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In high school, I had a fan girl crush on John Boy of “The Waltons” television show. For me, part of the mystique of the show was the Depression Era, in which the show was set. Admittedly, life was simpler then for various reasons. People were hard pressed for money and ways to escape the daily reminders of life. Radio was an inexpensive outlet and most households owned some sort of radio.
I was the youngest child in a family of six. There are ten years difference between me and the next youngest sibling. I yearned for a family like the Waltons. I fantasized my whole family sitting around the radio listening to a radio theater show.
Little did I know that in its own gentle way, “The Waltons” birthed my love of radio theatre and not John Boy.
Beatrice thinks she has no acting talent but that doesn’t stop her from auditioning for the annual middle school play. Easy! Except Michiko, a new girl from Japan, shows up and ruins everything! So begins Beatrice’s diabolical and hilarious plan to scare away Michiko. But Michiko has goals of her own with no plans to leave soon. Then there’s that other girl who is such a blabbermouth. What’s a girl to do? Plenty. A great book for those who love theater and every part of it–the good, the bad and the crazy.
Today, I want to chat with you about discovering melodrama: a theatrical adventure for students. I know from my own experience it is so much fun. There used to be
If you are like me, you like to make choices for yourself. That’s one of the cool things about being an adult, don’t you think? We make a lot of
How to Celebrate Hispanic and Latino Heritage Month in the Drama Classroom In this blog post, let’s discuss How to Celebrate Hispanic and Latino Heritage Month in the Drama Classroom.
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