We are currently working on the production of Green Butterfly: Deep Within My Soul written & directed by Terina Evans starring the great talents of Jazmine Girten, Joshua Fekete, Barry Brock, Georgette Hussey, and Terina Evans.
We are also getting ready for the auditions for the second annual Summer Youth Program 2012. We are accepting applications for all kids (boys & girls) ages 8-17 that are interested in the arts (No experience necessary) as well as mentors ages 17-35. Come join the fun. Contact email@example.com for details.
Becoming Beautiful x2 (when simple dialogue leads to tragedy)
Ashley:Hey Sarah! Are you coming to Dave’s party this weekend?
Sarah:I don’t know. I haven’t asked my mom yet. She’s probably going to say no. I’ve never been to a boy-girl party. She won’t even buy me a cell phone because she thinks I will talk to boys.
Ashley:What?! You’re 15 years old! That’s just not fair. She is getting in the way of your fun. You only live once…you know?
Sarah:Tell her that and see if you don’t get slapped.
Ashley:Here use my phone to call her and ask her can you spend the night at my house for the weekend… for a slumber party. She will never guess what we are up to.
Sarah:Oh no. Not going to happen… my mama’s smart. She will probably want to talk to your mom anyway. I will never get away with that.
Ashley:Just try… Here… (Hands her the phone)
Sarah:Ok (dials number) Hey mom…yes...I just wanted to know if I could spend the night at Ashley’s for the weekend… she’s having a sleep over… really? Ok mama. Thank you!
Sarah:I can’t believe she said yes… she never lets me do anything.
Ashley:You probably never ask.
Sarah:Because she’s so strict… I’m scared of my mama. That lady can be so mean sometimes.
Ashley:Tell me about it… but what are you going to wear? I hope nothing like that. You have to wear something sexier… and maybe some eye shadow and gloss. Hmmm… when I get done making you over, Dave might even ask you to be his girlfriend.
Narrator:(Ashley models first then Sarah in a descriptive manner as narrator speaks)
A leader by nature
desiring to influence
led a friend to trouble
nearly causing a life to be ruined.
She ended up in grief over a lost loved one.
All she wanted was to give her friend a little taste of freedom.
“I am Georgette Hussey , &I am a young beautifly ! What I like about Theatre Beautifly Inc. is learning different techniques on acting, singing, and etc. I like Theatre Beautifly because it allows us to practice working on not being shy and other fears we have teaching us how to exceed our goals. Lastly I like Theatre Beautifly because I get to see Terina’s BEAUTIFUL FACE !”—Georgette Hussey, 15, “Young Beautifly”
“I am Lakeya Cross. I am a young beautifly. I wanted to try something new.. so why not start out with acting? This will help me express feelings in many ways and maybe this will be one of my career choices when I get older .
Theatre Beautifly,Inc !”—Lakeya Cross, 15, “Young Beautifly”
“I am Cartina Green. I am a Young Beautifly. No matter how bad of actor you are, Terina works with you day by day to help you become better. I love acting it’s one of my career choices for when I get older , and if you love acting you would love Theatre Beautifly Inc. !”—Cartina Green,13, “Young Beautifly”
Shelly: Lisa, I told you to stop using my lip gloss! Where did you put my Strawberry flavored gloss? It was in my purse yesterday but now it’s gone… oh no don’t give me that face like you don’t know what I’m talking about! Give me back my stuff NOW!
Lisa: I don’t have it!
Shelly: Yes you do! You got five seconds to give it to me or you’re gonna need the rest of my makeup to cover your black eye!!
Lisa: Ooooo… mama told you not to wear no more makeup Shelley. I’m gonna tell her you still got some when she told you to throw it all away.
Shelley: You little snitch!
(The third sister Mary walks in)
Mary: Lisa girl, where did you get this lip gloss? The boy that I like in my class told me how good my lips look today. You think mama will get me one?
Shelley: That’s not Lisa’s lip gloss. It’s mine… now give it to me!
Mary: Nuh-uh! I found it in Lisa’s room on the dresser.
(Shelley snatches the lip gloss out of Mary’s hand.)
Shelly: I can’t stand y’all! (She exits)
Mary: Why did you have her lip gloss?
Lisa: Why were you in my room?
(Mary doesn’t answer.)
Lisa: You really want to know why I took it?
Lisa: Shelley only wears it to get attention from boys because she doesn’t think she is beautiful without it.
Lisa: Promise me that you will never wear something to please others. You don’t need their attention if they don’t give it to you without all the extra stuff.
