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Journey of a Lifetime

 

(A circus in Paris. Jenny's 15th birthday.
The performance is in full swing. We see George,
Rose, Alex, and Jenny and at the same time they
show that they are thenselves watching.
We are greeted by a whirlwind of activity: clowns,
jugglers, tumblers perform under the streamers and
gaudy lights. Various of the circus performers,
led by a chanteuse in exaggerated make-up and
costume, strike up a some as accompaniment -- part
hymn in praise of daring, part invitation for a
volunteer from the audience.
At certain points the chanteuse has the circus
audience joining in with the song.)

CHORUS:
Take the journey of a lifetime!
It's only just a drum-roll away!
On the journey of a lifetime
Every day's a high-wire day!

CHANTEUSE:
If you've got what it takes,
The stars and streamers are yours!
Take a risk in the ring
And feel the thrill of applause!
(Drum-roll. A knife-thrower appears and
with his assistant enters the ring. Applause)
If you reach
For the moon,
If you aim
For the stars,
Then the moon
And the sky,
Can be yours --
Come on and try!
There's a prize
To be won
Take a risk,
Take a ride,
Right this way,
Have a go,
Try your luck --
And step inside!
If you reach
For the moon,
If you aim
For the stars,
Then the moon
And the sky,
Can be yours --
Come on and try!
(A volunteer is now being sought for
the knife-thrower's act. Attention focuses
on Jenny and Alex, seated side by side. She
asks him to step forward, and when eventually
he does, it is much to the annoyance of George.
Alex is led away by the assistant)

CHORUS:
Take the journey of a lifetime!
It's only just a drum-roll away!
On the journey of a lifetime
Every day's a high-wire day!

CHANTEUSE:
If you've got what it takes,
The stars and streamers are yours!
Take a risk in the ring
And feel the thrill of applause!
(Alex now reappears clad in a sequined
circus jacket. He takes up his position
and duly braves the hail of knives. The
trick is greeted with great approval by
all but George, who is evidently becoming
increasingly distressed by Jenny'sobsession
for his nephew. As the applause fades the
song starts up once again.)
If you reach
For the moon,
If you aim
For the stars,
Then the moon
And the sky,
Can be yours --
Come on and try!
There's a prize
To be won
Take a risk,
Take a ride,
Right this way,
Have a go,
Try your luck --
And step inside!