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Radio drama workshop to take the stage at the SCA

SPRINGVILLE — Springville Center for the Arts and Aural Stage Studios will present a radio drama workshop, beginning on Dec. 3. Participants will work together to produce the show “It’s a Wonderful Life,” as a radio broadcast on WSPQ 1330AM on Dec. 20 and 21, with a live audience in the theater. There is no memorization or physical acting required, just voice acting for the microphone.

Participants will fill all roles, on the microphone, producing sound effects, or as the technical crew. The casting requires a mix of males and females of all ages. Children may also participate. The production requires three or four sound effects artists and any interested individuals will be trained in the art of Foley.

Monique Boudreau, Mathew Boudreau and Sophie Howes will instruct the class. Boudreau has a bachelor of arts in writing and technical theatre, with focuses in storytelling and sound. He is a founder, voice actor and technical director for Aural Stage Studios, an audio production company working out of Buffalo and New York City. His audio work has been featured in the independent films “The Big Bad,” “25 Cents for Love” and “Spinning,” as well as the American Globe Theatre’s video production of “Hamlet.” He is also the lead sound designer on the audio dramas “1918,” “Intensive Care” and “The Cleansed.” Sophia Howes is a bachelor of fine arts acting graduate of the State University of New York at Fredonia. Her most recent credits include Jenny in Subversive Theater’s “The Shape of Things,” Shakespeare in Delaware Park’s “Hamlet” as the Player Queen, Edith Frank in SUNY Fredonia TADA’s “The Diary of Anne Frank” and Matron Mama Morton in TADA’s production of “Chicago.”

Auditions to assign roles will take place on the first workshop date, Dec. 3, at 7 p.m. at the Carol Mongerson Theater at the Springville Center for the Arts, located at 37 North Buffalo St. in Springville. Preparation of a specific reading is not necessary. Workshops and rehearsals run Tuesday and Thursday evenings in December, with additional responsibilities the week of the show. There is a cost to participate. Fore more information or to register, call 592-9038.

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