Scenario:Augusta - Will to Entertain

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Will to Entertain

Driven by Nobiyo to recall the emotions that led her to become a musician, Augusta returns to her hometown with the help of the crew.

(Captain) and company once again visit the concert hall to watch the orchestra rehearse.
The crew and Narita watch the proceedings from the auditorium seats.
Novei: All right, let's give it our all today, everyone.
Cecile: (Ugh, my head hurts. I should've gone to bed earlier...)
Augusta: (Haha, yesterday was a blast!)
Robertina: (Ouch, my muscles are still sore. I must've strained myself...)
Pamela: (All that practice came in handy and I'll show it today!)
Nobiyo appears before the orchestra members.
Novei: Good morning.
Nobiyo: Morning.
Novei: We've finished warming up. We can begin at any moment.
Nobiyo: Good, thanks.
Nobiyo stands on the podium, and after taking a long look at all the faces onstage, begins speaking.
Nobiyo: All of you seated here today possess extraordinary talent.
Nobiyo: You were chosen because you are the cream of the crop.
Nobiyo: But you know, music is a strange thing. Even if the performance is awful, it can still touch the hearts of the listeners.
Nobiyo: Why do you think that is?
Nobiyo gazes into the eyes of each member in the orchestra.
Nobiyo: It all comes down to emotion. There's emotion in every beat of music, and that is what touches us.
Nobiyo: I believe that when it all comes together as an unrelenting cascade of emotion...
Nobiyo: That, is when the most sublime of music is born.
Nobiyo: Which is why I'm going to ask you all to try to remember the emotions that led you on to the path of a musician.
Nobiyo: I want you all to seize the emotions that exist in each and every one of you, and create the most magnificent music you possibly can.
An ineffable silence fills the concert hall.
Nobiyo: I'm sorry to throw this on you so soon before the tour.
Nobiyo: But I get the feeling this is precisely what we're in need of right now.
Novei: ...
Augusta: ...
Robertina: ...
Pamela: ...
Cecile: ...
Nobiyo: Well, that's it for today's rehearsal.
Nobiyo: Narita, I'll leave the rest to you.
Narita: Of course!
Nobiyo bows to (Captain) and company on his way out.
Nobiyo: I'm sorry to drag you guys into this, but...
Nobiyo: If it's not too much to ask, will you support them in this endeavor?
(Captain) nods reassuringly.
Nobiyo: Thank you.
Nobiyo continues his way out of the concert hall.
The orchestra members are bewildered at the sudden development.
Novei: ...
Narita: I'll send everyone further details as we go on, but you're dismissed for now.
Narita: And I need the section leaders to gather backstage.
Novei: Okay, let's clear the stage!
A weighty atmosphere fills the room backstage as the section leaders enter.
Novei: The emotions we felt when we first decided to pursue this path?
Cecile: So basically, we just have to remember and seize whatever that was?
Cecile: Seems like a hassle, but we'll just have to step it up.
Augusta: I'll have to visit my parents at their shop.
Pamela: I want to see what my parents think too...
Cecile: So you two are going to see your parents. Come to think of it, I got into music through my family too...
Robertina: Then I'm going to go meet the gods.
Cecile: The gods? What's that supposed to mean?
Robertina: Heehee, I just need to meet the tuba god.
Robertina speaks with a fearless smile.
Cecile: Heh, I dunno about that. It sounds like something you'd say though.
Cecile: As for me, I suppose I'll be taking a trip back to the countryside.
Cecile: I'm sure you've got a plan, Novei.
Novei: Yes, there's a place I'll have to visit too. Thank you, Cecile.
Cecile: Nah, I didn't do anything special.
Cecile: It's just that I'd hate it if I wasn't able to help any of you succeed.
Cecile: Here's the deal: failure is not an option. Always get back up if you fall. That's what I believe.
Cecile: It's all-or-nothing, girls.
The others smile at Cecile's little motivational speech.
Meanwhile, an apologetic Narita appears before the crew.
Narita: I hate to ask for so many favors, but I have to stay here to handle preparations for the concert tour.
Narita: (Captain), would it be possible for you to help the girls on their journey?
Vyrn: You bet! We travel everywhere and we'll have no trouble getting them around!
Novei: Thank you so much, (Captain).
Lyria: Let's go then, (Captain)!
The crew accompanies the girls on their journey.
Augusta: The emotions I first felt getting into music?
Augusta: Meh. It's not like I get to go home often, so I might as well enjoy this!
Vyrn: You gonna be okay? This sounds like a tough assignment.
Augusta: Well, the emotions I've felt with music have never changed.
Augusta: My parents run a cafe, and their focus has always been on entertaining customers.
Augusta: Their influence rubbed off on me, and I grew up wanting everyone around me to enjoy themselves.
Vyrn: Seeing how lively your performances are, I guess your upbringing really made a difference.
Augusta: It's for that very reason that I took up music—to one day entertain people.
Augusta: I asked a musician in town for music lessons, and he just so happened to play the cello.
Vyrn: Haha, that sounds just like you! Is it okay if we drop by the cafe? I've love to meet your parents.
Augusta: Of course! In fact, I was thinking of dragging you along!
Lyria: Hey, everyone! We're almost at Augusta's hometown.
Vyrn: All righty! Let's get ready for the landing!

