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ERIC Number: ED407693
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1997-Mar
Pages: 6
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Classic Radio Theatre in Contemporary Education.
West, Keith
Radio theater production has been a component of secondary and post-secondary education since the late 1920s. Since the reduction in radio theater in the 1950s, such courses have been used to prepare students for other fields--television, film, etc. Radio theater production can be approached in two ways: classic production and modern production. Elements of classic production are performed in one take and instantly combined, usually before a studio audience; productions tend to be relatively short (15-30 minutes), and production elements are not complicated. Modern production style is closely related to motion picture techniques; elements are produced separately, allowing for multiple takes. These elements are combined during a post-production process, and productions can be longer (30-90 minutes) than classic style allows. Classic radio theater allows the educator another tool to teach production techniques applicable to other areas, as well as a performance alternative to these areas. Application in broadcast/electronic media and theater favors short rehearsal sessions, self-contained class projects, flexible staging, little cost addition, casting against physical type, and introduction to the performing arts. In communication/electronic media, classic radio theater also allows for theater of the mind, live remote productions and audience expansion. (An attached diagram outlines differences between classic and modern radio theater.) (NKA)
Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Teacher; Information Analyses; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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