Allergic Sally

written by a 9 year old Story Stage Student

 

SCENE ONE: SALLY is getting ready for her first day at a new school.

SFX: DOORBELL RING

MRS. CRAIG

Come in!

(SALLY’s best friend KELLY enters.) 

KELLY

Hi, Ms. Craig!

MRS. CRAIG

Hi Kelly, how are you today?

KELLY

Good. Hey Sally, are you ready for your first day of school? Don’t worry, everyone’s nice.  I know everyone. Only one teacher’s rude and she left, like, five years ago. So we’re good.

SALLY

Thanks, Kelly. You were prepared this morning, weren’t you?

KELLY

Yeah. I even picked up a hazmat suit on my way this morning so you can go. Because of all your allergies.

SALLY

Thanks, Kelly.

KELLY

You’re welcome.

SALLY

So there’s no mean teachers?

KELLY

Ehhh, define mean.

SALLY

Are there any allergy-rule type things?

KELLY

Well there’s a table for kids who can’t eat peanuts. And they all gotta go sit at that table by themselves. How cruel is that? But don’t worry, on Fridays they can bring a friend. But I’m sure I can fake being allergic to peanuts and sit at the table with you!

SALLY

Thanks, Kelly. Alright, let’s go.

MRS. CRAIG

I want you to beware of all the things that you are allergic to Sally.

SALLY

I’ve got all my bracelets!

MRS. CRAIG

Okay. Just beware of the mean people. Well, have fun at school, girls.

SALLY

I’ll be fine. Bye, Mom.

KELLY

Bye, Ms. Craig!

 

SCENE TWO: At school, SALLY and KELLY meet up for their language arts class.

SFX: SCHOOL BACKGROUND NOISE

KELLY

How’s it going, Sally?

SALLY

Good.

KELLY

Well, this is our language arts class. That’s our teacher, Ms. Scooch.

(MS. SCOOCH enters.)

SFX: SCHOOL BELL RINGS 

SCOOCH

Guys, we’ve got a new student here today that moved from Fiji. Miss Sally, why don’t you come up here and introduce yourself, and tell us a little bit about yourself.

KELLY

(Standing and addressing the class:) Just so everyone knows, you can’t eat or drink anything around her, okay?

SCOOCH

Let’s have Miss Sally tell everyone about herself.

(SALLY goes to the front of the class.) 

SALLY

My name is Sally and I’m from Fiji. And this is my friend, Kelly.

KELLY

Hi! She’s pretty much allergic to everything you can think of.

SALLY

Kelly, shh!

SCOOCH

Sally, it appears that you’re allergic to some things.

SALLY

Yes.

SCOOCH

Did you already turn in that form that your parents were supposed to sign?

SALLY

Yes.

SCOOCH

Alright, so you have your Epi-Pen and everything?

SALLY

Mm-hmm.

SCOOCH

Alright. Now, let’s get to class. (SALLY sits down.) Alright. You do not pronounce the “d” in “dog.” It’s “og.” You do not pronounce the “d” alright, class? Class, tell me how you pronounce it.

SALLY

“Og.”

KELLY

“Og!”  Oh, and Sally’s allergic to “ogs”!

SALLY

No I’m not.

SCOOCH

Alright! Your homework is to do page 29, 1-10.

SFX: SCHOOL BELL RINGS

SCOOCH

Alright, time for lunch. You can go.

SALLY

Thank you, Ms. Scooch.

SCENE THREE: SALLY and KELLY are about to eat at a lunch table.

SFX: LUNCHROOM BACKGROUND NOISE

(MS. SCOOCH enters.) 

SCOOCH

Excuse me, Sally? Aren’t you allergic to peanuts and all that good stuff?

SALLY

Yes. Please don’t make me move, I’m fine here.

SCOOCH

You have to move, because it’s enforced by the law and policy. So, can you scooch your booch to that allergy-free table?

SALLY

But no one’s there!

KELLY

Oh, don’t worry! I’ll go there!

SALLY

She’s allergic to stuff, too.

KELLY

I’m allergic to peanuts! There’s peanuts over here!

SCOOCH

Let me see. (She checks her clipboard.) I don’t see a form that says, “Kelly is allergic to peanuts.”