Will to Entertain: Scene 2

A crowd gathers in Augusta's family cafe to hear her riveting performance. When her mother suddenly falls ill, Augusta has a heartfelt conversation that helps her remember why she first took up music.

The crew arrives in Augusta's hometown and heads for her parents' cafe.
Augusta's Father: It's a pleasure to have you, everyone. Enjoying the coffee?
Augusta's Father: We ground our finest beans today in celebration of Augusta's return, and in anticipation of a successful concert tour!
Augusta: Thanks, Dad!
Augusta's Father: Ah, it's been over a decade since the day I realized how talented you were, Augusta.
Augusta's Father: The idea of my daughter playing the cello seemed like a strange joke. But then I heard you play!
Augusta: Sigh. There you go again, Dad!
Customer 1: Hahaha, it's no biggie. We're totally used to it by now!
Customer 2: Mm! I could drink this coffee all day!
Augusta's Father: I'll drink to that!
The regulars at the cafe are all present to celebrate Augusta's return.
Vyrn: Ack, this is spicy! What kind of snack is this? I've never had anything like it!
Customer 1: Ain't it the best? It's even better with some chili sauce!
Lyria: What about cooling it off with some chilly sauce?
Customer 2: Good one, Lyria! Why don't you try this next? Nothing extra needed!
Augusta: Hey, stop foisting your weird foods on Lyria, already!
Augusta's Mother: What a fine young group of skyfarers... Is there something wrong with the coffee, Augusta?
Augusta: I was just about to drink it, Mom.
Augusta: Glug!
Augusta's Mother: There's always more!
Anyway, how are you getting along with everyone in the orchestra?
Augusta: I'm getting along just fine. Everyone's been really nice to me so far!
Augusta: How are things here? Anything new?
Augusta's Mother: Not really. It does get awfully busy though.
Augusta: You still have so much food on your plate, Mom. Losing your appetite in old age?
Augusta's Mother: Hey, no picking on your elders! I'm at work now, even if it doesn't look like it.
Vyrn: Hold it! That chicken is mine!
Augusta's Father: Gahaha! What can I say? I'm hungry. We'll make you some more after this, okay?
Augusta: You were saying?
Augusta's Mother: Sigh. Sorry about that, Vyrn. Augusta's father is such a handful sometimes.
Augusta: Ahaha! I'm feeling a song coming on, everyone!
Customer 1: Awww yeah, I've been waiting for this! It's been too long!
Customer 2: Yeah! Augusta's cello is the best! Bring it home, girl!
Augusta picks up her cello and begins playing a cheery, melodious tune.
Soon the entire cafe is dancing along.
Vyrn: Woo-hoo! Let's dance, Lyria!
Lyria: Okay!
Augusta's Father: Hahaha, isn't our daughter just amazing? It all comes from you, honey.
Augusta's Mother: You're too kind. We both know she got it from you. Seeing her like this reminds me of how she used to play here every day.
Augusta's Mother: It feels like such a long time ago...
Augusta's Mother: Cough, cough!
Augusta: Huh? M-mom?
Augusta's Father: Someone grab me the medicine from that shelf!
