Yesterday Anne wrote this as a comment:
I think that simple is best. If they are first-year students I would pare it down.
With that said, I really don’t know how anybody uses my scripts. I can’t even use them, now that I teach a language that is different from the one I wrote them in. The scripts are so personal to me and to my students and to what they have read and will read, that truly I am amazed that anyone else can do anything with them.
Jen, modify away, and don’t be afraid to make mistakes. If it’s too clunky, you can trim it up as you go, or for the next class, or for the next story. Get in there and do it and keep doing it, because it gets infinitely easier with practice. Good luck!