KELLY

(In an old person’s voice:) I’m not Kelly! I’m the old lady from across the street, and I came to get a proper education!

SCOOCH

Kelly, enough. (To SALLY:) You have to go sit at the table.

KELLY

Bye, Loner Sally.

SALLY

Goodbye, Kelly.

(SALLY moves over to the empty allergy-free table and begins to angrily unpack her lunch.) 

SFX: LONELY MUSIC

SALLY

I don’t like this school. No one here has allergies so no one will sit with me. This is the worst day ever.

SFX: SNEAKY MUSIC  (KELLY sneaks under the table.) 

KELLY

(Whispering:) Sally! Hi!

SALLY

Hi, Kelly. You’re not supposed to be over here.

KELLY

Oh, I know. But I’m allergic to pollen.

SCOOCH

Kelly! Go back to your seat!

SALLY

Bye, Kelly.

KELLY

I was never here!

SFX: SCHOOL BELL RINGS

KELLY

Don’t worry, Sally. It’s gonna be a better day. And don’t worry, I had a peanut butter and jelly sandwich but I washed my mouth out with the soap in the bathroom.

SALLY

Did you wash your hands?

KELLY

Of course!

SALLY

Kelly, you’re such a good friend.

KELLY

The rest of the day’s gonna be better, I promise.

(They walk to their next class. MS. SCOOCH enters.) 

SFX: SCHOOL BELL RINGS

SCOOCH

Class, I’ve got a special surprise. Frederick brought us some strawberry homemade cake.

KELLY

Yay! I love strawberries! (To SALLY:) How do you feel about these amazing strawberries?

SALLY

I’m allergic to strawberries, did you forget?

KELLY

Oh. I hate strawberries.

SCOOCH

Alright, is anyone allergic to anything in the cake, like strawberries? Please raise your hand.

KELLY

She is!

(KELLY tries to raise SALLY’s hand.) 

SALLY

No! Unh-uh!

SCOOCH

You girls okay?

SALLY

No, I just don’t like strawberries. I’m not allergic.

KELLY

She’s allergic to them!

SALLY

I’m not allergic to them. I promise, I’m not.

SCOOCH

Sally, you don’t have to leave the classroom, but you do have to scooch away from the people who are eating them.

SALLY

Kelly! This is all your fault!

(After some prompting, SALLY scooches into the corner and MS. SCOOCH passes out cake.) 

SCOOCH

Alright, here you go.

KELLY

(Whispering:) Sally, this cake is amazing! You should really try- oh. This cake is horrible! I hate it!

SCOOCH

Sally, I have a cookie for you. We provide this for y’all if you can’t eat something.

(SALLY takes the cookie from MS. SCOOCH and tries to take a bite.) 

SALLY

You can’t chew it. It’s hard as a rock.

SCOOCH

We didn’t say it was chewable. (She walks away.) 

SALLY

“Worst day ever?”

KELLY

I’m sorry. Tomorrow will be better!

SFX: SCHOOL BELL RINGS

SCENE FOUR: SALLY returns home from school.

SFX: DOOR ENTERING

MRS. CRAIG

Sally, how was your day?

SALLY

Awful. I’m never going back.

MRS. CRAIG

Yes you are.

SALLY

No I’m not. I’ll homeschool.

MRS. CRAIG

Well, I’m not that educated enough. In fact, I didn’t really go to school because I was so busy shopping.  But you’re gonna go to school ‘cause I want you to have a good education.

SALLY

Ugh, fine. This is all Kelly’s fault. She ruined my day. She told my teacher I was allergic to food.

MRS. CRAIG

Well, why wouldn’t you want her to know?

SALLY

Because if I just don’t like it, then I wouldn’t have to move away from everyone. I had to sit in this corner, and then the teacher gave me this cookie and it was a rock painted like a cookie. It was horrible.

MRS. CRAIG

That sounds like a horrible day. Maybe it will be better tomorrow.

SALLY

No it won’t.

MRS. CRAIG

I said maybe.

 

SCENE FIVE: The next morning, SALLY sets out to have a better day at school.

SFX: PHONE RINGS

SALLY

(Answering:) Hello?

KELLY

I can’t go to school today.

SALLY

Why? You can’t be sick! I’m the one who gets sick, not you.

