Both of these records fit in the same vein. First off, I love CaptClare's idea of the Soap Opera being performed at one of the live shows, getting audience members involves as the witnesses to the wedding, other characters or what-have-you.
Both of these records play with the idea of a whole heap of plot twists and secrets being revealed one on top of the other which I think fits the Soap Opera parody to a T while really hitting the theme RE: Secrets on the head.
I dig MattConley's idea for the ending where the big question/secret is never really answered and characters just keep piling on to twist the plot.
The key secret in the Soap Opera short film could be a MacGuffin all along - the opening scene could refer to a secret in the form of cheesy dialogue between two characters, like "Barbara, I must know... Is it true what Douglas has done?"
And a bunch of different characters, all with their own plotlines briefly alluded to (characters returning from the dead, evil twins, affairs), could chime in on the impact of the secret - only it's never revealed and the Soap Opera cliches continue to pile up. Each time the secret is discussed, the stakes seem higher and higher, and more outlandish.
By the end of the short film, nothing is revealed or resolved. The drama will surely continue around the secret forever...
I wrote this with a live show in mind and thought it would be cool to have some of the audience as the guests. It would also be hilarious to have audience members play the leads as well but only handed the script 5 minutes before. Oh the comedy!
INT. RESTAURANT. PRIVATE DINNER
EMMAS FATHER: “- tomorrow my little girl marries the man of her dreams and I gain the son I’ve always wanted [raises glass], to Emma and John”
GUESTS: “To Emma and Joh -”
The door to the private dining area bursts open and all turn toward the noise. An elegant woman stands silhouetted by light for a moment before confidently striding up to the nearest waiter and takes a cocktail from the tray then continues toward Emma and John.
JOHN: “Mother! How… But you were on that flight to Sao Paulo! There were no survivors!”
JOHNS MOTHER: “Yes, I was meant to be on that flight my son but I received a note, this note [dramatically raises note in air] under my hotel door warning me not to get on that flight.”
GUESTS: [murmuring and hushed whispers]
JOHN: “Oh mother! I’m so glad you’re alive! It’s a miracle!”
JOHNS MOTHER: “Yes it is a miracle, isn’t it Emma! [dramatically]”
EMMA: “Yes it is, a wonderful miracle. I, and John are so happy to have you safe and here for our wedding celebration”
JOHNS MOTHER: “No, I am here to stop this wedding!”
GUESTS: [gasps] EMMAS FATHER: “How dare you!”
JOHNS MOTHER: “How dare me? HOW DARE ME?! [cackles]. You must’ve known and never said anything? How could you have been so blind?! You wanted a son? A son just like John? Well he is your son!” John recoils in shock, Emma turns to face the wall [dramatically of course].
EMMAS FATHER: “No! You’re lying. You’ve always been a liar. Emma, don’t listen to this woman, she is lying!”
JOHNS MOTHER: “Oh Emma, am I lying?”
EMMA: “Yes… it’s true.”
GUESTS: [gasps, one hushed scream]
EMMA: “But I love you John, I don’t care about our past, I only want to look to the future, the future with you. The future with our child!”
JOHNS MOTHER / EMMAS FATHER / JOHN: “What?!”
EMMA: “Yes I am pregnant, I wanted to tell you after our wedding. I am pregnant with your son.”
DR. RAMONE [sitting with guests]: “Emma! You’re not carrying his child, you’re carrying mine!”
JOHN: “WHAT?! Dr. Ramone?!”
DR. RAMONE: “Yes, John you can not produce children. Emma came to me upset, with questions to why she could not get pregnant so I ran some tests. When I told her she was devastated and I was there to console her. Emma it is my child you are carrying, not John’s.”
GUESTS: [murmuring and hushed whispers]
EMMAS FATHER: “Emma how could you?! You have brought such shame to our family!”
EMMA: “Oh Father, you are the one who brought shame to our family. When I found out about you and Johns mother I made sure it would never come out. I was the one that set the Johns mothers plane to crash on the way to Sao Paulo so your secret affair would go to the bottom of the ocean!”
EMMAS FATHER: “I never knew you would use the engineering degree I paid for, for such evil! Get out of my sight, I never want to see you again!”
JOHNS MOTHER: “And stay away from my son you… slut!” [dramatically cries out then throws her cocktail in EMMAS face]
EMMA: “How dare you!” [picks up nearby cocktail and throws it in JOHNS MOTHERS face]
JOHN: “That’s my mother!” [pushes EMMA against wall]
EMMAS FATHER: “She’s pregnant you asshole!” [punches JOHN]
EMMA: “Father no, I love him!” [slaps EMMAS FATHER]
JOHNS MOTHER: “I said stay away from my son!” [slaps EMMA]
Drink throwing, slapping and punching continue til FADE OUT