The Rose of no man's land
THE STORY OF A YOUNG GIRL WHO LEARNS
TO OVERCOME HER PERSONAL CHALLENGES
AND A WOMAN WHO FINDS WITHIN HERSELF
THE STRENGTH TO HELP OTHERS
IN A TIME OF DESPERATE NEED
CLARA WAS AMERICA'S WARRIOR OF PEACE!
A SHY GIRL
Born on Christmas day in New England 1821, and long before her days of the American Red Cross, Clara Barton was a shy and fearful girl who suffered from lack of self-esteem and a lisp in her speech. The Rose is the story of how Clara learns to overcome her personal challenges!
The action begins as Clara returns home early from boarding school due to her emotional problems. Concerned for her health, her family welcomes her with gifts. Each gift helps her to discover her unique strengths. Like all of us, she possesses something special inside herself, something that can make a real difference in her life, and in the world we live!
A BIG DECISION
After a playful test of Clara's memory, her father can't help notice her very quiet birdcage. You see, his homecoming gift for Clara was a little bird. But Clara discovers her bird's sadness at being "locked inside a cage." So she sets the bird free! Afraid of her father’s reaction, Clara carefully explains her decision to set her bird free. She has learned a great lesson and now faces her next challenge….
THE GAME OF CATCH
Clara tells her brother David of her painful experiences at school.Embarrassed, she withdraws, and her lisp worsens. David, her brother, refuses to let her quit. He uses the simple game of catch, to teach her how to focus, and to concentrate. When Clara finally does get it right, she throws a strike! She is ecstatic! In her excitement, she is able to speak without the lisp! She has taken a huge step in her journey toward emotional recovery, by way of determination, focus, and concentration!
Clara’s brother teaches her the “practical side of things”, like "focusing on just one thing", while her father, "The Captain", believes that by playing games of politics and reliving military battles, Clara will learn to be brave, and grow to be strong! Clara loves her story time with Father, and enthusiastically plays the parts of "Mad Anthony Wayne", and the Indians, as together they reenact her favorite battle of the "Fallen Timbers"! In these games she learns many of the skills she will use later in life to achieve her goals of helping others in need.
A VISION OF PEACE
Exhausted, Clara falls asleep as the sound of the wooden flute fills the air. She dreams of “The Fallen Timbers”, where she meets a mysterious Indian Medicine Man, who sings his proud song of the Great Buffalo! Clara is afraid and hiding, but he hears her. She is curious and confused. He tells her the story of the Great Buffalo, and a place called the Fallen Timbers. "I know all about the Fallen Timbers", Clara proudly declares. He recognizes her gentle strong spirit. He tells her to grow to be strong, and to learn all you can, for one day you will teach all nations! But how could she possibly teach all nations! For the first time, she begins to understand that war is not just a game!
A YOUNG NURSE
Clara wakes from her dream to the tragic news of her brother David's accident. "He may never walk again", Father says. Clara decides to do whatever she can to help her brother, as he had done for her. She becomes his nurse and caretaker. For over two years she is at his side. Through the toughest struggles, she remains positive. Clara never loses faith or her focus on what she has learned about overcoming personal challenges! Their roles have been reversed, as Clara now reminds David of what he once taught her. Clara finally convinces her father to let her try what was considered at the time to be using exercise and steam treatments. She again turns to her newly gained inner strength, and helps her brother recover his self-confidence, which leads to a hysterical "physical therapy session"! In the dramatic ending of this Scene, Clara insist that David take his first steps, in over two years, inspiring him to walk once again!
THE FREE SCHOOL & THE BAD BOYS
Clara has grown up, and is now a young woman, leaving her family home, to open the first "Free School" in the state of New Jersey. Her days teaching are difficult, but she has learned to face her personal challenges, and nothing will stand in her way. There are many homeless "Street Kids" in her new town, and they cannot afford to eat properly, much less pay to go to school. So, Clara has decided to recruit several "Street Kids" for her new "Free School". She challenges them to learn how to read, nd offers her help. She also has learned that several of the "Bad Boys" had gained a reputation for "Running du high falootin new teachu out uh town!", and were planning to do the same "Wit dis Mizz Barton!", regardless of her good intension's! Clara arrives and enters the audience. She recruits a handful of children from the audience whom will play the role of the children in the classroom scene! As Clara begins class, with her "favorite subject, Reading". "Charlie, the Bad Boy" arrives mischievously intent on "driving dis nu teacher out of town!" It's one of the children's favorite scenes in the play, year after year! And as with all our shows, it's about much more than just fun. With all the great laughs, chase scenes, improvisation and our professional actors interacting with your students on stage, the important message emphasizing the value of reading is never lost! The children absolutely adore this scene! Clara eventually takes charge and turns Charlie around with a lot of self confidence and some help from those “practical things” she learned from her Brother David, and her Father, Captain Barton. Charlie, as often can be the case, turns out to be a pretty smart guy! The Free School is a tremendous success and even the “Bad Boys” learn how to read!
THE TRAIN STATION
After teaching 10 years, Clara moves on. In the "Train Station Scene”, she says goodbye to her Brother David. She has earned a new job, and is moving to Washington D.C., where she soon begins her work as the first woman to hold the esteemed position of US. Patent Officer. It is during this time in her life that Clara will begin to face her greatest challenges, during the American Civil War!
THE CIVIL WAR
In the finale of the play the Civil War breaks out and Clara finds herself doing "what must be done" as she urgently begins her work to bring medical care, food and clothing to the soldiers on the battlefield! Her struggle is great, but with the help of her unique strengths gained from what she had learned in her own personal life's challenges, Clara overcomes all resistance and adversity during the War, and achieves what no one before her had ever done. After the outbreak of the Civil War, Clara is prepared to help any way she can, when suddenly she is caught in the middle of a battle, and must risk her own life to help a wounded soldier.
THE AMERICAN RED CROSS
As the drums of War go silent, Clara continues her work, which eventually leads to the founding of the American Red Cross! In the final moment of the play, Charlie returns, now able to read, and proudly proclaims the virtues of Miss Barton, or in Charlie's words, "Aint she sumptin! No matter where you are, yous know right away dat Mz. Barton, or somebody jus like her, is there to lend a helping hand. Maybe dats why dey call her "Du Rose Of No Man's Land!!!!"
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