Illustrated Synopsis

What follows is an online version of the above "Twimfina Picturebook". The play doesn't have a simple storyline, so the 34 illustrations by Jennifer Stolzer are very helpful. As for the recordings, please don't be too judgmental. They are just demo recordings made by the composer to convey the general idea of the songs. Hopefully somebody (you?) will provide us with actual performance recordings.

 


Segment 1

Guru's Situation


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Once upon a time in a poor, faraway country called “Enemia”, Baba wanted to plant a garden. But there was a problem: the soil wasn’t very good for a garden. It was hard and full of clay. In fact the soil was so hard, Baba couldn’t even use a shovel to dig it. He had to get a pickaxe from his old friend Toolie.

Toolie was a peddler. He sold and traded different kinds of tools to people. Even though Toolie was a very old man, he pulled a big heavy wagon full of tools from place to place all day long.

Toolie warned Baba that the soil was too poor for a garden, but Baba wanted to plant the garden anyway. He knew that if he kept adding leaves and vegetable scraps year after year, the soil would eventually become richer.
Baba wanted the garden so that he could grow some extra food for himself and for his son Guru. The garden would also mark a new beginning for the two of them.

Life had always been hard for Baba and his son Guru. But now things were starting to look brighter. They lived together in a scrapyard. Baba’s business of collecting, selling, cutting and welding pieces of metal was finally giving him an income. And more importantly, his son Guru was soon going to graduate from Teachers College. Guru would now be able to get a job as a teacher in one of Enemia’s public schools. Baba would never again have to worry that his son would go hungry.

("Enemia Theme": click to hear the recording / click to see the score)

 

But sometimes dreams don’t come true. As Baba worked in his garden, his son Guru came home, fighting back tears. The public schools did not want to hire him.

Guru had always been a very good student, so his academic preparedness wasn’t the issue. The problem was that Guru could not walk because of a childhood injury. He had to get around in a wheelchair. (His wheelchair was a crude one that his father had welded for him out of an old grocery cart and some scrap bicycle parts.) Because of Guru’s disability, the superstitious townsfolk were afraid to let him teach their children.

As Guru grieved over the crushing news, Baba tried to humor his son. He reminded Guru that this often happened when people first met him. He reminded Guru that once people got to know him, they always liked him. He told Guru that this was just a “popcorn” situation - something light and temporary. (They both loved popcorn.)

But Guru explained that this was not popcorn. An iron door had closed - had truly closed. It was a door that neither of them would be able to reopen.

With a heavy heart, Guru went inside the metal shed in which they lived. Baba sadly walked back to his garden. Then with all of his strength he began swinging his pickaxe against the ground. But no longer was he doing it to dig a garden. He was doing it to dig the foundation for a new school - Garden School. If his son wasn’t going to be allowed to teach in the schools, then he was going to build him a school of his own.

(Baba's song of resolve: "Out of This Mud": click to hear the recording by Adam Kee / click to see the score)

 


Segment 2

Twimfina's Situation


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Meanwhile, in a very different part of the world, Twimfina was studying with a couple of her high-school friends in a classroom after school.

Her friends, Jo Puma and Maple, were excitedly talking about all the fun things they were going to do during summer vacation. Maple was going to stay with her grandparents in Canada. Jo Puma was going to be performing with his new band.

But Twimfina was not excited at all. In fact she would prefer to stay in school all summer with her friends rather than spend summer vacation alone.

Mendel Science High was a bit different from other high-schools. The school was located in downtown St. Louis in an old 6-story building that used to be a hotel. The bottom two floors belonged to the school. The upper four floors belonged to the teachers who taught at the school. The teachers lived and worked together as a community.

Twimfina also lived upstairs because her parents were teachers at the school.

Twimfina had mixed feelings about living up in the teachers’ commune. She loved her parents and the other teachers, but sometimes she felt bored and lonely up there because she had nobody her own age to be with.

 

As might be expected, the upstairs teachers were always trying to teach new things to Twimfina. She liked the attention. She liked being the commune’s daughter.

