Explore magical world of radio

“Who knows what evil lurks in the hearts of men — the Shadow knows!”

“Who knows what evil lurks in the hearts of men — the Shadow knows!”

Who would believe that after 75 years and astounding inventions such as HD television and 3D movies that those famous words would still resonate with excitement and anticipation today?   Classic Old Time Radio Shows from the 1930s, ’40s and ’50s, such as The Shadow, Suspense and Quiet Please, create such interest as stage performances in the 21st century, that audiences flock to experience the enchanted worlds of yesteryear, complete with period costumes, live sound effects, quirky scripts and the occasional hilarious blooper.

The cast have as much fun rehearsing and performing these shows as the appreciative audience does watching. Sound like fun?

The Adult Learning Centre is launching a 14-week radio acting workshop The Magical World of Radio, facilitated by Nanaimo instructor, actor and playwright Bill Miner.

You will learn all the fascinating elements of this timeless style of theatre, including voice and microphone skills, working with sound effects (fx), and ensemble work.

The workshop will culminate in the creation of a Courtenay Seniors Old Time Radio Troupe, which will perform these wonderful old time gems in front of family, friends and all lovers of the Golden Years of Radio. The workshops will run September to December 2012.

For more information regarding this fun-filled adventure, you are invited to an open information session at the Courtenay Library on  June 15 from 4 to 6 p.m., where Gabriel and Bill will gladly answer all your questions.

Or you may contact Gabriel Dey at 250-338-9906  or  gabriel@cvalc.ca. Contact them before June 20, as the Centre is closed for the summer, and will reopen Sept. 4.

This project is funded by the Government of Canada’s New Horizons for Seniors Program.

— Adult Learning Centre


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