Act 2, Scene 3: Into the Shadows

Setting: The Shadow world. Backlit shadow theater scene. This scene is divided in two sub-settings, each with its own individual scenery created by the projection. Characters traverse the scene from left [7] to right [1], then there is a brief black transition allowing all actors to walk back to the start, and then the scenery is changed to the second sub-setting, and the characters again traverse the scene from left to right. This simulates a double-width stage by switching screens like in a game of Zelda.
Stage setup
3x ProjectorNex, Lunoset up projectors. open and close shutter during scene
Left: None
Middle: None
Right: None
On 2nd rail
On playrail
Back projection screenLiam, LeeTaiger
treeSilverHorse, ShyWolf
giant spider webSilverHorse, ShyWolf
Hand props & personal props
leashLiambathrobe belt
baseball batHai, Tigerseye
cocoon piecesKobato
spider leg 1Zephyr
spider leg 2LeeTaiger
spider bodyFuaran
swarm of random sized demonsSehkeba, 2ndVoice, Aiko, Reesa
Special effects
Back projection Media (sub-setting 1)FOH_Screen_Ops
Back projection Media (sub-setting 2)FOH_Screen_Ops
RonaVoice: Kida
Intro**00:00 **
Dialogue**00:00 **
**Scene Total****00:00 **


%LIG% LX 0099 - Work Light OFF (Static Playbacks)

%LIG% LX 2301 - STANDBY for GO: DBO with dim blue reading light (link to LX 0002)

%MIX% Check Levels
%MIX% Unmute Desk

%MIX% Pan: ON
%MIX% Tani: ON
%MIX% Lynard: ON
%MIX% Jyanon: ON

%MIX% Eisfuchs: OFF
%MIX% Curry: OFF
%MIX% Runo: OFF


Greg: "Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name; thy kingdom come; thy will-"

Everyone: "SHUT UP GREG!"

Greg: "Am I hallucinating? But how can that be? I've been clean for years! Maybe my brain has is shutting down to protect itself from the effects of all the satanic music!"

Cooper: "Post Traumatic Guitar Disorder?"

Greg: "Exactly!"

Cooper: "Oh come on, don't be pathetic. I get that EVERY TIME Alice tries to play while she's drunk! You get used to it."

Poison: "Besides, most of your brain's probably been shut down the moment you joined the church of Isaiah."

Greg: "On the contrary. It was the best decision I ever made!"

Poison: "And that's EXACTLY what a shut down brain would say."

Alice: "Guys, seriously! You need to shut the hell up, I have to concentrate!"

Cooper: "Shallow jokes are Poison's equivalent of whistling in the dark."

Poison: "Am I the only one who's at least a little bit scared? The weird lights, the fog, the creepy noises ... everything tells me we shouldn't be here."

Cooper: "No you're not. It's super creepy. What exactly is this place?"

Alice: "It's a world between worlds. Through it run the the bonds between us and our spirits and loved ones."

Cooper: "All I see is a trippy mist of colors."

Alice: "They're like little streams of energy between bodies and souls. They're invisible, but you can feel them if they're strong enough. Or at least kinda guess them."

Cooper: "What do they feel like?"

Alice: "They're curvy, and coily, and wibbly-wobbly. Like ... uhm ... a bunch of wet noodles getting stirred in a pot."

Poison: "Aha."

Alice: "It's easy to get lost. Forever. That's why only few mortals dare walk the path of ghosts."

Poison: "But you're destined to fulfill the great prophecy, and that's why we can't get lost. Right? .... RIGHT?"

Alice: "I was following Rona's voice, but it's really hard to concentrate with you guys yapping about like pack of chihuahuas!"

Cooper: "Speaking of which, where's Haze?"

Poison: "I could swear she was right in front of us just a minute ago!"

Alice (fearful): "Oh no! Haze? HAZE? HAAAAZE?"

Cooper: "Haze?"

Poison: "Haze?"

%SND% the call echoes through the mist unheard

Poison: "Oh great."

%SND% A weird, sick, windy noise beings to well up. Like a world crumbling to dust.

Greg: "This is the funniest dream I've had in years! Lost forever in the valley of noodles!"

Poison: "Just because it's not in the bible doesn't mean it's not real!"

