Playwright Badge

(Discover Art)

Written by Charlotte (R) Duke, Butterfly, Troop 109


Penguins: Do 3 requirements including the 2 starred *.

Otter: Do 4 requirements including the 2 starred *.

Dolphin: Do 5 requirements including the 2 starred *.

Butterfly: Do 6 requirements including the 2 starred *.

Eagle: Do 7 requirements including the 2 starred *.

Owls: Do 9 requirements including the 2 starred *. Teach someone how to do a skill from this badge or teach some knowledge about this badge to someone. You can teach kids, your spouse, seniors, anyone, just as long as you are sharing your new found knowledge.†If for some reason you cannot teach what you have learned to someone else, you may choose an additional 2 optional requirements instead.


___ 1*.† Write a short skit or play of at least 6 lines for each character, and read it for your family or troop. (Each level must write more lines for each character: Dolphins: 12; Butterflies: 18; Eagles: 24; Owls: 30) Or, perform your play as a puppet show if you prefer. Know the meaning of the following terms and abbreviations: act; audience; backdrop; backstage; balcony; C; costume; curtain; enter; exit; flies; floodlights; footlights; LC; place; pit; production; RC; stage; scene; and wings.

___ 2*. †Read a book about the life of a famous playwright, such as William Shakespeare. (If you did this requirement at a lower level, choose a different person to learn about.) Butterflies and Eagles must read one of the plays written by their chosen person.

___3. †Find out what Mummersí Plays were, when they were played, who acted in them, and what they were about.

___ 4. †Find out about 2 types of theater buildings, e.g.; open air theater etc.

___ 5. †Find a play that has been turned into a TV drama/film and watch it, then discuss it with a parent or your troop leader. Read the play in book form. Which did you like best?

___ 6. †Read a book about the development of the theatre from Greek to modern times.

___ 7. Learn about the different types of plays, such as comedies, tragedies, and farces.

___ 8. †Have some friends over and see what sort of a play you can come up with by taking turns to each add just one line at a time.

___ 9. †Learn about careers in the playwriting business. How much do they pay? What sort of education do you need? If possible, shadow someone for a day who works in the playwriting business.

___ 10. †If you know a foreign language very well, try to write a play of at least 4 lines per character in that language. Or try writing a play of at least 4 lines each in another dialect, such as Cockney, Cornish, Yorkshire, etc.

___ 11. †At certain times in history, the theater and plays have been banned. Read a book about one of these periods. Tell your troop about what you learned.

____ 12. †Earn the Drama badge at your level.