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Twilight Sparkle: Ehh... [blows raspberry] [sighs heavily, groans, sighs again] I'm bored.
Spike: But you're reading.
Twilight Sparkle: I've read all these books already.
Spike: And...?
Twilight Sparkle: And I'm bored! I wanna do something! Things have been so slow around here and I just—
Rarity: Twilight! Twilight! Ooh, Twilight, darling! Oh, thank goodness! It seems that my—
Applejack: [panting] Whew! Got here as fast I—
Twilight Sparkle: [gasps] Yes! Finally! We've been summoned! I wonder where the map wants us to—
Spike: Uh, Twilight?
Twilight Sparkle: [groans]
[theme song]
Applejack: Where do you think—
Rarity: [excited squeals] Manehattan! We've been called to Manehattan! Oh, I've simply been dying to go back for a visit! And now I return... with a purpose!
Twilight Sparkle: Hmmm. It looks like you've been summoned to this particular neighborhood here.
Rarity: We're off to solve a friendship problem in one of the busiest and most vibrant cities in all of Equestria! Isn't this exciting?! [squeals]
Applejack: Seems a hair odd, though, don't it? Map callin' me to a big city like Manehattan?
Twilight Sparkle: You may be more of a country pony at heart, Applejack, but the map picked you two because you're the best ponies to tackle this particular mission.
Applejack: But how will we even know what our mission's supposed to be? That neighborhood probably has twice as many ponies as all of Ponyville.
Rarity: Pff. Kch. Ts! More like three times! Why, it's not only home to the Haypacking District – it's also home to the Fashion District! [to Twilight] Hmm. Shame you weren't called as well, though, darling. You did end up quite a fan of the hustle and bustle of Manehattan on our last visit.
Twilight Sparkle: It's such an exciting city, and there's still so much I'd like to do there. So many museums and historical landmarks to visit. Not to mention all the libraries! But this is your mission. Heh-heh. Don't worry about me. I've got plenty of... books... to keep me... busy.
Spike: [scoffs]
Rarity and Applejack: Mm-hmm.
Rarity: [gasps] I just remembered something! The Sisterhooves Social!
Applejack: We'll have to miss it. No tellin' how long we'll be in Manehattan. I sure hope Apple Bloom and Sweetie Belle aren't too upset.
[train chugging]
[city noises]
Rarity: Oh, Manehattan, what you do to me!
Applejack: [gulps]
Rarity: Darling, are you all right?
Applejack: Ponies move so fast here. Not at all like back home. [to herself] Eyes peeled, ears open. Eyes peeled, ears open.
"Rivet": [blows police whistle]
Rarity: Remember, Applejack, you're in the big city now. No moseying. You've gotta walk with speed and confidence!
"Rivet": [blows police whistle]
Rarity: Yoo-hoo!
Applejack: [snorts]
Diamond Cutter: Move it!
Applejack: Sorry 'bout that.
Strawberry Ice: Ah, get outta my way!
Applejack: Sorry.
Pedestrian Ponies 3 & 4: Watch it!
Applejack: Hey— Oh, dear. Butter my biscuits. I can barely cross the street in this town. How am I supposed to help solve a—
Rarity: [gasps] There!
"Pearmain Worcester": Yes, I think this is the one.
Rarity: No! No.
"Pearmain Worcester": Excuse me?
Rarity: That hat clashes with your mane, not to mention it's far too large and will undoubtedly obstruct your vision. Oh, dear, none of these will do. Oh, Applejack! What good timing!
Rarity: [humming] Here. This will do splendidly.
"Pearmain Worcester": Oh, it's lovely! How much would you like for it?
Rarity: Oh, no-no, please, please, keep it. I can always make another.
"Pearmain Worcester": Thank you!
Rarity: [to Applejack] And you thought we wouldn't discover our purpose here! Pff. Kch. Ts!
Applejack: Yeah, I'm pretty sure that wasn't it.
Rarity: What? We just saved that poor pony from committing a terrible crime of fashion.
Rarity: Well, she could've been meeting a friend who would've laughed at her new hat, and then their friendship could've been ruined forever! And... mmm... it's possible.
Applejack: Did your cutie mark glow signifyin' a job well done?
Rarity: Ye— No. I suppose it didn't. Still, a disaster was averted!
