Filmmaking for High School Drama Departments/Script Writing
Script writing for drama departments
"The School Play"
by Robert Elliott
The lights dim and the audience quiets down as the conductor (played by Jane) begins to conduct a dreadful school orchestra playing a short and dark piece of music from Giuseppe Verdi.
The audience applauds as a boy about 12 years old named Alfraido (played by Robert) enters from right side of the stage, walking to the center of the stage in front of the curtain. His costume consists of a cape, huge boots, a plumbed hat, a very ruffly white shirt, and a huge sword on a black belt worn over his shoulder. When the audience stops clapping, the boy begins to speak. "I am the evil villain, Alfraido."
The audience reacts with "boo" and hissing and stomps their feet which is appropriate for a melodrama.
Then the curtain in the middle of the stage parts briefly as a girl enters. She is Esmeralda who is played by Jane wearing a beautiful damsel costume. The audience applauds. Esmeralda is slowly but dramatically plucking the pedals off of a flower; first one lovingly, then one angrily, as if she is thinking, "he loves me, he loves me not." We see that Esmeralda acts more like an awkward Tom Boy than a refined young lady. The crowd applauds for her and when everyone is quiet, Esmeralda sings a musical scale (up and down one octave in the cord of C, slightly off key) and then goes back to madly plucking her flower.
Esmeralda sings, "La la la la la la la."
Alfraido continues to explain the situation to the audience, "And I love the beautiful maiden, Esmeralda."
The audience sighs at this romantic news. When they are finished, Esmeralda sings her scale again (one pitch higher, again off key) and begins to speak in a very melodramatic voice. "La la la la la la la. I am so beautiful, all the boys want to kiss me. But I only love the gorgeous Rodriego."
Immediately, from left stage comes a swashbuckling soldier who walks to the center of the stage next to Esmeralda in front of the curtain which still remains closed. (Rodriego is played by Richard.)
Rodriego faces the audience and announces, "I am the gorgeous, Rodriego."
The audience cheers and then Rodriego continues, "I am so gorgeous that all the beautiful young girls are in love with me."
The audience applauds as the three actors exit to the stage wings. After a short musical interlude by this particularly wheeze orchestra, the curtain finally opens.
Script writing for drama departments
This course shows how junior high school and high school drama departments can make their own motion pictures. This is the first lesson of the course.
After your script has been accepted, your next lesson shows you how to format your story into a script using the free demo version of Final Draft.
The story requirements
Alfraido turns to the audience and explains, "Here is the cave where Haagar, the witch, lives." Alfraido then shouts to the cave, "Come out, old witch, for I need your help."
As the orchestra plays a few dreadful cords, the old witch hobbles to the center of the stage. Haagar is a humpbacked old crone who is played by Jane. She looks up at Alfraido and speaks in a raspy voice, "And what do you want?"
Alfraido boldly announces to the audience in a good melodramatic style, "I want a love potion so that Esmeralda will love only me."
The witch smiles an evil smile, "No problem!"
And Alfraido continues, "And I want a poison..."
The audience boos and hisses and when the audience is finished, Alfraido continues, "to kill that gorgeous Rodriego."
The audience reacts even more violently with more boos and hisses and stamping of the feet.
Again, the witch looks up and says in her horrible voice, "No problem! Now pay me in gold." The witch begins to cackle like a mad woman and exits into her cave.
The curtain falls and there is yet another short but highly dramatic musical interlude from a Verdi opera.
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The curtain rises and we see Esmirelda, Alfraido, and Rodriego at a festival with all the town folk in alpine costumes. The audience applauds and the orchestra begins to play clog dance music and the town folk dance a extremely brief dance in wooden shoes. It ends with an alpine yodel.
When the short dance is over, Alfraido goes to the front of the stage and announces, "Ah ha! Now we must drink a toast to the queen."
The town folk agree heartily, "A toast to the Queen."
Alfraido, Esmeralda and Richard echo this, "To the Queen!" as they grab glasses from Alfraido's page who is about 6 years old. The ugly little page turns his head to the audience and grins an evil grin for no apparent reason.
When they finish drinking, Esmeralda begins to shout with great enthusiasm, "Oh, this is great stuff." Quickly, she becomes even more animated and wild, "I love this stuff." Finally, she runs to the front of the stage and announces most strenuously, "I want more!"
Esmeralda immediately dies while still standing up, being held up to two of the town's people. She has a horribly twisted expression on her face and her eyes are rolled up to the sky and with her goblet still held on high.
The orchestra plays a funeral dirge while the towns people provide the heavenly chorus.
When this is finished, the audience applauds at the beautiful music and Esmeralda takes a bow then goes back to pretending to be dead.
When the clapping stops, all of a sudden, Rodriego lets out a sound of inner surprise, "Oh". All the towns people immediately look at Rodriego. (Their heads all turn as one with a squeaking sound.) The towns people sing "Is he dying? Is he dying? Is he dying?"
Again, with even more surprise, Rodriego exclaims very loudly, "Oh!" The towns people again sing "Is he dying? Is he dying? Is he dying?" slightly higher pitch.
Finally, Rodriego jerks to attention and smiles weirdly, saying, "Ohhhhhh. I think I am in love!"
The orchestra plays overly romantic music while the town folk sing the cords.
Alfraido slowly turns to the audience and says, "Ops!"
The orchesta begins a frantic toon and both the town folk and the audience cheer as the curtain drops. Audience continues to cheer. The curtain rises and everyone takes a bow while the orchestra plays another operatic tune as best it can.
The credits of the motion picture are shows over a view of the theater with the actors still bowing and the audience (their parents) still wildly applauding and cheering.
Finally, we see a close up view of Rodriego lovingly kissing the hand of someone who is obviously wearing Alfraido's shirt. Rodriego looks directly at the camera and says warmly with a tear in his eyes, "I always like a happy ending." The curtain closes and the orchestra plays another Verdi tune while the final credits roll.
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