Vyrn: Is this it?
Augusta's Father: Thanks!
Here we go, honey!
Augusta: What happened? What's the medicine for? Oh no...
Lyria: Hang in there, Augusta! Let's get your mom to her room!
The crew is relieved to see Augusta's mother feeling better.
Augusta: Is she sick?
Augusta's Father: The doctor said it's nothing to lose sleep over.
Augusta's Father: But it'll be some time before she fully recovers. She's cut down her usual workload, but today—
Augusta: Why didn't you tell me? You could've sent a letter!
Augusta's Father: Your mother stopped me. Said you'd drop everything you were doing and come right back if you found out—even if that meant giving up music.
Augusta: Of course I would! I'm watching over Mom from now on. I'll help with the shop, too!
Augusta's Father: Don't be ridiculous! I can handle things myself. You need to concentrate on your music!
Augusta: Ugh! You're so stubborn, Dad!
Vyrn: Whoa, now! Let's all take a deep breath and talk it out.
Lyria: Oh, your mom's coming to, Augusta!
Augusta's Mother: I'm sorry if I startled you, dear.
Augusta: Dad told me everything, Mom. But don't worry; I'll be watching over you now!
Augusta's Mother: Haha... You know we can't have that.
Augusta: But why?
Augusta's Mother: Any job that involves bringing joy to others takes determination.
Augusta: What do you mean?
Augusta's Mother: This may be a tiny cafe, but we have to be ready to entertain the customers that come here... day and night, rain or shine.
Augusta's Mother: In much the same way, you have the power to wash away the pain and sorrow of people all across the sky.
Augusta's Mother: It's only right that you make use of your talent.
Augusta: B-but Mom...
Augusta's Mother: Haha... You're the pride and joy of my life, Augusta. I'm sure Dad would say the same thing.
Augusta's Mother: Don't worry about my condition. Knowing you're out there entertaining people makes me happier than anything else.
Augusta's Mother: Okay, Augusta?
Augusta: Oh, Mom...
Augusta's Father: Maybe it's just us, but we consider your audience to be no different from our customers here.
Augusta's Father: So go get 'em, sweetie! We're all rooting for you!
Augusta: Dad...
Augusta: ...
Augusta: Okay! I'm gonna make the entire sky cry tears of joy!
Augusta: No matter where or when, I'll always be ready to entertain people. Just like I learned from you!
Vyrn: And we'll be there to help! Right, guys?
Lyria: Of course! Let's do our best, Augusta!
Augusta: Heck yeah! Time to get fired up!
Seeing how determined her parents are, Augusta recalls the emotions that drove her to become a musician in the first place.
Auguste prays for her mother's swift recovery. Ingrained with her father's resolve, she rests up in preparation for the upcoming performance.

Will to Entertain: Scene 3

All members of the Sky Philharmonic Orchestra return from their mini-adventures just in time for opening day of the 100th anniversary concert tour. They each perform with renewed passion, signifying a rebirth of the orchestra.

