Playwriting Contest

Unleash the Creativity in Your Students!

Give your students the chance to have their plays performed by The B Street School Tour in our annual playwriting contest open to students in Northern California!



Rules:

  • Students must be 7-14 years of age
  • Plays must be no longer than 10 pages
  • Plays may contain up to 8 characters
  • No more than 2 students may collaborate on a script
  • Send a photocopy of the play to The B Street School Tour with your student’s name, telephone number, and name of school

Download the Playwriting Contest Guidelines PDF

Download Playwriting Quick Guide PDF

For teachers wanting to engage students in one-hour playwriting activities.  Students can submit plays to B Street Theatre at the end of this activity.

Download 5-week Extended Playwriting Curriculum PDF

For teachers wanting to incorporate playwriting into their Language Arts curriculum over an extended period of time.

DOWNLOAD Play Submission Cover Sheet PDF

It is recommended that students use this document to attach to their plays upon submission, or at least use it as a guide to what information we need on the first page of their plays.

B Street Theatre is reviving its playwriting workshops! Have us come and work with your students for 90 minutes and get them started on the playwriting journey. Find out more information about our workshop objectives, content and cost.

Plays are now being accepted for school year 2014-2015 (Fantasy Festival XXVIX) until January 31, 2015.

Scripts will not be returned. It is B Street’s commitment to uphold the integrity of the writing submitted to us AND to uphold the standards of professional theatre. B Street Theatre’s Writers and Directors may make adjustments to content or form of a submitted play as they look at the overall production values of each play as it fits together with the other plays in the program.


Winners Receive
  • Oscar Statuette
  • 
Official Notification of Award
  • 
Name announced before every performance


Awards will be presented for NEXT school year’s winners (Fantasy Festival XXIX) at a public performance to be held at the B Street Theatre in Spring of 2015.

To book Fantasy Festival XXIX (Spring 2015) please call (916) 442-5635 or email schooltour@bstreettheatre.org.

Student Testimonials

I’m from Rocklin Elementary and my name is Tamsen Dean. I learned about Egypt. (Since our play was themed for that.) My favorite part was working with Nathaniel or choosing the plots. (Referring to watching their play being performed in front of a live audience) I looked pretty modest about it, but actually felt kind of proud.
From one of the authors of BOB AND GRETEL AND THE CURSE OF THE SARCOPHAGUS, winning play 2012

Feedback from our winning playwrights of 2013

I learned how much fun it is to write a play!……I got my idea from my aunt who has a trampoline in her back yard. I thought it would be great fun to jump all the time! Then my legs started to hurt.

When I saw my play performed I felt pride and excitement!……When my friends saw my play performed they said was who their favorite actors were and which play they liked best. They continued to talk about it all day.

It was fun working with the B Street Theater! I have written a story since the play and am considering a job as a journalist when I grow up.  Thank you!
From Angela Tomasello, Grade 3, Williamson Elementary School, Rancho Cordova

I got my idea from reading various classic novels of King Arthur and Robin Hood. When I saw my play performed, I felt happy and proud that so many people came to watch a play that I wrote and laughed at the jokes I made.
From Josh Golden, Grade 6, Rocklin Elementary School

Feedback from school children

I’m from Rocklin Elementary and my name is Tamsen Dean. I learned about Egypt. (Since our play was themed for that.) My favorite part was working with Nathaniel or choosing the plots. (Referring to watching their play being performed in front of a live audience:) I looked pretty modest about it, but actually felt kind of proud.
From one of the authors of BOB AND GRETEL AND THE CURSE OF THE SARCOPHAGUS, winning play 2012

I learned to work better in pairs. My favorite part of the process was thinking up our own story. (To the question “What did it feel like watching your play performed?”) It was a really cool experience!
From Nathaniel Wiede of Rocklin Elementary School, co-author of BOB AND GRETEL AND THE CURSE OF THE SARCOPHAGUS, Winning play 2012

Feedback from teachers

We so enjoyed all of the performances put on by the Fantasy Theater troupe at Georgetown School. My class of kindergarten students had a front row seat and were spellbound by all that they saw and heard. This was especially true of the Time Machine play, with the wonderful miming to showcase the “old time” silent movies!



I have had the pleasure of seeing Fantasy Theater school performances in the Georgetown/Garden Valley area since the early 90′s, so it was wonderful to have that chance again this year. Keep up the great work!
Teacher, Kindergarten, Georgetown School

The B Street performance of Fantasy Festival at St. Mary School was amazing! I know my students really enjoyed it, and so did I :) . I was even able to reference some ideas talked about in the plays the next school day. Please continue this program for children…it was amazing to witness the creative writing power of students!
Third Grade teacher, St. Mary Elementary, Sacramento

As you know, it is not always easy to keep young children engaged. I was amazed that every one of my young students was paying rapt attention to your show.  This excitement carried over to our classroom as well. It was the subject of much discussion and a topic for us to write about in class journals and a shared write activity.

We always look forward to a visit from the B Street Theatre. It is a performance we never want to miss. Our thanks to you and your team from visiting our school and sharing your talents with our young children.
Teacher, Kindergarten, First Street School, Lincoln

Thank you so much for the wonderful performance at our school, Fairbanks Elementary. Our students always enjoy the performance and are often amazed that the actors can transport them away from the school into these funny plays. I look out at our students during the performance and see students totally absorbed and enjoying every minute of the performance.



In addition, I appreciate that you continue to encourage and honor student writers. I have had more than one student go home and try to write a play. You are doing very important work for our children.
1st grade teacher, Fairbanks Elementary

Wow! Awesome job! It truly kept all the children’s attention and was great fun to watch. Many children have not had that experience and to watch them be so entranced by the play was great. I hope that we are lucky enough to have you return next year. I would highly recommend you anytime.



It keeps the teachers inspired when we see that children are captivated by live performances; yet, rarely get that opportunity. 


Thank you again for for your time, hard work and for the opportunity to have our children experience such a well performed production.
First Grade Teacher, Regency Park School. Sacramento


Thank you to our sponsors for playwriting workshops and the Fantasy Festival:

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Sponsoring
  • Point West
  • Laguna Sunrise
  • Elk Grove
  • Rancho Cordova
  • Capay Valley
Individual Sponsors
  • Kevin and Angela Spease
  • Vice-Mayor of Elk Grove Steven M. Detrick
  • Kelly A. DeMeo
  • Connie Merkins
  • Frank’s Carpet Care, Elk Grove
  • Richard A. Marques Sr.
  • Donna Cherry
  • Lin Golden
  • Art Deardorf
  • Kelly Annett
  • Becky Dillard Craig
  • Peggy Quinlivan
  • MacKenzie Wilson
  • Beverley Eidman
  • Ernie Cason
  • 5 Anonymous

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To find out how to become a sponsor, please contact our Outreach and Education Office at (916) 442-5635.