Greg: "Oh come on ... The second coming of Jesus is bullshit, but you're expecting me to believe ... THIS? Suuuuure!"

Alice (super scared, speaking softly): "I ... I lost it. I got distracted ... and ... I can't feel them any more! Rona, Haze ... it's like they no longer exist! Shit ... shitshitshit ... I was afraid this was gonna happen."

Poison: "The mist ... it's closing in on us!"

Cooper: "I'm suddenly feeling getting cold ... freezing cold!"

Poison: "It's like the entire world around is shrinking! ALICE, DO SOMETHING!"

Alice (whispering, trembling): "But I don't know what!"

Poison: "Just ... concentrate goddammit!"

Greg: "Are we going to heaven? Or are we going to hell? I can't wait to find out!"

Alice (sobbing): "I'm so sorry ... I shouldn't have dragged you into this ..."

Cooper: "Alice, look at me!"

Alice (sobbing): "Why can't I do ANYTHING right!"

Cooper: "ALICE!"

Alice: "What?"

%ACT% Cooper puts his paws on alice's shoulders, and looks deep in to her eyes.

Cooper (insistent, reassuring): "I want you to look deep into my eyes! There...! And now I want you to remember your most cherished memory of Rose!"

Alice: "What?"

Cooper: "Come on! Tell it to me!"

%SND% The nasty world-ending sound subsides while Alice tells the story, and the memories of love overcome her fear.

Alice (calming down while she tells the story): "One Saturday night Rose and I were on our way home from a friend's place when Rose suddenly told me to follow her. There's a little row of hills near my home town called the Falltham Tops. The highest one has a old steel observation tower on top of it, that's used by the fire watch in the summer months. And that's where Rose took me that night! The tower is owned by the state, and it's not open to the public. But somehow Rose had convinced one of the guys from her class to pick the lock. It was still early spring, so there was nobody keeping watch yet. We went all the way up to the top platform, from where you can see every little street and village. We sat down, cuddled together in a bunch of blankets, and spent the night chatting, drinking, and watching the stars. It was the most romantic night of my life."

Cooper: "There we go. How do you feel?"

Alice: "*takes a deep breath* Better!"

%SND% Rona (calling from another world): "Alice! Follow my voice Alice! Follow my voice!"

Alice: "RONA!"

Cooper: "It came from over there! Let's go!"

%SND% They start running

Poison: "I can see trees!"

Alice: "We're almost there!"

Cooper: "And there's Haze, too!"

Greg: "Thank God!"

Everyone: "Shut up Greg!"


%HND% Curtain - open

%LIG% Lights on

%AMB% AMB-2301 - Neutral Shadowworld

%HND% Projector lights on (full stage width)

%VID% VID-2301 - Fade in full Sub-Setting 1

%ACT% Haze enters from [7]

%MUS% MUS-2301 - Music Cue 01

Haze: "It worked! It actually worked! I knew Alice had it in her, but when you guys started playing together, your music became so much more powerful!"

%ACT% Alice enters from [7] leading the still tied-up Greg on a leash

%ACT% Cooper enters from [7] carrying a baseball bat over his shoulder.

Cooper: "A good band is more than just the sum of its members!"

%ACT% Poison enters from [7] carrying a machete

Poison: "This place is super creepy!"

%ACT% Frill (A little butterfly) flutters by

Haze: "Really? I think it's kinda nice."

Cooper: "Oh look, a butterfly!"

%ACT% Poison groans

%ACT% Cooper jumps up and down and tries to catch the butterfly

Cooper: "*happy lion noises*"

%ACT% Frill avoids his paws skillfully

%ACT% Cooper jumps again, and misses

Frill: "*whisper whisper whisper*"

%MUS% MUS-2302 - Music Cue 02

Cooper: "Oh? Ohhhhhh!"

%ACT% Cooper stops and holds still

%ACT% Frill lands on Cooper's ear

Frill: "*whisper whisper whisper*"

Cooper: "The pleasure is all mine! Nice to finally meet you, little one!"

Poison: "Wait ... the butterfly ... is he your ..."

Cooper (turns around, disgruntled): "Yes, he is! And his name is Frill!"

Poison (snorts and giggles): "Your personal spirit wolf is ... a butterfly? Haaaaa ha ha ha hah ha ... The lion and the butterfly! Uuuuu hu hu hu hu ..."

