Write a Play Script for Whootie Owl!
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            A Unique Opportunity for Your Play to Appear Online!

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Write a play script for Whootie!  Whootie Owl invites all students who are middle-school
aged or older to write a play script for any story on Whootie Owl's site that doesn't already have a play.

Be a published author!  If a play script that you write, or that you write with
other kids, is selected to appear on this website, the first name or names of
each author will be credited (see Whootie Owl's Privacy Policy for more info).

How will the scripts be reviewed? All scripts submitted will be reviewed by
Whootie Owl International. If edits are suggested, the author(s) will see a
revised version and approve it before it is posted online

Below find the details in these 3 easy steps:

(1) How to choose a story
(2) How to write a script
(3) How to submit your script


(1) How to choose a story

Go to Choose a Story.  You can view a complete list of stories by clicking the drop-down box.
        - Or you can search for certain kinds of stories for youngsters of specific ages, for stories from specific countries or for stories with specific themes by clicking "Age," then "Story Origin, Type or Message."
        - Please DO NOT submit scripts from any other web sites, books, or any other place - we won't be able to use them.

Tip:  Be sure the story you choose doesn't already have a play script!  You can check the stories that already have play scripts by clicking here and scrolling to the bottom of the page.

(2) How to write a script

  • Script Format
  • Use of Narrator (tips)
  • How to Keep the Action Moving (tips)

SCRIPT FORMAT   -  Click here for sample format

  1. Size of Type - We are asking all script writers to save your file as "Text Only". That is, not to save the file as "Microsoft Word" or anything else. Once you do that, you'll find that the size of the type will be automatically standardized.
  2. Linespacing - Single-space within a speech. Double-space between speeches.
  3. Indicate speaker in ALL CAPS FOLLOWED BY COLON:
  4. Ragged right (no right-margin justification)
  5. Present in this order:
    • Title of the script, centered
    • [If prepared within a classroom environment] The name & address of the school, the name(s) of the supervising teacher(s), their e-mail addresses if available.
    • The contributing writers (first names & first initial of last name ; age).
    • The characters in your script, in order of appearnce.
  6. Please start each new Act or Scene at the top of a new page.

USE OF NARRATOR (Tips)

You may or may not choose to use a narrator. Either way is fine! If you do, it's often best to have two narrators rather than one. It's one way to create extra roles, and it spreads the responsibility for this important job. It's also easier for audiences to listen to two alternating voices during long narrative passages, than to listen to one. Here are some tips on how to split the narration:

  • Narrator 1 should begin each new scene.
  • "Bounce" back and forth between the narrators in a way that creates a strong rhythmic structure. This can mean trading off on sentences, or even on phrases.
  • "Sandwich" the dialogue. That is, one narrator speaks both before a section of character dialogue, then afterwards. Then another narrator does the same.

HOW TO KEEP THE ACTION MOVING (Tips)

  1. In your story opening, catch the attention of the audience (who may be fidgeting with programs or getting comfortable in their seats) as the scene opens. Grab their attention with a surprising, funny, intriguing, or startling opening.
  2. Keep the number of scene changes to a minimum. If the audience has to wait while actors change scenery, the impact of the action and the momentum of the story may be lost.
  3. Use stage directions in your script to describe the action. As the script writer, you can decide:
    • When characters enter & exit
    • How lines are delivered ("surprised"; "angry"; "concerned")
    • When lights fade, flicker, or go out
    • Spotlighting cues
    • Where furniture or props are placed on the stage

Also, as the script writer, you'll describe action that takes place when there's no dialogue. Here are some examples:

[King walks to center as Witch enters from stage left, hobbling slowly.]

--or--
[Sister enters from right carrying a fishing stick and basket; she sees Snake and stops, irritated.]
--or--
[Servant #1 & Servant #2 whisper in Tsar's ears.]

(3) How to submit your script

  • Send via e-mail as text-only or as an attachment in Microsoft word, also text-only.

  • Please also mail PRINTED COPIES of each script to:
              Elaine L. Lindy
              Whootie Owl International
              PO Box 600344
              Newton, MA 02460-0004

  • Be sure to include:
              Your age or grade
              The town or city where you are from (NOT your complete street address!)
              Your e-mail address

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Thank you for submitting a play script to Whootie Owl!



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