Re: Webelos Showman
Geoff Webb (webbg@WSU.EDU)
Fri, 24 Apr 1998 10:20:02 +0000
> I've been thinking about somw ways to approach the Showman Activity Pin
> ever since my third grade Bears put on an outstanding production of "The
> Unsinkable Molly Brown" last night at the school. I realized that my den
> is quite talented in regards to drama - that the overexuberance displayed
> at times is theire way of feeding this natural acting talent that they
> have. So.. with my previous Webelos den we did quite an elaborate puppet
> play to make the requirements. For my upcoming Webelos group, I think
> that a one act play or excerpt from a musical would not be beyond their
> talent. Just to brag a little, 3 of my 9 Bears shared the role of J.J.
> Brown (we had 4 J.J.'s and 4 Molly's), one was the butler, one Christmas
> Morgan, one sang a solo, one was a Count and two danced a number. My son
> worked on the Titanic which sank it all it's glory!
Sounds like a great idea. I wish I could have seen the show!
> So - can the list help me find some resources to help this group? Where
> can I find some great one act plays or copies of musicals which I can
> peruse for appropriate material we can adapt? I remember Mr. Roberts as
> being all male, but don't recall much of the script or songs, if there
> were any. Did Music Man in high school and could perhaps do the Wells
> Fargo Wagon scene. Web sites are great.
Please remember that the musicals you mention are all copyrighted and
would involve royalties being paid to the publisher. Not paying
royalties is stealing, and there is no exceptions for non-profit
organizations despite what others may say. It also does not matter
whether or not an admission is charged.
That said there is plenty of public domain material out there to be
used. Shakespeare is one source. The comedies could be a lot of fun
to do, and your boys could try a few fight scenes. Just make sure you
have someone who is well versed in stage combat to teach the boys
proper technique. Even fake or boffer swords can hurt.
Also there are a number of books with scenes for directing students
out. You could use those scenes and they should be royalty-free.
Finally, you could just write your own. I but your boys have some
> Since doing the puppet play well took lots of time, I assume this will
> also. What other Activity Pin work can I pull in? I could see using the
> Engineer block and tackle approach to a curtain. What about wiring
> Footlights or something. Scenery could qualify as art. Does anyone know
> what the base material for a "flat"is? Is it just muslin, then painted?
> Or wall paper? Any and all ideas to help this work towards advancement
> are welcome.
I would be very careful about building rigging and lighting
equipment. I have been a stagehand and lighting designer
professionally for about ten years, and I can assure you that there
is far more to it then meets the eye. A curtain can easily weigh
close to a hundred pounds and poses a real threat suspended above
peoples heads. Footlights also should be done by qualified people.
Scenery and flats are something you could easily do and would be alot
of fun for your boys. Email me for further instructions on how to
build them. BTW the material for a flat is muslin, but you have to
put it on right or else it looks funny.
For things your boys could do for activities badges is build flats for
craftsman, visit a theatre to see how rigging works for engineer,
build a small scale traveler curtain (like model size) for engineer,
and create renderings of the scenery for artist, or use a computer to
print up posters for communicator.
> BTW, our children's library has poor resources in the way of plays. Names
> of books I might purchase would be great.
Feel free to email me for more info. I will look through my library
at home and see what titles might help you.
> Jan Mussler, Webelos Den Leader, Pack 170
> Nederland, CO - Long's Peak Council
> Arapahoe District
Webelos Den Leader
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