Thursday, May 1, 2014

The Story of Numbers: Roman Numerals Script and Song (Final Copy 5.2.14)

Roman Numerals

Scene 1

Emperor and Empress are in a fight with their maid
Octavian: Get me my food, maid.
Maid: I QUIT, Octavian!!! This job is too hard for me!
Lavinia: You can’t quit, your contract lasts for another 23 years! Holds up scroll
MAID: Fine, Lavinia, your grapes will be here soon. Sighs angrily
Tyberous and Licinia: Yay, we love grapes!!!
Octavian: Be quiet, children!!!  Obey your parents and keep it down.
Tyberous: Ok…
Scene 2

Peasant stands at a distance and bows
Lavinia: Approach…
Octavian: Hey, I’m in charge here! Approach, peasant.  Guards,  please approach too, just in case…
Guard 1: Yes sir, Your Majesty.
Guard 2: We are coming… My lord, Octavian. Would you like me to pat him down just in case?
Octavian: Yes… please.
Guard 1:  Searches him for a weapon.  All clear!
Peasant: Now I was wondering if you could approve my number system for the Roman Empire.  I have named them Roman Numerals!
Lavinia: Whoa, whoa hold on what is this number system you speak of?
Peasant: Well, it’s really quite simple, your majesty, shall I show you?
Tyberous: Yeah dad, I want to learn this whatchamacallit numeral!
Octavian: OK, fine!  Show me now!
Peasant: Here are the numerals!
I: Hi! I’m I which equals 1! If you put me in front of a numeral you subtract me from that numeral and put me after a numeral you add me to that numeral.
V: Greetings! I am V, which equals 5! If you put I in front of me, it makes me 4! If you put I after me that makes me 6, but by myself I’m just plain old 5!
X: Hello! I am X, which equals 10! The same rules for V apply to me but, instead of just using I you can also use V for me!
L: Hi, I’m L which equals 50!

C: I’m 100, which is expressed as C!
D: Hi, I’m D which equals 500!
M: Hi, I am 1,000 which is M!
Peasant: See, Sir Octavian, it’s just as simple as can be! You just subtract if it’s in front and add if it’s after!
Maid: knock, knock Your grapes are here, your majesty!
Octavian: No! I hate it! It’s too confusing, simple peasant!  Get out!
Lavinia follows the peasant and the maid walks out.
Octavian: No! I want grapes! I just don’t want numerals!
Lavinia: Oh! Dad I wanted numerals! There’s nothing fun to do in this palace!
Octavian: Oh, really!? Sent in the gladiators!  snap, snap
Gladiators come in and entertain the royalty. 
Stage goes dark. Everybody runs off stage.

Scene 3

Bring out pillows.
Octavian: Snoring in bed..
Dream sound effect happens
Licinia: Hi, dad.  We’re home!
Octavian: Hello! Do you need help with your homework?
Tyberious: Sure we’re working on Roman Numerals!
Octavian: What!? I thought I vetoed that!  I could have sworn that we told that peasant we didn’t want to use roman numerals in my empire…Is this a dream?
Licinia: No, you agreed to it! And it was a fabulous contribution to the Roman Empire!  Our boundaries increased dramatically and you became even more powerful. 
Octavian: Ok, let me see it.
Tyberious gives him the homework
Octavian: I don’t know what any of this means!
Tyberious: Dad, I thought you were smart!
Octavian: I am!
Licinia: OK…. Looks doubtful
Scene 4

Octavian wakes up panting
Octavian:  Lavinia, get in here!
Lavinia: Yes, dear?
Octavian: I just had a dream about roman numerals.  In my dream I was told that if I agree to allow the use of Roman Numerals in our empire, it would be a great success and our empire would grow! 
Lavinia: Wow, that’s quite a dream!  What do you intend to do about it?
Octavian: Well, I’ll tell you what we’ll do about it!  Get me that peasant boy!   
Guard 2: Yes, your majesty.
The peasant enters onto stage.
Peasant: What would you like, your majesty?
Octavian: Bring me the Roman Numerals!
Roman Numerals enter onto stage.
Octavian: I might have been a little off about the numerals. I think I will give you a second chance!
Peasant: Really!? He says happily
Octavian: Yes!
Licinia: In addition, we have decided to grant you the position of King of Math.
Octavian places the crown on his head.
Lavinia and Octavian: Yes!!!
Peasant: Oh! I’m soooo happy! Thank you so much!!!




Song
 Tune:  Happy
ROMAN NUMERALS
FIRST VERSE:
It might seem crazy what I’m about to say…
Roman Numerals, are the new thing
Follow me, come on we’re going back in time
With the air like I don’t care, baby by the way

CHORUS:
‘cause we’re numerals
Clap along if you feel like an X without an I
‘cause we’re numerals
Clap along if you feel like numerals are the truth
‘cause we’re numerals
Clap along if you feel like an X without an I
‘cause we’re numerals
Clap along if you feel like numerals are the truth

SECOND VERSE:
Here comes good news, numerals takin’ over. (X)
Count all your numerals, and leave it just like that. (I)
I should probably tell you it’s numeral time. (V)

 No offense to you. Don’t want to waste your time.
REPEAT CHORUS

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