Vintage Hitchcock: A Live Radio Play - October 15 - October 16, 2020

Liberty High School

 End Notes 

 Strangely, LHS Theatre has never done a radio play before. We've attempted just about every other type of genre out there, but I never really had a radio play on my radar until the pandemic forced thinking process to venture far from it's normal comfort zone. 

  Within just the past four weeks, we have rehearsed, teched, and are ready to bring to you a production of three short stories based on Alfred Hitchcock films from his earlier years. Never having done a production such as this, we have discovered an entirely new world of live sound effects (sometimes mistakenly call Foley, which is specific to film, another new fact I learned along the way!). Our actors have also learned to become live Sound Effects Artists through the process, and it's been a joy to watch them having so much fun. More than ever, we all need a bit of that in our lives.

  I cannot proceed without expressing my deep gratitude to Danny Irwin, an alum of LHS Theatre who, while experiencing what all in the entertainment industry are also experiencing right now, reached out and offered his time and talent as a professional sound engineer. Our student sound crew has gone through a true boot camp of learning how to operate live sound, as well as navigate the complex equipment we are so fortunate to have at our disposal. Thanks, Danny, you are amazing!

  Also, thanks to LiAnne Thiessen, Alan Thimmig, Rebecca Keyser, and Curtis Riley for fighting to get our technical capabilities to the level we need them to be in order to livestream this event. Without their support, we simply would not be able to pull this off. Thanks is not enough.

  I am fortunate to work with amazing colleagues, so thanks to Sarah Romero and Hannah Harm for their flexibility and support as I borrowed some of their students, Leslie Williams for always being there to help us navigate our recently upgraded lighting system as well as some time period costume advice, and AJ Wulf for his talent and time in composing original music for this production, and for rehearsing the performers. 

  Special thanks to Katie Bradeen and Melodie Sanders for offering to help with our front of the building performance check-in. We are indebted to you.

  And of course, most important to me, thanks to my family: Erica, Brendan and Jason for supporting me through every production and understanding when I have to be a little late as showtime gets closer.

  The students of Vintage Hitchcock have been an honor to work with, laugh with, and learn with. Thank you for making my job so enjoyable.

  Enjoy the show!

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