To instill an appreciation of the fine arts.
To expose boys to entertainment professions.
To expand the imagination and creativity of WEBELOS
To increase boys' self-confidence in front of
Showman activity badge has something for every Webelos scout. For the natural
actor there is drama, for the shy boy there is puppetry, and for every boy there
is music. The aim of the badge is not to produce skilled entertainers, but to
expose boys to theater and music arts, to help them build self-confidence, and
to have fun. Everyone loves a show and most all boys have a generous chunk of
ham in them and want nothing better than a chance to let it out. If you don't
give them a chance under controlled conditions, they will take it when you least
expect they want it.
Showman activity badge gives them a chance to let out the barely hidden
Shakespeare, Jerry Lewis, Leonard the Great or whoever happens to be their
style. It allows them to express themselves musically be it kazoo or Steinway.
Providing the entertainment for the pack meeting will be a challenge gladly met
by Webelos Scout boys and the sillier the better! The badge covers most of the
entertainment field and acquaints the boys with ways of putting on various shows
or skits. Making props also can be used as part of the Craftsman badge. Every
conscientious leader of boys is working to further develop the whole boy-
physically, emotionally, spiritually, and mentally so he will be prepared to
take his place as a well-adjusted member of his social group. The Showman badge
offers the opportunity for a boy to develop his creativity and broaden his base
Circle Ten Council
Invite Student actors from the a local High School or acting group in your
area to come in and talk to the boys about acting as a career. Let them
demonstrate the different definitions used in acting. See if they would be
willing to present a demonstration of the various styles of acting to the boys.
community may have some resources to enrich the program. Is there a professional
or amateur community theatre group nearby? A choral society? Barbershop singing
group? Puppet theatre? If so, consider arranging a visit to one of these instead
of a regular den meeting. Invite a member of one of these groups to a den
meeting to answer questions and demonstrate their specialty. If these resources
are lacking, perhaps the den could visit a high school drama club or invite the
school drama coach to a den meeting. You might see if one of the local schools
“special” chorale groups could come a visit the boys.
Of all the
activity areas, showman is the easiest to prepare for a pack meeting
“demonstration.” Naturally it’s a show. At the Pack leaders monthly planning
meeting, ask the Cubmaster whether extra time can be given to the den. If
10-minutes or more can be set aside, the den can develop a fast paced show,
using some of the skills the Webelos Scouts learn from this badge. They could
have a 3-minute puppet show; a 3-minute medley of popular songs; and a 3-minute
skit by the boys. The emcee for this show could be the Den Chief. Excellent
sources of skits are Cub Scout Program Helps, Cub Scout How To Book, Roundtable
Handouts, Creative Campfires, your Den Chief (or almost any local Boy Scout or
Scouter) and Pow Wow books.
Circle Ten Council
Blocking -- This is how actors move on stage and
where they move.
Down stage --The part of the stage closest to the audience.
Upstage-- The part of the stage farthest from the
audience. In old theaters, the stage used to slant down toward the audience so
that the audience could see the actors better. This is called a raked stage.
Stage left -- The part of the stage to the actor’s left.
Stage right -- The part of the stage to the actor’s right.
Center stage -
The center of the stage.
Open Turn -- Actor is to turn toward the audience
Closed turn --
Turn made away and with the actor’s
back to the audience, usually considered a poor movement. The opposite, an open
turn, is most often preferred.
Cross -- Movement of an actor from one
position on the stage to another
Cross above -- To move upstage/behind a person or prop
Cross below -- To move downstage/in front of a person or prop
Down Right -- Acting area closest to the audience and on the
right side of the stage as you face the audience (the actor’s right)
Entrance -- 1) entering the stage;
2) opening in the set that is used for entering
-- 1) leaving the stage;
2) opening in the set that is used for leaving
Move in -- To cross toward the center of the stage
Move out -- To cross away from the center of the stage
Turn In -- Actor is to face upstage, away from the
Turn Out -- Actor is to face downstage, toward the
Up-Left Center -- That part of the playing area farthest from the
audience and just left of center as you face the audience (the actor’s left)
Upstaging -- To cross deliberately to a place upstage of
another actor and assume a full front or one quarter position, thereby forcing
the other performer to turn to a three-quarter position in order to talk with
the up stager
Front or Act Curtain
(house curtain): Curtain that masks
the acting area or stage from the audience. Opens show and can be used to
Area between the front curtain & edge of the stage.
Opening through which the audience views the play or performance.
Theatre in the Round
(arena stage): A stage which may be viewed from all sides simultaneously.
Offstage areas to R and L of acting/onstage area.
Heavy curtain hung from above the proscenium opening to adjust the height of the
Curtains or flats on the sides of the proscenium opening used to vary the width
of the opening.
Short curtains hung above the acting area to mask lighting and flown scenery
Long curtains hung parallel to the tormentors on both wings to create masking or
An opening in the stage floor.
Fly Loft (flies)
Space above the stage where scenery may be lifted out of sight of the audience
A large cloth (often painted) used for creating a scene or picture background on
A drop of loosely woven material (cheesecloth) that is opaque if front lit and
is transparent if backlit.
Wooden frames with a flat surface used to create walls or
separations on stage.
stage area beyond the acting area, including the dressing rooms
areas of the stage not in view of the audience
area immediately below the stage, usually lower than the
auditorium level; used by the orchestra
Platform stage --
stage raised above the audience area, which is placed at one end of a room
to mark the stage floor with chalk or tape to indicate the position of
furniture, properties, or scenery so that they will be placed correctly during