- Associated Press - Wednesday, May 13, 2015

MUNCIE, Ind. (AP) - Students at a Muncie high school are among the first in the U.S. to test a digital interactive play script for the theater publishing company Samuel French.

Muncie Central High School students are using iPads as they prepare to perform the Agatha Christie play “And Then There Were None.” The advanced theater arts class was chosen last month to participate in the beta test, making it one of the first groups to experience a script in the digital format, The (Muncie) Star Press (https://tspne.ws/1JHOZZn ) reported.

The script includes special features such as sound effects, explanatory videos, background on the characters and explanations about scenes, production and word choice.

Many of the students say their favorite button is the one that plays sound effects. One option is a thunderstorm, which rumbles out loud as students read for the entirety of a scene.

The top of the script also features silhouettes of the characters to help readers remember who’s who. The characters appearing in a particular scene are dark, while the ones offstage are faded, and those who have died are marked with a red “x.”

“It helps you follow the play better,” senior Blayde Tocci said. “There are things you miss even as a director.”

A majority of the class agrees that the eScript is preferred over the traditional paper version.

The digital script is a time saver, according to senior Ricky Fields, because it presents information about a character’s background that he otherwise would have to look up.

The class is keeping an eye out for spelling mistakes and other errors, which the students will compile into a final survey before a final meeting with Samuel French executives via Google Hangout at the end of the month.


Information from: The Star Press, https://www.thestarpress.com

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