KidCAST is a 6-8 week radio drama/podcast project produced by Expect Theatre, the producers of CBC’s PlayME – the podcast that transforms theatre scripts into audio dramas for an international audience.
KidCAST is designed for children in grades grades 4-8 that traditionally face barriers to arts engagement. It introduces students to the art of audio storytelling by teaching them how to: write a log line, pick a genre, create a plot, write a script, act in a radio drama, and create live foley sound effects.
The project was piloted in the Jane and Finch community at York Woods Library as part of the Toronto Arts Council’s Artist in Library project. 28 children from Lamberton Public School attended Expect Theatre’s two-month KidCAST workshop (formerly Citizen Cast) that focused on skills in creative writing, acting, Foley arts (sound effects), and sound engineering in order to create a series of dramatic podcasts. The project was a unique opportunity for children to learn new skills in an art form not usually taught to students this age. The project proved to be a huge success as it challenged students to find their voice and share their stories and experiences in a unique way. The project culminated in a live event that will bring all the students together to showcase their work created during the project.
In 2016, The Ontario Trillium Foundation funded the program to bring it to more schools. To date, over 200 students have participated in the program. In 2019, podcasts for teachers who wish to create their own podcast program will be made available. Teachers interested in receiving info about the “How To” podcast should join our mailing list at firstname.lastname@example.org.
“[This program] set the tone for all students to build on their self-confidence. Many students whom have been silent in the past have come forth to express themselves creatively and with confidence. Taking on various roles through dramatic techniques has definitely contributed to the fostering of a positive self-image.” – Maria Da Torre, Lamberton Public School
To listen to examples of the audio dramas created by KidCast participants, click on the links below.