Stinky Bottom: Averted? You just lost me a paying customer!
Rarity: Oh, my! Oh, I-I-I-I-I'm s-so sorry. I never meant to—
Stinky Bottom: Beat it!
Rarity: Uh, please accept my sincerest apologies for the misunderstanding, and might I add, what a lovely establishment you have here! [nervous laugh] [clears throat] You're right, Applejack. [sighs] The search continues.
Applejack: Uh, 'scuse me, I was just wonderin'... Uh, friendship problem, anypony? See, we've been sent here to... A-A map summoned us and, uh... If you could just take a moment to...
Rarity: Friendship advice! Anypony looking for friendship advice! Good grief. This isn't working.
Applejack: [sighs] I'm not sure what we're supposed to do. To be honest, I'm still not even sure what the map called me here for.
Rarity: Oh, try not to worry, Applejack. The map picked us for a reason. Although how we're supposed to uncover that reason, I haven't a clue. We can't possibly approach every single pony in town until we find out what we're meant to d—ooh! [reading] "Please help us restore our long-lost but beloved tradition, the Midsummer Theater Revival. There's a guest performance by a local theater troupe, the Method Mares, as well as games, food, and much, much more. This event promises to bring our Bronclyn neighbors together and restore our sense of community, but there's so much to do and we need your help." Huh. [gasps] Darling, this is it! The contact on the flyer is Coco Pommel!
Applejack: Oh, right! She's the one you got a job makin' costumes for that designer friend o' yours.
Rarity: Don't you see?! This must be why the map called us here! Oh, and you were so worried!
Applejack: Well, I suppose it's at least worth lookin' into... that is, if we can ever get off this street corner.
Coco Pommel: I can't believe you found my flyer. Quite a coincidence, don't you think?
Rarity: Applejack and I were specifically summoned here to be of service, and you, my dear friend, are in need of help. It's no coincidence, darling. It's fate! [drinks]
Applejack: [gulps] This Midsummer Theater Revival – what is it, exactly? [chews]
Coco Pommel: An outdoor play held at the community park. Many moons ago, local theater troupes would perform, and ponies in the neighborhood would help make the costumes and design set pieces, prepare food to share during the performance.
Applejack: Y'all do look like you're enjoyin' each others' company. Kinda reminds me of Ponyville.
Rarity: It sounds lovely, darling.
Coco Pommel: It was, up until several moons ago.
Applejack: What happened?
Coco Pommel: That's Charity Kindheart. She was a well-known costume designer on Bridleway. She started the Midsummer Theater Revival as a way to share her passion for theater with the neighborhood. No matter how busy she was, she always made time for the Revival.
[book shuts]
Coco Pommel: But when she moved away to be closer to her grandfillies, the neighborhood lost the special tradition she had started, and worse, the sense of community it fostered.
Street Pony: Hey! I'm trottin’ here!
Applejack: Nopony else stepped up to take over for Charity?
Coco Pommel: I've been trying to. But I've just gotten a last-minute request to alter costumes for the cast of My Fair Filly, and I'm afraid I haven't made much progress. Oh... There's just so much to do to bring back the Midsummer Revival, and my flyers haven't attracted a single volunteer!
Rarity: Say no more! You finish up your work, and by this time tomorrow, you'll be up to your mane in ponies who want to lend a hoof. Applejack and I will make sure of it!
Coco Pommel: You will?
Applejack: You bet your boots we will!
Coco Pommel: Oh, I don't wear boots. I find they chafe my calves when I walk.
Applejack: It's just an expression.
Rarity: So you see, the Method Mares are only available on this one day, and we need all the help we can get with preparation.
"Fine Print": Yeah, not a good time right now. Heh. What am I saying? It's never a good time!
Rarity: [clearing throat] Well? What do you think?
"Chock-full Carafe": I got my own problems. You think I've got hours to dedicate to somepony else's?
"Uptown Clover": Ah, yes, Charity's Midsummer Theater Revival. Such wonderful memories.
Applejack: So you'll help us?
"Uptown Clover": Oh, [laughs], don't be ridiculous. I run a very important oat and hay import/export business. Why, I can't spare even a moment for such things!
[ducks quacking]
Coco Pommel: This is a nightmare.
