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Twin Falls middle school drama department puts out podcast in place of traditional play

While the students enjoyed being able to put out the podcasts, they still miss an audience.
Published: Jan. 4, 2021 at 10:31 AM MST
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TWIN FALLS, Idaho (KMVT/KSVT) —Just like most things in 2020, changes had to be made at Robert Stuart Middle and its drama department.

Because of the pandemic the drama department had to get a little creative for its plays this year to help protect the students and audience members. Samantha Simmons, Robert Stuart Middle School’s drama teacher didn’t want to disappoint her students by cancelling their play all together, so they changed it into a podcast. The drama teacher to re-created “Night of the Living Dead” as a podcast the students would then record. She told KMVT that normally each middle school grade level focuses on different parts of acting, but this change made everyone focus on voice.

“Having switched that focus to let’s have everybody focus on voice now,” Simmons said. “Let’s get even more detailed. Let’s work on our pitch, let’s work on our rate of speech. Let’s work on things we wouldn’t have had time to do following the traditional curriculum because there was a greater breath of topics we need to cover.”

While the students enjoyed being able to put out the podcasts, they still miss an audience.

“Link stage fright, I love seeing the audience’s reaction,” Hanna said, one of the actors on the podcast. “I love saying funny stuff and so happy when people laugh. I love seeing it.”

At the beginning of the school year some of the schools held plays outside with masks and social distancing. The link for the podcast can be found here.

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