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READERS THEATER PLAY TITANIC As the world’s biggest ship sinks, a teenage girl and her true love fight for their lives. Based on the hit movie, returning to theaters in 3-D on April 6. Reading Tip Read With Feeling | Is your character happy, sad, or scared? As you read, try to make the feeling come through in your voice. Practice sounding angry with this line from the play: “You filth! Take your hands off of her!” Characters *Narrator 1 (N1) Mother, Rose’s mother Prologue N1: In 1912, a new ship called the Titanic set sail for the first time. There were 2,227 passengers onboard. N2: Back then, the Titanic was the biggest, fanciest ship in the world. N3: Everyone believed that the Titanic was unsinkable. *Narrator 2 (N2) * Cal Hockley, Rose’s rich fiancé *Narrator 3 (N3) Colonel Gracie, a passenger * Rose Bukater, a 17-year-old girl Mr. Andrews, designer of the Titanic Scene 1 N1: It is April 10, 1912. Rose, her fiancé, Cal, and Rose’s mother are boarding the Titanic . They are rich and travel in first class. N2: The ship is sailing from England to the U.S. * Jack Dawson, a 20-year-old man Immigration Officer Sign up for the character you’re going to read. *Starred characters are major roles. 6 Scholastic Action | March 5, 2012 CLICK HERE to bring Action magazine into my classroom

Titanic

As the world’s biggest ship sinks, a teenage girl and her true love fight for their lives. Based on the hit movie, returning to theaters in 3-D on April 6.<br /> <br /> Reading Tip<br /> <br /> Read With Feeling | Is your character happy, sad, or scared? As you read, try to make the feeling come through in your voice. Practice sounding angry with this line from the play: “You filth! Take your hands off of her!”<br /> <br /> Prologue <br /> <br /> N1: In 1912, a new ship called the Titanic set sail for the first time. There were 2,227 passengers onboard.<br /> <br /> N2: Back then, the Titanic was the biggest, fanciest ship in the world.<br /> <br /> N3: Everyone believed that the Titanic was unsinkable.<br /> <br /> Scene 1 <br /> <br /> N1: It is April 10, 1912. Rose, her fiancé, Cal, and Rose’s mother are boarding the Titanic. They are rich and travel in first class.<br /> <br /> N2: The ship is sailing from England to the U.S.<br /> <br /> Mother: They say that this ship is unsinkable.<br /> <br /> Cal: It is.<br /> <br /> Rose: I’m not impressed.<br /> <br /> Cal: I’ve booked us on the grandest ship in history, and you act unhappy.<br /> <br /> N3: Rose doesn’t want to board the ship.<br /> <br /> N1: Rose and Cal plan to marry when they get to America. But Rose doesn’t want to marry Cal.<br /> <br /> Scene 2 <br /> <br /> N2: That night, Rose walks up to the deck by herself.<br /> <br /> N3: She climbs onto the highest railing. She is about to jump overboard when she hears a voice.<br /> <br /> Jack: Don’t jump!<br /> <br /> N1: Jack is a poor, third-class passenger. Rich passengers from first class don’t mingle with passengers like him.<br /> <br /> Rose: Don’t come closer!<br /> <br /> Jack: Take my hand. I’ll pull you back onboard.<br /> <br /> Rose: Go away!<br /> <br /> Jack: No. You jump, I jump. I’ll go in after you.<br /> <br /> Rose: You’re crazy.<br /> <br /> Jack: I’m not the one hanging off the back of a ship. Give me your hand.<br /> <br /> N2: Rose likes Jack, so she gives him her hand.<br /> <br /> Scene 3 <br /> <br /> N3: Jack begins to help Rose climb down.<br /> <br /> Jack: I’m Jack Dawson.<br /> <br /> Rose: I’m Rose Bukater.<br /> <br /> N1: Rose slips as Jack is helping her.<br /> <br /> Rose: Help!<br /> <br /> N2: Jack grabs Rose’s hand and pulls her back up over the railing.<br /> <br /> N3: Just then, Cal shows up along with his friend Colonel Gracie.<br /> <br /> Cal: You filth! Take your hands off of her!