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Mercury Summer Theatre On The Air


Powerful radio dramatizations of classic and contemporary works in the last radio drama series that Orson Welles would direct. For use with literature courses or as a standalone resource.

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Compass Classroom is delighted to present The Mercury Summer Theatre On The Air for use with any literature course or as a standalone resource for your homeschool.

These fifteen, 30 minute-long dramatizations bring to life classic and contemporary works. These would compose the last radio drama series that Orson Welles would direct. When he returned to the states permanently in the seventies, radio had lost much of its force as a popular medium.

Included in this download:

  • MP3 files tagged for use in iTunes or similar music database

The Mercury Summer Theatre On The Air was a weekly series of live radio dramas created by Orson Welles and performed by a reunion of many Mercury Theatre actors between June and September, 1946. Music for the show was composed or arranged by Bernard Herrmann.

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15 Dramatizations


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Access the materials at “Downloadable Products” in your Compass Classroom store account, and unzip the file to a location on your hard drive.

Once the files are unzipped, you can play the files directly on your computer. Alternatively, you can upload the files to any device which will play .mp3s. If you use iTunes or a similar music database program, you can drag the unzipped folders to the program icon and they will organize automatically by disc, which corresponds to lesson in the curriculum.

These audio files were obtained in the public domain and are provided as-is. If you have questions, get help at https://www.compassclassroom.com/contact.


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