ABOUT THE PODCAST
TSVP’s Radio Theater Podcast presents classic, contemporary, and original imaginative audio productions, including recorded, staged, and live streamed performances before live audiences. In addition to showcasing performances, the podcast is dedicated to promoting and celebrating the craft of local theater.
In 2018, The Social Voice Project partnered with the Merrick Art Gallery and the Rochester Area Heritage Society to bring three radio-styled audio performances to Beaver County.
RADIO THEATER IS BACK!
Not since the “golden age” of radio–which was killed off long ago by television–have we experienced such an interest in audio storytelling and radio-style dramas, comedies, and other performances created exclusively for that most impressive venue of them all, the “theater of the mind.” And it’s all because of podcasting, which is breathing new life into radio theater.
Audiences of all ages are once again “tuning in” to hear these wonderful “broadcasts” over the “airwaves.” But today our listeners are donning headphones and earbuds, turning up their computer speakers, and subscribing to digital downloads over the internet. Podcasting is new technology, just as radio once was, miraculously reaching audiences from coast to coast. Today however, podcasts have wold-wide reach though the internet.
Old radio performances such as The Shadow, Fibber McGee and Molly, the Jack Benny Show, and the CBS Radio Mystery Theater may be long gone, but today’s audiences still appreciate the experience of listening to great stories. Our own love of old radio theater and listening to stories (new and old) is what inspired our Radio Theater Podcast, which is a work in progress and learning experience. After all, the old masters of radio theater (actors, directors, producers, sound engineers) are mostly all gone, and they left us very little guidance on how to re-create the art form and stage craft. Therefore, we are on our own to figure it out–just as the early radio pioneers did.
But how exciting for all of us to revive and celebrate this amazing craft! We hope your will join us and “tune in” to our “broadcasts” (that is, subscribe and download our podcast).
Here is a sample of TSVP’s live radio theater audio engineering. This program is R-ACT Theatre Productions’s 2017 Annual Holiday Radio Show, I’ll Be Seeing You. We recorded this show live at the Merrick Art Gallery in New Brighton, Pennsylvania.
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For more than a century, the Merrick Free Art Gallery has provided residents of Beaver County and the surrounding region with a landmark destination in which to enjoy the civilizing influence of the arts. Each year, thousands of people visit The Merrick to view the permanent collection, attend special exhibits and invitational showings, or learn more about art and artistry in the many classes and workshops offered.
The Rochester Area Heritage Society is a non-profit organization dedicated to preserving Rochester’s rich history and heritage, including an extensive collection of Frye glass artifacts, early 19th and 20th century school rooms, and one of the region’s most impressive scale model train displays.
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