There's a Werewolf In Town

by

LEWIS GARDNER


Parts (18) NARRATOR,   TOMMY,   CITIZENS 1-2-3,   FATHER,     MOTHER,    SISTER,     DOCTOR,
           BULL HAWKINS, EVIL ANGELS (3),    POLICE CHIEF,    FARMER,    JOE,    MARY,   LILY
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SCENE ONE
NARRATOR: OAK VALLEY WAS LIKE 10,000 OTHER TOWNS--EXCEPT FOR A NEAT LITTLE HOUSE ON ELM STREET. THERE LIVED A BOY WITH A PROBLEM. TOMMY: (HOWLING AT THE MOON LIKE A WOLF) Ow-wooo oooo! NARRATOR: EVERY MONTH WHEN THE FULL MOON ROSE IN THE SKY, LONG HAIRS CAME OUT ON HIS FOREHEAD AND HIS HANDS. TWO OF HIS TEETH GREW INTO LONG, SHARP FANGS. TOMMY: "Ow-wooo oooo!" NARRATOR: TOMMY WAS A WEREWOLF. TOMMY: "WHY ME? OTHER KIDS DON'T WORRY ABOUT THE MOON. THEY CAN G0 R1GHT ON DOING THEIR HOMEWORK OR WATCHING TV. NOT ME. OW-wooo!" NARRATOR: ALL OVER TOWN, THE CITIZENS WONDERED WHAT THE SOUND WAS. CITIZEN 1: "WHAT WAS THAT?" CITIZEN 2: "IS IT A WILD D0G?" CITIZEN 3: "IS IT A WOLF?" NARRATOR: EVERY MONTH, TOMMY BECAME VERY WORRIED. TOMMY: "WHAT IF MY PARENTS FIND OUT?" (HE JOINS HIS PARENTS AND SISTER AT BREAKFAST.) FATHER: "YOU'RE LATE." TOMMY: "SORRY." FATHER: "YOU SHOULDN'T SLEEP SO LATE. IT'S BAD FOR YOUR CHARACTER." MOTHER: "YOU LOOK TIRED, TOMMY. DIDN'T YOU SLEEP WELL?" SISTER: "I DIDN'T. ALL NIGHT LONG, I HEARD THAT SOUND. SOME KIND OF D0G--OR WOLF." MOTHER: "I HEARD IT TOO, DEAR. IT WAS PROBABLY AN OWL." SISTER: "IT WAS A WOLF." FATHER: "THERE HAVEN'T BEEN WOLVES AROUND HERE FOR 100 YEARS." SISTER: "THEN IT'S A WEREWOLF." TOMMY: (CHOKIN6) "Aawrk!" FATHER: "CHEW YOUR FOOD CAREFULLY, TOMMY." MOTHER: "A WHAT, DEAR?" SISTER: "A WEREWOLF. SOMEONE WHO BECOMES A WOLF WHEN THE MOON IS FULL." (TOMMY GETS UP.) FATHER: "WHERE DO YOU THINK YOU'RE G01NG, YOUN6 MAN?" TOMMY: "BACK TO BED. I FEEL TOO SICK TO G0 TO SCHOOL TODAY." FATHER: "HE'LL TURN INTO A BUM SOMEDAY. NO CHARACTER."