But sometimes she felt like a guinea pig - like she was everybody’s pet project. She was getting tired of having to be the perfect student 24 hours a day. She had just turned 18. She wanted to start choosing her own direction in life.

Maple and Jo Puma were surprised when Twimfina jumped up and declared that from now on she was going to take charge of her own education. Twimfina had made her decision. She vowed that from now on she would be her own teacher. She defiantly sang out that from now on she was going to go where she wanted to go, and learn what she wanted to learn, and love whom she wanted to love. And nobody was going to stop her.

(Twimfina's defiant resolution: “Go Where I Wanna Go”: [recording not available] / click to see the score)

 


Segment 3

School Gets Built


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Back in Enemia, Baba was making good progress building the school. The clay soil might not have been so good for a garden, but it was great for making bricks!

Not many people lived in Ko-Lat Village, the little town in Enemia where Baba and Guru lived. Life was hard there. But those who did live there were generous and volunteered lots of time to help Baba build the school.

At first Guru thought his father was foolish for undertaking such a bizarre project. But as neighbors and even fellow teachers came to help build the school, Guru started to realize that his father’s crazy dream might just be coming true.

(Guru, Baba, and the many volunteers sing: “Brick after Brick”: click to hear the recording / click to see the score; a optional piano score is also available)

 


Segment 4

Guru's First Student


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Baba’s dream of building a school did indeed come true. The barren garden now had a school planted in it - and Guru the young teacher now had a school of his own.

But Garden School had no students. Everyday Guru spent hours and hours trying to find students. He drew posters to put along the road. He went from house to house begging for students (not easy to do in a wheelchair). But people were not interested. Guru once again began feeling that everything was hopeless.

Then one day Toolie came to pay a visit. Riding on his cart was a 10-year old boy named “Ace” who wanted to go to school. Baba was out in the yard when Toolie arrived. Baba shouted with joy when Toolie gave him the good news.

(Ace was living in a refugee camp several miles away, near the big city of Jeeno. Ace’s parents, like so many others in this unstable country, had recently been taken away by the GGG armed insurgents.)

Baba pointed to the school and told Toolie that Guru was inside studying. Ace overheard this, hopped off the wagon and ran over to the school to meet his new teacher.

 

Guru and Ace liked each other from the start. Ace was fascinated with the wheelchair and Guru felt so lucky to finally have a student - and such an eager, good-natured one!

The reason Ace was not in a regular public school was because in Enemia students must first pass an entrance exam before they can attend the public school. Ace did not pass his middle-school entrance exam, and so he got left behind with no school to go to. (He isn’t alone - lots of students get left behind.)

Ko-Lat Village has a Commissioner in charge of the local government. The Commissioner had heard about “Garden School” and had asked Toolie to take Ace there. The Commissioner wanted to see if Guru could keep the boy occupied and out of trouble. If so, then maybe more of the “left behind” students could be sent to Garden School in order to keep them off the streets.

(Guru and Ace sing together: “Do What We Do”: click to hear the recording / click to see the score)

 


Segment 5

Laundry Room


Back in St. Louis, summer vacation is just about over for Twimfina. Tomorrow she is expected to depart for college.

Twimfina is downstairs in the building’s laundry room with her parents. Her father, Zero, is working on a plumbing problem. Her mother, Una, is mending the community’s clothing. Twimfina is singing a song with her parents as they work.

(Twimfina sings with her parents: “Keep Us Open, Keep Us Free”: click to hear the recording / click to see the score)

Suddenly Twimfina announces that she has decided to not go to college. She feels that she is intelligent and resourceful enough to take charge of her own education. She tells her parents that she could learn much more by staying home and helping them teach at Mendel Science High School.

Her parents smile but keep working. They’ve heard this kind of overconfident talk many times from their daughter. They simply remind her that they and the other teachers have been planning and saving for her college education for many years.

