A thirtysomething man tapes “Caribbean Queen” over a Billy Ocean flyer. On stage, a blonde thirtysomething woman teaches a twentysomething woman the choreography. A crew member sets up a wooden arch on stage. The thirtysomething man talks with a ten-year-old boy by the flyer.
A janitor sweeps the floor and watches as Billy Ocean walks on stage. Ocean watches the young woman learn the routine. A crew member whistles at her. She smiles at him. He looks over his shoulder and disappears into a cloud of smoke.
He drinks champagne in the dressing room. His glass breaks as she walks into the room. She puts on makeup as she sits by the vanity. The ten-year-old boy hands her a bouquet of roses. She smiles at him and sprays perfume underneath her chin.
People cheer for him as he stands on the top of the platform on stage. He jumps over a ledge and walks by two metal palm trees. Strobe lights as the young man, with strings tied to his body, holds up the saxophone.
The ten-year-old boy knocks on the dressing room door and looks for the young woman inside. The young woman performs behind Ocean on stage. Sparks go off as he turns towards her. She walks back to the platform as Ocean continues to dance as he sings to the audience.
The young woman waved to hello to Billy Ocean as she practices on stage. He lurks in the background, watching as she pirouettes and spins on the hardwood floor. She was a consummate professional. Although she was friendly to him, she seemed to hold back in her interactions with him.
Through his background singers, he learned she was from the Midwest and it was first major tour. She had done some dancing in New York at a small college. She was taking a year off for the tour. After practice, he tells her she did a good job. She nods and smiles. He asks her if she would like some water. She says yes and he asks his assistant to get him two bottles of water. He says she’s a really great dancer as they sit down together. He adds reviewers usually mention her as one of the best parts of the show. She puts her head down and mumbles “thank you.” He tells her she doesn’t have to be shy. She says she can’t believe she’s here. He tells her she has a career in it, if she chooses to stay. He says that she’s welcome on his North America leg of the tour starting up. She tells him she has to think about it and that she misses home. His manager calls him and says it’s time to rehearse. He says he’ll see her later.
She was unaware of her own star power. It’s what he liked about her most. Every woman he had met had tried to lure him with promises of casual sex. They had secretly hoped to be on his arm as he walked the red carpet at award shows and movie premieres. She had no desire for Hollywood life. She simply wanted to fulfill a once in a lifetime dream and return back home. However, he wanted to show her that she could accomplish so much more. There were still at least month left to the tour. He could still have a chance.
Director: N/A Year: 1984