Radio Slam (aka create a radio play at home) – grades 6-12
We premiered four short radio plays created primarily for students in grades 6-12 May 5-8, 2020 on KUAA 99.9 FM under the umbrella RADIO SLAM.
Given the current physical closure of schools, we see creating your own radio drama at home as an effective, innovative, isolation-friendly and boredom-fighting way to approach and explore any subject or element of the Core.
Either way we would love to post your students’ work here on our website!
MY EYES ARE CLOSED SO PLEASE DON’T TEXT ME by Elaine Jarvik
Director: Morag Shepherd
Actor: Kallie Filanda
Sound Designer: Jennifer Jackson
REACTING TO MYSELF IN AN APOCALYPSE (Not Clickbait) (Gone Wrong) by Jenny Kokai
Director: Alicia Washington
Actor: Darby Mest
Sound Designer: Joe Payne
LITTLE KARL by Melissa Leilani Larson
Director: Mark Fossen
Actor: Brenda Hattingh
Sound Designer: Jessica Greenberg
INFLUENCER by Jenifer Nii
Director: Alexandra Harbold
Actor: Isabella Reeder
Sound Designer: Joe Killian
RADIO SLAM was presented in partnership with KUAA and the Utah Arts Alliance
Host: Jay Perry
Sound Engineer: David Evanoff
You can also stream RADIO SLAM on our app!
Free Elementary School Tour (To Your Home) – Grades K-6
We tour elementary schools statewide each year with a world premiere play created by a Utah playwright specifically for you! Since we’re all learning at home right now, we thought we’d tour to you on the internet!
Below are videos of six plays! Below each video is a description of the play and a downloadable Study Guide with activities that easily translate from the classroom to your living room!
A note to parents: your three- or four-year-old is going to enjoy the pieces created for grades K-3, but your fourth grader probably won’t; and your third grader will enjoy the pieces created for grades 4-6, but your seventh grader probably won’t.
FLORA MEETS A BEE by Morag Shepherd (2019/20) is a humorous and heartwarming tale of foster care, the importance of the hive and the power of friendship, created specifically for grades K-3. FLORA MEETS A BEE by Morag Shepherd is the story of eight-year-old Flora, who has lived in six foster homes since the age of five. One day Flora meets Bee and their budding friendship changes everything. Bee understands Flora no matter what language she speaks or how much she avoids sharing her true feelings. Flora sees the kindness just below the surface of Bee’s rough, worker-bee exterior that most people may not take the time to see.
These activities will help K-3 students meet core standards in reading, writing, science, social studies, and human development.
Click here for your free copy of our FLORA MEETS A BEE downloadable picture book created just for you since the Free Elementary School Tour was cut short due to Covid-19. And don’t miss the video read-aloud below!
ZOMBIE THOUGHTS by Jenny Kokai & Oliver Kokai-Means (2018/19) is the story of Sam and Pig, avatars in a video game. Sam is anxious. Pig is punny. Will the audience be able to help them make the right choices on their quest to defeat the evil Machine? A sometimes touching, sometimes hilarious journey in, around and through anxiety.
These activities will help students in grades 4-6 meet core standards in mental and emotional health, reading, and writing.
RIVER.SWAMP.CAVE.MOUNTAIN. by Elaine Jarvik (2017/18) is the story of five-year-old JJ (who has lots of questions) and eight-year-old Izzy (a know-it-all who doesn’t know it all), siblings who have recently lost their grandmother. They embark on a funny and touching hero’s journey to try to make sense of loss, grief, death and life.
These activities will help K-3 students meet core standards in mental and emotional health, reading, writing, and social studies.
THE EDIBLE COMPLEX by Melissa Leilani Larson (2016/17) is a comedy about ten-year-old Anna, who dreams of being a chef. She is also becoming aware of how her body is different from others at school. So, one day she decides to stop eating, but it’s hard to ignore your Food when it starts talking to you!
These activities will help students in grades 4-6 meet core standards in mental and emotional health, nutrition, and human development.
RUFF! by Jenifer Nii (2015/16) is a metaphorical “tail” of two shelter dogs. Axel (a shelter regular played by Tyson Baker) and Buddy (a shelter novice played by Latoya Rhodes). Together they discover what’s possible when dogs and their people learn to see past stereotypes and summon the courage to be the best they can be
These activities will help K-3 students meet core standards in social studies, science, healthy foundations, reading, and writing.
DIFFERENT=AMAZING by Matthew Ivan Bennett (Spring and Fall 2014) is drawn from real-life bullying experiences of elementary students, including students from Salt Lake City and Davis School Districts. The goal is to provide students with the tools to identify, address and hopefully prevent bullying in their own schools.
These activities will help students in grades 4-6 meet core standards in language arts and health education.
Our eighth annual Free Elementary School Tour Coming September 2020-May 2021
As they embark on the most wonderful/awesome/amazing sleepover in recorded history, nearly-ten-year-old Cass (aka Super Cat) and ten-year-old Ray (aka Reptile Robot) grapple with who gets to call the shots and how to tell someone tickling just isn‘t your thing.
An interactive tale of boundaries and superheroes.
With a magic remote.
Created specifically for grades 2-4.
Featuring two casts: Talia Heiss & Melissa Salguero and Tyson Baker & Benjamin Young. Stage managed by Kallie Filanda. Designed by Arika Schockmel. Directed by Jerry Rapier.
Click here to email Education Coordinator Sharah Meservy to bring PRESENTING: SUPER CAT & REPTILE ROBOT to your school.
In the (Living Room) Classroom – grades K-6
“Playwriting With Young People” (2019/20) by Julie Jensen, illustrated by Andrew Livingston, a 13-page booklet exploring the essentials of playwriting for students in grades K-6.
The videos below will guide you through writing your own play! The Classroom Videos were created in partnership with Youth Theatre at the U at Wasatch Elementary. The living room videos were created by Education Coordinator Sharah Meservy in her home!
These activities will help K-6 students meet the core standards in fine arts (create, perform/present/produce, respond and connect) and may easily be adapted to support any other subject or class project.
Video Group One
Classroom video: Introduction To & Setting Up An Improvisation
Classroom video: Characters Don’t Have To Be People
Living Room video: Getting Started
Students: Watch all three videos to be sure you have what you need to write your play.
Parents and Teachers: The ideas from the Living Room video incorporate easily into the one-page Lesson Plan for Introduction To & Setting Up An Improvisation and the one-page Lesson Plan for Characters Don’t Have to Be People.
Video Group Two
Classroom video: Characters Always Want Something
Classroom video: Where the Characters Are
Living Room video: Characters Always Want Something
Students: Watch all three videos to be sure you have what you need for the next step.
Parents and Teachers: The ideas from the Living Room video easily incorporate easily into these one-pagers: Lesson Plan for Characters Always Want Something and Lesson Plan for Characters Always Want Something/Characters Are Always In Conflict and Lesson Plan for Where the Characters Are
Video Group Three
Classroom video: Characters Have Personalities
Living Room video: Characters Have Personalities
Students: Watch both videos to be sure you have what you need for the next step.
Parents and Teachers: The ideas from the Living Room video easily incorporate into the one-page Lesson Plan for Characters Have Personalities.
Video Group Four
Classroom video: Characters Are In Conflict
Living Room video: Characters Are In Conflict
Students: Watch both videos to be sure you have what you need for the next step. Get ready to download the Roll on the Wall worksheet.
Parents and Teachers: The ideas from the Living Room video easily incorporate into the one-page Lesson Plan for Characters Are In Conflict.
Click here to visit our online library of original scripts for grades K-12.
Resources from our POPS Partners