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The Bird Scene (play)
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Tori and the bird she used in her performance of the Bird Scene

Produced by

André Harris

Appeared in

The Bird Scene

The Bird Scene is a scene/play-piece that is used in Hollywood Arts to teach the students to believe in their own choices as actors and actresses. The scene is a monologue, and it is featured in the episode of the same name.

Script

(In Southern Accent)

It was 1934 when my husband left me, alone.
Living on the prairie was a dreary existence; no telephone, no radio.
Only a large, majestic bird with whom I shared my feelings.
One day when I was feeling alone I said to him,
"Oh, bird. You can fly. You can soar miles from this lonely place, yet you stay... Why?"
And apparently, my question rang true, for that afternoon... my bird left.
And so went my spirit.

Tori's Script (first attempt)

It was 1934 when my husband left me, alone.
Living on the prairie was a dreary existence, no telephone, no radio.
Only a large, majestic bird with whom I shared my feelings.
One day when I was feeling alone I said to him,
"Oh, bird. You can fly. You can soar miles from the lonely place, yet you stay... Why?"
And apparently, my question rang true, for that afternoon, the bird left...
And so went my spirit (bows her head)

Tori's Script (second attempt)

It was 1934 when my husband left me, alone.
Living on the prairie was a dreary existence, no telephone, no radio.
Only (pulls a rope and a toy bird pops up) a large majestic bird, with whom I shared my feelings.
"Oh, bird. You can fly. You can soar miles from this lonely place, yet you stay... Why?"
And apparently, my question rang true, for that afternoon, the bird left, (throws the bird in an open window)
And so went my spirit (bows her head)

Tori's Script (third and final attempt)

(plays special country music) It was 1934 when my husband left me, alone.
Living on the prairie was a dreary existence, no telephone, no radio.
Only a large, majestic bird with whom I shared my feelings. (bird flies to Tori's arm)
One day when I was feeling alone, I said to him,
"Oh bird. You can fly. You can soar miles from the lonely place, yet you stay... Why?"
And apparently, my question rang true, for that afternoon, the bird left... (bird flies away)
And so went my spirit (bows)

Classroom Tool

In the improvisation class taught by Sikowitz, each student is required to pass this scene in order to be allowed to audition for any school play or club. The objective of the scene is to get through the scene without questioning oneself and asking for the approval of others. The other students are not allowed to tell the new student the "secret" of the Bird Scene or help them in any way. After the student performs the scene, the teacher will tell you that the student has done the scene wrong, no matter how well it is performed, and continue to do so until the student stands up for themselves. By asking the teacher if the scene was done properly, the student fails. The student must perform the scene over and over again until getting it right (i.e.: proclaiming they have approving opinion of your performance against the teacher's saying it was wrong, or telling the teacher their performance was good despite what he says).

Students' Performances

Tori's performance (click to see gif)

All the main characters have passed the test. Tori is the only one which we see do the play/scene, and it took her three times to pass.  

Trivia

  • This is the first play of Season 1.
  • Tori is the only character we see on the show perform the scene, although all the other characters presumably passed.
  • Tori tried to get Robbie and Cat to tell her the secret of the Bird Scene by flirting with Robbie and handcuffing Cat and making her eat spicy candy.
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