Written and compiled by Warren Sager
(Start with two narrators, as one comes forward and quotes/reads the narration. The other one seems a bit surprised that the first narrator did not say very much.)
1ST NARRATOR: Benjamin Franklin was born on January 17, 1706 in Boston Massachusetts. In 1718, he was an apprentice with his brother James in a printing shop. In1728, he opened his own printing shop in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. In 1752, he used a kite to experiment with lightening. In 1776, he signed the Declaration of Independence. He died in 1790 in Philadelphia.
2ND NARRATOR: Wait a minute! Hold everything! Is that all you have to say about Ben Franklin? That was hardly saying anything! We could go on all night about him! Doesn’t anyone else have anything to report about Benjamin Franklin?
(A large group of young students walk on stage (25-30) and come up one by one to give their own report. These could be read or memorized. If you need more or less, they can be changed by combining them together, or dividing them up to be shorter so there are more of them. Dressing up in colonial costumes would be effective, and if you can find anything that resembles some of the inventions; that would also add to it.)
NARRATOR 3: (Stepping forward) Ben Franklin started learning the printing business at age 12 with his older brother in Boston. By the time he was 22, he had found work in both London and Philadelphia, the latter being where he opened his own printing office. He started the Pennsylvania Gazette and Poor Richard’s Almanac.
NARRATOR 4: He also used cartoons and pictures in his publications so everyone could understand the news…even if they could not read. (Props: A newspaper or a copy of the almanac)
NARRATOR 5: Ben used his printing skills to print paper money, helping to establish the paper currency system in America. Today, his face appears on the one hundred dollar bill.
(To be continued…)