The Rose

  • Cast Number: 3
  • Run-time: 4 minutes

Maintaining sexual purity

Cast: 2 male and 1 female mimes

Set, costumes, lighting, sound: standard, except ensure that two male mimes are dressed very differently

Run-time: 4 – 6 minutes

Sample of script:

Step 1, female mime comes on stage alone:
• comes on stage, happy, dancing.
• mimes finding a flower:
• first may catch a scent, frowns, wondering what the scent is, sniffs the air
• looking around trying to find the source of the scent
• mimes, “finds” the flower
• (flower is at waist height so all can see)
• holds hands cupped upward framing the “flower”
• leans down to smell the flower
• mimes all parts of the rose, for petals use back of fingers as big smile shows how pretty it is, for leaves take thumb and index finger, moving out and up, for stem mime pricking finger with thorn of rose, put finger in mouth, frown, hurt, (have this hurt last only a few seconds, go back to happy, appreciative looking at rose)
• mimes scissors, cuts rose and holds it in her hands, smelling the rose, very happy, holds rose close to her

Step 2, Male 1 mime joins female mime:
• male mime sees female mime, perks up, confidently struts over to female, shows off, touches his face, poses, to indicate his beauty.
Assumes body builder pose to show off muscles

• female smiles faintly, goes back to admiring her rose
• male mime frowns, pats girl on back to get her attention, more strongly mimes his looks and muscles
• female mime pays more attention, smiles more openly but then goes back to admiring rose
• male mime becomes somewhat annoyed, then smiles, more dramatically shows off beauty and muscles
• female mime is now very interested in male mime, touches his face with back of her hand, smiles, touches his muscles, smiles, excited• male mime, with index fingers points to himself, then points to rose, points back to himself, (“give me the rose”)
• female mime frowns, shows hurt, disbelief, annoyance, holds up hand as in “stop, no”, shakes head “no!”, turns away
• male mime, more annoyed
• more aggressively mimes his beauty and muscles, then with index fingers points to his face, his muscles, to himself, then to female mime, (“I will give me to you”), then points to the rose, then to himself, (“you give me the rose”)
• female mime giggles to herself, flirts, admires male mime’s beauty and muscles, then looks down at rose, smells it, shakes head, “no”, turns away but looks back over shoulder at male mime with slight smile
• male mime, more annoyed
• more aggressively mimes his beauty and muscles, then with index fingers points to his face, his muscles, to himself, then to female mime, (“I will give me to you”), then points to the rose, then to himself, (“you give me the rose”), mimes offering to kiss female mime
• female mime amazed, very big smile, looks down at rose, unsure
• male mime, very big smile, mimes kissing, index fingers to rose, back to himself

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