KELLY

I’m sick, okay? Deal with it. (She hangs up.) 

SALLY

Well. I guess I’m by myself today.

(MRS. CRAIG enters.) 

MRS. CRAIG

Sally, who was that?

SALLY

Kelly. She’s sick today. Today’s gonna be awful.

MRS. CRAIG

Oh, no. We talked last night and said today’s gonna be a better day. See if you can find anybody else! You have to have other friends than just one.

SALLY

No.

MRS. CRAIG

Alright, get to school.

(SALLY begins her walk to school.) 

SFX: OUTDOOR AMBIENCE

SCENE SIX: SALLY is walking to school when she bumps into a new friend.

(HILLARY is walking when she drops her books.) 

HILLARY

Sorry!

(SALLY picks up the books.) 

SALLY

Here you go.

HILLARY

Thanks. Hi, I’m Hillary. You are?

SALLY

I’m Sally.

HILLARY

Hi, Sally.

SALLY

Are you new? I haven’t seen you around.

HILLARY

Yeah, I’m new. Nice to meet you. So, what class do you have first period?

SALLY

I have the dreaded math.

HILLARY

I have that one. But I don’t know where it is. Could you show me around school?

SALLY

Well, I’m new, too. So if we get lost, we get lost together.

HILLARY

Alright. Hey, do you wanna eat lunch together?

SALLY

What lunch do you have?

HILLARY

11:30.

SALLY

Oh, I have the eleven!

HILLARY

Oh.

SALLY

Do you wanna walk home together?

HILLARY

Sure!

SALLY

Okay, see you at four!

HILLARY

Alright!

SFX: SCHOOL BELL RINGS

SCENE SEVEN: After school that day, HILLARY and SALLY have walked home together and are parting ways.

HILLARY

I’m glad we could walk home together, Sally!

SALLY

Bye! You should come over sometime and meet my friend Kelly. She was sick today, but you’ll really like her.

HILLARY

Alright! (She exits.) 

(SALLY dials her phone.)

SFX: PHONE RINGS 

KELLY

(Answering after being woken up:) Huh? Hello?

SALLY

Hi! I have good news!

KELLY

Am I better?

SALLY

I don’t know, I’m not over there.

KELLY

Well what’s the good news?

SALLY

I met someone today! She’s very nice. You’d like her. Her name’s Hillary.

KELLY

Ooh. Tell me about her. Does she have allergies?

SALLY

No. She has blonde hair and I think she likes to shop.

KELLY

Does she have allergies?

SALLY

I don’t know!

KELLY

She’s not replacing me, is she?

SALLY

No! Not at all.

KELLY

She’d better not be, otherwise I’m sending my army of ladybugs over.

SALLY

Kelly. She’s not replacing you.

KELLY

Alright. Are you gonna tell her about your allergies?

SALLY

No, I’m not gonna scare away another friend.

KELLY

Another friend?

SALLY

Do you not remember the incident?

KELLY

I remember the incident.

SALLY

Yeah. Are you gonna be back tomorrow?

KELLY

Yes. But you should tell her.

SALLY

I’m not lying. If she asks, I’ll tell her. But it’s not lying unless you’re lying to their face. She never asked. I’m just keeping a secret from her.

KELLY

Fine. Gotta go.

SALLY

Bye Kelly, hope you get better.

KELLY

Bye, boo.

SCENE EIGHT: The next day at school, HILLARY is about to meet KELLY and SALLY to walk to school.

SFX: OUTDOOR AMBIENCE

KELLY

Good morning, Sally. Are we walking this supposedly new friend of yours to school?

SALLY

Yes.

KELLY

Oh look, is that her? I don’t recognize her.

SALLY

She told me she was new. I don’t think she’s from here.

(HILLARY enters.) 

HILLARY

Hey, Sally!

SALLY

Hey, Hillary!

KELLY

I’m Kelly.

HILLARY

Hi, Kelly.

SALLY

That’s my friend.

KELLY

Do you have any allergies?

HILLARY

No. Well, in the country I come from, females are allergic to males. Highly allergic to males.

KELLY

Do you have any other allergies?

HILLARY

Not that I know of.

SALLY

Kelly, we don’t invade on people’s personal life.

KELLY

We do if we want to.

HILLARY

Oh, it’s okay.

