Maybe you could make a one-act tragedy out of it for a curtain-raiser.
"Strictly Business" by O. Henry
Now, here's that little curtain-raiser you promised to listen to.
"Waifs and Strays" by O. Henry
It is my opinion that your part in the affair is only a curtain-raiser to graver things.
"The Puppet Crown" by Harold MacGrath
A packet of cigarettes is another curtain-raiser for an adventure.
"Shandygaff" by Christopher Morley
The curtain-raiser was over, and very nice too; now for the drama.
"If Winter Comes" by A.S.M. Hutchinson
This short curtain raiser being over, the first act of the drama began.
"New York Times Current History: The European War from the Beginning to March 1915, Vol 1, No. 2" by Various
He almost wished he had not followed the curtain-raiser with his own stronger drama.
"The Grey Wig: Stories and Novelettes" by Israel Zangwill
The actors in the curtain-raiser were returning to their dressing-rooms.
"A Mummer's Tale" by Anatole France
But if you don't know how easy it is, it looks like a curtain-raiser for manslaughter.
"Shorty McCabe" by Sewell Ford
This, to be sure, is only the curtain-raiser to the pleasures to follow.
"Pipefuls" by Christopher Morley