Mary: But I liked it when he noticed me.
Lisa: Well if he didn’t notice you before you wore the stupid lip gloss, then he’s a loser anyway.
(Shelly walks back in w/ her bestfriend, Jen)
Jen: Hey Lisa… Hey Mary
Mary: Hey Jen! You look so pretty today! Do you have the same lip gloss as Shelley?
Jen: Yep… I’m the one that gave it to her. My mom buys me make up all the time. She said she wanted to wear some too, so I gave her some from my collection. And you know what… since she started wearing that makeup the most popular guy in school asked her out… Johnny-
Shelly: Don’t tell them that Jen… they’re going to tell mama.
Mary: I wont tell.
Lisa: I’m telling. Just because Jen wear makeup to get boys don’t mean it’s right and don’t mean you need to do it too. Mama told us not to be followers.
Shelly: I’m not following her.
Jen: Yeah, she’s not following me. That’s just what girls do… we wear lip gloss.
Lisa: I’m a girl… and I don’t wear it. Mama buys me chapstick so that’s what I wear.
Jen: Chapstick is for babies… here… try this.
Lisa: I don’t want no stupid lip gloss. Both of yall are dumb for going out yall way for boys who don’t even like yall for who yall are.
(She drops the lip gloss and exits. Mary picks it up.)
Mary: She don’t know nothing. She just jealous.
(Lala walks in and notices Mary putting on the lip gloss.)
Lala: Hey Mary! Your mom lets you use lip gloss? My mom don’t let me do nothing.
Mary: My mom don’t let me do nothing either… You should ask your dad… Your dad does anything for you. I wish I had a dad.
Lala: He doesn’t do anything for me…
Mary: He doesn’t?
Lala: There was this one time when my dog died… and he didn’t even let me say goodbye. He said I couldn’t handle it.
Mary: Did he bury it?
Lala: Yep… while I was in school… and he never told me where he buried it at.
Mary: That sucks. Did you cry?
Lala: Nope I just song the blues song.
Mary: The blues song?
Lala: Yep. (She sings.) I got the blues. My dog died. I got the blues. I just want to cry.
Mary: (Sings) I got the blues. I aint got no dad. I got the blues. Sometimes I get so sad.
Shelley: (Sings) I got the blues. I hate my little sister. I got the blues. She makes me sick.
Jen: (Sings) I got the blues. I don’t have no sisters. I got the blues. I’m so alone.
Jen, Mary, Lala, & Shelley: (Sing together) We got the blues!
Jen: You really shouldn’t hate your sister Shelley. You’re lucky you have a sister that cares about you.
Shelley: No you’re lucky to be the only child. Lisa is a pain… a pain that I can never get rid of.
Jen: But loneliness makes you insane… you start talking to walls and stuffed animals… and it’s just boring.
Mary: I talk to my teddy bear all the time… It’s not so bad.
Jen: You just don’t get it. You will never understand how it feels to be alone. None of you will.
Shelley: Don’t be sad Jen. I’ve never seen you sad before.
Jen: I gotta go Shelley. I’ll see you later.
Narrator: (Characters model in a descriptive manner)
Shelley Victim of her own insecurities Makeup is her life saver until her sister introduces her to something new an internal beauty that’s clear and true.
Lisa A hero mistaken for a judge only trying to help the people she loves. When she finds a way to persuade her sister of the process of becoming beautiful, she does it in a way that it seemed to be not a difficult process at all.
Mary “She does it so I can do it too,” she says. The girl has no fear Takes risks without second thought Watching as her sister removes the makeup “She removed it so I can remove it too,” she acts.
Jen Lonely only child alone Why does she complain? She gets everything she wants. The missing piece of the puzzle is received when her mom gives the news of expecting. No longer lonely child not alone Cherishing the moment she holds her brother in her arms
Lala Holding a grudge on her overprotective dad, she finally confronts him. They took a trip to the backyard where her dad buried little Jim. The grudge vanished and rekindled them.
I started getting tattoos at a young age way before I made my ultimate career choice. Later on while experiencing my first internship, I was ridiculed by one of the other interns. She suggested that getting tattoos was a bad idea for an actor. I stood my ground out of confidence in myself unbeknownst that that wouldn't be the last time someone belittled me because of my tattoos. The second time was during a discussion between my teacher and classmates about how bad tattoos are and how unlikely you are to get a job. Once again I stood my ground, and I did not let anyone discourage me. I can write and produce my own plays. I can build my own theatre organization and start change in this discrimination. Besides, talent should be the determining factor of if someone lands a job NOT tattoos.
