Scouts – Entertainer Badge Night

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Make your own Puppet theatre

I ran this night and I was really pleased at how successful it was! There were some really creative ideas from the Scouts. The Scouts wrote a Stage Management list for backstage. One even had a lighting rig, a headtorch and crepe paper for a gel (to make a coloured light).

– I’ll add the info about Pepper’s ghost, which I got off the internet and tried but didn’t work. I think I’ll have to put some more thought into how it works practically. Any comments on how to do that would be great because I think our Scouts would’ve loved it! Link: PEPPER and Dirck’s ghost

Here is my plan!

Basic ingredients: Tables, shoe/wine boxes or big bike boxes (Sainsbury’s/Cult Cycles are very obliging with boxes!), cardboard, bits and bobs (bells, material, string) coloured paper, sellotape, headtorches, crepe paper, pritt stick, eggboxes, chalks, paints, possibly a CD player and classical music (The Planets has a good range of scary, love, war etc. or Now 70, whatever works for your Scouts!)

Timing: We didn’t do a game in the two hours so we just stuck to this activity and tidying up. You could probably fit in a short game of Cat and Mouse/Tig, though depending on how messy it gets!

Leader numbers: 2

1: (5 mins) Scouts get out the tables

2: (15 mins) We sat and chatted about Theatres and I showed them pictures of local theatres, exciting sets and asked if they’d been to a panto/play. We discussed their favourite sets (Had to say what a “set” was) and plays

Scouts – Plays and puppet theatre 2003 – This link is to a file with pictures of plays like:

Robin Hood in the RSC Main Theatre: A massive tree was hung from the rig, they had a 50 foot grass-covered slide on stage and flying characters.

Doctor Faustus at The Globe: I showed images of monsters from Doctor Faustus where actors come from Hell (using a trapdoor under the stage).

3: (5 mins) Explain the task: “Work in groups of 5 to make your own Puppet theatre (very clear Youtube video of how to do this with a shoebox!), puppets and stories. You have massive cardboard boxes so think what you want to do with them before you cut them up. Everyone needs a job so one person can write a scene of a story, one person does props, etc.” (Our Scouts decided to make flyers to advertise and used a sponsor) Best one gets haribos. I used a scorechart to make it professional 😉 (scores based on teamwork, sets, originality, story etc.-could do a clap-o-meter or raise of hands if there are lots of groups.)

4: (40 mins) Leave them to it and offer help/ideas if needed.

5: (10 minutes) “Start your tech and dress rehearsals! 10 minutes left!”

6: (10 minutes) We all sat together and watched the shows. We only had two groups so it was short. You may need to adjust for more groups.

So now they can get their Entertainer Badge! Yay.

An idea for next time 🙂 Shadow Puppet Theatre

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