THE STORY OF A YOUNG GIRL WHO LEARNS
TO OVERCOME HER PERSONAL CHALLENGES
AND A WOMAN WHO FINDS WHITHIN HERSELF
THE STRENGTH TO HELP OTHERS
IN A TIME OF DESPERATE NEED
CLARA WAS AMERICA'S WARRIOR OF PEACE!
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
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
helps her to discover her unique
strengths. Like all of us, she possesses something
special inside herself, something that can make
difference in her life, and in the world we
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
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!
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,
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
Clara falls asleep as the sound of thewooden
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
confused, but when he trips on a fallen tree,
Clara understands, and helps the old blind man to walk. She asks him, "What
are you singing? "Why are you so
sad?" He tells her the story
of the Great Buffalo, his fallen Chief; the
loss of his people's way of life; and of a great
in a place called the Fallen Timbers.
"I know all about the Fallen Timbers",
Clara proudly declares. The old man straightens and
takes her hand again. As they walk, he
her as a gentle spirit, and he tells her "you
must grow to be strong, and to "learn all
can, for one day you will teach all nations!
You are a Warrior of Peace!" As he fades
in her dream she becomes agitated, not understanding
how she could possibly become"a Warrior of Peace?" For the
first time, she begins to understand that war
is not just a game!
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.
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
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
of this Scene, Clara insist that David take
his first steps, in over two years, inspiring
him to walk
THE FREE SCHOOL & THE BAD BOYS
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.
has learned that several of the "Bad Boys"
had gained a reputation for "Running du
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
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".
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
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
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
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
THE CIVIL WAR
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
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
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 continues .. "Aint she sumptin! Du
wars ben over now 20 years, an dat Mz. Barton's
still helpin people! Helpin people thru fires,
floods, hurricanes, eben udder peoples wars!
And now we got our very own flag. A flag is
like a symbol, it stands for sumptin! So whenever
yous see dis flag, 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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