"Inspiration from my little sisters, the insecure young girl that I used to be, and the beautiful butterfly that I've become paved the way for the creation of Theatre Beautifly, Inc."
I remember reflecting on the subjects that I enjoyed most as a child before I decided on my major (Theatre) for college. I was in honors english in middle school when writing became very important to me. Also, nothing made me happier than performing with different neighborhood organizations expressing myself through modeling, singing, and dancing. I always wanted to be apart of the magnet performance arts program at my high school but I was too shy to audition. I always performed well with a group but being alone in the spotlight always struck a nerve for me. At least until I started college and put my mind to my craft . I went out on auditions on my own; I learned, observed, and experienced while building my confidence. Eventually I embraced my new love and talent for the art of acting. Moreover, it wasn't until I earned my first internship that I decided I wanted to own a theatre company. I discussed my idea with my mom (who is also an entrepreneur) and my little sisters and wasted no time starting up my own youth program. Nevertheless, the vision is not limited; there is more to come of Theatre Beautifly,Inc. Next up the Big Youth Acting mentors meet the "Young Beautiflies" and perform plays written and directed by Terina Evans (Author of Green Butterfly).
Green Butterfly II: Deep Within My Soul(One Act Play)
THIS PLAY IS WRITTEN & BEING PRODUCED & DIRECTED BY TERINA EVANS OF THEATRE BEAUTIFLY,INC. IN JAN.-FEB.2012 PERFORMED BY THE BIG YOUTH ACTING GROUP ABOUT A YOUNG LADY WITH A MENTAL DISORDER!!! STAY TUNED
Scene One In Lily and Roger’s Living Room
(Lily walks on stage with Roger following close behind.)
Lily: I’m tired of you constantly reminding me of my past. Why do I have to continuously pay for what is beyond my control? It will be best if you help me let it go instead of rubbing it in my face every chance you get. Roger, I’m sick and-
Roger: You’re sick and tired of me telling you to do what you already know is needed to be done. That’s what you’re sick and tired of but if you would just listen-
Lily: No. You listen. The voices have been gone for a long time now. That phase is over. Let it go please! I don’t need no damn meds.
Roger: Our baby needs…
Lily: Our baby needs her father to trust and love her mother unconditionally. That’s what she needs… Our baby will be fine. She is in good hands. You are making this “thing” bigger than what it really is.
Roger: This thing? Last time I checked schizophrenia was a serious mental disorder… or did you forget. This aint no issue that normal people have.
Lily: Correction. It is an issue that normal people don’t understand. I have never been nor wanted to be a normal person. I’m perfectly unique.
Roger: But baby-
Lily: Roger just hear me out for once… the only people that really need medication for it are the people that cant control it… and baby I’m fine… Im controlling it…
Roger: But you just said a minute ago that it was beyond your control.
Lily: I’m controlling it dammit! The voices are gone. The battle is over. They lost. I won.
Roger: And if they return for a rematch…?
Lily: Then, Im ready for war. I will do whatever it takes to defeat them again even if it means giving into those damn meds… Did you hear me baby? If they come back, I promise I will take the meds.
(The baby cries offstage. Lily exits.)
Roger: Hey. What up bro?…. What?… Oh … damn… well come on in… the door is unlock.
Reggie: That lady is about to drive me crazy Ro. I can’t take this shit no more man. You think Lily will let me stay here with yall for a little while?
Roger: (Nearly whispering) You know what? I’m thinking about taking Rose and leaving Lily… she just won’t listen… she’s not taking her issue seriously and I can’t put my child at risk. I love her but-
Reggie: I told you… what I tell you? I don’t know why you stayed with that crazy lady anyway. The only thing worst than a crazy woman is one in denial.
Roger: I just don’t want to break her heart.
Reggie: How about you, me, and little Rose escape the plague of these crazy women.
Roger: That might be the plan.
(Lily walks onstage)
Lily: Oh hey Reggie… What’s going on?
Reggie: Uhhhm… problems at home… I was just asking Roger if I can stay here tonight… if that’s okay with you.
Lily: Well of course you’re family aren’t you?… Mi casa es su casa.
Roger: Hey baby could you give me and my brother a minute alone?
Lily: Okay… I guess…this must be serious huh Reggie? Well I need to go to the store anyway so listen out for my baby. I’ll be back in a few.
Roger: Aight… take your time. You need the break.
Reggie: Aye Bruh we need to go now! She’s gone… Rose is here… let’s get the baby and break free.