SCENE TWO
NARRATOR: AS A CHILD, TOMMY HAD SEEMED NORMAL. TOMMY: (AS A LITTLE BOY) "I DON'T LIKE THIS STORY, MOMMY." MOTHER: "WHY DON'T YOU LIKE IT, TOMMY?" TOMMY: "LITTLE RED RIDIN6 HOOD GETS OFF FREE, BUT THEY SHOOT THE POOR OLD WOLF. THAT'S NOT FAIR!" MOTHER: "BUT THE WOLF WAS BAD. HE WANTED TO EAT THE LITTLE G1RL. TOMMY: (WITH A WILD SMILE) YEAH! (HE TURNS TO HIS FATHER) "DADDY, WHY DOES THE WOLF ALWAYS HAVE TO LOSE?" FATHER: "THE PURPOSE OF THESE STORIES IS TO DEVELOP CHARACTER." NARRATOR: LATER, AS AN UNHAPPY TEENAGER, TOMMY READS AN ADVICE COLUMN IN A NEWSPAPER. HE DECIDED TO WRITE. TOMMY: (WRITING) "DEAR CLARISSA VELVETEEN, I HAVE A PR0BLEM." (HE CRUMPLES UP THE PAPER.) WHAT'S THE USE. HOW COULD SHE KNOW WHAT TO DO? NARRATOR: TOMMY SAW THE FAMILY DOCTOR. TOMMY: "I'M A WEREWOLF." DOCTOR: "HAVE YOU SEEN GETTING PLENTY OF FRESH AIR AND EXERCISE?" TOMMY: "YES. I RUN THROUGH THE WOODS AND THE HILLS. I HOWL." DOCTDR: "IT'S JUST A STAGE YOU'RE G01NG THROUGH." NARRATDR: "TOMMY DECIDED TO TELL HIS FATHER." TOMMY: "DAD, ARE YOU BUSY?" FATHER: "I'M TRYIN6 TO DO SOMETHING WITH THE BILLS. IN ONE PILE I PUT THE BILLS WE WON'T PAY THIS MONTH. THE OTHER PILE IS FOR THE BILLS WE WON'T PAY NEXT MONTH." TOMMY: "I HAVE A PROBLEM." FATHER: "I DON'T KNOW HOW WE SPEND SO MUCH ON FOOD." MOTHER: "SOMETIMES I THINK SOMEONE IS EATING RAW MEAT OUT OF THE REFRIGERATOR. IT DISAPPEARS ABOUT ONCE A MDNTH." TOMMY: "THAT'S WHAT I ....." FATHER: "MY DEAR WIFE, WHAT DO YOU MEAN?" TOMMY: "MOM. DAD, I ....." MOTHER: "I SIMPLY MEAN...." NARRATOR: TOMMY DECIDED IT WASN'T THE TIME TO TELL HIS PARENTS. TOMMY: "WHAT'S THE USE?"
SCENE THREE
NARRATOR: TOMMY WAS AFRAID TO HANG AROUND WITH THE OTHER TEENAGERS. ESPECIALLY AT NIGHT. BULL HAWKINS, THE LEADER OF THE EVIL ANGELS GANG, PICKED ON HIM. BULL: "WHAT'S THE MATTER WITH YOU, TOMMY? WE NEVER SEE YOU AT THE HAMBURGER J0INT, FOOLING AROUND LIKE A NORMAL GUY. WON'T YOUR MOTHER LET YOU OUT AT NIGHT?" (LAUGHS AND SHOVES TOMMY) ANGELS: (ALL): "GET HIM, BULL! GET HIM!" (THEY ALL LAUGH) NARRATOR: BUT JOY WILL SWEETEN EVEN THE MOST UNHAPPY LIFE. AFTER LUNCH AT SCHOOL, TOMMY USED TO LEAN AGAINST HIS LOCKER. ONE DAY HE NOTICED A G1RL WHO WAS LEANING AGAINST HER LOCKER. TOMMY: (SHYLY): "HI! LILY: "HI. I'M LILY. I'M NEW HERE. TOMMY: "HI." LILY: "IF YOU WANT TO KNOW ME BETTER, WHY DON'T WE GO OUT SATURDAY NIGHT?" TOMMY: "SATURDAY?" LILY: "WHAT'S WRONG? DON'T YOU LIKE ME?" TOMMY: "HOW ABOUT NEXT TUESDAY?" LILY: "SATURDAY OR NEVER. THERE'S A FULL MOON THAT NIGHT." TOMMY: "LOOK, THERE'S SOMETHING YOU SHOULD KNOW ABOUT ME. I'M NOT LIKE THE OTHER KIDS." LILY: "I KNOW . YOU'RE KIND." TOMMY: "THERE'S SOMETHING A LITTLE FUNNY ABOUT HE. YOU'LL FIND OUT, THEN YOU'LL HATE ME." LILY: "I WON'T MIND IF THERE'S SOMETHING FUNNY ABOUT YOU. PLEASE BELIEVE ME." TOMMY: "YES! I BELIEVE YOU!" LILY: "I'LL SEE YOU SATURDAY AT 8. WE'LL MEET NEAR THE WOODS." NARRATOR: FOR THE NEXT FEW DAYS. TOMMY WAS WALKING ON AIR. HE FELT SO HAPPY. TOMMY: "MAYBE THE MOON WON'T BE REALLY FULL UNTIL SUNDAY." NARRATOR: HOWEVER, YOU CAN 6UESS WHAT HAPPENEO. LILY: "WHERE IS THAT SWEET BOY? IT'S TWO MINUTES AFTER 8. OH, THAT MUST BE..." TOMMY: "LILY! OW-Wooo-oooo!" LILY: (SCREAMING) "Ahhhhhhhhhhh!" NARRATOR: LILY RAN AWAY. LILY: "HELP! HELP! A WEREWOLF!" TOMMY: "AND SHE SAID SHE WOULDN'T CARE IF THERE WAS SOMETHING FUNNY ABOUT ME." LILY: "A WEREWOLF! A WEREWOLF!" CITIZENS 1-3: "A WEREWOLF!" TOMMY: "Ow-Woooo-oooo!" CITIZEN 1: "CATCH HIM!" CITIZEN 2: "WE CAN'T LET SOMEONE G0 AROUND SCARIN6 OUR KIDS." LILY: (CRYIN6) "HE ATE TOMMY!" MOTHER: (SADLY) "POOR TOMMY!" FATHER: "I KNEW THIS WOULD HAPPEN." TOMMY: (HEARIN6 THEM AS THEY CAME CLOSER): "AT LEAST THEY DON'T KNOW I'M TOMMY!" (SIRENS ARE HEARD) Owv-wooo-oooo! "THERE I GO AGAIN." CITIZEN 3: "THERE HE IS!" CITIZEN 1: "AFTER HIM!" CITIZEN 2: "DON'T LET HIM GET AWAY!" NARRATOR: THE SEARCH WENT ON UNTIL THE MOON WENT DOWN. TOMMY SNUCK OUT OF THE WOODS--AND MET UP WITH THE CHIEF OF POLICE! CHIEF: "WH0'S THERE?" TOMMY: "PLEASE! LISTEN, I CAN EXPLAIN!" CHIEF: "DON'T WORRY, TOMMY. IT'S ALL RIGHT NOW. A WEREWOLF DOESN'T COME AFTER YOU EVERY DAY." NARRATOR: TOMMY FELT HIS FOREHEAD AND TEETH. HE REALIZED THAT HE WAS BACK TO NORMAL ONCE AGAIN. TOMMY: "NO, I GUESS HE DOESN'T." CHIEF: "SO RUN ON HOME. YOUR PARENTS WILL BE GLAD TO SEE YOU." NARRATOR: TOMMY STARTED WALKING HOME. TOMMY: "I CAN'T FACE THEM AGAIN. PEOPLE WILL REMEMBER THINGS I'VE SAID. AND THE MOON WILL BE FULL AGAIN."
