Circle Ten Council
Characters: Ringmaster, 3 (or more) Cub Scouts
Ringmaster: Ladies and Gentlemen, we are proud
to introduce the Den __ Flea Circus. Prepare to be amazed at the extraordinary
skill of these miniature performers! First up, we have Hugo, who will walk the
tight rope. When he reaches the middle, he will do a double somersault. Silence
Two scouts hold a string taut while a 3rd places a
"flea" on the string. They all pretend to be watching the flea's progress. The
3rd boy breathes in with deep amazement, then suddenly begins choking/gagging
3rd Cub: "Uh Oh! I swallowed Hugo!"
Ringmaster: "Well, uhh... on with the show! Next
we have Homer The Diving Flea! Homer will jump from this Scout's hand into the
water and then back again!
Scout holds his hand, palm up and carefully
approaches a cup. They all pretend to see Homer jump into and then back out of
Ringmaster: "Oh! Wow! he did it! Let's give
Homer a big round of applause!'
The scout who had his hand out also claps -- then
realizes what he's done...
1st Scout: "Oh, No! Homer!"
Opens his palms to the audience as if he's squished
Ringmaster: "Well, hmmm. Folks, the show must go
on! and for our final act, we have Hector the Jockey Flea! Hector can ride
around on a Cub Scout's back without falling off!
1st Cub pretends to place a flea on 2nd cub's back.
2nd cub then runs around for a few seconds.
Ringmaster: "See! He hung on! Way to go Hector!"
One of the other Cubs pats the 2nd cub's back and
says "Way to go, Buddy!" then realizes what he's done.
3rd Scout: "Uh-Oh."
All the scouts run off...
Center Ring Antics
A circus means clowns, and lots of
them. Present a series of clown acts using the ideas below as starters. Have the
ringmaster introduce the acts and time them together.
The Lion Tamer #1
A clown comes in with five “lions”.
The tamer cracks his whip as the lions circle single file around him. Suddenly,
one lion comes up behind the tamer and bites his leg. The tamer stops, glares,
then proceeds to get the lions going again. A second lion bites his leg; the
tamer again stops and then proceeds. The same thing happens with lions three and
four. And then lion five bites his arm. After the final bite, the tamer leads
them off and comes back to take his bows.
Ringmaster: “Heavens, that was quite a performance, but a
little dangerous, isn’t it?”
Tamer: “On no, I don’t mind. It helps with my
Ringmaster: “What do you mean?”
Tamer: “Well, it just goes to prove that four
out of five lions prefer legs.”
The clown trainer comes on with a
group of elephants, wearing oversized tennis shoes. The elephants parade in a
line, bent over as though walking on all fours. At a signal from the trainer,
they stand up straight as though they were standing on their hind legs.
The elephants bend down again and at
another signal, put one hand on the shoulder of the elephant in front of the.
They parade in a circle and go off. The trainer comes forward to take a bow and
Ringmaster That was a most unusual act. I never heard a
group of elephants parade so quietly.”
Trainer: Oh, of course they’re quiet, didn’t you
Ringmaster: Notice? Notice what?”
Trainer Brings out one of the elephants with
the large tennis shoes on :Elephants are always quiet when they wear their
Two clowns come out and get down on
all fours, facing the audience. A third clown comes out and stands on their
backs, facing the audience, then he gets down and comes forward and takes his
Ringmaster: Is that the whole act?”
Clown: Well, of course, what more did you want?”
Ringmaster: A little more than that! What makes you think
you’re a bareback rider?”
The clown turns around and shows his back, which is
bare, and walks off.
High Wire Act
The clowns come on and single file
walks along an imaginary wire on the floor. They use the standard umbrella to
help balance themselves and make the walking look difficult. After they all
finish, the clowns come forward and take their bows.
Ringmaster: That was an amazing, skillful performance,
but I thought it was suppose to be a high wire act.
Clown: Yes, that’s true, but we’re afraid of
The Lion Tamer #2
Cast: Ringmaster, Lion Tamer, 5
Props: Hula hoop (wrapped with
crepe paper flame), whip, cap pistol, water pistol, applause sign, 5 boxes of
stools for lions, costumes or signs with Lion names.
Ringmaster: Ladies & Gentlemen! I am proud to present
“The Great Gonzales and his fierce man—eating lions, fresh from the jungles of
Africa! (Holds up applause sign as Lion Tamer enters.)
Lion Tamer: (Bowing): Thank you! Thank you! Now I will
introduce my pets. (He cracks whip) NERO! (Nero enters, roars and climbs onto
box.) (Cracking whip) REX! (Rex enters, roars, and mounts box.) (Cracking whip)
KILLER! (Killer enters, roars and mounts box.) (Cracking whip) and - their pals!
(Rest of lions enter, roar and mount boxes while Ringmaster holds up applause
sign. Lion Tamer bows too close to lions. Nearest lion roars and nips at the
seat of his pants as he jumps aside.)
Lion Tamer: Now the lions will build a pyramid! Nero!
Rex! Killer! (He cracks whip and each lion as he is called, gets off box. Two
stand on all fours while the third lion climbs on their backs. All do a lot of
Remaining lions try doing the same thing “messing up of
course” and as Lion Tamer cracks whip and lions break from the pyramid and
prowl, roaring. . .Lion Tamer cracks whip to drive them back to boxes and shoots
At shot, all lions return to boxes but roar fiercely.
