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In "Riddle and Mystery," a Tapestry of Faith program
This WCUU activity has two parts. Part 1 is the broadcast, in which four Candidates vie to become WCUU's new Dr. Phayre, the person who dispenses advice in response to viewer questions. Part 2 is a discussion which gives other youth a chance to answer questions similar to those fielded by the Candidates. It is important to make time for this second part of the activity so all the youth have a chance to wrestle with the questions.
Part 1. Participants present a WCUU broadcast involving seven On-Air People—an Anchor, Dr. Phayre, four Candidates and a NUUs Analyst. The Studio Crew might include a director, a floor director, a camera operator, a sound engineer, a lighting director, a script supervisor and multiple production assistants.
Assign roles, using volunteers for On-Air People and Studio Crew. You might invite the Kid for the Day to be the Anchor. Give participants who need to follow the script a moment to look it over (but do not distribute the Dr. Phayre "letters"—each poses a typical sixth grade situation in which a youth protests that something is not fair.). Review the script with the youth if any may have limited reading skills.
Tell the group when the show should end to keep the session on schedule; assign a Studio Crew member (director or floor director) to watch the time.
Begin the broadcast.
After the broadcast, ask participants how it went. Ask them to summarize how typical Unitarian Universalists respond to today's Big Question: "Is life fair?" Do they think non-UU viewers would understand Unitarian Universalism better after seeing this WCUU broadcast?
Part 2. Expand the discussion by asking the entire group to consider some of the Dr. Phayre questions. Start with questions not used in the broadcast. Invite volunteers who were not On-Air People to answer questions, or pose questions to the whole group. Help the youth understand:
Arrange the WCUU activity with respect for any participant limitations. If some youth have limited mobility, adjust WCUU parts to fit them.
Be alert and quickly stop any youth from applying a racist stereotype to the Dr. Phayre role.
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Last updated on Thursday, October 27, 2011.
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