Auditions for radio ‘Sci-Fi Double Feature’ to be held Sept. 11

The cast and production leaders for the radio show “Blackbeard’s Ghost and the Queen Anne’s Revenge” rehearse for a 2016 performance.

Western Carolina University’s radio re-creation group is holding auditions for “A Sci-Fi Double Feature” featuring H.G. Wells’ “The Time Machine” and Jules Verne’s “20,000 Leagues Under The Sea.”

The auditions, which are open to WCU students, faculty and staff, will be Monday, Sept. 11, at 6 p.m. in Room 225 of Stillwell Building. This is the ninth in a series of “academic-based entertainment” productions that represent the golden age of radio and feature a live orchestra and sound effects, while being produced only once in front of a live audience at the John W. Bardo Fine and Performing Arts Center.

The radio re-creation group has won eight national broadcasting awards for its unique projects. This year’s production will be recorded for future radio broadcast. It will be under the leadership of director Colin Wasmund, music director Bruce Frazier and writer and producer Don Connelly.

The auditions will consist of reading small sections of the script. No prior acting experience is required. The show has roles for 11 characters ranging from ages 12 to 65. Some actors may be cast to play more than one role.

“This is a great challenge for our students because the acting style is so different for the radio than for a play or film,” said Wasmund, a theatre instructor in the School of Stage and Screen. “While actors on stage or in film are given their entire arsenal of tools to work with, an actor in a radio play such as this will be allowed only one tool – their voice.”

Funding for the “Sci-Fi Double Feature” is provided by the College of Arts and Sciences, the College of Fine and Performing Arts, the Department of Communication, the School of Music, the School of Stage and Screen and the Carol Grotnes Belk Endowment.

The radio show will be presented at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 31, in the Bardo Arts Center, with no admittance once the show begins. Tickets are $15, $10 for WCU faculty and staff, and $5 for students, and will go on sale Saturday, Sept. 30. Proceeds will be used to fund scholarships in the participating academic departments. The group has raised nearly $40,000 in student scholarship money.

For additional information, contact Wasmund at crwasmund@wcu.edu.