Isn’t it fun to see a play? It may even be fun to be in one, or fun to write one.
What would it be like to write a play for children? This passage
will give you some ideas about how to write a play for children like you.
Writing a play has some things in common
with writing a story because a play is another way of telling a story. Like a written story, a play will usually have a plot
or main idea and may have subplots. It usually has at least one major character
and may have minor
characters, costumes, and scenery
other than an undecorated stage or performing area
. Thinking up an idea for a play is similar
to thinking up an idea for a story. An idea can come from anywhere – your own experiences, or the experiences of others you have seen through a play, movie or concert
or read in a story.
The story that the play tells is written in a document
called a script
. Actors have to memorize
their lines in the script
so they can speak the words to a live audience
or a video or movie camera
. Besides containing actors’ lines, a script
usually gives details about the scenery
(so the set designer
and builder know what to build), time period
in which the play takes place, time of day or night each scene
takes place (for the person deciding how to light the stage), costumes, when an actor is onstage or offstage, when music is played or sung and when dancing is performed.
If there is dancing, instructions are given to the dancers about the movements involved
. These instructions are called choreography. If there is music, instructions are given to the singers and musicians in printed sheet
music that shows the notes and the timing of the notes. Writing a play that includes actors, dancers, and musicians usually require
a team with members who understand
acting, dancing and music. It is rare
that one person is an expert
in all three areas.
Now that you understand
what is involved
in writing a play, you can get started. Who knows – maybe you will write one so entertaining that a director will want to have it performed at a school or theater
! Good luck!!