Roger: I can’t just leave her… Can I? I mean she’s my wife… we made vows. I don’t want to hurt her.
Reggie: It’s either her or your baby. Lily is not going to take that medicine… she is in denial! She won’t realize it until you both are gone… wake up man! This is the only way to teach her a lesson.
Roger: Alright alright! Go get Rose and her things for me… I’m going to write Lily a note.
Lily: Hey Baby! Where you at? I got a surprise for you…I know I’ve been gone for awhile but I finally picked up that prescription… Did you hear me baby- (she reaches the sofa and notices the note on the table and reads it aloud) I’m taking Rose until you come to your senses. I love you but I have to do whats best for her.
(Lily calls Roger and leaves a message pleading for him to come back.)
Lily: Baby please don’t do this to me. I need you and Rose. Please come back.
(She hangs up and then calls Reggie.)
Lily: Reggie! You stupid bastard! I know you talked him into this shit! I could kill you for messing with my family!
(She hangs up and then call Reggie’s girlfriend, Mary.)
Lily: Hey Mary! Have you heard from Reggie?… What?…well he was just over here not too long ago… I left then came back and they were gone… they took my baby Mary… and left me a damn note… I’m gonna go crazy girl… I cant take this shit… aight bye.
Voice 3: You’re stupid.
Voice 1: Yeah… all you had to do was listen.
Voice 2: And take the meds.
Voice 1: But you’re dumb and selfish.
Voice 3: You had the perfect family.
Voice 2: Perfect husband.
Voice 1: Beautiful child.
Voice 3: But now…
Voice 1,2,&3: They’re gone.
Lily: Shut up! It’s all your fault! I would still have my family if it wasn’t for you damn voices! LEAVE ME THE HELL ALONE.
(The voices laugh at her.)
Voice 1: It’s your fault.
Voice 2: It’s your fault.
Voice 3: It’s your fault.
Lily: You might be right.
(There is a knock at the door.)
Mary: Lily, are you okay honey? Don’t get yourself depressed… he’ll be back. Besides it’s not good for you… you don’t want your issue-
Lily: My issue? You know what? I’m sick and tired of you, Roger, and Reggie always talking about me and my issue. What about yall and yall issues? Yall aint no better than me. Yall just as crazy as yall think I am! I bought the damn medicine for him and look how he repay me. He leaves me again… he has always been the best at running away.
Mary: Girl don’t worry. Them fools gonna be back. You know how much I’ve invested in Reggie’s no good cheating ass? Yeah he’s gonna be back. That’s how they do… their excuse is that we crazy so they run… and then realize they’re running from all that they got left in this world. They need us… Reggie needs me so I aint worried. He’ll be back.
Lily: Well I don’t want him to come back. If he thinks I’m unfit then he might as well stay away. I’m tired anyway… glad he took Rose off my hands. Now I can get some rest.
Lily: Don’t Lily me. Matter of fact, you can leave now. I just want to be alone.
Mary: Alright girl… just call me when you’re feeling better.
(Mary exits. Lily hears the voices laughing.)
Lily: Shut up you damn voices and show your face for once. I’m sick of hearing you. What do you want from me? Show your face!
Trinity (Voice 1): Forgiveness (she speaks as she enters)
Trinity: Yep. I’m dead but forever planted in your head. Can you believe “Kill” killed me?
Mama (Voice 2): You gotta forgive me baby.
Mama: I just couldn’t take being on this earth any longer… didn’t want to leave you but I had to.
Javari (Voice 3): You gotta forgive me girl and move on.
Javari: Javari. Yep the playa lifestyle caught up with me and I died from AIDS.
Lily: (examines each of them head to toe in disbelief) Oh my God.
Roger: Lily baby… are you here?
Reggie: Lily! <Silent Pause> So how are you going to tell her man?
Roger: I don’t know. I was just trying to protect my child… and I damn near killed her.
Reggie: Everything’s gonna be alright.
Roger: How? My child is lying up in the hospital barely breathing and it’s all my fault. I shouldn’t have tried to keep her from her mother. Lily wouldn’t hurt her. Lily wouldn’t hurt nobody. What was I thinking?
Reggie: It’s not your fault Roger.
Roger: Yeah you’re right. It’s your fault. Listening to you is what got me in this mess in the first place.
Reggie: I was just trying-
Roger: Trying to break up my family. You know what? Get out! I don’t even know why you came with me.
Roger: Get out.
(Reggie exits. Then a few moments later Lily enters.)
