Patriotic Plays and Pageants for Young People eBook

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

If a painted forest scene cannot be had, tree branches fastened to green screens placed right, left, and background can be made to do for the outdoor setting.  The screens can be covered with forest-green burlap or cheesecloth.  Real pine trees, in stands covered with green to imitate bank of moss, are very effective.  For a log to be used as a seat, two vinegar barrels fastened together, covered with bark-brown burlap splashed with green paint for moss and white for lichen.  Red electric light bulbs half hidden under fagots for the outdoor fire effect.

The procession at the end can cross the stage, or march through the assembly-room or hall in which the pageant is given.  An armory or large gymnasium is an ideal place in which to give the indoor arrangement of the pageant if the stage of a small auditorium or theater is not procurable.  Many of the directions for the producing of the outdoor pageant can be applied to the indoor one, and, therefore, those who direct the indoor arrangement of the pageant are referred to the outdoor arrangement.  The directions for the final tableau, the march, and the costume of The Spirit of Patriotism will be found there.  Throughout the pageant, its entire acts and marches, patriotic airs should be played as much as possible.

THE HAWTHORNE PAGEANT

THE HAWTHORNE PAGEANT

1.  CHORUS OF SPIRITS OF THE OLD MANSE 2.  PROLOGUE BY THE MUSE OF HAWTHORNE 3.  FIRST EPISODE (In Witchcraft Days) 4.  DANCE INTERLUDE 5.  SECOND EPISODE (Merrymount) 6.  PROCESSION OF PLAYER FOLK

CHORUS OF SPIRITS OF THE OLD MANSE

From the dim world of dreams
Fraught with shadows and gleams
We entreat you and beckon and call. 
Heed and harken you well,
Lend your hearts to our spell,
Let the soul of the Past hold you thrall.

Radiant, mystical, free
Unseen spirits were we
As we guarded the Manse long ago;
Moving soft through each room
In the twilight’s gray gloom
While the fire on the hearth flickered low.

Hope and joy—­these we brought;
Peace and fair dreams we wrought
For the Manse whose bright hearth was our goal. 
Oh, then harken you well! 
Lend your hearts to our spell,
Let the tide of the years backward roll.

PROLOGUE (Spoken by the Muse of Hawthorne)

Ye who have known the great Enchanter’s art,
Whose magic fired your brain and stirred your heart,
Whose touch, more potent than King Midas’ gold,
Wrought Tales of Tanglewood and Tales Twice Told,
Whose Marble Faun and Mosses from the Manse
Still hold the lasting colors of Romance;
Who built ’for you the Hall of Fantasy
Through whose bright portals you might pass and see
Hester and Miriam and Goodman Brown
And Pyncheron, who dwelt in Salem Town—­

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