Alice: "Awwww! He's so cute! Hello Frill!"

Frill (faintly humming): "Hoo hoo!"

%MUS% MUS-2303 - Music Cue 03

%MIX% Curry: ON

Poison: "So how long on average does it take for your familiar to find you once you're here?"

Karma (invisible): "I'm right here in front of you, dumbass!"

%ACT% Poison looks down and around him

Poison: "What? Where? Who's speaking?"

%ACT% Karma becomes visible
%SND% SND-2301 - Appearance

Karma: "Yeah, don't mind me. I'm just your soul after all. Why would you give a damn."

Poison: "Oh, you're a chameleon!"

Karma: "Are you disappointed?"

Poison: "No, not at all. I just didn't know what to expect."

Karma: "Yup. Definitely disappointed. Never mind."

%ACT% Karma becomes invisible
%SND% SND-2302 - Disappearance
%MUS% MUS-2304 - Music Cue 04

Poison: "Hey, wait! I don't hate myself THAT much! What's your name?"

%SND% SND-2303 - Appearance
%ACT% Karma becomes visible (Upside down sticking to a tree)

Karma: "Karma. Karma Chameleon. Yes, even my name is a joke."

%ACT% Karma becomes invisible
%SND% SND-2304 - Disappearance

Frill (laughs): *whispergiggle*

Cooper: "At least it's not a butterfly, right?"

%ACT% Poison points at Cooper's face with a paw

Poison: "Just you wait! Chameleons EAT butterflies!"

Frill: *whisperwhisperwhisper*

Cooper: "Frill wants to know if that's a promise!"

%SND% SND-2305 - Appearance
%MUS% MUS-2305 - Music Cue 05

%ACT% Karma becomes visible

Karma: "Correction. Only real chameleons eat butterflies. I'm just a living metaphor in a weird metaphysical plane of existence. Now, are we going to save the princess or not?"

Alice: "Isn't it great how honest they are?"

%PRE% PRE-2301 - Rona calls for help

Cooper: "It came from over there!"

Haze: "Let's go! We have a job to do!"

%ACT% Karma becomes invisible

%SND% SND-2306 - Disappearance

%ACT% Alice, Greg, Haze, Poison, Cooper, Frill, Karma leave to [1]

%VID% VID-2302 - Fade out full Sub-Setting 1
%MUS% MUS-2306 - Music Cue 06
%AMB% AMB-2302 - Dark Shadoworld
%AMB% AMB-2301 - FADE

%HND% Projector lights off one by one (audience left [5-7], then middle, then right [1-3])

%ATT% Alice, Greg, Haze, Poison, Cooper, Frill, Karma move back to [7] into starting position

%HND% Set up tree [5], cocoon [5], giant spider web [1-3] on playrail

%VID% VID-2303 - Fade in Sub-Setting 2 Left and Middle
%MUS% MUS-2307 - Music Cue 07

%HND% Projector lights on in [5-7] and [3-5] (audience left and middle)


%MIX% Eisfuchs: ON

%ACT% Frill flutters in from [7]

%ACT% Frill flies all the way to [5] and sits down on a sort of cocoon dangling from the tree in [5]

%ACT% Alice enters from [7]

%ACT% Greg enters from [7] being lead on a leash by Alice

%ATT% Dialogue starts WHILE they are coming in

%ATT% People enter as soon as there is room, not all at once

%ACT% Poison enters from [7]

%ACT% Cooper enters from [7]

%ACT% Haze enters from [7]

Greg: "This world - none of this should exist! It violates the Word of God! Its very existence is a sin!"

Haze (probably still off): "Reality doesn't give a damn about what you think of it."

%HND% The cocoon moves

%SND% SND-2307 - Evil growling noises

Alice: "Everybody stand clear! It could be dangerous!"

%MUS% MUS-2308 - Music Cue 08

%ACT% Frill takes off nervously, making a faint, thin warning noise

Frill: *Meep meep meep meep*

%ACT% Frill sits down on Cooper's head, even if that means leaving to [7]

%ACT% Alice walks around the cocoon to [3], dragging Greg with her to [4] while checking out the object

%ACT% Poison walks up to [5], Cooper and Frill to [6], Haze to [7]

Poison: "What in the weird non-physical existential plane is that?"

