From our studio to your home…
We are excited to offer our Wild Swan community a new resource, activities to be done at home. Some activities can be done alone, others are designed for small groups with as few as two participants to as many as can safely gather. These activities will nurture your creativity, imagination, and cooperation, plus toss in fun and maybe a little goofiness. That’s what actors do! So add some variety to your day and join Wild Swan in the Wings – without ever leaving your nest.
You Be the Playwright!
Have you ever wanted to write a play? Maybe you’ve done some playwriting before. Here’s the beginnings of a plot, that’s the main things that happen in a play. What we’ve given you is enough to get you started on writing an exciting short play with four characters. But even though a little bit has already been filled in, there are still plenty of choices for you to make so you’ll wind up with a totally original play written by you!
One of the most important things to remember when you write a play is that there is no description in playwriting like there is when you write a story. All the important details that you want to tell the audience have to be shared through the dialogue. Those are the lines the characters speak to each other.
Here’s an example of a story.
In a story you might start by writing this way:
Hilary was feeling sad. Her friend Sandy decided to cheer her up.
Here’s the same beginning as a play.
Sandy: Hey, Hilary, why didn’t you answer when I called you up?
Hilary: I wasn’t in the mood.
Sandy: Is everything ok?
Now here are the three scenes of the play. There is no one way for this play to turn out. Ten different writers would wind up with ten totally different plays. We’ve given you some information about the characters and some questions to get you started. The rest depends on your ideas and your imagination.
We hope you have fun writing your play. If you would like to talk about it as you go, or ask any questions, just e-mail us at email@example.com. And when you finish, we would love to read your play! Please email your script to us so we can read it, and write to you about it. Suggested age range: 8 and up