Although Twimfina doesn’t argue with her parents, she has already made up her mind. She will not be attending college. She has very different plans.

Twimfina has been communicating with a pen-pal all summer. Her pen-pal friend is a young man who also wants to be a teacher. Twimfina feels that her pen-pal would be a great companion to be with. Unfortunately he lives in a hostile, embargoed country to which travel is restricted. But that won’t stop Twimfina.

 


Segment 6

Commissioner Visit #1


Garden school was growing. Not long after Ace had arrived at Garden School, the Commissioner sent him several more “left-behind” students. Guru now had six students.

These students weren’t the best behaved. They weren’t used to going to school and working with others. But Guru had a plan for dealing with their problems and was slowly making progress in his own gentle way.

The Commissioner had never before visited Garden School. But he did so this morning. Unfortunately, this was one of the worst mornings he could have picked. As Guru was writing some math problems on the chalkboard with his back to the class, a fight broke out between Scout and Walter. Before Guru could turn around and deal with the problem, the Commissioner walked in and started shouting in anger: “Stop this fighting or I’ll put you all in jail!” The students all rushed back to their chairs.

The Commissioner then yelled: “You call this a Garden School? You’re no Garden! You’re all just a bunch of weeds!”

 

Guru apologized to the Commissioner for their unruliness. He explained that despite the fight, his students were actually making good progress with their behavior.

Then Guru gently corrects the Commissioner, informing him that his garden does not have any weeds.

(Guru defends his students: “My Garden It Doesn’t Have Weeds”: click to hear the recording / click to see the score)

 


Segment 7

Twimfina in San Francisco


On the other side of the world, Twimfina secretly begins her dangerous journey to Enemia.

Guru does not know that Twimfina is coming to visit him. If he had known, he would have told her that he was wheelchair-bound. He would have told her that he was very poor and lived with his father in a scrapyard. He would have told her that he had been rejected as a teacher in the public schools. Twimfina knows nothing about these things.

Twimfina hitch-hikes across the United States and arrives in San Francisco. She stays at a Youth Hostel for a while before heading down to the shipping docks at midnight.

(Twimfina and the San Francisco Youth Hostel sing: “Peace Machine”: click to hear the recording / click to see the score)

While Twimfina waits alone at midnight in the Port of San Francisco, she begins to question whether or not she is making the right decision.

(Twimfina sings as she waits alone at midnight in the Port of San Francisco: “Stranger in the Ocean”: click to hear Stephanie Weaver sing the recording / click to see the score)

 


Segment 8

Mail Call


Meanwhile, back at Mendel Science High, the community of teachers were eating their lunch together.

(A simple round that the Teachers’ Community sings before lunch: “Live, Let Live”: click to hear the recording / click to see the score)

The school’s secretary (Secretary Michael) arrives with the day’s mail. The teachers are all happy to learn that Twimfina had sent them a letter.

As Twimfina’s mother (Una) begins reading the letter aloud, her voice changes to alarm as she reads that Twimfina has decided to not attend college. Everybody is shocked.

Twimfina doesn’t tell them where she is or what she is doing. She only mentions that it is a surprise and that they will be proud of her. At the end of the letter, she tells them not to worry about her. She says “the world is my family, I’m not afraid”.

Suspicious and worried, Zero asks the treasurer if Twimfina had withdrawn any money from her account. The treasurer answers: “Yes, all of it.”

Una frantically tears open an envelope addressed to Twimfina from her friend Maple in Canada. Inside that envelope is another envelope from Enemia. Una tears open that second envelope and reads a letter from Guru. The Community then infers that Twimfina is on her way to Enemia.

Twimfina had mentioned that they would be proud of her. But they are not proud of her. They are frightened - very frightened.

 


Segment 9

Animals


Twimfina has been traveling through different countries for weeks. On the night before she reaches the Enemian border, she spends a stormy night in a barn with the animals.