Rarity: Oh, not at all, darling. It's quite lovely.
Applejack: I think she was talkin' about the Midsummer Theater Revival.
Coco Pommel: I finished the alterations for My Fair Filly, but I've barely started the costumes for the Revival, and the Method Mares are coming to the park tomorrow for a costume fitting and rehearsal!
Rarity: Well, I could help you with the costumes.
Coco Pommel: But what are we going to do about the rest? The park is in desperate need of repairs, and the sets still need to be built!
Applejack: Well I know a thing or two about buildin' and fixin' things. It's kinda, well, my thing. Could be the reason the map called me here!
Rarity: You see, dear? We went out looking for volunteers when all the help you need is right here.
Applejack: Uh-huh.
Rarity: The map wouldn't have chosen just Applejack and me if it was more than we could handle. Everything is going to be just fine!
Rarity: Perhaps I spoke too soon...
Coco Pommel: Oh, dear, you're right. Are you sure you can manage this by yourself?
Applejack: Well, there's a lot to do, but Rarity's right. The map wouldn't have called us here if we weren't up for the challenge. You two go on and take care of the costumes. I'll see you at the dress rehearsal. [gulps]
[plants snapping]
[lawn trimmer whirring]
[plant snapping]
Applejack: I know it looks bad, but I'm movin' as fast as I can.
Rarity: Don't worry, we've still got plenty of time. Everything's going to be—
On Stage: Um, excuse me? Is this where the Midsummer Theater Revival is supposed to be, perchance?
Raspberry Beret: We're here for the dress rehearsal?
Coco Pommel: Oh, yes! We've just put the finishing touches on the costumes.
"Late Show": [to Stardom] At least those look professional.
Raspberry Beret: We'll do a dry run of the play first, and then the fitting.
Applejack: No, wait! I haven't gotten a chance to—
[wood crunching]
Raspberry Beret: [yelps]
Applejack: ...reinforce the stage yet.
Coco Pommel: [sighs] I just wanted to live up to Charity's example, to bring my neighborhood together again. But the park is still a mess, we haven't even thought about what refreshments to serve during the performance, and even if we had, we don't have a stage for the Method Mares to perform on! It's hopeless... Just hopeless!
Rarity: [hushed] I don't understand. The map summoned us here to solve a friendship problem. We've clearly found it, but why did it send the two of us? Why not Twilight? I'm sure she could have used her magic to transform this park in an instant!
Applejack: I've been thinkin' the same thing. I mean, I can at least see why you're here – Coco's your friend, and you have an eye for costumes and all – but me? I was never gonna be able to finish a project this big.
Rarity: [dramatically] We'll return to Ponyville as failures! Why must this be, Applejack? Why? Why?! Wh—
Applejack: Now hold on there. I'm not suggestin' we pack up and go home.
Rarity: [muffled] Then what are you suggesting— [ptoo] Then what are you suggesting?
Applejack: I'm suggestin' we stop worryin' about what we can't do and start doing what we can. I think I've got a plan. It won't be anythin' big or fancy, but it'll be somethin'. And somethin's gotta be better than nothin', right?
Coco Pommel: I suppose so...
Applejack: That's the spirit! Sorta...
Applejack: Alright, y'all, it's ready!
On Stage: Should we go ahead and start?
[curtains open]
Raspberry Beret: [as Charity Kindheart] Excuse me. I'm Charity Kindheart. I'm here about the open design position. I brought some samples of my work. I'm sorry I'm late. I had the hardest time finding my way here. [tearing up] I just moved here, and I keep getting mixed up by the street names! I had a map, but I dropped it in a puddle, which only made the street names harder to read!
On Stage: I see.
"Cloudy Daze": What is that?
Blueberry Curls: I dunno, sugar, looks like some kinda play.
"Cloudy Daze": Well, can we stay and watch it please? Please, can we, can we?
Blueberry Curls: Oh, alright, I suppose we could stay for a minute.
"Late Show": Excuse me, but your next appointment is here.
On Stage: Alright. Send him in. [to Raspberry Beret] I'm sorry, but based on these samples, I just don't think this is the place for you.
Raspberry Beret: [gasps dramatically]
On Stage: Don't get me wrong. These clothes are all exquisite and well-made, but more theatrical than avant-garde. Have you considered costume design? I have a contact on Bridleway! If you're interested, I can put you in touch with him. ...And scene.
