Jonathan Turner Smith
Play #: 2538 Pages: 40 pages Cast: 6 m, 9 w, and ensemble of 10 Doubling possible
Eight diverse candidates who are running for student body president have two minutes to present their platform and to convince fellow Roosevelt High students to vote for them. From the narcissistic varsity cheerleader, to the disdainful brainiac, and from the star quarterback to the tongue-tied farm boy, every candidate is unique. Their speeches veer from the serious to the hilarious and, with several mimed action scenes, even reach the absurd! During the question-and-answer segment of the forum, however, one student asks the candidates to do something about those students who do not qualify for the free lunch program, many of whom are homeless as well. Learning that fellow students are suffering shocks the candidates so much they all decide to do something about it, uniting them in one cause. As they think of ways to help, they begin to truly listen to one another and realize that working together to end hunger and homelessness -- at least in their school -- is far more important than winning an election.