(Twimfina and the animals sing together: “We are the Animals of the Planet Earth”: click to hear the recording / click to see the score; an optional piano score is also available)

 

 


Segment 10

Crossing the Border


Crossing the border into Enemia was not easy for Twimfina. At first the guard would not let her pass because she had no passport. Twimfina tried to explain that she was going to help teach in the Ko-Lat village schools with her friend Guru. She gave him one of Guru’s letters.

The guard read the letter and examined Twimfina’s backpack. “What’s all this money for?” he asked.

“It’s for renting an apartment and buying teaching supplies” answered Twimfina.

“In Ko-Lat village?” replied the bewildered guard. “There aren’t any apartments in Ko-Lat village. I don’t even think they have a school. They’ve never had much of anything since the bombing.”

“Bombing?” asks Twimfina.

“You haven’t done your homework, have you” replies the guard.

Eventually the guard lets her cross into Enemia. He gives her directions to Ko-Lat village and promises to send a message there so that they will know she is coming.

(The title song that Twimfina sings as she crosses the border into Enemia: “The World Is My Family, I’m Not Afraid”: click to hear Jasmine Turner sing the recording / click to see the score)


Segment 11

Word Arrives in Ko-Lat Village


The guard sent the message about Twimfina’s arrival to the Commissioner, who then gave it to Toolie, who then gave it to Guru. Guru was shocked to get the message. He knows that he’ll now have to tell his father - and he dreads it.

Baba, like everybody else in Ko-Lat village, hates Americans. Fourteen years earlier, when Guru was just six years old, there was a mistaken American bombing strike on their village which killed Guru’s mother and sister, and left Guru a paraplegic. At that time, Ko-Lat village was just dismissed as collateral damage. Guru and his family were also just collateral damage.

Baba exloded in anger when Guru gave him the news. He absolutely forbade Guru to meet with Twimfina.

But Guru pleaded with his father. He tried to explain that Twimfina was only four years old when the bombing occurred. He expressed his fear that he wasn’t going to have many chances in life. This chance might be an important one.

(Guru pleads with his father: “This Happening Must Happen”: click to hear the recording / click to see the score)

Eventually Guru persuaded his father to allow Twimfina to visit. That night, Baba got on his tricycle cart with a lantern, then pedaled off to meet Twimfina.

 


Segment 12

Twimfina Meets Baba


As Baba waits for Twimfina at the sector boundary, he stares at her photograph and sings: “To this person I should hate, show me that it’s not too late.”

(Baba sings while waiting for Twimfina to arrive: “Stay With Me”: click to hear the recording / click to see the score)

When Twimfina arrives it is still dark. At first she is ecstatic to meet Baba. She feels that she has finally reached the end of her journey.

Then Baba fills her in on the information that she was never given. He tells her about Guru’s paralysis. He tells her about their poverty. He tells her that Guru is forced to teach at Garden School because he was rejected from teaching at the public school.

Twimfina then asks Baba some questions. She asks why Guru wasn’t upfront with her from the beginning. She asks if Guru is committed to teaching the poor.

“We ARE poor” answers Baba.
“That wasn’t my question” replies Twimfina. “Is he committed to teaching the poor?”

“Oh yes he is” answers Baba. “Guru has long ago thrown his lot in with the poor.”

“Well, that’s good enough for me” responds Twimfina cheerfully as she climbs into the cart.

“Are you sure, Twimfina? You do have a choice. I’d be happy to take you back to the international border. Life can be very hard in Ko-Lat village.”

“But a hard life can be a happy life” replies Twimfina.

 

The sun had risen by the time Baba and Twimfina arrive home. Garden School classes had not yet begun. The children are still outside playing in the yard.

When Baba pedals his cart into the yard, the children run over and stare at the sleeping Twimfina with amazement.

Just then Guru rings the bell from inside the school. Twimfina is startled awake. The children laugh.

“The bell has rung - you all better get to class” says Baba.

“Baba, can I go in with them?” asks Twimfina.

“Twimfina, you’re our special guest” answers Baba kindly. “You do whatever you want to do.” The children are giddy. “Let’s surprise Guru!” they scheme.

