Chapter 5, drama play. Adult felt full of knowledge that doctor king as she left misses Mitchell's class, she couldn't wait to start working with her group on the project. But right then, it was drama club time. And I remembered that misses Mitchell said, she was going to introduce a play involving doctor king today. And she was really excited about that. When all the students into the auditorium, they noticed a lot of chairs sitting on the stage. They were arranged in two straight rows facing the side of the stage with one single chair on the front. Everyone wondered, what was going to happen? Finally, misses Mitchell came into the auditorium and gathered all the students together. Welcome my fellow thespians, as you can see, the stage is set for our first rehearsal of our doctor Martin Luther King play. Misses Mitchell announced. The students were a little confused by being called lesbians. Apparently no one knew what a thespian was. Jake makes his hand to ask. This is Phillips full of earth is a thespian. I don't know if I really like the sound of that word right now. He admitted. This is Phillips laughed before giving her answer. A thespian is just a fancy way of saying actor or actress in the theater world she explained. I think very highly of each one of you. All of you have superb acting skills, which is why I know everyone will do a tremendous job with this play. Exactly what is it about anyway? Victoria, you never told us the plot. All in good time. Victoria, I want you to feel this place as I explained. It's content to you. The two rows of chios you see in front of you represent the seats on a bus. I want Barry to come up and sit in this front chair to be the bus driver. Jake and Tyler, I want you to stand on the side and be the police officers. Annabelle, I want you to be ashamed to name Rosa Parks. I'll tell you when to enter the bus. Everyone else, I need you to fill the seats on the bus. Now let's get into our places everyone, misses Phillips directed. Everyone moved into place just as their teacher had told them. Then misses Phillips began telling the true story of Rosa Parks. One day in Montgomery, Alabama, a seamstress, which is a woman whose souls for a living, named Rosa Parks, had just put in a long, hard day at work, and was brought in a bus to go home. She paid her affair in the front of the bus, got out, and then reentered through the side entrance. And set in the back in what was called the colored section. Misses Phillips explained speaking with a southern sounding voice. Misses Phillips paused to give direction to annabelle, who was playing the part of rosa. Misses Phillips told the students that this story took place in 1955, when all public buses were segregated. At that time in history, segregation was written into law, even though it was very wrong and unfair. The white passengers sat in the front of the bus in the white section, and the black passages had to sit in the back of a bus in the colored section. Misses Phillips continued telling the story. While en route, there came to a buster. A white man climbed into the bus, finding no seat in the white section. He went to the bus driver and demanded a heap on him a seat. So the driver told all of that passengers in the first row of the section to stand and move to the back, so the white man could sit in that room. This added another room to the white section. Three of the four black passengers on that roll moved. But Rosa Parks did not. Misses Phillips passed again to get directions to the students playing the parts of the bus driver, the white passenger and rosa. The driver told rosa to get out of her seat, but she wouldn't move. Continued, misses Phillips. She was tired of her people always giving in. When she knew this law was unfair to black people. In a short while, two police officers came into the bus and arrested rosa. Misses Phillips gave the appropriate directions to the characters playing specific roles. After the police officers took rose off stage, the white man sat down. At that point, misses Phillips acts all the bus passengers to quietly lift their chairs up and take them off stage. As they were doing that, misses Phillips started singing an old Negro spiritual called I've been built. With curious looks on their faces, the students watched and listened to misses Phillips sing. After she finished the first two verses of the song, she explained the lyrics to the class, and why she chose that selection. She told the students that the word built from the song was short for the word rebuked, which means to express sharp disapproval and criticism to someone. She told them how some white people treated black people this way for many years. She also explained the word scorn in the song, which means a strong feeling of no respect for someone. The scene they just acted out clearly showed those two words that were used in the song. Misses Phillips told them that she needed a special song to be sung after that scene, so the actors could clear away the chairs and prepare for the next scene. The next scene involved a boycott of riding on public buses. This one caught was led by none other than doctor Martin Luther King, junior himself. He was just a 26 year old preacher at the time, but he was a powerful speaker. Who declared the truth to the leaders at that particular time in history. For the boycott scene, misses Phillips had made many large protest signs for the students to carry. After reading some explanation that set the stage for the next scene, misses Phillips instructed the students to hold up the signs and walk around in the circle. Once a lot across the stage was formed, each student in turn yelled out the words on their side to the audience. After the last person spoke, everyone yelled out equal rights for all. 5 times and walked off the stage. The students really got into that scene. They felt a sense of teamwork and unity, fighting for the same ideas as doctor king and so many others had done during that time, which is known as the civil rights movement. The last scene in the play highlighted that Martin Luther King's most famous speech, I have a dream. She chose Jamal to be doctor Martin Luther King, and he read a portion of the speech very well. The class cheated afterwards, and sang the song, this little light of mine. Add to some closing narration, the play was complete. Every one loved it. Chapter 5 is finished. I have a question for you. Have you ever seen or participated in a protest for or against something? If so, talk about it with your Friends.