Scene 5. Wegner’s Big Idea
A doubter walks by as Wegener puts together his theory of continental drift from multiple pieces of evidence. He listens, but ultimately calls additional doubters to the stage to refute Wegener’s idea.
Lead Doubter – in lab coat
To prepare for this scene, learn the lines that are shared by Wegener and the Doubter. You can also watch live performances of the show. Articulation and slow speech are important. Look at the audience!
Narrator 1: Wegener’s Big Idea
Wegener: I’ve got it! I’ve got it!
Doubter: Got what?
Wegener: All of it. Pangea. Continental drift. The evidence. It all adds up!
Let me show you!
Wegener: It adds up! Shape. Mountains. Gold. Fossils.
Doubter: What does it add up to?
Wegener: Don’t you see it? Shape. Mountains. Gold. Fossils. Say it with me!
Doubter: I don’t believe it. Hey doubters, come here!
Scene 5. Wegener’s Big Idea
Description: Wegner reviews four main lines of evidence and scientific process with 1 of the doubters. The doubter doesn’t believe and calls for the rest of his team of doubters. The group will dance followed by a rap performance.
Music: “Wanna be starting something” by Michael Jackson.
Props/Costumes: Wegener – Lab coat & tie. Doubters – Lab coats & “No Way” t-shirt.
Spotlight actors. White light on stage.
The scientific journey
Wegener’s claims of an ancient supercontinent that he called Pangea were based on multiple lines of evidence. Many had noticed that the continents were shaped like pieces of a puzzle that could be assembled, but one line of evidence is not enough. Wegener looked at the fossil record and saw land animals spread across multiple continents. He had climate evidence from the marks (striations) left by ancient glaciers that linked India with Australia and Antarctica. He proposed that the distribution of coal and gold deposits also supported his theory. Unfortunately, no one could explain how continents could move, and his theory was never adopted while he was alive.