Teleplay   Rapunzel

Story by Dave Hall & Tim Sulka

Teleplay by Tim Sulka
Lyrics by Dave Hall & Tim Sulka

Music by Dave Hall

 

 

EPISODE FIVE: RAPUNZEL or ROCK THAT WEAVE!

Our story so far... Alonzo Green, barber and aspiring hairdresser to the rich and famous, has found his true love and muse - a girl named Rapunzel whose long locks are his inspiration. Unfortunately, Rapunzel has been locked away in her tenth story apartment, virtually cut off from Alonzo.

 

 

EXT. RAPUNZEL’S APARTMENT BUILDING - NIGHT

 

ALONZO stands at the base of an apartment building. Over his clothes, he wears a short apron which holds his hairdressing supplies, scissors, etc. His hair and beard are sculpted and shimmer. As he gazes up, girls from various apartments in the building lean out of their windows on this hot summer night. From high above, RAPUNZEL’s soprano is heard singing a haunting melody.

 

Song: Ten Stories Away

 

               RAPUNZEL (O.S.)
      MMMMMMM.... OOOOOOH....

      AAAAHHHH.... YEAH.... etc.

 

A steady beat begins and Alonzo raps his story.

 

                ALONZO          

      THERE’S A GIRL I LOVE

      BUT SHE’S LOCKED UP IN A TOWER.

      SITTIN’ HOUR AFTER HOUR,

      WILTIN’ LIKE A FLOWER.

      PUT THERE BY NO OTHER

      THAN HER EVIL-LOVIN’ MOTHER!

 

ANOTHER ANGLE - WINDOWS

 

 

               GIRLS IN WINDOWS

      NOT HER BROTHER, BUT HER MOTHER?

      WHO COULD DO THAT TO ANOTHER?


BACK TO SCENE

 

 

               ALONZO

      MAYBE SHE'S PROTECTING HER?

      MAYBE SHE'S CORRECTING HER?

 

               GIRLS IN WINDOWS

      MAYBE SHE'S PERFECTING HER!

 

               ALONZO
      NAH!

      PROB’LY WHAT’D SHE’D SAY:

      IT’S HER MOTHERLY DUTY

      BUT I JUST THINK SHE’S JEALOUS

      OF HER 'CREDIBLE BEAUTY

      BUT IT AIN’T ABOUT HER LOOKS

      OR THE WAY SHE DRESSES

      WHAT’S MUSIC TO MY EYES

      ARE THOSE LONG CRAZY TRESSES!

 

 

ANOTHER ANGLE - WINDOWS

 

               GIRLS IN WINDOWS

      LOCKING UP HER KID!

      THAT’S KINDA WHACK!

      HOPE YOU’RE PLANNING

      ON A SNEAK ATTACK!


BACK TO SCENE

 

               ALONZO

          (mutters, thinking)

      SNEAK ATTACK, SNEAK ATTACK!

          (sings)

      FROM WHERE I’M STANDING, GIRL

      CAN’T REACH A SINGLE CURL

      CUZ YOU’RE TEN STORIES AWAY

      TEN STORIES AWAY!

 

 

INT. SOUNDSTAGE - DAY/EXT. STREET

 

During the chorus, the scene intercuts between a soundstage, music video style, and the reality of the street and neighborhood. Several of the girls in the windows serve as backup in the “music video” imagined by Alonzo.

 

The scene is an elaborate hair salon with stylized salon chairs, a chandelier, large mirrors, etc., over the top, brightly lighted, the girls and Alonzo in fun costumes.

 

 

               GIRLS IN WINDOWS

      RAPUNZEL, RAPUNZEL

 

               ALONZO
      GIRL, LET DOWN YOUR HAIR

      YOU’RE LOCKED UP IN THAT CASTLE

      SO HIGH UP IN THE AIR

 

               ALONZO/GIRLS IN WINDOW

      RAPUNZEL, RAPUNZEL

 

               ALONZO

      DROP THAT WEAVE FROM SKY SO BLUE

      AND I'LL CLIMB IT LIKE A LADDER

      RIGHT ON UP TO YOU.