And that’s what they do. They all walk in together. Guru is visibly shaken when he notices Twimfina. The students explode with laughter.

 


Segment 13

Twimfina Meets Guru


The children and Twimfina became friends immediately. Twimfina enjoys being in class with them. Since “Science” is the first class of the morning, she teaches them a song about Science, which they all happily sing together.

(Twimfina, Guru and the children sing together: “I am a Scientist”: click to hear the recording [note that this recording has very different dialogue and lyrics] / click to see the score)

 


Segment 14

Nationalists Pay a Visit


Two weeks later, Twimfina and Guru are alone in the yard, talking about life. Their students are all in Jeeno (a nearby city) taking their middle school entrance exams.

Toolie soon appears, pulling his cart.
“Twimfina, please hide in my cart” he says with a worried voice. “I noticed a group of GGG nationalists heading this way.”

“Oh, I’m not afraid of nationalists” says Twimfina confidently. “I know how to deal with them.”

“Please, Twimfina!” urges Guru. “You don’t know them. The ‘Good Guys with Guns’ are crazy-dangerous.”

Twimfina complies with their requests and crawls into the cart. Toolie lowers the cover.

 

The GGG were looking for Baba. They had come to rough him up for not attending their meetings. Fortunately, Baba was out on a welding job. So the GGG lashed out at Guru instead. They ridiculed him for having been crippled from the American air strike.

Twimfina could hear everything they were saying. She had never known about the air strike.

(GGG nationalists sing their song: “We’re the Good Guys With Guns”: [recording not available] / click to see the score)

 

After the GGG left, Twimfina crawled out of the cart. “Oh, I’m so sorry, Guru! I had no idea that we had done this to you!”

Guru chuckles. “This has nothing to do with you, Twimfina. None of us are responsible for the crimes of our ancestors.”

“But the GGG doesn’t see it that way” explains Toolie. “If they would have caught you, you’d be in big trouble. Actually, we’d ALL be in big trouble!”

Then Toolie remembers that he hasn’t given them their mail yet. He gives a packet of mail to Guru and a single envelope to Twimfina.

“Oh no!” sighs Twimfina as she opens the envelope and reads it. “It’s from my parents. I think I hurt them. They’re asking me to return home. They even arranged for me to return on military transport.”

“When’s the flight?” asks Guru.

“Next week” she replies after examining the paperwork.

“Well, that still gives you a few days”

“What? So you want me to leave too?” asks Twimfina half-crying.

“I never said that” answers Guru bewildered.

Twimfina grabs her backpack and runs into the house.



Segment 3

Yes and No


Twimfina does not feel that Guru needs her. And so a week later she follows her parents’ instructions and leaves to go back home.

(Twimfina questions her decision to return home: “Yes and No”: click to hear the recording / click to see the score)

Guru cannot hide his sadness. The children sense that something is wrong.

It is Ace who looks out of the window and sees Twimfina leaving with her backpack.
“Guru, where’s Twimfina going?” he asks.

Guru doesn’t answer.

Ace jumps up from his bench and runs out to catch up with Twimfina.


Baba is also sad. He took off of work so that he could accompany Twimfina back to the border. As the two walk together, little Ace catches up with them.

“Where are you going, Twimfina?” asks Ace with a worried voice.

“Oh, my dear Ace. I’m sorry for not saying ‘good-bye”. I’m going back home.”

“No! This is your home! Please don’t leave, Twimfina!” he pleads.

“Ace, I don’t want to leave. But I’m not really needed here. Your teacher can get along fine without me.”

“Then why is he in there crying? He needs you! We all need you! If he didn’t tell you that, it’s just so you wouldn’t feel obliged to stay and take care of him!”

Twimfina turns to Baba. “How much of this do you think is true, Baba?”

“All of it” he answers.

Twimfina thinks for a few moments, opens her backpack, takes out her travel documents and hands them to Baba.

