ERIC Number: ED421729
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1996-Mar
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The Radio Play's the Thing: Teaching Text and Performance through Soundscripting.
Young, Michael W.
The technique of Soundscripting, the addition of sound cues and sound effects to the canonical pages of any play, is flexible enough to be done at no cost or with all the advantages of modern media. In class, the use of Shakespearean radio dramas or comedies can be effective. The long-term process in class involves four major steps and may take from a few days to a few weeks in and out of class. The steps are: (1) students in collaborative groups read their scenes out loud; (2) they designate and devise the sound effects that fit the text; (3) they render the sound effects alone with a question and answer period by an audience; and (4) they perform the text and sound effects. Key scenes in Shakespeare's "Hamlet" work well for this technique. Some warnings in selecting scenes are: some scenes are too well known and the audience may have a clear inflexible idea of what should be happening; the choices must be judicious because most classes will not have the people or the time to take on many scenes; and teams of students usually need a few roles to play, not a single one. Soundscripting could easily work with any text from any generation as a way to create a fuller effect of interpretation of a script within a classroom. (RS)
Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Teacher; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Audience: Practitioners; Teachers
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