8 parts, 9 pages. Short script for use in a directing class. Best suited for ages 10-13.
This piece was contributed by guest author, Mariah Beachboard for use in a directing class. The challenge of a class on directing is that the showcase must highlight the concepts learned within a small amount of time. One option is to have each student direct a short piece. Or use a script like this one. It highlights “bad” directors with terrible qualities, and “good” directors who motivate and lead. It also reveals how actors are responsible for their behavior toward the director as well.
In this short play, a group of actors audition several directors for their upcoming play. Each director is worse than the one before. Ultimately, the actors decide to direct themselves!
Excerpt from the play:
CAST OF CHARACTERS
SETTING: A theatre.
Excuuuuuuse me. My name is Mrs. Schlottenmeyerhauser. I’m here to direct your play, The Lion King.
Actually, we’ve decided to do Transformers, the Musical.
No, we’re not, Charlie. We already discussed this.
(to MRS. SCHLOTTENMEYERHAUSER)
Actually, these are the director auditions.
Yeah, we have to decide if we want you to direct our play. So, have you ever directed before?
As a matter of fact, I have. The most splendid version of Three Blind Mice ever produced in the history of production. You should have seen it. The staging was magnificent, the blocking was ingenious, and the movement divine!
Aren’t those all the same thing?
Tell me, can you turn into a helicopter?
A helicopter. Can you turn into a helicopter? Or do you prefer a semi-truck?
I’m not sure what that has to do-
Cut it out Charlie. Tell us, ma’am, how would you direct the final fight scene from The Lion King?
Well, if it were my production, the staging would be magnificent, the blocking was ingenious, and the movement divine!
We get it. But WHY would it be “divine”?
Because I would have directed it!
(to SIMONE) Let me try. (to MRS SCHLOTTENMEYERHAUSER) Okay, what would you do to make it divine?
I would stage it magnificently.
Okay, thank you. We’ve heard enough. We’ll call you.
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