“Baba, let’s you and me change the world” she says. “We don’t have much time. I beg you to please trade places with me. You take my paperwork and go teach Enemian at Mendel Science High. Believe me, they need you much more than they need me. I’ll stay here with Guru and teach English at Garden School. I promise to take care of him.”

 

Twimfina and Ace return to Garden School. Guru is ecstatic to see Twimfina again.

“Guru, I am back and I plan to stay. But I come under three conditions:
1. You and I will both teach here at Garden School as equals. We’ll always strive to be the best teachers we can be.
2. We will invite Ace to live with us so that the three of us can be a family.
3. You know that I was raised in a ‘Love Thy Neighbor’ world of science. I want to continue living in that world.”

Guru answers: “And you will, Twimfina! I promise!”

(Twimfina and Guru commit to each other: “Come Live With Me”: click to hear Jasmine Turner sing the recording / click to see the score)

 


Segment 16

Disgunsemble


A few weeks later, two students get into an argument that grows into pushing. Twimfina calms things down by having everybody sing a slow, peaceful song "Nonviolence Takes a Long, Long Time".

Twimfina then tells the two quarreling students (Scout and Walter) to shake hands and say something nice about each other.

“I like your new shoes, Scout” says Walter. “Clown shoes” he adds. Everybody laughs.

Incensed, Scout blurts out: “And Walter, I like the lovely gun that you brought to school.” It is suddenly quiet in the classroom.

“Walter, do you have a gun?” asks Twimfina.
Walter nods his bowed head.
“Why do you have a gun, Walter?

“My mother wants me to sell it. We need the money.”

“Here, Walter. I’ll buy it” says Twimfina as she takes out some money.

“What are you going to do with a gun, Twimfina?” ask the other students.

“Destroy it, of course. That’s what all educated people do with guns” she answers.
Twimfina then takes out a little screwdriver and begins to disassemble the gun.

(Twimfina and students sing the calming song "Nonviolence Takes a Long, Long Time" and then the disgunsemble song “One by One Destroy Each Gun”, and then they sing them simultaneously: click to hear the recording / click to see the score)

 


Segment 17

Language Heroes


Baba and Twimfina both went through with their plans. Baba arrived safely in St. Louis and began teaching the Enemian language to the students at Mendel Science High. At the same time, Twimfina began teaching English to the students at Garden School.

(During this segment, the stage is split in half. Baba is teaching Enemian to his high school class in one half while Twimfina is teaching English to her middle-school students in the other half. Although separated by thousands of miles, the teachers are teaching the same lessons at the same time, and the students are asking the same questions at the same time.)

(The song that both classes sing together: “Peace To You From Language #2”: click to hear the recording / click to see the score)

 


Segment 18

Commissioner Visit #2


Something wonderful then happened at Garden School. The test results arrived from the Middle School Entrance Exam. Every student passed! Now each one of them will be allowed to enroll in the public middle school.

The Commissioner is the one who brought the good news. At first he pretended to be angry, but he was just joking. He was proud of them. Of all the schools that had taken the test, Garden School was the only school in which 100% of the students passed.

From now on, the parents of Ko-Lat village will be eager to have their children attend Garden School.

(Everybody sings: “Our Garden It Doesn’t Have Weeds”: [recording not available] / click to see the score)

 


Segment 19

They're Coming!


While the new family of Twimfina, Guru and Ace were cleaning-up the classroom late one afternoon, Toolie came by to deliver a packet of mail. Among the letters was an envelope addressed to Twimfina from her parents. She opened it and happily shouted: “They got the travel ban waived! They’re all coming to Enemia! Baba and his class, my parents, they’re all coming!”

Twimfina wants the Garden School students to put on a performance with the Mendel Science High students. “Where could we put on a performance?” she asks Guru.

“The Jeeno Casino has an auditorium downstairs” Guru replies.

“Great! Let’s have our concert in the Jeeno Casino auditorium. I’ll contact the Jeeno press and the TV News.”

