To prove that she has an adventurous side, ten-year-old Zulayka attempts to balance on the edge of a hotel pool, even though she’s been left alone and doesn’t know how to swim. Unfortunately, the girl loses her balance and falls into the deep end, where she must overcome her fear—and her vivid imagination—if she hopes to reach safety. Performers will be challenged to create memorable underwater sequences as well as demonstrate emotional moments between close-knit family members.
This play was written based on stories submitted by elementary students to the playwright. It, therefore, has the flavor of a whimsical/non-sensical story that a child would tell! If you are working with students on any sort of devised work, this would be a great short script to introduce children to original works based on stories or prompts!
Evan Baughfman, the playwright, has had various written works published and/or performed. Many of his plays have been produced across the U.S., United Kingdom, and Australia. Additionally, his children’s play, “R.O.M.3.O. and Julia” (Romeo and Juliet with robots) has been published in PLAYS Magazine. His script, “Lipstick and Heroics,” is available through YouthPLAYS. In addition, his middle-grade play, “Percy Pangolin Wants to Go Viral,” is published by Heuer Publishing. Heuer also published “A Taste of Amontillado” (an adaptation of Edgar Allan Poe’s “The Cask of Amontillado”).
Excerpt from the play:
Zulayka a girl beside a hotel pool, 10 years old
Brandon her brother, 8 years old
Tia the kids’ aunt
(Zulayka and her brother, Brandon, walk beside a hotel pool.)
ZULAYKA, watch! See how close I can get to the pool’s edge!
(He walks along the edge of the pool like it’s a tightrope.)
(yanking him back)
Don’t do that! You don’t know how to swim!
(brushing her off)
Neither do you!
Exactly! You see me doing what you’re doing? No, you don’t.
Aw, you’re no fun!
TIA said I had to watch you while she was in the room. That’s what I’m doing.
This is supposed to be a vacation, and all you wanna do is boss me around!
When you get to be older than me, you can be the boss.
But I’ll never be older than you!
Aw, too bad for you!
Hey, you two! I’ve been looking all over the hotel for you!
What’re you doing out here by the pool? Did I say it was okay to be out here without me?
No, Tia. Sorry, Tia.
It’s okay. You wanna go with me into town and see what’s there? Maybe we can get some ice cream?
How about you?
I guess so.
You “guess so”? Do you like being boring? Where’s your sense of adventure?
That’s what I’ve been saying!
Well, come on, let’s go, then.