Job Search! The Musical

By Anthony Leong © Copyright 1997


Curtain rises. The scene is outside a classroom at an MBA school. The students enter from stage right, having just finished a class. EVA and ELMER move to the centre stage.

EVA:

Do you have a quarter?

ELMER:

(Reaches into pocket and extracts a quarter) Sure... have to make a phone call?

EVA:

Deloitte & Touche are making their final decision today. I can't wait to call them.

EVA wanders over to pay phone and begins to call. Conversations of the other students diminish and lights dim, except for a spot on EVA.

EVA:

Hello. Diane Horowitz? This is Eva Duarte. Yes, I was in last week to speak to you about the consulting position and I was wondering if a final decision was made yet?... I see... right... I understand... well, thank you for taking the time to see me... maybe next time if you have any other openings, you'll keep me in mind. Thank you... and you have a nice day too. Bye.

EVA hangs up, visibly distraught.

Lights come up and EVA wanders back to ELMER.

ELMER:

So?

EVA shakes her head. Music rises (with apologies to "Another Suitcase in Another Hall" by Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber)

EVA:

I don't expect my luck to ever change,

Never fool myself that my dreams will come true.

Being used to trouble I anticipate it,

But all the time I hate it, wouldn't you?

EVA: So what happens now?

ELMER: Send a resume, make another call.

EVA: So what happens now?

ELMER: Wait for an opening in the fall.

EVA: Where am I going to?

ELMER: You'll get by, you always have before.

EVA: Where am I going to?

EVA:

I've spent the last two years here in this institution,

Hoping to get ahead, get my career back on track.

But every time I step up all the chances escape me.

Though I try to leap forward, I slip back.

EVA: So what happens now?

ELMER: Read a paper, like the Globe and Mail.

EVA: So what happens now?

ELMER: Don't give up, you haven't failed.

EVA: Where am I going to?

ELMER: Use your network, you always have before.

EVA: Where am I going to?

EVA and ELMER button up their coats and begin to walk. The students around them watch as they walk slowly.

I'll call in two weeks time and find out how I'm doing,

Maybe I didn't get the job, but I'll thank them anyhow.

For taking up their time to see someone so underrated,

And that's my situation, in the here and now.

EVA: So what happens now?

STUDENTS: Send a resume, make another call.

EVA: So what happens now?

STUDENTS: Wait for an opening in the fall.

EVA: Where am I going to?

STUDENTS: You'll get by, you always have before.

EVA: Where am I going to?

EVA: I won't ask... anymore.

EVA and ELMER exit stage left. Lights dim.

Lights rise. EVA and ELMER enter from stage left. A group of students are drinking coffee on stage right. Their clothes are different to signify a different day.

ELMER:

So how's the job search going.

EVA:

I've got an interview with Consolidated Research Advertising Products on Wednesday!

ELMER:

Excellent... so I guess you're getting prepared...

EVA:

I think I'm ready for it...

Music rises (with apologies to "Rainbow High" by Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber)

EVA:

Then again I've more to do,

Than simply see this whole thing through,

I haven't started.

Let's get this show on the road,

Show them I mean business,

That I'm not just some has-been.

STUDENTS:

Eyes, hair, mouth, figure,

Dress, voice, style, movement

Market, research, trends, competitors,

Skills, background, leadership, image.

EVA:

I'm going on Wednesday, they need to adore me

So that they will hire me, that's how it should go.

I need to be dazzling, I want to win this time

All my chums have their employment, and so must I.

STUDENTS:

Market, research, trends, competitors,

Skills, background, leadership, image.

EVA:

I went to the library, looked in some journals,

Which I photocopied, at five cents a page.

I was on the Internet, seeing what I could find,

Get some market data, so I can shine.

I'll be dressed to impress when I make the big trip downtown,

And I'm waiting with patience as the days are counting down.

Next stop will be their office

I'm gonna show them how, dressed up, somewhere to go.

I'll put on a show.

Look out, potential employer,

Because you oughta know what you're gonna get in me,

Just a little touch of

Just a little touch of

U of T's brand of MBA quality.

Lights dim. Curtain down.

Curtain rises to the office of Consolidate Research Advertising Products. EVA is sitting in the waiting room. Behind a divider, JUAN is at his desk in the office. JUAN gets up and opens the door. Music rises (with apologies to "I'd Be Surprisingly Good for You" by Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber).

JUAN:

Eva Duarte.

EVA:

Mr. Juan Peron.

EVA:

I've heard so much about you.

I'm amazed, for I'm only a student.

Nothing to shout about,

Just finishing second year.

And I'm looking, for something in my field.

JUAN:

Well I'm looking, for someone to fill a recent vacancy.

Are you here for the job?

EVA:

Yes, oh yes.

JUAN:

The one that I, posted in your career centre.

Maybe you're the candidate that's just right.

EVA:

It seems crazy but you must believe,

There's nothing calculated, nothing planned.

Please forgive me if I seem naive,

I would never want to force your hand,

But please understand, I'd be good for you.

JUAN:

Why don't you come in and have a seat,

Would you like a beverage, tea or coffee?

If you don't understand a question I will repeat.

Any questions can be directed to me.

But you should really know, this is just an initial interview.

This is merely an initial interview.

EVA:

Let me know if I'm boring you.

But do you understand my point of view?

Do you like what you hear, what you see,

And the job, be good for me too?

I'm not in this for a short time,

I won't take off in three months time.

I plan to stay and up the ladder I climb.

And I'll put in lots of overtime,

Which has to imply, I'd be good for you.

I'd be surprisingly good for you.

JUAN:

Please go on, and tell me,

I want to understand you perfectly,

And I like what I hear, what I see, and what I think,

Is this job would be good for you too.

EVA:

I've done my homework on this industry,

It's poised for growth and many will succeed.

But you must reconsider your strategy,

Otherwise you might be in jeopardy,

I hope this implies I'd be good for you.

I'd be surprisingly good for you.

JUAN:

You're hired!

EVA and JUAN shake hands. Lights dim. Curtain falls.


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