<br /> <br /> Rose: I slipped and almost fell overboard. Mr. Dawson saved me.<br /> <br /> Colonel Gracie: He’s a hero! He deserves a reward.<br /> <br /> Cal: Fine. Perhaps Mr. Dawson could join us for dinner tomorrow night?<br /> <br /> Jack (looking at Rose): Count me in.<br /> <br /> Scene 4 <br /> <br /> N1: The next day, Rose and Jack take a walk on deck.<br /> <br /> N2: The rich passengers scowl at Jack.<br /> <br /> Jack: Rose, why were you going to jump?<br /> <br /> Rose: I’m not happy.<br /> <br /> N3: Rose shows Jack her engagement ring.<br /> <br /> Jack: Do you love him?<br /> <br /> Rose: What a rude question!<br /> <br /> Jack: Why can’t you answer it?<br /> <br /> Rose: When my father died, he left my mother and me in debt. Marrying Cal means we won’t have to worry about money. I don’t have a choice.<br /> <br /> N1: Rose notices that Jack is carrying a sketchbook.<br /> <br /> Rose: Are you an artist?<br /> <br /> N2: Rose looks at some of Jack’s drawings.<br /> <br /> Rose: These are very good.<br /> <br /> You really see people.<br /> <br /> Jack: I see you.<br /> <br /> Scene 5 <br /> <br /> N3: That night, Jack joins Rose and her party for dinner in the fancy firstclass dining room.<br /> <br /> Rose: Mr. Dawson is a talented artist.<br /> <br /> Cal: I bet he’s not that good.<br /> <br /> Mother: Where do you live?<br /> <br /> Jack: Right now, my address is the Titanic. After that, who knows?<br /> <br /> Mother: How can you afford to travel?<br /> <br /> Jack: I work doing odd jobs. I won my Titanic ticket in a poker game.<br /> <br /> Mother: Do you like that sort of life?<br /> <br /> Jack: My parents died when I was 15. That taught me to make each day count.<br /> <br /> Scene 6 <br /> <br /> N1: Later, Jack slips a note to Rose. It says, “Make it count. Meet me tonight.” <br /> <br /> N2: Rose sneaks away to meet Jack.<br /> <br /> Jack: Do you want to go to a real party?<br /> <br /> N3: They go to the bottom level of the ship—the deck where poor passengers stay.<br /> <br /> Jack: Dance with me.<br /> <br /> N1: Even though Rose is nervous, she has never had so much fun in her life.<br /> <br /> N2: But Cal sent someone to spy on her and Jack.<br /> <br /> N3: When Cal finds out where Rose was, he is very angry. He tells her never to see Jack again.<br /> <br /> Scene 7 <br /> <br /> N1: The next day, Cal and Rose meet Mr. Andrews, the ship’s designer.<br /> <br /> Rose: It doesn’t look like there are enough lifeboats.<br /> <br /> Andrews: There are enough for half the people onboard. My first design had an extra row of boats. But it looked cluttered, so I removed them.<br /> <br /> Cal: It would have been a waste of deck space on an unsinkable ship!<br /> <br /> Andrews: Don’t worry, Rose. The ship is strong.<br /> <br /> Scene 8 <br /> <br /> N2: Later, Jack and Rose find their way back to each other.<br /> <br /> N3: Jack asks Rose if he can sketch her.<br /> <br /> N1: Rose gets a big diamond necklace from Cal’s safe.<br /> <br /> Rose: Cal gave this to me.<br /> <br /> Jack: Nice.<br /> <br /> Rose: It’s called the Heart of the Ocean. I want you to draw me wearing it.<br /> <br /> N2: Jack makes his sketch.<br /> <br /> Rose: It’s beautiful. It’s as if you see through to my soul.<br /> <br /> N3: Rose puts the necklace back in the safe. Just then, Cal’s servant comes in.<br /> <br /> N1: Jack and Rose run away and hide.<br /> <br /> Rose: When this ship docks, I’m going with you.<br /> <br /> N2: Jack and Rose kiss.<br /> <br /> Scene 9 <br /> <br /> N3: Suddenly, the ship hits a gigantic iceberg!<br /> <br /> Rose: We’ve got to warn Mother and Cal!<br /> <br /> N1: In Rose’s room, they find Cal with a police officer.<br /> <br /> Rose: Something serious has happened, Cal!<br /> <br /> Cal: That’s right. Something has been stolen from me.<br /> <br /> N2: Cal turns to the officer.<br /> <br /> Cal: Search him.