We the People

“How can you say a few words about America?”  So begins this patriotic tableau as a committee discusses putting on a patriotic show for their town.  Just what does America mean to them?  One person pulls out the Preamble to the Constitution, and they decide to use it as a framework for their play.  Through a series of sketches organized phrase by phrase from the Preamble, they show not only how the Constitution applies to our past, but also to our present and future.  Everyday life is showcased in both funny and poignant vignettes, offering a variety of moods as it explores the deeper meanings of the language of the Constitution.  From two neighbors arguing their constitutional rights to have crab grass to an immigrant’s heart-warming story of coming to America, this Norman Rockwellesque review offers slices of life in America.  Spelling bees…  parades…  letters home from war…  all become part of this patchwork quilt of American life.  This play will serve as a fine reminder that the remarkable words written by our forefathers many years ago are still a living document, part of our lives each and every day.

This educational and inspirational show will leave all involved with a better understanding of the founding of America as they appreciate what makes this country unique and great today.  While written as a non-musical, We the People can easily be adapted into a musical by adding in your own selection of patriotic American songs from the public domain.  A flag and a few simple props are all that are required to produce this show.  Between the versatility, the easy staging and the highly flexible cast, this outstanding patriotic play lends itself to a multitude of production possibilities.  Both your cast and your audience will be touched by this fine illustration of how the United States of America is made up first and foremost of We the People.

 

Cast/Characters

Sam – Tom Clegg

Martha – Karen Lutze

George – William Schwaab

Abby – Samantha Pool

Tom – Mike Roehl

Betsy – Kim Coldren

Act 1 Scene 1

Taxpayer – Randy Wettstein

Teacher – Sara Pittner

Truck Driver – Lee Tempas

Mother – Deb Schlehlein

Act 1 Scene 2

Daughter – Sara Pittner

Dad – Don Held

Act 1 Scene 3

Husband – Randy Wettstein

Wife – Deb Schlehlein

Daughters – Cierra Coldren, Madisyn Coldren

Police Officer – Neil Beaton, Sharon O’Connell

Choir Ladies – Deb Schlehlein, Melissa O’Connell, Pam Steffen, Sarah Bjorn, Barb Sertich-Kress, Jean Sertich, Karen Herman

Act 1 Scene 4

Mother – Samantha Pool

Father – Bill Coldren

Mark – Michael Covey

Barry – Darren Covey

Police Officer – Neil Beaton

Act 1 Scene 5

Father – Lee Tempas

Professor – Randy Wettstein

Housewife – Deb Schlehlein

Congressman – Don Held

Lincoln – Neil Beaton

Act 2 Scene 1

Reporter – Deb Schlehlein

Man – Lee Tempas

Woman – Debra Kelm

Act 2 Scene 2

Man One – Don Held

Man Two – Randy Wettstein

Immigrant – Sara Pittner

Act 2 Scene 3

Teacher One – Deb Schlehlein

Teacher Two – Lee Tempas

Teacher Three – Bill Coldren

Teacher Four – Meil Beaton

Teacher Five – Debra Kelm

Teacher Six – Jeff Kelm

Act 2 Scene 4

Larry – Neil Beaton

Ned – Bill Coldren

Wife – Sharon O’Connell

Choir – Deb Schlehlein, Melissa O’Connell, Pam Steffen, Sarah Bjorn, Barb Sertich-Kress, Jean Sertich, Karen Herman, Elaine Halverson, Darlene Nardi, Crystel Hodges, Jackie Fisher, Lee Steffen, Art Winkler

Children – Sirena Eberhardy, Cierra Coldren, Madisyn Coldren, Steven Thaves, Andi Roehl, Darren Covey, Michael Covey, Sophia Riemersma

Marine Corp Veteran – Eric Rautmann

Production Staff

Director: Michael Eberhardy

Musical Director: Sandra Kasten

Production Manager: Dustin L. Uhl

Technical Supervisor: Eric Rautmann

Stage Manager: Shari Roehl

Set Design: Dustin L. Uhl

Costumes: Beverly Dulmes

Sound Effects Design: Dave Steinmeyer

Sound Board Operator: Lee Schneider

Properties: Nan Gibson, Lisa Mashbruch

Master Carpenter: Kyle Schwanke

Paint Master: Colleen Bertram