 

               ALONZO/GIRLS IN WINDOWS

      I’LL/HE’LL CLIMB IT LIKE A LADDER

      RIGHT ON UP TO YOU!

 

 

EXT. RAPUNZEL’S APARTMENT BUILDING - THE SAME

 

The action reverts back to reality, Alonzo on the street.

 

               ALONZO

      IT’S NO SURPRISE THAT HER LOCKS ARE

      SO WILD

      HAIR THAT LONG? SHE’S BEEN LOCKED UP

      SINCE A CHILD

      ALL THIS TIME WITH NO WAY TO PRIMP

      AND  PREEN

      JUST ACHING TO BE STYLED

      BY THE KING OF SHEEN

 

               GIRLS IN WINDOWS

      BY WHO?

 

During the following, three of the girls exit the building, join Alonzo.

 

   

               ALONZO

      BY ME! A HUMBLE BARBER

      SEE, MY NAME’S ALONZO GREEN

      BUT THEY CALL ME “THE KING OF SHEEN”

      SEE, MY STYLES ARE THE BADDEST, THE

      MADDEST

      THIS TOWN’S EVER SEEN

      FROM BED STUY TO CONEY I

      YOU KNOW WHAT I’M SAYIN’?

      YOU KNOW WHAT I MEAN?

 

The girls surround Alonzo, fawning over him.

 

               GIRLS IN WINDOWS

      OH! ALONZO GREEN! ALONZO GREEN!

      THE KING OF SHEEN! ALONZO GREEN!

      WHATCHA GONNA DO IF YOU GET

      THE CHANCE

      FOR MORE THAN JUST A

      STOLEN GLANCE?

 

Alonzo takes out his scissors, pretends to give a quick trim to the girls, who dance around him.

 

               ALONZO
      I’M GONNA TAKE ALL THOSE SPLIT ENDS

      AND GIVE ‘EM A GOOD SNIP!

      I’M GONNA SQUEEZE ‘EM, GONNA TEASE

      ‘EM,

      FROM EACH ROOT TO THE TIP

      I’M GONNA BRAID IT, SERENADE IT

      BLOW DRY IT, TIE-DYE IT

      RE-FORM IT AND RESHAPE IT

 

               GIRLS IN WINDOWS

      YOU’LL EVEN LANDSCAPE IT!

 

               ALONZO

      FROM WHERE I’M STANDING, GIRL

      CAN’T REACH A SINGLE CURL

      CUZ YOU’RE TEN STORIES AWAY

      TEN STORIES AWAY.

 

 

INT. SOUNDSTAGE - DAY/EXT. STREET

 

Once again the action intercuts between the music video on the salon soundstage and the street.

 

 

               GIRLS IN WINDOW

      RAPUNZEL, RAPUNZEL

 

               ALONZO

      GIRL, LET DOWN YOUR HAIR

      YOU’RE LOCKED UP IN THAT CASTLE

      SO HIGH UP IN THE AIR

 

               ALONZO/GIRLS IN WINDOWS

      RAPUNZEL, RAPUNZEL

 

               ALONZO

      DROP THAT WEAVE FROM SKY SO BLUE

      AND I’LL CLIMB IT LIKE A LADDER

      RIGHT ON UP TO YOU.

 

               ALONZO/GIRLS IN WINDOWS

      I’LL/HE’LL CLIMB IT LIKE A LADDER

      RIGHT ON UP TO YOU!

 

 

EXT. RAPUNZEL’S APARTMENT BUILDING - THE SAME

 

During Alonzo’s speech, Rapunzel’s shadow can be seen in the window ten stories up. She vocalizes again, drawing Alonzo to her like a siren from the sea. Other people from the neighborhood are also drawn by Rapunzel’s singing. They stop in the street, stare at Alonzo, gaze upwards.

