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This eBook from the Gutenberg Project consists of approximately 108 pages of information about Patriotic Plays and Pageants for Young People.

THE BOSTON TEA PARTY (Indoor) Can be produced in school, home, or small theater.  Is suitable for boys’ schools, Boy Scouts, settlements, clubs, and patriotic societies.  Can be produced on any holiday.  Is particularly appropriate for Fall and Winter months—­especially the month of December.

DANIEL BOONE:  PATRIOT (Outdoor) Can be produced in park, woodland, or village green.  Can be given by boys’ schools, clubs, settlements, and patriotic societies.  Also by the “Sons of Daniel Boone” and the Boy Scouts.  Is appropriate for any day during Spring, Summer, or Autumn.  Can be given on the Fourth of July.

GEORGE WASHINGTON’S FORTUNE (Outdoor) Can be produced in park, lawn, or woodland.  Is suitable for schools, clubs, patriotic societies, and settlements.  Is appropriate for any day during Spring, Summer, or Autumn, and is particularly appropriate for the Fourth of July.  An indoor arrangement can easily be made for George Washington’s Birthday.

IN WITCHCRAFT DAYS (Outdoor) Can be given in park, lawn, or village green or woodland.  Suitable for co-educational schools, girls’ schools, girls’ Summer camps, patriotic societies, settlements, and clubs.  Appropriate for Arbor Day, May Day, or any day during Spring, Summer, or early Autumn.  An indoor arrangement can be given for Thanksgiving in school halls.

MERRYMOUNT (Outdoor) Can be produced in park or woodland.  Is suitable for co-educational schools, girls’ schools, girls’ Summer camps, and for clubs, settlements, and patriotic societies.  Is appropriate for Arbor Day, May Day, or any day in Spring and Summer.  An indoor version of it can also be given.

PRINCESS POCAHONTAS (Outdoor) Can be given in park, in woodland, or on lawn.  Is suitable for schools, clubs, and patriotic societies.  Can be given on the Fourth of July, or any day during Spring and Summer.  Indoor production is also possible.

PATRIOTIC PLAYS AND PAGEANTS

PATRIOTIC PLAYS:  THEIR USE AND VALUE

The primary value of the patriotic play lies in its appeal to the love of country, and its power to revitalize the past.  The Youth of To-Day is put in touch with the Patriots of Yesterday.  Historic personages become actual, vivid figures.  The costumes, speech, manners, and ideas of bygone days take on new significance.  The life of trail and wigwam, of colonial homestead and pioneer camp, is made tangible and realistic.  And the spirit of those days—­the integrity, courage, and vigor of the Nation’s heroes, their meager opportunities, their struggle against desperate odds, their slow yet triumphant upward climb—­can be illumined by the acted word as in no other way.  To read of the home life of America’s beginnings is one thing; to portray it or see it portrayed is another.  And of the two experiences the latter is the less likely to be forgotten.  To the youthful participants in a scene which centers about the campfire, the tavern table, or the Puritan hearthstone will come an intimate knowledge of the folk they represent:  they will find the old sayings and maxims of the Nation-Builders as pungent and applicable to the life of to-day as when they were first spoken.

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