[curtains close]
[ponies muttering]
[curtains open]
"Stardom": Charity, dear, is that you?
Raspberry Beret: Hello, Mrs. Pearblossom! I didn't see— oops!
"Stardom": Oh, let me help you, dear. Are these the costumes you've been working on?
Raspberry Beret: Yes, I was supposed to be finished by now, but there's just so much to do, and I still have a few last-minute alterations to make before opening night! I'm sorry I couldn't get enough tickets for everypony in the neighborhood. I hope Mr. Pearblossom wasn't too disappointed. I know Trotter on the Roof is one of his favorites.
"Stardom": Oh, my dear filly, don't worry about that. We're so proud of you. We shall be with you in spirit!
Raspberry Beret: Thank you! You've all made me feel so welcome here and have become like family to me! I just wish I could share this experience with you and the others!
"Rivet": Eh, what's goin' on?
Luckette: It's the Midsummer Theater Revival. The Method Mares are performing!
"Rivet": [sighs] The Revival. Mhm, yeah. My pop used to bring me.
"Stardom": So nice of you to put on this play for the neighborhood.
Raspberry Beret: I couldn't have done it without everypony's help! I know it's not Bridleway, but—
"Stardom": Oh, pish-tosh! It's perfect, dear!
Strawberry Ice: [eating popcorn]
Pearly Stitch: Oh, you're such a dear, thank you! This is so nice. Haven't seen the neighborhood this friendly since Charity moved away!
[audience clapping and cheering]
On Stage: Thank you, fillies and gentlecolts. Please give a warm welcome to the one who made this entire event possible – our neighbor Coco Pommel!
[audience clapping and cheering]
Coco Pommel: [clears throat] Thank you all so much for coming. The Midsummer Theater Revival was always something that meant so much to me, and it seems it means quite a lot to all of you as well. I really can't take all the credit, though. My dear friends Rarity and Applejack helped me ever so much.
[audience clapping and cheering]
Rarity: Oh, darling, please, it was just a few costumes.
Applejack: Aw, shucks, I just happen to be good with a hammer is all. To be honest, we had much bigger plans to start. When those fell through, we decided to simplify. This here was the result.
Rarity: Oh, don't be so modest. Coco and I were lost.
Coco Pommel: You bet your boots we were!
[general chatter]
"Viola": We just wanted to say how much we enjoyed the Midsummer Theater Revival and how much it inspired us!
Applejack: Oh, yeah?
"Uptown Clover": I used to think that to help my community I had to do something big. Heh-heh. And let's face it – in this day and age, who has the time for such a commitment? But here, you did something as simple as building a stage and putting on a play and, heh, look at how it's brought everypony together.
"Viola": I saw Coco's flyers for volunteers but didn't think anything I'd have time to do would be that useful. Now I wish I'd offered to help, even if it was just pulling a few weeds or planting a few flowers.
Applejack: Not sure if you noticed, but the park is far from bein' fixed up. I imagine if you look around, you'll find there's lots of little ways for you to get involved in changin' this place for the better.
"Viola": And I will!
"Uptown Clover": And I don't think we'll be alone!
[cutie marks ringing]
Applejack: Yee-hoo!
Rarity and Applejack: [laughing]
Applejack: We did it!
Rarity: [gasps] I understand now! It all makes perfect sense!
Applejack: Huh?
Rarity: I know why the map called you here.
Applejack: You do?
Rarity: If Twilight had used her magic to fix the park, it wouldn't have fixed the real problem, which is that these Manehattan ponies didn't think they had time to do something for their community! But by building that stage and making sure the play went on, you showed them that just by doing something small, you can make a big difference!
Applejack: Well, I'll be!
Rarity: Seems you have more in common with the Manehattan ponies than you thought!
Applejack: Heh-heh. But all the same, I'd sure like to head back to Ponyville on the next train. I want to check in with Apple Bloom and find out how the Sisterhooves Social turned out.
Rarity: Oh, absolutely, my dear. Just as soon as I stop that pony in the shop over there from purchasing that dreadfully hideous scarf! Stop! You're making a terrible mistake!
Applejack: [sighs]
[Applejack's montage music over credits]