2013 Student Research Conference:
26th Annual Student Research Conference

Moby Dick: A Children's One Act
Sarah L. Dykes
Dr. Sarah Mohler, Faculty Mentor

Herman Melvilles Moby Dick is a classic that we are all familiar with, and even most children know that Moby Dick is a whale, however most of us do not read the text until adulthood. Through the study of different Moby Dick adaptations and by applying Mark Sadoski and Allan Paivio's Dual Coding Theory, the idea that processing of both visual and verbal information when composing a text, I was able to adapt Moby Dick into a one act childrens play. I wanted to create a one act that would allow children an understanding of Moby Dick in an appropriate manner that was true to Melvilles original story. Through the use of Elaine Scarrys theory delineating the techniques which writers use to promote the vivacity of readers visualizations and inspiration from other adaptations I was able to design costumes, makeup and stage lighting that enhance the script I adapted.

Keywords: Moby Dick , Visualization, Adaptations, Sadoski and Pavio, Elaine Scarry

Topic(s):Moby Dick: From Page to Stage and Screen

Presentation Type: Oral Paper

Session: 201-1
Location: MG 1098
Time: 0:00

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