Ringmaster holds up applause sing, Lion Tamer bows, and
lion nips him again.)
Lion Tamer: (Moving to a safe distance) Now, Ladies &
Gentlemen, to show you how fearless these lions are, they will jump through a
burning hoop! (Holds up “ring of fire” but lions sit tight and paw the air with
their front paws in a downward motion. Lion Tamer lowers hoop a little. Lions
repeat the action and Lion Tamer lowers the hoop a little more. Lions repeat the
action a third time. Lion Tamer shrugs, rest hoop on the ground, the scoots
through, as Lion Tamer looks sheepishly at audience. Ringmaster holds up
applause sign, Lion Tamer bows and gets nipped again. He cracks whip and shoots
cap pistol to chase roaring lions back up on boxes.)
Lion Tamer: I shall now try a daring feat! I shall put my
hand into the ferocious Killer’s mouth! (Killer roars menacingly.) (Lion Tamer
gingerly puts his hand in lion’s mouth) Easy now, boy. (As he draws away, he
hides hand in sleeve; he lifts arm shouting) LOOK, NO HAND!
Ringmaster: (Holds up applause sign)
Lion Tamer: (Brings his hand out and shakes hands with
Killer. Killer roars, Lion Tamer bows and gets nipped again. Lions get out of
hand, jumping off boxes, prowling and roaring.
(Lion Tamer cracks -whip -again and again.)
Lion Tamer: (Grabbing water-pistol and shooting at
lions.) Oops, wrong gun! (He turns to audience, spraying them. All lions roar
and come after him, chasing him off stage as he drops gun and runs away.)
Circus Closing Act
A den of Cubs in costumes, to
represent acts in the circus, parade in and say their lines. The Ringmaster asks
audience to guess what each boy is.
We bring you now these circus characters from near and far, listen to their
stories and guess just who they are.
Cub # 1:
It’s evident that although I am a cat, you never
would call me kitty. I’m a king of renown with a mane for a clown, and my roar
is tremendous not pretty. (lion)
Cub # 2:
At the sound of a shot, I can change my spot
when hunters are out to pursue me. But I can’t, so they say, change the spots I
display, they seem to Be glued right to me. (Leopard)
Cub # 3:
A look like a common house pet, but I’m not, on
that you can bet. I’ll tell you a fact, I need a friend for my act. (dog)
Cub # 4:
As you can see, balancing is my thing, and
excitement to you I will bring. Oohs and aahs are heard from the ground, but I
will never fall down. (tight rope walker)
Cub # 5:
I can’t fool you, my name’s not Pooh. My name
rhymes with scare, but I look so cuddly I wouldn’t dare. (bear)
Heart of America Council
Personnel: Ringmaster Stanley,
strongest man in the world Walter Wimple, Stanley's assistants Razzle and
Dazzle, tight rope walkers Bruce, the bareback horse rider Lyonal, the lion
tamer, Luke, the lion.
Setting: Circus music could be playing in the background. Turn the sound up
for each performance, down while the ringmaster is speaking.
Ringmaster: Ladies and Gentlemen! Boys and Girls! Welcome to the Den ______
amazing Silly Circus. Please turn your attention to the center ring and watch
the incredible strength of Stanley, the Strongest Man in the World, and his
assistant Walter Wimple!
(Stanley brings out a barbell made of foam
or cardboard with 500 Ibs. written on both sides. He struggles to lift it over
his head. Walter encourages audience to clap when Stanley puts down the bar
bells. Stanley bows and walks away. Walter picks up the barbells as though they
were as light as a feather and exits.)
Ringmaster: Incredible! And now,
ladies and gentlemen, for your pleasure, the most amazing tight rope walkers
ever seen- Razzle and Dazzle!
(Razzle and Dazzle
enter with a long rope. They lay it out straight and take turns walking across
it as though they are in the air, they hop on one foot, jump rope, etc., bowing
after each "trick".)
Ringmaster: Now for your viewing
enjoyment, please focus your attention again to the middle ring as we present
Bruce, the brave bareback rider on his horse, Smokey!
(Bruce rides in on a stick horse. He rides
forwards and backwards, etc. He can have Smokey count by hitting stick on the
floor. Bruce and Smokey bow and ride off stage.)
Ringmaster: And finally, Ladies and
Gentlemen! Boys and Girls! The most super stupendous Lyonal, the lionhearted
lion tamer in ring number one! Please, ladies and gentleman, It is so important
that you remain quiet during the performance. Sudden noises will startle the
lion, making it very dangerous for Lyonal to be in the cage. And now, Lyonal,
the lion-hearted and his lion, Luke!
(Lyonal and Luke enter. Luke could be
dressed in an elaborate lion costume or something as simple as a brown paper bag
cut into strips to make a mane. Lyonal has Luke stand on a stool, jump through a
hula hoop, etc. Lyonal tries to place his head inside Luke's mouth. Lyonal and
Luke take final bow.)
Ringmaster: Thank you, one and all
for joining us tonight at the Den _____ amazing, incredible,
stupendous, silly circus! We hope you've enjoyed our show. So until we meet
again, at the Circus, Good Night!