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== Requirement resources ==
== Requirement resources ==

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Resources include the Theater merit badge worksheet Adobe Acrobat PDF, links, and cross-references to related badges and awards.  Prev  -  Next  

This is the Theater merit badge for Boy Scouts, Varsity Scouts, and Venturers.
Webelos Scouts can earn the Showman activity badge.


Theater merit badge
Status: Elective
Created: 1967
Replaced: Dramatics
BSA Advancement ID: 111
Requirements revision: 2005
Latest pamphlet revision: 2008

Contents

While earning the Theater merit badge, Scouts will learn to appreciate live performances as members of the audience as well as go behind the footlights to see the view from the other side. Much more goes on in theater than ever meets the audience's eye.


Theater merit badge requirements

  1. See or read three full-length plays or scripts. These can be from the stage, movies, television, or video. Write a review of each. Comment on the story, acting, and staging.
  2. Write a one-act play that will take at least eight minutes to perform. The play must have a main character, conflict, and a climax.
  3. Do THREE of the following:
    a. Act a major part in a full-length play; or act a part in three one-act plays.
    b. Direct a play. Cast, rehearse, and stage it. The play must be at least 10 minutes long.
    c. Design the set for a play or a production of a circus. Make a model of it.
    d. Design the costumes for five characters in one play set in a time before 1900.
    e. Show skill in stage makeup. Make up yourself or a friend as an old man, a clown, an extraterrestrial, or a monster as directed.
    f. Help with the building of scenery for one full-length play or two one-act plays.
    g. Design the lighting for a play; or, under guidance, handle the lighting for a play.
  4. Mime or pantomime any ONE of the following chosen by your counselor.
    a. You have come into a large room. It is full of pictures, furniture, other things of interest.
    b. As you are getting on as bus, your books fall into a puddle. By the time you pick them up, the bus has driven off.
    c. You have failed a school test. You are talking with your teacher who does not buy your story.
    d. You are at a camp with a new Scout. You try to help him pass a cooking test. He learns very slowly.
    e. You are at a banquet. The meat is good. You don't like the vegetable. The dessert is ice cream.
    f. You are a circus performer such as a juggler, high-wire artist, or lion tamer doing a routine.
  5. Explain the following: proscenium arch, central or arena staging, spotlight, floodlight, flies, center stage, stage right, stage left, stage brace, stage crew, cyclorama, portal, sound board.
  6. Do two short entertainment features that you could present either alone or with others for a troop meeting or campfire.


The official source for the information shown in this article or section is:
Boy Scout Requirements, 2014 Edition (BSA Supply No. 33216 - SKU# 619576)

The text of these requirements is locked and can only be edited
by an administrator.
Please note any errors found in the above requirements on this article's Talk Page.


Notes

Worksheet A FREE workbook for Theater is available here! Adobe Acrobat PDF
with the maps, charts, links, diagrams, and checklists you need!
Or click here to print just the Theater requirements.
meritbadge.org has PDF and DOC versions of
Boy Scout merit badge workbooks,
Webelos workbooks, and Cub Scout workbooks.
  1. Theater is a rare merit badge!


Requirement resources

1: Pro-Play: Children & Youth Free online scripts of full-length plays appropriate for children.

1: Shakespeare Resource Center

2: Playwriting 101: How to Write a Play

3d: The Costumer's Manifesto Costume History

5: Theatre on a Shoestring: Theatre Terms

6: Scout Skits

Related awards

Art Awards Links - (Theater is an applied art)

Art-related awards

See also

Boy Scout portal
Varsity Scout portal
Venturing portal
General Merit Badge information


External links

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