Saturday, April 4, 2009

THE GUIDANCE COUNSELOR

1982. Young substitute teacher LARRY LISTORT is called into duty as temporary high school Guidance Counselor for the last weeks of the school year when the current counselor GEENA elopes with the PRINCIPAL. Larry has a great time with the students, but thinks little of the experience after he moves to Alaska to become a novelist.

2012. Larry emerges from the wilds with an unpublished 3000 page manuscript to discover not only that ELOISE FREELAND, one of the students he advised in '82, has just been elected the first female President of the United States, but several other KIDS he saw at that school have gone on to unprecedented success in business, politics and the arts. President Freeland invites Larry to move to Washington D.C. to fill a cabinet post she's created just for him- National Guidance Counselor- but after arriving amidst great fanfare Larry has misgivings about advising others when he views his own life as such a rambling wreck.

"What do YOU want to be when you grow up?"

2 comments:

David said...

Love the background for this idea... but that all feels like act 1. Let's see where you can really take this story!

Mr. Word Player said...

Glad to hear you like this one. In my mind, tho, I thought I set up the MC leaving his post as Nat'l Guidance Counselor at the end of Act 2 as part of the dynamic estrangement. I saw arrival in DC as end of Act 1.