CALEB: Jacob, wait. Our brothers have hit upon something delightful for the harvest social. And the song mentions “the land” – which is always beautiful to the Amish …
JACOB: Well, you’re the church elder, so okay; I’ll trust your judgment.
CALEB: Wonderful! Brothers Abner and Levi will sing this lovely song about the land at the social.
LEVI: Um, Brother Caleb, we were hoping to please God and the community with two or three show tunes.
(the words “show tunes” make CALEB a little uneasy)
CALEB: Oh? Pray, tell us of another of these “show tunes.”
(long pause, then JACOB begins to sing softly)
“The sun’ll come out, tomorrow / So ya gotta hang on ’til tomorrow …”
(ABNER smiles at JACOB, and both sing): “Come what may! / Tomorrow! Tomorrow! … ”
(LEVI joins in, all three sing): “I love ya tomorrow! / You’re always a day a way!”
(CALEB raises his hand to stop them)
CALEB: Wait – this song is Christian because … ??
LEVI: … because it’s a song about hope …
ABNER: … and about joy …
JACOB: … and about love …
(LEVI, ABNER and JACOB sigh together)
CALEB: All right, two songs then. I just hope the community likes these “show tunes” as much as you all do. … Hmm …
JACOB: Brother Caleb? Does something still trouble thee?
ABNER: Caleb, thou art good and kind. Tell us, what is it?
CALEB: Well, there is one song from my youth … I’m wondering if we might sing it at our social as well …
LEVI: Brother Caleb, of course we can! Sing out, brother; show us your soul’s joy …
(CALEB pauses, clears his throat, and sings)
“It’s just a jump to the left …”
(JACOB recognizes the tune, sings)
JACOB: “And then a step to the ri-i-ight …”
(ABNER, hands on hips, sings)
ABNER: “With your hands on your hips …”
(LEVI, knees in tight, sings)
LEVI: “You bring your knees in ti-i-iight …”
(all four, “Rocky Horror” style)
CALEB, JACOB, ABNER and LEVI: “But it’s the pelvic thru-ust / that really drives you insa-a-a-ane / Let’s do the Time Warp again!”
(As all four sing the refrain again, lights fade to black)