St. C radio theatre

ST. CLAIRSVILLE The seventh graders of Heidi Mooney’s reading classes brought a performance from the past back to life this past week as they recreated the old style radio programs of the 1930s and onward.

Beginning Dec. 1, about 25 teams from the five classes wrote scripts, rehearsed them, and planned the various sound effects as they learned about the golden age of radio and its impact on life at the time.

Shows performed included “Three Skeleton Key” and “War of the Worlds.” The students also wrote and performed original dramas.

Mooney said they were required to use old-fashioned sound effects along with modern day devices, sound effects and music. She noted the fun and inventiveness as the students adapted their available tools to the needs of the moment.

She said Internet resources were an invaluable tool in re-creating the dramas.

Educational standards touched on included Language Arts, history and technology.

The favorite team will put on a performance at the auditorium.

Thanks went to Karen Mamone’s seventh grade resource class, Kristen Schaffer, art teacher, and her class, Mr. Berk, choir teacher who assisted with microphones and speakers, and Mr. Kuhn, maintenance who helped in building the backdrop.

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