SCENE FOUR
NARRATOR: TOMMY MADE A DECISION. TOMMY: "I'M LEAVING HOME!" NARRATOR: SO TOMMY TOOK A BUS TO ANOTHER STATE. HE FOUND A FARM WHERE THE FAMILY WAS HAPPY TO TAKE HIM IN--EVEN WHEN HE TOLD THEM ABOUT HIS CONDITION. FARMER: "SO? I GET INGROWN TOENAILS EVERY NOW AND THEN." NARRATOR: TOMMY HELPED WITH THE FARMING AND THE OTHER WORK. FOR THE FIRST TIME SINCE HIS CHILDHOOD, TOMMY FELT HOPEFUL ABOUT LIFE. THEN AN ACCIDENT HAPPENED. FARMER: "TOMMY, YOU KNOW YOU'RE WELCOME TO STAY HERE. YOU'RE A GOOD WORKER, AND WE LIKE YOUR HOWLING. BUT WE CAN'T AFFORD TO LOSE ANY MORE CHICKENS. SO BE CAREFUL NEXT MONTH, OKAY?" TOMMY: "OKAY." NARRATOR: TOMMY DECIDED TO HELP OUT BY GETTING A JOB. TOMMY: "I WANT TO PAY FOR SOME NEW CHICKENS." NARRATOR: HE WENT TO WORK IN A DINER IN A NEARBY TOWN. IT WAS CALLED 'JOE'S CAFE.' JOE: "SAY, TOMMY, YOU'RE A G00D WORKER. YOU HAVE A WAY WITH A SCRAMBLED EGG. HOW AB0UT WORKIN6 THE NIGHT SHIFT? YOU'LL GET BETTER TIPS." TOMMY: "NO, JOE. NO, I CAN'T." JOE: "WHAT A BUNCH! MARY WON'T WORK NIGHTS, EITHER." MARY: "I JUST CAN'T, JOE." NARRATOR: MARY WOLF WORKED BEHIND THE COUNTER WITH TOMMY. IT WAS THE END OF THEIR WORKDAY. MARY: "IT'S 5. TIME FOR US TO G0." TOMMY: "YES." MARY: "FULL MOON TONIGHT." TOMMY: "I KNOW." MARY: "WHERE'S JOE? I WANT TO GET HOME AS SOON AS I CAN." TOMMY: "ME, TOO!" MARY: "DO YOU LIVE ON THE FARM?" TOMMY: "OH, YES." MARY: "WHAT'S THE MATTER WITH YOU? CAN'T YOU TALK?" TOMMY: "OH, MARY, I ---" (THE TELEPHONE RINGS1 JOE: (ON TELEPHONE): "MARY, MY CAR IS STUCK. YOU AND TOMMY KEEP THE PLACE OPEN." MARY: "JOE, I'VE TOLD YOU I CAN'T WORK AT NIGHT." JOE: "AS A FAVOR TO ME?" MARY: (HESITATINGLY) "OH, WELL, OKAY." NARRATOR: AS IT GREW DARKER OUTSIDE, TOMMY BECAME MORE AND MORE WORRIED. HF KEPT LOOKING IN THE SHINY PART OF THE COFFEE MACHINE TO SEE IF THERE WERE ANY S1GNS OF A CHANGE. HE COULD SEE MARY ACTIN6 FUNNY, TOO. TOMMY: "I'M MAKING HER NERVOUS." NARRATOR: FINALLY, HE SAW THE FIRST RAYS OF THE FULL MOON! TOMMY STARTED RUNNIN6 OUT THE DOOR. MARY WAS RUNNING OUT TOO! SHE PUSHED BY HIM. JOE WAS COMING IN RIGHT THEN. JOE: "THANKS. (HE STEPS OUT OF THE WAY.) B0Y, THEY'RE IN A HURRY!" NARRATOR: TOMMY COULD FEEL THE FUR ON HIS FACE. HE SAW IT ON HIS HANDS. HE RAN INTO THE WOODS. TOMMY: "I HAVE TO GET AWAY BEFORE I HOWL. WHERE'S THAT HILL I SAW LAST MONTH? AH, THERE IT IS OVER THERE...." NARRATOR: AS HE RAN UP THE HILL, HE HEARD A SOUND THAT WAS STRAN6E, YET FAMILIAR. MARY: "Oww-Wooo-oooo!" TOMMY: "MARY!" MARY: "TDMMY!" TOMMY: "MARY!" MARY: "TOMMY!" MARY AND TOMMY TOGETHER: "Oww-Hooo-oooo! Oww-Wooo-oooo!" (THE HOWLING FADES AWAY.) NARRATOR: TOMMY AND MARY WERE B0TH HAPPY TO HAVE FOUND A FRIEND AT LAST. TOMMY STILL LIVES ON THE FARM. MARY IS TEACHING THE FARMER'S CHILDREN TO SING TO THE MOON. MARY: (READING) "SO, THE WOLF SWALLOWED RED RIDING HOOD AND HE LIVED HAPPILY EVER AFTER."