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Classroom Production Kit (Printed materials plus 2 CDs)

Printed Materials (comb bound) include:

  • Detailed teacher instructions for:

    • Informal classroom productions.

    • Producing the play for an audience.

    • Recording the play.

  • Rights to make up to two additional copies of the Audio CD. (All scripts  require 2 or 3 CD players (boom-boxes).  Recording or advanced productions may require additional equipment.

Data CD Contains: (print directly form your computer)

  • Student materials forms, work sheets, student guides, etc.

  • Three Scripts

    • Level I Production Script (least challenging technical requirements). This version uses unsynchronized recorded background effects only.

    • Level II Production Script (slightly more challenging technical requirements). The Level II version uses mainly unsynchronized recorded sound effects and some manual effects.

    • Level III Production Script (the most challenging version). Level III scripts use synchronized and unsynchronized recorded effects and manual effects.

  • Adobe Acrobat Reader (Windows & Mac versions).
  • Audacity for Windows (a free audio editor). 

A Sound Effects CD

  • This audio CD contains all the recorded sound effects needed to produce any of the three script versions.  Make up  to 2 more copies of this Sound Effects CD.  All scripts  require 2 or 3 CD players (boom-boxes).  Recording or advanced productions may require additional equipment.


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PRODUCTION KIT FIELD TEST DETAILS & PICTURES

 

DRAMA/THEATRE CLASSES USE THEM:

  • As classroom exercises to teach acting, voice and performance skills.

  • To stage an audio theatre production for an audience.

  • To record a production and broadcast it over the school public address system.

  • To Promote collaborative skills.

  • To develop technical skills.

READING/LANGUAGE ARTS CLASSES USE THEM TO:

  • Motivate and develop oral reading skills.

  • Develop vocabulary and comprehension.

  • Teach listening, speaking, and thinking skills.

  • Develop group process skills.

  • Motivate reluctant learners.

TITLES AVAILABLE 

Technical details shown are for minimum production styles.
Recording and enhanced presentations require additional equipment.

  • "High Moon" by Jerry Stearns

    • Cast:  4 m, 1 f, 2 either.

    • A satirical science fiction fantasy. "High Moon" is an imaginative view of the classic film High Noon set in a fantasy future. Great fun for students!
    • Brief Summary: Marvin the Magician is challenged to a duel.  He agrees to meet his challenger at high moon on a hill outside town.
    • Minimum Equipment required: 2 CD boom-boxes.
    • Technicians required (for minimum production): 2 CD operators.
    • Length: 15 minutes (approximate).
  • "Toltec's Tomb" by Roger Rittner

    • Cast: 4 m, 1 f, 2 either. 

    • Brief Summary:  A group of archeologists are excavating an ancient Toltec ruin deep in the jungles of Mexico.  There is a myth that states: "He who seeks the treasure of the Toltecs, has death at his shoulder."

    • Minimum Equipment required: Level I & Level II -- 2 CD boom-boxes. Level III -- 3 CD boom-boxes.
    • Technicians required (for minimum production): 2 CD operators.
    • Length: 21 minutes (approximate).
  • "The Necklace" by Guy de Maupassant

    • Cast: 1 m, 2 f, 2 either. 

    • Brief Summary: A young woman borrows a diamond necklace for an important party.  She loses the necklace and sets in motion events that alter the rest of her life.

    • Minimum Equipment required: 2 CD boom-boxes.
    • Technicians required (for minimum production): 2 CD operators.
    • Length: 17 minutes (approximate).
  • "The Monkey's Paw" by W. W. Jacobs

    • Cast: 3 male, 1 female, 2 either.

    • Brief Summary: The story of a mummified, monkey's paw that can bring three people three wishes each.  The paw carries a curse, causing the wishes to always be answered with disastrous results.

    • Minimum Equipment required: 2 CD boom-boxes.

    • Technicians required (for minimum production): 2 CD operators.

    • Length: 18 minutes (approximate).

  • "The Perfect Touch" by Eli Glass

    • Cast: 2 m, 1 f, 1 either.

    • Brief Summary: David and Rob are out driving in the hills when they discover a "haunted" house and explore it.  On the way home, Rob reveals a plan to take his girlfriend up to the house.  The ending has an unexpected twist.

    • Minimum Equipment required: 2 CD boom-boxes.
    • Technicians required (for minimum production): 2 CD operators
    • Length: 16 minutes (approximate).
  • "The Last Leaf" by O. Henry

    • Cast: 1 m, 2 f, 2 either.

    • Brief Summary: O. Henry's famous story of love and self-sacrifice.  Johnsy, a young woman living in New York's Greenwich Village during the late 1800's becomes ill with pneumonia and convinces herself that she will die when the last leaf falls off an ancient ivy vine outside her window.

    • Minimum Equipment required: 2 CD boom-boxes 
    • Technicians required (for minimum production): 2 CD operators
    • Length: 15 minutes (approximate)
  • "Cyber Bob and the Silicon Kid" by Brian Price and Jerry Stearns

    • Cast:11 characters: 

    • 7 male, 1 female, 3 either (by changing male names).
    • Brief Summary: A 12 year old boy suspects he may be an android. He hires a computer hacker to find out.

    • Minimum Equipment required: 2 CD boom-boxes.
    • Technicians required (for minimum production): 2 CD operators.
    • Length: 18 minutes (approximate).

