Auditions will be held from 1 to 5 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 5, for the upcoming radio re-creation of “Blackbeard’s Ghost and the Queen Ann’s Revenge” at Western Carolina University.
The auditions will be held in Breese Gymnasium on the WCU campus.
“Blackbeard’s Ghost” will be the eighth in a series of academic-based entertainment productions mounted in collaboration with three departments and two colleges at WCU. The 2016 production is being led by director Peter Savage, music director Bruce Frazier, and writer and producer Don Connelly.
Each of the shows in the series hearkens back to the golden age of radio, featuring a live orchestra and sound effects and produced only once before a live audience in the John W. Bardo Fine and Performing Arts Center. The production group has won seven national broadcasting awards for its unique projects. The upcoming production will be recorded for future radio broadcast.
The auditions will consist of reading small sections of the script that will be available to view in the office of WCU’s School of Stage and Screen (Stillwell 233) beginning Monday, Nov. 30. No prior acting experience is required. A signup sheet with audition time slots also will be posted in the office.
The show includes roles for 19 characters, and some actors may be cast to play more than one role, which was common in the early days of radio. The characters range in age from 17 to 93. “Acting on the radio is so different than for a traditional play or musical,” Savage said. “The actor has to carry the entire role with his or her voice. It is very similar to when an actor does voiceover work for an animated motion picture.”
The radio show will be presented at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, March 17, in the Bardo Arts Center. Tickets are $10 and will go on sale Jan. 11. Proceeds are used to fund scholarships in participating academic departments.
Funding for “Blackbeard’s Ghost and the Queen Ann’s Revenge” is provided by WCU’s College of Arts and Sciences, College of Fine and Performing Arts, Department of Communication, School of Music, School of Stage and Screen, and the Carol Grotnes Belk Endowment.
Individuals who have questions about auditions should contact Savage at firstname.lastname@example.org.