“A public concert?” asks Guru. “And you want it televised? Are you sure? There’s still a lot of hatred towards Americans here.”

“All the more reason” chuckles Twimfina. “We’re peace activists. They aren’t coming all this way just so a few dozen students can sing together. They’re coming all this way so that millions of people can witness a few dozen students singing together. Believe me, they’re not on vacation! I’ve done this many times with them. This is a fountain-flush!”

Twimfina then explains that the public tends to do what attractive people do. Inversely, the public tends to stop doing what unattractive people do. The attractive “fountains” are used to reinforce some behaviors while the repulsive “flushes” are used to extinguish other behaviors. “It’s Psych 101” she adds.

 


Segment 20

Jeeno Casino


The big day finally came. The students and teachers from St. Louis arrived safely in Enemia. The two foreign-language classes got to meet each other for the first time.

And now it is time for their joint concert. But before the students go onstage, the Jeeno Casino staff puts on a little skit of their own that features a huge spinning roulette wheel. The casino staff are dressed as babies. Their song is called “And the Big Wheel Spun”

(The Jeeno Casino staff, dressed as babies, sing: " Jeeno Casino": click to hear the recording / click to see the score)

 

The Jeeno Casino’s master of ceremonies is a bit of a ham. But he eventually introduces the Mendel Science High students (who have learned to speak Enemian) and the younger Garden School students (who have learned to speak English).

The students sing their first two songs in 2-part harmony.

(Song medley that the students sing: “We are the Scientists” and “Do What We Do”: [recording not available] / click to see the score)

 

Suddenly the GGG nationalists (Tweedle, Deedle, and Dum) storm onto the stage, brandishing their weapons.

The teachers then run onto the stage to protect the students. Everybody is terrified.

The GGG orders everybody to leave. They want to close down the concert.

 

Just then an old man (Toolie performing the “Flush” role) comes walking down the middle aisle of the auditorium, approaching the stage. He’s mostly dressed as a GGG nationalist, but he’s wearing floppy shoes, a pink shower cap, and he’s brandishing a toilet plunger.

“Hey brothers! Don’t forgets me! I’m a GGG too!” he says. (A few snickers can be heard from the audience.)

“Them songs were just dandy, weren’t they? Let’s sing ‘em our GGG Anthem - the one we learned at the weenie roast.” (A few more snickers can be heard from the audience.)

Then the old man sneezes. A yellow mucus drips from his beard. (A few audience members emote an “ew” sound of disgust).
“Whew! That was a messy one!” says the old man. Then he begins to lick it off his beard (to even more sounds of disgust from the audience).

He then breaks into a little song and dance.

(Meanwhile the real GGG sneak out of the auditorium in embarrassment.)

(Toolie sings: “We’re the Good Guys with Guns”: [recording not available] / click to see the score)

 

With the GGG gone and this diverse group finally all together safe and sound, they happily end their concert (and the play) with a short medley of earlier songs, which they sing with the audience:

“The Sun” (from “We Are the Animals of the Planet Earth”)
“The Big Wheel Spun”
“The World is Our Family”

(Both stage and audience sing: "Finale": [recording not available] / click to see the score; a piano score is also available)

 


Afterword


After the show is over and the curtain calls have been completed and the audience has finished with their applause, the whole cast and staff (including the musicians, stagehands, ushers...) stand, face the audience, outstretch a hand and sing this final song without accompaniment:

COME LIVE WITH US
COME LIVE WITH US
ACCEPT EVERYBODY AND LIVE THUS.

COME LIVE WITH US
COME LIVE WITH US
FOR WE LIVE IN A LOVE-THY-NEIGHBOR WORLD
WE LIVE IN A LOVE-THY-NEIGHBOR WORLD
WE LIVE IN A LOVE-THY-NEIGHBOR WORLD
COME LIVE WITH US.

After this the stage goes dark, the house lights come on, and there is nothing more.

(Sung slowly by all, acappella, in rich 4-part harmony: "Come Live With Us": click to hear the recording / click to see the score)