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To See Sound Effects
Included on CD Click a Title:

"High Moon"

"Toltec's Tomb"

"Last Leaf"

"Monkey's Paw"

"The Necklace"

"The Perfect Touch"

"Cyber Bob & Silicon Kid"

 

"High Moon" CD Contents

TRACK

TRACK LENGTH

SOUND EFFECT

1

1:25

Theme Music

2

5:13

Barroom Ambience

3

2:50

Small Electric Motor

4

1:07

Thunder; 5 blasts, 1 sec between

5

0:24

Thunder; 2 blasts, 1 sec between

6

0:21

Lightning Strikes

7

0:19

Thunder; 1 blast

8

0:09

Footsteps; wooden floor

9

0:09

Footsteps; wooden floor

10

0:09

Footsteps; wooden floor

11

0:08

Footsteps; wooden floor

12

0:06

Chair Scrapes floor

13

0:07

Footsteps; wooden floor

14

0:08

Footsteps; wooden floor

15

0:12

2 Chairs Scrape floor, multiple footsteps; wooden floor

16

0:10

Footsteps; wooden floor

 
"Toltec's Tomb" CD Contents
TRACK TRACK LENGTH

SOUND EFFECT

1

1:17

theme music

2

10:00

jungle birds

3

5:23

digging

4

2:50

single footsteps, earth, walk

5

4:43

double footsteps, earth, walk

6

:05

single footsteps, earth, run

7

1:01

multiple footsteps, earth, walk

8

9:39

crickets & jungle noises

9

5:05

crickets

10

:07

double footsteps, earth, leave

11

:20

transition music

12

2:02

footsteps, stone

13

:08

dangerous music

14

:05

musical sting

15

3:38

transition music, double footsteps, stone

16

:06

stone door

17

1:45

multiple footsteps on stone, running

18

1:19

Hernandez falls, footsteps

19

3:27

double footsteps, stone, running

20

:02

musical sting

21

3:11

double footsteps, stone, walk

22

:44

single footsteps, stone, walk

23

:05

stone door

24

1:22

multiple footsteps on stone, walking

 

"The Last Leaf" CD Contents

TRACK

TRACK LENGTH

SOUND EFFECT

1

8:29

music

2

7:04

restaurant ambience

3

15:51

wind

4

11:16

rain w/sleet

5

3:54

more music

6

:07

footsteps, woman, tiled floor

7

:07

door opens, footsteps, wood, man/woman, door closes

8

:07

footsteps, woman, wood floor, approaching

9

:08

footsteps, woman, wood floor, leaving

10

:14

footsteps, woman, wood, pulls shade, more footsteps

11

:11

footsteps, woman, wood, raises shade

12

:09

footsteps, woman, wood

13

:08

door opens, footsteps, wood, man/woman, door closes

14

:06

footsteps, woman, wood

15

:02

shade pulled

16

:05

shade raised

17

:08

footsteps, wood, man/woman, door opens, door closes

 

"The Monkey’s Paw" CD Contents

TRACK

TRACK LENGTH

SOUND EFFECT

1

15:01

storm

2

:10

piano

3

8:02

wind

4

8:56

eerie sound

5

11:18

fireplace

6

5:01

clock ticking

7

:10

door opens; storm increases; door closes

8

:20

door opens; storm increases; door closes

9

:10

footsteps, tile, woman; 4 sec silence; door opens off

10

:08

door closes off; 4 sec silence; footsteps, tile, man/woman; door opens off

11

4:01

door opens; sudden increase of wind

 

 

"The Necklace" CD Contents

TRACK

TRACK LENGTH

SOUND EFFECT

1

6:42

music

2

:45

transition music 1

3

:25

transition music 2

4

3:07

more music

5

1:06

party music

6

3:15

more music

7

1:24

more music

8

:34

transition music 3

9

:08

jewelry store bell, footsteps, tile floor, man/woman enter

10

:07

footsteps, tile floor, man leaves

11

:07

footsteps, tile floor, man approaches

12

3:12

footsteps, tile floor, man/woman leave, jewelry store door bell, transition and background music

13

2:48

park ambience

14

:48

footsteps, cement, woman

15

1:43

more music

16

:13

door opens, footsteps, wood, man, door closes, more footsteps

17

:21

footsteps, wood, two women

18

:02

footsteps, wood, man

19

:12

footsteps, wood, man, door opens, footsteps exit, door closes

 

"The Perfect Touch" CD Contents

TRACK

TRACK LENGTH

SOUND EFFECT

1

2:52

car engine, tire squeal, engine constant

2

:54

car turns onto another road

3

:23

car pulls into driveway, tops

4

13:34

crickets

5

:14

car doors, footsteps on gravel & porch

6

9:15

squeaky door, squeaking floor, eerie music

7

9:22

dripping

8

:09

running down stairs & back to car

9

:15

car starts, drives off, fades out

10

2:39

traffic noises

11

:35

footsteps, man/woman, cement

12

:54

footsteps, man/woman, cement, car doors, car starts, drives away, engine fades out

13

:09

transition music

14

:22

car doors, footsteps, gravel, man/woman, squeaky door

15

:14

car door, footsteps, gravel then earth

16

:11

Susan & Rob return to car

17

:17

footsteps on earth, walking

18

:16

car shakes; hood flies up

19

:10

moving to front of car

20

:03

car door opens

21

:12

car door closes; footsteps, gravel, decreasing

22

14:20

car engine constant

23

:44

footsteps on earth, running

"Cyber Bob and the Silicon Kid" CD Contents

TRACK NUMBER

TRACK LENGTH

CONTENTS

1

9:30

Babbage House ambience

2

:06

big silly crash (optional, replaces a manual effect)

3

:04

door opens; wind; door closes

4

:32

video game

5

:02

cell phone rings

6

:17

bar phone (eight rings)

7

11:10

limo leaves; drives; traffic sounds

8

1:36

theme

9

5:29

forest sounds (birds, brook)

10

2:55

rolling thunder

11

7:30

limo drives

12

:15

bells and whistles

13

:12

software crash

14

2:01

disco theme

15

1:44

final theme

16

:25

limo pulls aside; door opens, closes; limo leaves

 
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