Haze: "It looks like a cocoon of some sort."

Alice: "And something is about to hatch from it."

Frill: *whisper*whisper*whisper*

Cooper: "Frill says it's definitely not a butterfly!"

Alice: "Do demons hatch from cocoons?"

Haze: "Not that I know of ..."

Cooper: "I think we should get rid of it. Better safe than sorry! One ... two ... "

%ACT% Cooper lifts his baseball bat

Greg: "NO! STOP! DON'T DO IT!"

%ACT% Greg suddenly goes into panic mode

Cooper: "Now look who's suddenly unstuck his tongue!"


Alice: "Why?"


%ACT% Greg tries to writhe out of his ropes


Alice: "Calm down, Greg! There's no need to hurt yourself! I'll let you go, but you gotta hold still for a second, okay?"

%ACT% Alice unties Greg

Alice: "There."

Greg (urgently): "Now give me your machete, Poison!"

%MUS% MUS-2309 - Music Cue 09

Poison: "No fucking way."

Greg: "Then you cut it off ... but carefully!"

Poison: "That writhing hell fruit? Do I look like I'm crazy?"

%SND% SND-2308 - Appearance
%MUS% MUS-2310 - Music Cue 10
%ACT% Karma becomes visible right in front of Poison

Karma: "Can you please not be an asshole, just this one time? Sincerely, your conscience. Thank you."

%SND% SND-2309 - Disappearance
%ACT% Karma becomes invisible

Poison: "Alright, alright. Any final words?"

Alice: "Why do we even have a machete in our rehearsal room?"

Poison: "Because it's a jungle out there."

Alice: "Hey, did everyone hear that? Poison said something funny!"

%SND% SND-2310 - Appearance
%ACT% Karma becomes visible

Karma: "I tried to stop him, but I came too late!"

%SND% SND-2311 - Disappearance
%ACT% Karma becomes invisible

Cooper: "The burn! The burn!"

%ACT% Poison reaches out with his machete, and carefully begins to cut off the cocoon from the branch it's dangling from

Poison: "Be careful! It's coming down!"

%ACT% Greg reaches up with his paws, ready to catch the cocoon

%MUS% MUS-2311 - Music Cue 11
%SND% SND-2312 - shring!

%HND% The cocoon comes loose (wait for knife sound)

%MIX% Runo: ON

%ACT% Greg catches the cocoon, and immediately begins to tear it open

%SND% SND-2313 - rustle-rip-shred

%HND% cocoon pieces fly

Greg: "Please be okay ... please ..."

%ACT% Talreg emerges from he cocoon at [5]

%HND% Remove the cocoon downwards

Talreg: "Greg! What took you so long?!"

Greg (happy): "You're alive! Come here my friend!"

%ACT% Greg grabs Talreg and gives him a lung-deflating hug

Talreg: "Hrrrgn! MMrmrmmmfmpmpmf!"

Greg: "What's your name little one?"

Talreg: "Talreg."

Greg: "Talreg! That sounds familiar."

%MUS% MUS-2312 - Music Cue 12

Talreg: "I'm glad you finally came to your senses. I thought I'd never see the light of day again!"

Greg (happy): "It's super weird. The moment I knew you were near felt like jerking awake from a terrible dream! Thank you for bringing me here, Alice! I'm finally whole again!"

Talreg: "I'm glad to have you back, too. But don't thank her too early. Pankrat's web is growing at an alarming rate. More and more innocent souls are getting caught up in it!"

Greg: "Who's Pankrat?"

Talreg: "The biggest and vilest spider this world has ever seen! It was him who spun me up in that cocoon ... to keep me fresh, and ready for his next meal!"

Alice: "Is he a demon?"

Talreg: "That's the scary part: No, he isn't! He is a true soul!"

Cooper: "But what kind of person would have a monster as their companion?"

Alice: "Dr. Isaiah!"

%MUS% MUS-2313 - Music Cue 13

Talreg: "Demons can't harm him. If anything, he learned how to command them! Not just his own, but also those of his victims! He is building an army, and he will soon be invincible!"

Greg (in horror): "Oh my god. What have I done!"

Talreg: "Whatever it was, it's less important than what you will do next!"

