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Sunny Summer Green
Musical Theater, from The Summerfolk (1996)
Act I

A shanty by the sea. Behind it, mountains and
lush vegetation suggesting a swamp. In front, a
beach stretching down to the ocean. On the steps
of the shanty, JOE POTTS and his son WILLIE sit
mending nets. In front of them, the beach is
covered with SUMMERFOLK, some of which are our
principles, dressed in plain clothes and playing
in the sun on a hot summer day. The opening
chords are heard.

JOE
(with contempt)
Summerfolk.
(a second set of chords)
Thick as sand fleas and twice as pesky.

(The music builds.)

SUMMERFOLK
SAILING ON A SEA
OF SUMMER GREEN
SMILING BACK AT ME
THE SUNNY SUMMER GREEN

(A repeat of the opening chords.)

WILLIE
(echoing his father's tone)
Summerfolk.
(Another set of chords.)
Umbrellas and peanut butter sandwiches.

(The music continues longingly as Willie stops
mending and thinks about where he'd rather be.)

WILLIE
BAILING THE BOAT
CATCHING A DRAGONFLY
LYING BACK STARING UP
INTO THE SKY
WITH THE SUN IN MY EYE

(A motor boat races by, interrupting the song
with its loud motor. The summerfolk wave as it
passes.)

JOE and WILLIE
Summerfolk!

(The music resumes.)

SUMMERFOLK
PEAKING THROUGH THE LEAVES
OF SUMMER GREEN
WAKING FROM THE DREAMS
OF SUNNY SUMMER GREEN

WILLIE
DROPPING A LINE
TYING A HANDKERCHIEF

(ROSEBUD strolls by, trying to catch Willie's
attention. She is dressed in beach clothes, not
her character costume.)

ROSEBUD
FLIRTING WITH SUMMERFOLK
JUST PASSING BY
WITH THE SUN IN THEIR EYE

I DARE NOT SAY
WHAT I HAVE DREAMED
HE WOULD NOT UNDERSTAND
BUT WHEN HIS HEART
WITH SUNLIGHT GLEAMS
THEN I SHALL HAVE HIS HAND

SUMMERFOLK
PLAYING, STRAYING
THROUGH SUMMER GREEN
PRAYING, STAYING
IN SUNNY SUMMER GREEN
CATCHING A GLINT
HINTING BY MERCURY
CURING AND CALLING
THE LOVERS THAT SIGH
WITH THE SUN, WITH THE SUN
IN THEIR EYE.
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