SALLY

Normal people don’t. (To HILLARY:) I’m sorry. Kelly is very…curious.

HILLARY

It’s okay. I have a great lunch all the time, so it’s fine.

KELLY

I have a great lunch, too. I sit next to the class hamster.

SALLY

(To HILLARY:) How is your lunch gig?

HILLARY

Oh, it’s great. I have so many friends that I sit by.

SALLY

Oh, that’s fun.

KELLY

What are their names?

HILLARY

Sarah, Sadie, McKinley, Abby, you know. All those nice people. Alright, gotta get to class guys. Bye!

SALLY and KELLY

Bye!

(They part ways.) 

SFX: SCHOOL BELL RINGS; SFX: INTERCOM SOUND

PRINCIPAL (over intercom)

Good morning, students. We wanted everyone to know, due to the field trip today, we are going to be having all-school lunch. I repeat, all-school lunch today. Cafeteria at 12:30.

SFX: DOOM MUSIC

(SALLY and HILLARY both panic, separately.) 

KELLY

Oh no, that’s horrible! She’ll know you have an allergy!

SALLY

Yes, Kelly, I figured that out. You didn’t have to point it out.

KELLY

I felt like it was needed.

SALLY

What if…what if I get plastic surgery on my face so she can’t tell it’s me.

KELLY

What if we gave you peanuts? You’d have to go home.

SALLY

No, I’d have to go to the hospital.

KELLY

Worth it.

SALLY

If I eat a peanut, I could die.

KELLY

But then you wouldn’t have to lie anymore! Or…you’re sick! I got you sick yesterday.

SALLY

No, I’m just gonna have to face it.

(MS. SCOOCH enters.) 

SCOOCH

Everybody in the lunchroom! Kelly, Sally, let’s go. Into the lunchroom, everyone.

SALLY

Ughhhh.

(KELLY and SALLY walk to the cafeteria.) 

KELLY

There’s someone at the allergy table. Look!

SALLY

Who is that? Is that…

KELLY and SALLY

Hillary?!

(HILLARY is sitting at the separate allergy table with her lunch. KELLY and SALLY approach her and she looks up, embarrassed.) 

HILLARY

…Hi, guys. I chose to sit here. Um. I…couldn’t stand the smell of other people’s food. It was moldy…you know.

KELLY

Well that’s a shame, ‘cause Sally really does have allergies.

SALLY

Kelly!!

KELLY

We’ve just been lying to you. But I’m not supposed to tell you that, so don’t tell her I told you.

SALLY

Kelly, I’m right here.

HILLARY

You have allergies?

SALLY

Look, I told you, Kelly! She’s scared of me now.

HILLARY

Well, I am not actually sitting here because of the smell of moldy food, I’m sitting here because I am allergic to everything.

SALLY

Are you allergic to strawberries?

HILLARY

Yes.

SALLY

Me too!

HILLARY

Yay, now I have someone to sit next to at lunch.

SFX: HAPPY MUSIC

KELLY

I wish I had an allergy.

HILLARY

You know we should set a policy to give to kids’ parents so they know what to bring.

SALLY

Or have the school provide snacks for allergy kids… or even better start a nut-free club.

KELLY

I’ll be the organizer! I’ll tell everyone how good, I mean NOT good peanut butter sandwiches really are.

HILLARY

I don’t think there are that many kids with allergies.

KELLY

Or maybe they are lying.

MRS. SCOOCH

Hello ladies. How is lunch?

HILLARY

Good. We think there should be a club for peanut-free kids.

MRS. SCOOCH

Why did you decide this?

SALLY

Because we think there are other kids with allergies and they should not eat alone.

MRS. SCOOCH

Yes, there are several allergy students at the 12:00 and 12:30 lunch.

SALLY

Oh! So can me and Hilliary and our friend with the celery allergy eat at the 12:00 lunch with the other allergy students.

MRS. SCOOCH

Good idea! You can eat with the allergy students.

SALLY

Mrs. Scooch, it’s “students with allergies.”

MRS. SCOOCH

Oh, I am sorry. Yes, “students with allergies.” I will get the letter out to out parents about our new lunch policies and update our handbook. Thank you for the great idea, and Kelly I need to see the note from Mom about your celery allergy!

END OF PLAY