Joanie Sigal, director of the East Coast Golden Age Theater, recently appeared on television, talking about the stories of L. Ron Hubbard and their ability to help kids improve their reading levels
(Tampa Bay, FL) — Through dramatic readings and performances of the fictional stories written by L. Ron Hubbard, the East Coast Golden Age Theater in Tampa Bay is especially excited about promoting the Listen-And-Learn Program. Joanie Sigal, Artistic Director of the East Coast Golden Age Theater, was recently featured on Studio 10 CBS Tampa Bay, and says the theater is using the pulp-fiction stories to help improve reading levels for all ages; whether in school learning to read, learning English as a second language, or a reluctant reader needing high-interest material.
The East Coast Golden Age Theater was modeled after the Golden Age Theater in Hollywood which started nine years ago. The Golden Age Theater has been reviewed by LA Weekly which called it “a unique, rarely seen form of family entertainment.” CBS Radio’s contributing Arts and Entertainment Critic, Todd David Schwartz, gave the shows “FOUR STARS (Highest Rating) [for] Southern California’s most refreshingly unique entertainment experience.”
Sigal’s CBS appearance was not the first for the East Coast Golden Age Theater. In addition to national television segments (including NBC Daytime) and local performances in Tampa Bay, the actors involved in the theater have been traveling to other East Coast states, such as Maine, where they recently performed four live dramatic story readings. The East Coast Golden Age Theater and Galaxy Press (publisher of the fiction books of L. Ron Hubbard) have been invited to attend the annual Conference of the Council of Urban Boards of Education in NYC at the end of July (2012), where they will be promoting their educational program called “Listen-And-Learn” as well as dramatic readings as art in schools.
The Listen-And-Learn program consists of a set of books and audiobooks, whereby the students listen to the audiobook while they read the book, which improves their pronunciation skills as well as their vocabulary. Easy to use glossaries are contained in each book, so that hard-to-find words can be looked up and readily understood by any student.
“One of the reasons we are going into schools to perform is because the stories are perfect for middle school and high school aged students.” commented Sigal. “If we can get these students to read more, it will improve their literacy rate, which is always important.”
Teacher and students alike have found the benefits of applying the Listen-And-Learn program:
“I use the stories in my lesson plans as illustrations of what creative writing is all about. The students learn to be more descriptive and how to use word pictures as a tool to color themes and tell the story. I feel the Stories from the Golden Age are a valuable tool in getting our youth involved and eager to read.” —Jonathan Griffin, Teacher
“The Stories from the Golden Age have helped improve my reading level. At first I was just listening to the audiobooks and then I started the Listen-and-Learn program where I listen to the audiobook while reading the paperback. I can see what the right words are and how they are pronounced. I get the words now and my reading and vocabulary are improving dramatically.” — Nicki Baric, Student
To view Sigal’s segment on Studio 10 CBS Tampa Bay, go to
For more information on the East Coast Golden Age Theater or the Listen-And-Learn program, please contact Joanie Sigal at [email protected] or call 727-692-8535 .
About East Coast Golden Age Theater:
Located in Tampa Bay, Florida, the East Coast Golden Age Theater performs Stories from the Golden Age which contains 153 stories all written by L. Ron Hubbard during the 1930s and 1940s—in genres ranging from Mystery, Thriller, Science Fiction and Fantasy, to Adventure and Western, using his own and fifteen pen names—widely considered America’s Golden Age of Fiction. The East Coast Golden Age Theater has monthly performances as well as special performances where they travel outside of Florida to showcase their talents. Visit http://eastcoastgoldenagetheater.com.
About The Stories from the Golden Age Theater:
Stories from the Golden Age contains 153 stories all written by Hubbard during the 1930s and 1940s—in genres ranging from Mystery, Thriller, Science Fiction and Fantasy, to Adventure and Western, using his own and fifteen pen names—widely considered America’s Golden Age of Fiction. The print version of each work includes the pulp fiction artwork that originally accompanied the story in magazine publication. In addition, each title offers a full-cast, unabridged audio theatrical presentation complete with theme music and sound effects. For more information on the books and audio books visit: www.goldenagestories.com.