Theater Merit Badge Pamphlet Theater Merit Badge


Requirements were REVISED effective January 1, 2018.

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  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 . Discuss with your counselor the plot or story. If you chose to watch the plays, comment on the story, acting, and the 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 Discuss with your counselor the safety precautions that should be practiced when working in a theater to protect the cast and crew.
    Then do
    THREE of the following:
    1. Act a major part in a full-length play; or act a part in three one-act plays.
    2. Direct a play. Cast, rehearse, and stage it. The play must be at least 10 minutes long.
    3. Design the set for a play or a theatrical production of a circus. Make a model of it.
    4. Design the costumes for five characters in one play a theatrical production set in a historical time before 1900.
    5. Show skill in stage hair and makeup design. Make up yourself or a friend as an old man a historical figure, a clown, an extraterrestrial, or a monster as directed.
    6. With your counselor's approval, help Help with the building and painting of the scenery for one full-length play or two one-act plays a theatrical production.
    7. With your counselor's approval, design Design the lighting for a play; or, under guidance, handle help install, focus, color, program, and operate the lighting for a play theatrical production.
    8. With your counselor's approval, help install, focus, equalize, program, and operate the sound for a theatrical production.
    9. Serve as the stage manager for a theatrical production. Document all cues and stage setups in your calling script.
  4. Mime or pantomime any ONE of the following chosen by your counselor.
    1. You have come into a large room. It is full of pictures, furniture, other things of interest.
    2. 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.
    3. You have failed a school test. You are talking with your teacher who does not buy your story.
    4. You are at a camp with a new Scout. You try to help him pass a cooking test. He learns very slowly.
    5. You are at a banquet. The meat is good. You don't like the vegetable. The dessert is ice cream.
    6. 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, downstage, upstage, stage crew, flies, portal, cyclorama, portal, stage brace, spotlight, floodlight, lighting control board, sound board mixing desk.
    6. Do two short entertainment features that you could present either alone or with others for a troop meeting or campfire.

*Watching plays on television, video, or as a movie is not permitted.

BSA Advancement ID#: 111
Requirements last updated in: 2018
Pamphlet Publication Number: 35959
Pamphlet Stock (SKU) Number: 35959
Pamphlet Revision Date: 2014

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Page updated on: January 19, 2018

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