"The Crucible" Radio Script
This product is the entire script for the BBC radio production of "The Crucible."
After buying the CD radio production on Amazon, I listened to it repeatedly and painstakingly typed the script so that my students would be able to read the script while listening to the radio production. I also added the settings that begin each act. In the radio production, there is no narrator that reads the settings to begin each act, so I read them to the students and then start the radio production.
Act 1 is 10 pages, Act 2 is 9 pages, Act 3 is 11 pages, and Act 4 is 8 pages. Therefore, there are 38 pages total.
I wrote the script in 2-column format and in 9-point font to make it as few pages as possible but still easy for the students to read, and it typically takes me 3 to 4 days of reading/listening to the play to finish it. However, the unit takes longer because of discussion between acts, Cornell Notes my students work on, and the quizzes. Therefore, I usually take 6 to 8 days to complete this.
Since it is a radio production, there are some changes from Arthur Miller’s play. Therefore, if you use the original play there will be parts that are missing from the radio production. In addition, some lines have been altered in order to tell the story on the radio. For instance, in the play an audience member can see what the characters are doing, but in a radio production the listeners have to be told everything.
Overall, the radio producers have done a good job keeping the play in tact as it was reworked for radio. Once I started using this production and typed up the scripts for each act, my students have enjoyed the play more than they did when we handed out parts and students read the play aloud.
In addition, my students understand the play better than they used to understand it. The radio production is great because professional actors deliver the lines the way they should be delivered, and the sound effects help set the mood and enhance the overall quality of the play.
In order for students to study the scripts for test and essay preparation, I make sure to make more than enough copies of each act. Initially, I spent a great deal of time copying scripts. However, since I have been using this for several years now, I just keep my scripts from year to year and no longer have to make copies. If a few scripts get too tattered from use, I make just a few more to replace them.
The radio production was produced by the L.A. Theatre Works and stars Richard Dreyfuss and Stacy Keach.
It was recorded in 1994, has 2 CDs, and runs for 119 minutes.
As a reminder, this product is only the radio scripts. You have to purchase the CDs separately. I do not sell the CDs.
I bought the CDs on Amazon.
In addition, I have Cornell Notes for each act that my students use after listening to each. They go back to the act and use the questions in the Cornell Notes to become more engaged in the acts and think about what is happening in the play in a deeper level. These notes are also on sale in my store.
I also have quizzes that go along with each act to check understanding as we progress throughout the play. These quizzes all have 5 questions that come directly from the Cornell Notes, and these quizzes are also on sale in my store.
Finally, I have an essay test, cold read, multiple-choice test, and study guide for the play available in my store. Of course, all of those products can work for you if you read the original play in class since that is what I still do with my honors students.
Other Arthur Miller Items for Sale in My Store
"The Crucible": Unit Test, Study Guide, Cold Read, Short Essay, & Keys
"The Crucible": Quizzes (All 4 Acts) and Answer Keys
"The Crucible": Questions for Acts 1-4 as Cornell Notes (with Answers)
"The Crucible" Anticipation / Reaction Assignment
"The Crucible": Radio Scripts for the LA Theatre Works/BBC Production on CD
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