 

               ALONZO

          (speaks)

      My sweet Rapunzel, right now I can

      only dream

      Of that day when we're all together

      You, me, my styling cream

      And my perfect fusion flat iron,too.

      But you're ten stories away, girl

      How I’m s’posed to get to you when

      you’re ten storiies away?

 

From high above him Rapunzel's haiir cascades down the side of the building past the stunned girls in the windows.

 

               GIRLS IN WINDOWS

      LOOK, LOOK, SHE'S LETTING DOWN HER

      HAIR

                      

               ALONZO

      TEN STOREIS AWAY

 

Alonzo tugs on the thick hair-rope and psyches himself up to make the trek and climbs up the side of the building.

 

               GIRLS IN WINDOWS

      LOOK, LOOK, HE’S CLIMBING

      UP HER HAIR!

 

The girls lean out their windows combing, brushing, crimping their hair, etc. As Alonzo makes his way up, people in other apartments slam their windows shut, look incredulously at him as he climbs up their wall.

 

More people gather on the street stare, point at Alonzo climbing up the building. Rapunzel keens through the following.

 

               GIRLS IN WINDOWS (CONT'D)

      FIRST FLOOR!

 

               ALONZO

      AND I’M ON MY WAY!

 

               GIRLS IN WINDOWS

      SECOND FLOOR!

 

               ALONZO

      THIS IS CHILD’S PLAY!

 

               GIRLS IN WINDOWS

      THIRD FLOOR!

 

               ALONZO

      I’M STILL FEELIN’ OKAY!

 

               GIRLS IN WINDOWS

      FOURTH FLOOR!

 

               ALONZO

      IF I’M CAUGHT, THERE’S HELL TO PAY!

 

               GIRLS IN WINDOWS

      FIFTH FLOOR!

 

               ALONZO

      HEY! I MADE IT HALFWAY!

 

Alonzo has attracted quite a crowd on the street. He looks down, gulps seeing the distance between him and the ground.

 

               GIRLS IN WINDOWS

      SIXTH FLOOR!

 

               ALONZO

      GETTIN’ CLOSER TO MY BAYE!

 

               GIRLS IN WINDOWS

      SEVENTH FLOOR!

 

               ALONZO

      TIME TO THINK WHAT I’M GONNA SAY!

 

               GIRLS IN WINDOWS

      EIGHTH FLOOR

 

As Alonzo passes the eighth floor, a man sticks his head out of a window, shouts at him.

 

               MAN IN WINDOW

      Hey, man!

      You gonna do this ev’ry day?

 

               GIRLS IN WINDOWS

      NINTH FLOOR!

 

               ALONZO

      OH, NO! DID I FORGET MY HAIRSPRAY?

 

A girl in the window nearest to Alonzo slips a can of hairspray into his apron pocket.

 

               GIRLS IN WINDOWS

      TENTH FLOOR!

 

               ALONZO

      TIME TO MAKE RAPUNZEL MY FIANCE!!

 

The people in the street, church ladies, the postman, office workers, etc. dance as a unit, their movements choreographed in a joyful routine.

 

 

            GIRLS/ALONZO/PEOPLE IN STREET

      RAPUNZEL, RAPUNZEL

      GIRL, LET DOWN YOUR HAIR

      YOU’RE LOCKED IN THAT CASTLE

      SO HIGH UP IN THE AIR

      RAPUNZEL, RAPUNZEL

      DROP THAT WEAVE FROM SKY SO BLUE

      AND I’LL CLIMB IT LIKE A LADDER

      RIGHT ON UP TO YOU. AAAAHHHHHH!!!

 

Alonzo reaches the tenth story window where Rapunzel waits.

 

               ALONZO

      RAPUNZEL!!!

 

They gaze adoringly at each other, kiss, and he tumbles into the room.

 

The girls sigh and go back into their apartments. Inspired by Alonzo and Rapunzel’s love, everyone on the streets goes back about their business with a lightness in their heart.

 

(END SONG)