Designed for grades 6-8 and 9-12
my fourteen years of teaching, I have never seen a more professional,
more entertaining, and more motivating performance for teenagers. Many
deal with the topic of adolescent choices, drugs and other temptations,
and selfesteem, but none in such a positive, upbeat manner as you
did. Your message came through loud and clear, but without the usual preaching
Betty McDevitt, Teacher Mentally Gifted Program
Poquessing Junior High, Langhorne, PA
During the past fifteen years Quiet Riot has offered self-esteem and substance
awareness programs for students in middle schools and junior and senior
high schools. In addition they perform for Teacher In-Services and have
been featured at many state, and regional conferences including Penn Aware,
Student Assistant Professional (SAP) Conferences in New Jersey, Pennsylvania,
and the Northeast Region.
Description of Pieces
Truck Driver This opening story is very popular with students,
as well as a metaphor of individual uniqueness and creativity.
Uniqueness vs "fitting in"
We have hundreds of unique ideas, thoughts, and notions every day that
spring from our one-of-a kind imagination. These thoughts are often subject
to an array of criticism from friends, parents, peers, even ourselves.
In order to fit in we give up something of ourselves.
Our own uniqueness and inventiveness comes out in various ways: how we
speak, how we interpret events, what we wear, and our beliefs, to name
a few. Each of us sees the world differently sometimes, though; we are
criticized for being different.
Wave a story that is intertwined throughout the show about
an island and a tidal wave, addresses the themes of building a supportive
community, and individual determinative action.
Solving This mime and sound effects piece, focuses on the importance
of using perseverance and imagination in finding solutions to problems.
Roommates (optional) A story dealing with how friendships
can be torn apart by drugs, it also stresses the importance of seeking
help when needed. This story is loosely based on a successful college
athlete who was drafted to play for the Boston Celtics, but never had
the chance to play because he died of a heart attack from combining cocaine
and basketball practice.
Shave a comedic piece about social blundering, and our desire
to "control events around us." There is also an underlying theme
of wanting to be accepted by our peers, to be liked, to "have an
image". There are many pressures on us to "conform" ...
from peers, clubs, cultures, television ... sometimes those who are pressuring
us do not have our best interests at heart as the next piece reveals.
Cargo King a beer commercial that exposes the manipulation
in alcohol advertising critical thinking is encouraged. Note: the
information below can be found in: Myths, Men, and Beer: An analysis of
beer commercials on broadcast television, 1987 AAA Foundation for Traffic
Safety, 1730 M. Street N.W., Suite 401 Washington, D.C. 20036
average high school senior has seen one million television commercials,
100,000 of which are beer commercials.
beer commercial is designed to convince the viewer that beer is a
necessity for social success.
has shown that the first beer an individual drinks is usually the
one he/she stays with thereafter. The beer industry has aimed marketing
therefore at a younger and younger audience. At present the beer commercial
is pitched at the 12-year-old.
have also shown that children pay closer attention to commercials
than to regular programming. This is because the commercial is "sound
brightened" which means it is delivered at the highest legal
frequencies. Additionally, the image changes every 2 seconds instead
of every 3.5 seconds as in normal programming.
Death and the Driver A story that updates the image of death
from the grim reaper to a wild party character who loves to dance around
precarious situations like drinking and driving. Death reminds us of how
finite our lives can be.