%MUS% MUS-2314 - Music Cue 14

Greg: "The real Greg is back from boobie-town! And he's going to make up for his mistakes!"

%SND% SND-2314 - Appearance
%ACT% Karma appears on Poison's head

Karma (ironic): "That's so romantic! *fake sniff* Anyone got a Kleenex?"

%SND% SND-2315 - Disappearance
%ACT% Karma becomes invisible

Talreg: "Pankrat's demons are constantly patrolling his web. They will immediately raise alarm when they see enemies like us. We'll have to be quick."

Haze: "Okay, then here's the plan. Once we find Rona, Alice and I will go in, untie her from the web, and bring her to safety. You guys keep the demons off our backs."

Poison: "Will the butterfly be able to handle this?"

Frill: *whisper*whisper*whisper*

Cooper: "Frill says he can fly faster than you think!"

Alice: "Okay, then let's go!"

%HND% Rona is caught in the giant spider web at [2]

%ACT% Alice leads the way towards [1], Greg, Talreg, Poison, Cooper, Frill and Haze move forward accordingly

%VID% VID-2304 - Fade in Sub-Setting 2 Right
%MUS% MUS-2315 - Music Cue 15

%HND% Projector light on (audience right)

%ACT% Guardian_demon is sleeping somewhere up in the giant spider web at [1-2]

Guardian_demon: "zzzzzZZZZZzzzzzZZZZzzz"

Alice: "There she is! And she's in an even worse condition than last time!"

Cooper: "We're lucky, the guardian seems to be asleep!"

Haze: "Don't touch the web, or you're gonna wake it!"

Frill: *whisper*whisper*whisper*

Cooper: "Frill is going to distract it!"

Alice: "Awesome, thanks!"

%ACT% Frill silently flutters over to the Guardian_demon in [1-2]

%ACT% Frill nudges the Guardian_demon *** 5 times ***

%SND% SND-2316 - *Nudge-Nudge-Nudge-Nudge-Nudge-Nudge*

Guardian_demon: "Huh?"

Guardian_demon: "YAAAAAWN"

Frill: "Meeeeep!"

%ACT% Guardian_demon flinches

Guardian_demon: "YIKES!"

Frill: "Neener-neener-neener! Phphphphphphphph!"

%ACT% Frill flies off to [4]

%SND% SND-2317 - zzzzOOOOOOMMM!
%MUS% MUS-2316 - Music Cue 16

Guardian_demon: "Grrrrrrrrrrr!"

%ACT% Alice, Greg, Talreg, Poison, Cooper, Frill and Haze duck as Frill and Guardian_demon zoom past over their heads towards [7]

%ACT% Guardian_demon tries to catch Frill, but Frill is too fast

Frill: "Heee heee hee heee!"

%ACT% Frill flies off to [7] on second playrail level and leaves

%ACT% Guardian_demon follows Frill on second playrail level and also leaves to [7]

Poison: "And that was it?"

Cooper: "I don't trust the silence! We'd better stay alert!"

%ACT% Alice walks up to the giant spider web at [3-2] and nudges Rona

Alice: "Hey, Rona! Can you hear me?"

%PRE% PRE-2302 - Rona (weak): "Alice? Haze? I'm so glad you came back!"

Alice: "And this time we brought help!"

%PRE% PRE-2303 - Rona (weak): "We must hurry! Pankrat will never let us get away when he comes back! His army is growing every day."

Alice: "Do you think you could walk?"

%PRE% PRE-2304 - Rona: "I don't think so ..."

Greg (from afar): "I'll carry you on my back if I have to!"

%PRE% PRE-2305 - Rona (alert): "What is Greg doing here? I don't want him near me ..."

Alice: "He's one of us now, trust me. Now let's see how we can get you out of this web."

%MUS% MUS-2317 - Music Cue 17

%ACT% Alice starts ripping away on the strings of the giant spider web but doesn't make much progress

Talreg: "Let me help you!"

Alice: "Sure!"

