sound The once even wealthy are now bolting their doors Afraid that soon they’ll join rank with the poor

There’s no Sweat no Sweat today There’s no Sweat no Sweat ok

The salmon are dying they got nowhere to lay The trees are infected with a chemical spray But I still believe we can find a new way If we live for tomorrow and not just today And We’ll Sweat we’ll Sweat today Ya we’ll Sweat we’ll Sweat ok

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ROUND 4 SCENE 4: EPILOGUE

AT THE END OF THE SONG ELDER MARCEL PICKS UP THE FINAL MEDICINE AND COMES TO STAND NEXT TO SUSYAZ ELDER MARCEL:

One day you will run a sweat like this yourself.

SUSYAZ:

How will I know? What to say?

ELDER MARCEL:

Everything you need to know is already here. If you look up, you will see it in the stars. Your grandfathers and grandmother's are all there. If you ask them, they will guide you. They will show you the way.

How will I know what to do?

AS AT THE BEGINNING OF THE PLAY, BUT HTIS TIME IN FRONT OF THE DRUM, ELDER MARCEL AND SUSYEZ ARE LOOKING UP IN TO THE SKY, THE ELDER RAISES HIS ARM HIGH IN THE AIR GESTURING TO THE STARS.

MARCEL HANDS THE MEDICINE TO SUSYAZ, THEY WALK TOWARDS THE BIG DRUM. ELDER MARCEL MOTIONS FOR HIM. SUSYAZ TAKES SOME MEDICINE (STANDING DOWN STAGE LEFT, DSL) AND SPRINKLES IT ON THE DRUM WITH A SILENT PRAYER. HE PASSES THE MEDICINE TO MARCEL. ELDER MARCEL TAKES THE MEDICINE SPRINKLES IT ON THE DRUM WITH AN AUDIBLE PRAYER FOR THE AUDIENCE TO HERE. COULD BE IN ENGLISH AS WELL AS CARRIER. MARCEL SETS THE MEDICINE DOWN IN IT'S FINAL RESTING PLACE AND

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The Drum is Calling You Home PICKS UP THE TWO TOMS AND HANDS ONE TO SUSYAZ. TOGETHER THEY BEGIN TO DRUM. THEY DO THREE ROUNDS REACHING A WILD A FEVERISH PITCH BEFORE THE LIGHTS BEGIN TO FADE TO BLACK. WE HERE A FINAL NOTE/VOICE OF SOME DISTINCTION. BLACKOUT. LOON

CURTAIN

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The Drum is Calling You Home by Marcel Gagnon  

A new creation theatre piece in four rounds, each depicting the life and times of Lheidli T'enneh Elder Marcel Gagnon. A Fusion of tradition...

The Drum is Calling You Home by Marcel Gagnon  

A new creation theatre piece in four rounds, each depicting the life and times of Lheidli T'enneh Elder Marcel Gagnon. A Fusion of tradition...

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