Lily: What are you doing here?
Roger: Baby listen… Im so sorry-
Lily: Sorry for what? For leaving me again? For taking my daughter away? For not believing in me as your wife?
Roger: Baby Rose…
Lily: Rose what?… Where is my baby Roger?
Roger: At Wellstone.
Lily: At the hospital? Why is my baby at the hospital?
Roger: We got in a car accident. I didn’t secure her car seat the right way and-
Roger: Lily baby-
Lily: Shut up!
Lily: GET OUT.
Roger: Well I’m at the hospital when you ready.
(Roger exits. Javari enters.)
Javari: Is this what you want? (Javari rubs a blunt of weed up under her nose) Is this what you want to take your mind off the truth? Is this what you want to help you escape what’s real?
Lily: As a matter of fact, yes I do. (Lily reaches for it but Javari pulls it back.)
Javari: No you don’t.
Lily: I’m just tired. My husband is scared of me. My baby is in the hospital. I always end up alone. It never fails. Maybe I’m meant to stay alone.
(Mama and Trinity enters.)
Mama: You’re not alone baby.
Lily: Who do I have? You? You’re dead hunting my mind all the time. You push everybody that I love away.
Javari: You need to stop blaming your mother for everything. This is your life. You have to fix what’s wrong and make it right.
Lily: So I guess you done died and became a philosopher… I’m not blaming my mama for everything… Oh no you are a big part of the problem too… you and all the men who are like how you was before you died…. Using girls up… manipulating… betraying… and just laughing about it… not giving a damn how bad you’re hurting them… or how you’re affecting their lives.
Trinity: That was our fault Lily. We let them.
Lily: No you let them. Then you left me there to get taken advantage of. You left your best friend to get raped while you go have sex with her boyfriend.
Trinity: I didn’t know they would rape you.
Lily: Exactly you didn’t know them at all… so why would you leave me alone with them? Just trifling-
Mama: You have to forgive us Lily. That’s the only way that you can move on and make your life into what you want it to be.
Javari: There will probably always be men like me in the world but the only person you need to worry about is self. You have to let yourself grow and change…
Trinity: And put the past behind you.
(The telephone rings.)
Lily: Hello… What?… No… It’s your fault! I hate you! (She drops the phone and turns to face Javari) She’s dead… now can I have that blunt please?
(Javari hands her the blunt and she exits the stage.)
Mama: Why did you give her that blunt Javari?
Javari: I got a plan. I put something in her weed to make her remember where she came from. She is going to feel a high that she never felt before and be eager to let the past and that weed go for good.
Trinity: How did you know she would take the blunt?
Javari: I predicted it.
Mama: You’re quite the genius, aren’t you? This better work because I’m tired. Whatever happened to rest in peace?
(There is a knock at the door.)
Lily: It’s open.
Roger: Hey baby.
Lily: What you want?
Roger: You didn’t show up to the funeral. I was worried.
Lily: I just couldn’t be there… I didn’t want to see my baby get buried under ground.
Roger: I understand… I love you.
Lily: You do?
Roger: Of course I do. You’re all I have and I was dumb for ever leaving.
Lily: Damn right you were. So what are you going to do to make it up to me?
Roger: (sniffing the air) Lily, are you high?
Lily: If I am…
Roger: Where are those meds at? Mary told me you got the prescription.
Lily: Yeah I got em but I aint take em.
Roger: I filled out an application for you to go to Georgia Community College. You can go to school for Psychology like you used to talk about and help people like you.
Lily: I’m not fit for college just like I’m not fit to be a mother, remember?
Roger: Baby I’m sorry. Please don’t start smoking weed again. Take your meds…go to school… be the woman you have always wanted to be.
Lily: I don’t need no meds. All I need is God. All I need is God and to forgive you and everybody else that hurt me… and Guess what? Deep within my soul, I forgive you and I forgive them. I’m going to school and I’m becoming a better person… but not for you or them… I’m doing it for me and little Rose because I know she’s living in me now… and by the way… I love you too.
“Beauty is by far the most important characteristic of us. We must feel beautiful as well as treat others beautifully. Beauty shines from within through the eyes of a secure and confident “butterfly.” Most importantly beauty helps us fight the intruders that attack our minds in attempt to make us feel unpretty. Our job is to believe in ourselves that we are beautiful as we fulfill our purpose of life. We are beautiful butterflies, the makings of Theatre Beautifly, Inc.”—Theatre Beautifly, Inc.’s “Words of Beauty”