<br /> <br /> N3: The police officer pulls the Heart of the Ocean from Jack’s pocket.<br /> <br /> Cal: That’s it!<br /> <br /> N1: The police officer handcuffs Jack.<br /> <br /> Rose: He couldn’t have . . .<br /> <br /> Cal: Of course he could. He’s a thief!<br /> <br /> Jack: Rose, I didn’t steal it!<br /> <br /> Scene 10 <br /> <br /> N2: The police officer takes Jack away. Then a ship’s officer rushes in and tells everyone to put on life vests.<br /> <br /> N3: They rush up to the deck. They see Mr. Andrews.<br /> <br /> Rose: Mr. Andrews, please tell me the truth.<br /> <br /> Andrews: The ship will sink in about an hour. Get to a lifeboat quickly. Don’t wait.<br /> <br /> N1: Officers begin loading first-class passengers into the lifeboats.<br /> <br /> N2: Rose runs back to find Jack. Everyone else is rushing to get off.<br /> <br /> Rose: Jack!<br /> <br /> Jack: Rose! In here!<br /> <br /> N3: Rose finds Jack handcuffed to a water pipe.<br /> <br /> Jack: Cal put the necklace in my pocket.<br /> <br /> Rose: I know. I knew all along that you wouldn’t do such a thing.<br /> <br /> Jack: See if you can find the key to the handcuffs.<br /> <br /> N1: Rose can’t find the key. So she picks up an ax.<br /> <br /> Jack: Hit the pipe as hard as you can.<br /> <br /> N2: Rose breaks the pipe, freeing Jack.<br /> <br /> Jack: We have to get out of here, Rose!<br /> <br /> Scene 11 <br /> <br /> N3: By the time Jack and Rose reach the deck, most of the lifeboats are gone. Many are only half-full.<br /> <br /> N1: People try to shove their way onto the few remaining boats.<br /> <br /> Jack: Get in the boat, Rose!<br /> <br /> Rose: Not without you!<br /> <br /> Cal: I made arrangements. Jack and I can both get onto a lifeboat.<br /> <br /> Jack: I’ll be all right.<br /> <br /> N2: Rose takes the last place on the lifeboat.<br /> <br /> Cal: I lied. I’ve made no arrangement for you, Jack.<br /> <br /> Rose: How foolish I was to believe Cal. There will be no boat for Jack!<br /> <br /> N3: As the lifeboat is being lowered, Rose jumps off onto the lower deck of the Titanic.<br /> <br /> Jack: No, Rose!<br /> <br /> N1: Jack runs down to the lower deck to find Rose. Now no lifeboats are left.<br /> <br /> Scene 12 <br /> <br /> N2: As the ship sinks, Jack and Rose hold as tightly as they can to a railing.<br /> <br /> N3: Screaming people slip past them and fall into the freezing water.<br /> <br /> Jack: We can’t hold on much longer!<br /> <br /> Rose: We have to let go and take our chances.<br /> <br /> N1: Jack and Rose fall into the water. Rose climbs onto a floating piece of wood. Jack holds onto the wood.<br /> <br /> Jack: The lifeboats will come back for us.<br /> <br /> Rose: No one is coming back. I love you, Jack.<br /> <br /> Jack: Don’t give up. Promise me you’ll never give up.<br /> <br /> Rose: I promise.<br /> <br /> N2: More time passes. Rose is freezing.<br /> <br /> Rose: Jack?<br /> <br /> N3: But Jack is dead.<br /> <br /> N1: Not long after Jack dies, a lifeboat rescues Rose.<br /> <br /> Scene 13 <br /> <br /> N2: After many hours, the survivors reach New York.<br /> <br /> N3: Rose walks among the third-class passengers to the immigration line.<br /> <br /> Rose (to herself): I will let Cal and Mother think I died. Thanks to Jack, I’m going to start a new life. He showed me what it really means to live.<br /> <br /> Immigration Officer: What’s your name?<br /> <br /> Rose: Rose Dawson.<br /> <br /> Rose (to herself): Jack saved me. He will live forever in my memory.<br /> <br /> Epilogue <br /> <br /> N1: It took the Titanic only three hours to go down. The ship broke in half and had sunk by 2:30 a.m. on April 15, 1912.<br /> <br /> N2: More than 1,500 people died in the icy waters.<br /> <br /> —Adapted by Nicole Tocco

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