BENEFITING: CORPUS CHRISTI EDUCATION FOUNDATION
ORGANIZER: CORPUS CHRISTI EDUCATION FOUNDATION
CORPUS CHRISTI EDUCATION FOUNDATION wrote -
"Ladies and gentlemen, we interrupt our program to bring you a special bulletin from the Intercontinental Radio News." -- Students at Grant MS are looking back in time to see how the history of play production has changed and influenced the theatre of today ... and with your donation toward a $500 grant, Cydia Sosa's students can take learning to the next level for years to come!
In the 1940s, the most popular international form of entertainment was Radio Plays. This type of play depended on clear dialogue, music and sound effects because there was not a visual component. Programming included short stories and novels that were dramatized as well as works from many popular playwrights. During its prime time, radio plays were broadcasting twice as many plays than the live theatre.
As Ms. Sosa says: "Our students will work in groups to write an original short story script while adding music and sound effects to enhance the storytelling. Theatre TEKS state that students should be able to define our theatre heritage as it is preserved in dramatic text and traditions (4.B); and to demonstrate the knowledge of theatre as a reflection of life in a particular time and culture (4.A). Through this program, students will incorporate ELA writing, reading, and speaking as well as theatre techniques used by actors and technical crews.
"With your support, our theatre stage will be transformed into setting of a 1940s radio station with performers and the onstage technical team it required to produce this type of drama. Through our CCEF community supporters, we are asking for a wireless transmitter and headset microphones for our actors which costs approximately $500.
"The microphones will be used for the actors’ to demonstrate clear voice and diction as dialogue and over music and sound effects. The hands-on approach of creating and producing student-written plays gives opportunity for students to become writers, editors, directors, actors, and sound engineers. Students are required to analyze and describe the interdependence of all theatrical elements (TEKS 1.F). This type of learning keeps all students engaged as opposed to reading and listening to audio clips while studying theatre history. Through active learning, the impact of historical radio plays on the American theatre will be long remembered."
-- “So goodbye everybody and remember the lesson you learned tonight.” –Orson Welles --