Lindsay Community Theater
Lindsay High Drama Club Spring Play
The Biggest Little Theater in Central California
Bubble Boy
Mar 6, 7, 13, & 14 at 7:30 PM
Mar 8 & 15 at 2:00 PM
Adult Admission: $5.00
LUSD Learners: $3.00
Bubble Boy is a musical with music and lyrics by Cinco Paul and book by Cinco Paul and Ken Daurio. It tells the story of Jimmy Livingston, a boy born without immunities who is forced to live in a plastic bubble room. When he grows older he meets Chloe Molinski, the girl next door, and falls in love with her. When she tells him she's getting married to her boyfriend Mark at Niagara Falls, Jimmy builds a bubble suit and heads on a cross-country journey to stop the wedding and tell her how he feels. Along the way he is pursued by his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Livingston, and he meets a cult, a biker gang, and Indian ice cream salesman. Thematically, the musical explores the idea that we all have our "bubbles" which prevent us from being all we can be, and that we need to break out of them.
Synopsis
Mrs. Livingston, a controlling conservative mother, tells us about how her son Jimmy was born with no immunities and grew up living in a plastic bubble ("Bubble Boy"). When Jimmy is a teenager, Chloe Molinski moves in next door and Jimmy instantly falls for her ("It Will Be Chloe"). Mrs. Livingston finds out and immediately tries to warn Jimmy away from her ("Stay Clean"), but in spite of her objection Jimmy and Chloe become friends, and Chloe even starts to develop romantic feelings for Jimmy ("Falling for the Boy"). But when Chloe shows up in his room drunk and a freaked out Jimmy rejects her advances ("Decontaminate Me"), Chloe turns to wannabe rocker Mark as her boyfriend ("Prom Night"). When Mark proposes at the prom, Chloe says yes, and then has to tell Jimmy, who tries to tell her not to go through with it, but can't muster the courage ("Please Stay"). She leaves behind an invitation to the wedding, which is at Niagara Falls, however, which inspires Jimmy to build a bubble suit and go stop the wedding and tell her how he feels ("Out of Here").
Out in the world for the first time, Jimmy meets up with the Bright and Shiny cult, led by Lorraine and Todd ("Bright and Shiny") and they give him a ride. But once he starts innocently pointing out the ridiculousness of their beliefs, they kick him off the bus and leave him in the middle of nowhere. Mrs. Livingston wakes up and finds that Jimmy's gone. She freaks out, calls 9-1-1, but gets no help and decides she and Mr. Livingston need to go find Jimmy themselves ("Bring Back My Boy"). Jimmy next meets up with a biker named Slim and his gang "Diablos del Diablo." Slim finds out about Jimmy's situation and tells him not to live in ("Regret"). Slim gives Jimmy a ride, but can only take him so far because he is "not welcome in the state of Nebraska." In the meantime, Chloe, Mark and his dimwitted best friend Shawn are at a wedding shop looking at dresses. Chloe can't find anything, and she wonders if maybe they should postpone the wedding and not rush into it, but Mark attempts to reassure her ("Something Called Forever"). Dropped off by Slim, Jimmy sees a redneck Sheriff and Deputy harassing an Indian ice cream man named Pushpahp and comes to his defense. He ends up accidentally tasering the officers, and he and Pushpahp take off together. While they drive, the Shinies find out from their leader Gil that Jimmy was the chosen one, and they need to find him, Slim finds out that the Sheriff is after Jimmy, and realizes he needs to help him, Chloe gets a message from Jimmy and decides to go track him down, and the Livingstons get a call from Mark letting them know Jimmy's general whereabouts ("Gotta Get That Boy").
Then Pushpahp hits a cow with his ice cream truck. He goes into denial ("It's an Elk") but realizes he needs to stay and atone and can't take Jimmy any further. Jimmy and Chloe, miles apart and feeling lost and alone, sing about the things holding them back from true happiness ("There's a Bubble Around My Heart"). Jimmy wakes up the next morning confronted by the Shinies. He responds by stealing their bus ("I Stole a Bus"). When the bus breaks down, he's found by his parents a mile away from the church where Chloe's getting married. Unable to fight his mom, he agrees to go home. He has a moment alone with his dad, who's been silent the entire show, and then finally speaks up ("You Can See the Moon Today"), inspiring Jimmy to take off for the wedding ("One More Mile"). On the way the Shinies, Slim, Pushpahp, the Sheriff, and the Livingstons join in on the chase. When Jimmy arrives he stands up to Mark and tells Chloe how he feels, finally breaking out of his bubble suit ("I'd Rather Spend One Minute Holding You"). Chloe declares her love for Jimmy. And then he collapses to the floor, dying. The Livingstons arrive, and Mrs. Livingston accuses Chloe of killing Jimmy. Then Mr. Livingston says, "Tell him. Tell him everything." Mrs. Livingston reveals that Jimmy actually developed immunities when he was eight, but she didn't want him ruined "by the world and its filth," so she kept him inside where he'd be safe. Jimmy realizes he's not dead, forgives his mother, and then asks Chloe to marry him. She says yes, and everyone in the church celebrates ("Finale").





















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