Middle School Students Step Back In Time To Produce Radio Theatre
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Middle School Students Step Back In Time To Produce Radio Theatre

The fifth and sixth-grade students in Ashley Bugg Brown's theatre classes have been using their voices to tell a story.

In doing so, they have adapted short stories into a narrative or dialogue form, added sound cues and are coming up with innovative ways to make those sound effects in an old-time radio theatre style. 

In the early 1920s, radio became the first broadcast medium, and people regularly tuned-in to their favorite radio programs in what is referred to as the Golden Age of Radio. A variety of new entertainment formats and genres were created, many of which later migrated to television, including radio plays, soap operas, talent shows, variety shows and sports. 

The sixth-graders began recording their audio plays Friday. 

But for Mrs. Bugg Brown's students, it wasn't just stepping up to a microphone and reading off a script. With no visual component, radio drama depends on dialogue, music and sound effects to help the listener imagine the characters and story.

"The process included test runs so they could see what could be picked up on the microphone," Bugg said. 

When finished, the audio recordings will be available on the class websites.