The Red Merit Badge of Courage

by  Nicolas Hoover

Short Play, Comedy  /  1m, 1f, 9girl(s), 2boy(s) or girl(s)

The girls of Fireside Scouts Troop #182 gather their wits and their Fireside Scout Handbooks, and prepare themselves to earn the most difficult merit badge of all: The Red Merit Badge of Courage.

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The Red Merit Badge of Courage

by  Nicolas Hoover

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  • Cast Size

    Cast Size

    1m, 1f, 9girl(s), 2boy(s) or girl(s)
  • SubGenre

    Subgenre

    Theatre for Young Audiences
  • Audience

    Target Audience

    • Appropriate for all audiences
    • Children (Age 6 - 10)

Additional Info

The girls of Fireside Scouts Troop #182 are lost. Their day trip to Yellowstone National Park went terribly wrong, and they don't have a scout leader or a map. To make matters worse, they're at the mercy of a careless narrator who didn't go to the bathroom before the play started. How will they survive the rain and the dark? Can they find something to eat before something finds them to eat? Will their story unravel at the hands of a stalling stage manager and two talking trees? After letting off a few ear-splitting screams, these spunky girls gather their wits and their Fireside Scout Handbooks, and prepare themselves to earn the most difficult merit badge of all: The Red Merit Badge of Courage.
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Considerations

Performing Groups

  • Elementary School / Primary
  • Jr High/Primary
  • Community Theatre
  • Outdoor
  • Youth/Camp Programs

License details

  • Minimum Fee: $45 per performance

Production

Details

  • Setting: Yellowstone National Park
  • Additional Features: No intermission

Casting

1m, 1f, 9girl(s), 2boy(s) or girl(s)

FIRESIDE SCOUTS TROOP #182:
ELLE “THE VETERAN” SANDERS - the most experienced
MELISSA “THE BOOKWORM” TURNER - an avid reader
ELIZABETH “THE DICTIONARY” MATTHEWS - a walking dictionary
KJ “THE LIP” GARCIA - a sarcastic wit
ROSE “THE COMPASS” PETERS - can get anywhere with a map
LUCY “THE STOMACH” ANDERSON - always hungry

THE MARSHMALLOWS (the youngest Fireside Scouts):
ANDREA
NORA
BRIANNA

TWO TREES:
RED - a cedar
NEEDLES - a pine

THE ADULTS:
NARRATOR - very bad at his job
STAGE MANAGER - very good at her job
MRS. HENDERSON - very old and practically blind (played by the Stage Manager)


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Cast Attributes

  • Features Children
  • Roles for Children

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Authors

Nicolas Hoover

Nicolas Hoover is a poet, playwright, and fiction writer from Seattle, WA. His work has appeared in [untitled], Fringe Magazine, and Breadcrumb Scabs. Nicolas was also a semi-finalist for L Magazine‘s Literary Upstart competition, and won first place for the Writers’ Weekly 24-Hour Short Story Contest in 2010. He compl ...

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