Like radio plays from the 1930's, students will write and perform original acting scenes written by them for an audience who cannot see the action, but rather hear and imagine what is happening in the scene. Because the scenes are performed with the audience's backs to the performers, it is up to the performers to be clear and distinct in their vocal delivery so the audience can follow the action of the scene.
Before performing, students write scenes that allow them to explore the full range of their voices and to use their imaginations to create characters that speak in these voices.
I have developed this assignment over the past few years, and students love the opportunity to create wacky and distinct voices for these scenes. Included in this packet is a guide for taking students through both the script-writing and performance process, students handouts, and a performance rubric for evaluation.