By Max Bush. Occasional music and lyrics by Dale Dieleman.
Cast: 5m., 8w. (1 to 3 singers and 1 to 2 musicians [acoutstic guitar] are gender flexible. All characters but one are 16-17 years old.) As Kara, Sue Ellen, Juanita, Lucas and Joel gather on the beach to make plans to go to an amusement park, Lucas plays a compilation tape of songs from the 60s made for him by Christy Bekken, one of "The Crowd" at school. The music on the tape suddenly stops and a distraught Christy is heard speaking angrily to someone. It is obvious that Christy did not know she was being recorded. The tape ends abruptly and the people listening are stunned. Because no one else is heard on the tape, the friends speculate about who Christy could possibly be speaking to, and what has happened. Lucas—a member of the lower social orders at the school and who is fond of Christy—decides to confront her directly. When he does, Christy is evasive and wants Lucas to give her the tape and forget about it. Lucas returns the tape, but after Christy's boyfriend, Bobby, attacks Lucas, he is sure there is something more going on. As Lucas continues to pursue the truth, we learn more and more about the inner lives of each of the characters and what's beneath the images they present to the world. Unit set. Approximate Running Time: 85 minutes.