%ACT% Talreg jumps up into the giant spider web and starts gnawing at the strings

Talreg: "nom nom nom gnarm gnom"

%HND% Rip the giant spider web to pieces, one by one

%SND% SND-2318 - Rip Off Piece 1
%SND% SND-2319 - Rip Off Piece 2
%SND% SND-2320 - Rip Off Piece 3

%ATT% Eventually, Rona ends up hanging from a single string

%ACT% Alice reaches up and supports Rona with her paws

Talreg: "Okay, that's the final thread. Biting in in 3 ... 2 ... 1 ... GNARR!"

%ACT% Talreg bites off the thread


%ACT% Rona falls down, into Alice's open arms

%PRE% PRE-2306 - Rona: *moan*

Alice: "Argh! Got her! And holy shit she's heavy ..."

%ACT% Alice warbles around, almost getting crushed by the weight, lowering Rona down to the ground as gently as she can

%PRE% PRE-2306B - Rona: "This is not going to end well! I can hear them coming! They'll be here soon!"

Alice: "Cooper! I need a strong lion over here!"

Cooper: "Aye aye!"

%ACT% Cooper hands is baseball bat to Greg

Cooper: "It's dangerous to go alone. Take this!"

Greg: "Uhm ... thanks?"

%ACT% Cooper walks over to Rona at [1], opposite to Alice

Alice: "Poise, Greg, you'll be our defense if anything happens! Haze, you lead the way!"

%ACT% Cooper and Alice reach under Rona

%MIX% Get ready for Pan screaming

Cooper: "Heave-Ho!"

%ACT% Cooper and Alice lift Rona up

Haze: "Follow me! To the forest!"

%SND% SND-2322 - Spider Attack Part1!
%MUS% MUS-2317 - Music Cue 17

%HND% A giant black spider leg 1 shoots down from above in [3], pinning Rona to the ground

%PRE% PRE-2307 - Rona screams!

%ACT% Alice screams and disappears, then reappears a moment later at [4], behind Greg

%ACT% Cooper screams and jumps back towards [1]

%HND% A second giant black spider leg 2 comes down from above in [2]

%SND% SND-2323 - Spider Attack Part2!

%ACT% Talreg falls down from the web

%HND% A section of a matching spider body appears at the top of the screen in [1]

%ACT% Cooper starts beating at the spider leg 2 with his fists

Haze: "Shit! Alice! I'm coming!"

%SND% SND-2324 - Haze Attack Part1

%ACT% Haze ploughs through towards [1], everyone in her way jumps back to make room

%ACT% Haze leaps at the spider leg 1 and bites into it

%SND% SND-2325 - Haze Attack Part2
%SND% SND-2324 - FADE

%ACT% Talreg leaps at the spider leg 2 and bites into it

%ACT% Haze pulls at the spider leg 1, and eventually rips the lower segment right off. Torn intestines and tendons dangle from the leftover part.

%SND% SND-2326 - Ripping Flesh / Pankrat Screams
%SND% SND-2327 - Demons Attacking
%SND% SND-2325 - FADE
%SND% SND-2322 - FADE

%HND% A swarm of random sized demons appears in [1-3]

Greg: "Get Rona out of here! We'll hold them back!"

%HND% The spider body and dangling spider leg 1 and spider leg 2 withdraw to [1]

%ACT% Haze and Cooper lift up Rona

Haze: "Follow me!"

%ACT% Haze and Cooper carry Rona towards [7]

%HND% The swarm of random sized demons starts to attack Talreg, Greg and Poison

%ACT% Talreg, Greg and Poison defend themselves, keeping the swarm of random sized demons at bay for a while

%ACT% Alice follows Haze and Cooper as they pass her by

Talreg: "We can't hold them back much longer! If you want to get back home, this is your final chance!"

Greg: "I hope we gave Alice enough time!"

Poison: "Me too, but if they get us we'll be no help for anyone! Retreat! Retreat now!"

%ACT% Greg, Talreg and Poison run off stage in direction [7].

%ACT% The swarm of random sized demons follow Talreg, Greg and Poison to [7]

%VID% VID-2306 - Fade out Sub-Setting 2
%MUS% MUS-2318 - Music Cue 18
%SND% SND-2327 - FADE
%SND% AMD-2302 - FADE

%LIG% LX 2399 - Lights out

%MIX% Fade Ambience, SFX and Music with LX 2399

%HND% Curtain - close

%MIX% Mute all but Video

%LIG% LX 0099 - Work Light ON (Static Playbacks)