It's a full house on the opening day of the Sky Philharmonic Orchestra's 100th anniversary concert tour.
Narita: We're about to start and our section leaders have not returned. This is unprecedented!
Nobiyo: Oh relax. It'll be fine, since it's those kids.
Narita: How can you say it's fine! There's only ten minutes left!
Nobiyo: If worst comes to worst, we'll just have to step in and keep the crowd entertained.
Narita: What? But we've never prepared for anything like that!
Nobiyo: Well, I did kind of lord it over them.
Nobiyo: It's only fair that I take some responsibility, you know?
Narita: Sigh, I just hope this doesn't backfire.
Nobiyo: Well then, shall we get in there and warm up the crowd with an impromptu act?
Narita: We have our hands full with conducting; how are we going to pull off an impromptu act!
Just as Nobiyo tries to drag Narita onstage, a clamor suddenly arises from the crowd.
The two look out into the audience to see the orchestra section leaders and the crew, out of breath, cutting across the auditorium seats.
Novei: Sorry, passing through!
Augusta: Hey, hey! Make way, please!
Robertina: Phew, I'm tired from running.
Augusta: How about I carry you there, Tina?
Robertina: No thanks. I'm not a kid, you know.
Pamela: Ah! Tina, you dropped your snacks!
Pamela: Eek!
Cecile: Pamela! Are you okay?
Cecile immediately lifts Pamela up in her arms.
Pamela: Thanks, Cecile...
Vyrn: Go, go, go, the stage is right there! We can do this!
Lyria: I wonder if it was okay for us to come along like this, (Captain).
(Captain) grabs her arm and leaps on to the stage.
Nobiyo: Hahaha, this is too good!
Nobiyo: It's as if we've already reached the crescendo!
Narita: Whew, talk about a close one! I guess I was worried for nothing.
The section leaders find their seats.
(Captain) and company spot Nobiyo and Narita on the stage wing and rush over to them.
Narita: (Captain)! How is everyone?
Lyria: They're ready to go!
Nobiyo: Haha, I could already tell from your faces!
Vyrn: They did their best out there! You'll hear it in their performances!
The crew has felt for themselves the emotions that led the section leaders down the path of music.
They wish for the audience to experience those very same emotions.
Nobiyo: Well, it looks like they've finished tuning. I'd better get up there.
Narita: We've kept the fans waiting long enough!
Narita: Go get 'em, Nobiyo!
Nobiyo: Well, let's get this show on the road!
A thunderous applause shakes the concert hall the moment Nobiyo appears onstage.
Narita looks on with admiration at the world-renowned Nobiyo.
Vyrn: Hey, Narita. Why did you decide to study under Nobiyo?
Narita: Hmm, well...
Narita chooses his words carefully.
Narita: I guess it's because Nobiyo is someone who truly believes music can change the world for the better.
Lyria: Hm, change the world with music?
Narita: Yes. Anyone who's ever attended a performance conducted by Nobiyo would say the same thing.
Narita: Music transports us to another world—it takes us on an unforgettable journey that stays with us.
Narita: Even when we return to our normal lives, we find ourselves more optimistic than before.
Narita: It's almost like a magic spell that never wears off.
Lyria: How fantastic! He's like a wizard of music!
On stage, Nobiyo makes eye contact with each member of the orchestra.
Nobiyo: (Well then, are we ready to play the most incredible music the audience has ever heard?)
Novei: (Absolutely! Let's do this, everyone!)
Pamela: (I'm ready to go!)
Augusta: (100th anniversaries don't come all that often. Might as well enjoy it while it lasts!)
Robertina: (I'm gonna party all night with snacks when this is over.)
Cecile: (I was born ready! Let's totally knock their socks off!)
Nobiyo gets into position on the podium and checks with Novei.
Novei lets out a deep breath and begins playing at the exact moment Nobiyo begins waving his baton.
The entire orchestra begins playing in perfect unison, enveloping the audience in a glorious homophony.
The indescribably transcendent music stirs emotions deep within the audience.
Individual undertones from each member begin to stand out, filling the concert hall with a dreamlike quality.
On this day, the Sky Philharmonic Orchestra is reborn upon the stage.