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Sound Waves: Episode II

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In this episode, we take an in-depth look at the theatre’s Education in Action program, followed by an interview with the Intern Company.

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Sound Waves offers our patrons the inside scoop on all of the exciting events at Wayside Theatre. Episodes will air bi-weekly and are available on here on Inside Wayside, and through iTunes for free.

Sound Waves: Now on iTunes

Now you can subscribe to the Sound Waves podcast through iTunes. Now you can listen inside Wayside with iTunes’ automatic podcast downloading, and even transfer it to your iPod or other mobile device with ease.

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Listen. Do. Listen. Repeat.

You are all familiar with the various noises heard from the stage or off in the wings—no not talking about the actors or tech crew—the sound effects. Those shrills, winds and sirens are about to make their stage debut in this year’s holiday performance A Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play on the Wayside Theatre stage. Everything from the traditional piano to those blustering winter winds will have equal time on the stage time with the actors of the “radio” studio.

So a little information about the sound effects: we are using a particular style of sound effects called Foley sound technique.A quick definition is the natural sounds of an environment are made using usual and unusual methods. One of my favorites would be the creaky door. A simple solution would be to have an actual creaky door or rusted hinge on stage but if you are on a budget, I suggest using other methods, perhaps a piece of resin wood with a screw stuck in it and a pair of vise grips to twist. You may have discovered this sound when breaking down and building theatre sets of the same wood. More traditional Foley sounds include footsteps through the snow made with shoe trees and corn flakes on a wooden tray.

I’m sure you want to know how I came up the objects to make a sound effect Continue reading ‘Listen. Do. Listen. Repeat.’

Introducing Sound Waves

Today, Wayside Theatre not only opens It’s A Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play, but also introduces a radio show of our own: the Sound Waves Podcast. Our first episode is available now right here (just by clicking on the image below).

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The Sound Waves Podcast will also be available for free from the iTunes Music Store. For now, you can subscribe to Sound Waves by clicking here.

Christmas at Wayside… on your Desktop

Now you can help Wayside Theatre spread the word about our Christmas show, It’s A Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play, from you desktop! Download the wallpaper for your computer by simply clicking on the thumbnail below.

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Benjamin Banneker – the Musical or Wayside Theatre in the Classroom

Things never slow down in the Education Department. Right after we opened George Washington: Young Man, Young Country I started a “Play’s the Thing” playwrighting workshop at Banneker Elementary School in Loudoun County. But, this workshop is even more special because it is a musical theatre play to commemorate the anniversary of the school. I am working with the fifth graders to write the play, and Steve Przybylski, our resident music director is working with the fourth graders to write the music (he started the day after he opened his show, Shadow of the Raven). I just found out yesterday that the entire school is getting involved. The librarian has checked out all the books on Benjamin Banneker and put them in the fifth grade classrooms. The students are using their computer time to research Continue reading ‘Benjamin Banneker – the Musical or Wayside Theatre in the Classroom’

Saying Good-bye to George Washington

We have ended a successful run of Wayside’s world premiere show George Washington: Young Man, Young Country and the first of Wayside’s Emerging Artists in Action programs. It saddens me to have arrived at the end. Usually I am able to accept the end of one project because I am looking forward to the next. And while I do have new projects to look forward to, I find myself looking back on the wild and crazy ride that was George Washington and wishing it can continue.

I have already been approached by a couple of people wishing we would take this show on tour. How perfect it would be in our schools Continue reading ‘Saying Good-bye to George Washington’