The curtains open on Melody's
bedroom. She is sitting on the edge of her bed strumming a
guitar. Her mother walks in carrying some clean clothes. She sets
these on top of the dresser then stops to listen for a
Sounds pretty good. What is
up) Just working on
something for the talent show. You know, trying to live one of my
It's not just yours, you know. I
had the same dream once. I even got to live it.
When did you ever perform on
Shortly after your father and I got
married. I practiced singing with a rock band for a little while.
Then one night I finally got the chance to perform. Oh, I sounded
so good. That was my first and last performance.
If you sounded so good, why was
that your last performance?
Well, it was a heavy metal band. I
really got into the music and decided to do a stage dive. No one
caught me. (Melody laughs) Oh, come on! It's not funny!
I fractured my arm doing that!
I would have loved being there when
you explained everything to the doctor.
Ok, so maybe it was kind of funny.
(Sits down on bed next to Melody) I'm going to say this,
and I don't want you to interrupt me. I don't want you to try and
throw it in my face, either. What I want to say is, I'm sorry. I
left your father because he didn't seem to have any goals. He
knew he was never going to be called up to the majors, but he
kept on playing anyways. When I finally got up the nerve to leave
him, I knew I couldn't let you grow up without goals, so I gave
you a goal. I just never asked if it was one that you
I know I shouldn't have gone off on
you like that. Especially at school.
Did Mr. Baxter say anything about
No, he never mentioned it, but he
did move me next to my friends. I think he is scared of ticking
me off now.
Honey, I'm a little scared of
ticking you off now! Look, I know that things are tough with you
and your friends right now.
How do you know that?
I talked to Tommy. Actually, Tommy
called here and started talking to me and wouldn't shut up! I had
to pretend that there was a grease fire in the kitchen to get rid
At least he didn't offer to beam
you to safety. He tried that with me once. I was picking glitter
out of my hair for weeks.
Well, just a little piece of
motherly advice, then I'll leave you alone: never miss the chance
to say goodbye.
Thanks, Mom. I love you.
Love you, too, dear.
Mom exits. Melody returns to
strumming her guitar.
Never miss the chance to say
Lights fade on bedroom and
raise on talent show stage. There is a table where three adults
sit, a stool, and a microphone.
Students of DeSoto High School, I
give you this year's final talent show. As you know, the winner
of this talent contest will be allowed to perform at the
graduation commencement tomorrow night. The vice-principals and I
will be the judges, and our decisions are final. Let's get this
show started. The first act is Miss Melody Kellerman, singing an
Melody arrives on stage and
sits on the stool with her guitar.
I wrote this after facing a tough
time letting go of the past. In the process, I know I upset a lot
of people by trying to get them to hang on as well. I'm sorry,
guys. You're right. It's time to start moving on. (Melody
sings Never Miss the Chance to Say Goodbye.)
(Applauding as Melody leaves
the stage) That was
wonderful, Melody. Truly wonderful. Our next act has been a well
known part of our athletics program for four years here. Ladies
and gentlemen, Tommy Goodspey.
Tommy walks on stage to
laughter. He is carrying a small duffel bag with him.
I want to dedicate this song to a
friend that always listens and is there for me.
(Tommy pulls a large rubber
chicken out of his duffel bag and begins to sing to
it) Rubber chicken,
you're the one. You make play time lots of fun….
(Standing up) Stop! Stop
it now! Tommy, I have tried my best to look the other way for the
past four years, but this is it. You really need to see a
counselor, son. After twenty years of being a principal, I never
thought I would say this: you and your chicken need to get off
the stage right now!
Lights dim on the talent show
and raise on Melody's room. Melody and all of her friends run
into the room, excited.
I can't believe you won, Mel! That
is so great!
I know you have been waiting three
years to do that. Now don't you wish that you had done it
Now I know why you love acting so
much, Stephanie. Being on stage is kind of a rush.
Isn't it, though? It could keep me
hyper for days!
So could a Mello Yellow the way you
react to caffeine.
Look, guys, I know I kind of ruined
your year. I'm sorry. All that I could think about was the fact
that I might not have you guys there all the time in the years
ahead. I didn't bother to appreciate the times that we had
before. Thanks for always sticking with me.
Thanks for not telling Bob that I
misspelled his name.
And for helping me push my brother
around when I couldn't.
And for not laughing at me when I
chased my hair.
The girls get together in a
group hug. Tommy comes in, sees them and tries to join in the
I love you guys!
The girls scream and break the
(together) Eeww! Get away?
How did you get in here? Don't your parents let you in the house?
I hope you're not contagious!
Curtain closes. Tommy appears
to address the audience, working with the Rubic's Cube, which is
Well, folks, things worked out
pretty well. Cally went to Brown University. She met a guy there
and is engaged to be married. His name is Bob. She still
misspells it in her e-mails. Stephanie went to New York to act.
She hasn't hit it big yet, but she's having the time of her life
trying. JC got into MIT, and is working on her PhD. Can I buy a
vowel please? And Mel, she wound up going to UCLA. Not because
her mother wanted her to, but because she chose to. She performs
in a local club there every weekend. I'm still living with my
folks. But don't worry about my future. Bill Gates is my uncle.
Life is a riddle, but all you have to do is keep plugging away at
it (holds up finished Rubic's Cube) and you'll get it
solved. Hey, you wanna go watch the Alien Autopsy with me?
(starts walking off stage) It is so cool! It shows all
the blood, and the alien guts. There's even this one organ, it