Location: The Community Theatre of Howell at the Howell High School Freshman Campus, 1400 W. Grand River Ave. (Follow the bright colored signs inside the building for exact location)
WCTH Radio Hour is a live stage re-creation of radio shows from the 1930s to 1950s. Transport back to the golden age of radio from our audience. All WCTH Radio Hours are FREE!
The 2018-19 Season Dates
September 17, 2018 - auditions
October 28, 2018 - performance
December 10, 2018 - auditions
January 20, 2019 - performance
March 18, 2019 - auditions
April 28, 2019 - performance
The Community Theatre of Howell's mission is to foster and encourage the study of and public appreciation for the performing arts. We offer quality productions to the community each year and educational opportunities for adults and youth. We pride ourselves on family entertainment and we provide a structured cultural experience for everyone involved.
WCTH Radio Hour is a live stage recreation of radio shows from the 1930’s to 1950’s. You, the audience participate as the “live studio audience,” as we transport back to the golden age of radio! Watch the magic of radio happen, or close your eyes, and take a trip to radio land.
Every performance includes about 5 to 7 actors playing multiple voice roles, and 1 or 2 foley artists providing all of the sound effects to go along with the script. Each show is done faithfully to the script, and provides the audience with a trip back in time. (NOTE: Even though this is a “radio show,” we do not actually perform on the radio/website/other audio. It’s meant to be a live staged performance, since that’s what our theatre does.)
All shows are FREE, and are held at the Community Theatre of Howell / Howell High School Freshman Campus at 2:00pm. No tickets are issued or sold. Just first come, first served, and enjoy Radio Hour!
Contact Dan Squires for more information firstname.lastname@example.org
Auditions and Performance Information
Auditions for WCTH shows will be held at the Howell High School Freshman campus, in the choir room unless otherwise posted. Because the style and format of Radio Hour is new to some, here is what you need to know!
- The main factor for auditioning is how you sound. This means that if you can sound like an old man, a brooding woman, an excited child, or whatever the script calls for, that’s who we’re looking for. It doesn’t matter what you look like, how old you are, etc. So, we’re looking for ages 9 to 99, male and female.
- Each show will cast around 5 to 7 voice actors playing multiple roles in the 2 or 3 radio series in the hour. Having more than one character up your sleeve is a big plus.
- You must be able to read fluently. The Radio Hour is performed with scripts in hand, and timing is very important to the pace of each performance. Being able to read and speak aloud without breaking the flow is important to making the magic happen.
- The audition format will be readings from the script(s).
- Casting will happen at the end of the audition readings.
- Foley operators (the people who make the sounds happen) will use a mix of manual and computer sound effects that go with the show. If you have experience with foley, sound mixing, or would just like to learn.
Performances & Practice
- Each show has 4 or 5 practices, a dress rehearsal and one performance. Dress rehearsal for each Radio Hour performance will occur the day before the performance with sound and microphones. The remaining practices will be announced by the director for each show.
- All actors will be voice acting, and read directly from the script for all practices and the performance (no memorizing!).
- In practice, you will learn your voice characterization, and timing with your fellow actors and the foley table.
- Performances will be held on the main stage. What audiences will see for each performance is similar: a studio audience look into WCTH. You will play the part of a 1940’s radio studio actor, ready to perform the next show on the schedule.
- Musicians! If you play an instrument, and would like to be involved with Radio Hour, please contact Dan Squires: email@example.com.
Keeping in the spirit of the Golden Age of Radio, we also feature show sponsorships! Most of America’s best loved radio serials were proudly brought to the airwaves, courtesy of their commercial sponsors. As we seek to faithfully recreate some of nostalgia’s beloved shows, we will mix in vintage commercials with sponsor commercials for local businesses, 1940’s style. We take your local Howell business back in time with us, and create an advertisement that radio land audiences will know and appreciate. Sometimes our jingle writers even come out of the woodwork!
If you are a local business that would to be a part of this experience, contact Dan Squires at firstname.lastname@example.org for more details.