Write-Produce-Perform a Radio Play

It all starts May 14th and 15th! Check out details below:

Create the podcast series Hush and perform in a live radio play! All teenaged writers, musicians, singers, actors and SFX artists welcome.

Secondary students, join The Shire’s Audio Drama Team and help us write a script, compose original music, create sound effects and act in a radio play as a part of our new podcast series “Hush”. The first episode of “Hush” will be performed and pre-recorded before a live studio audience at the Water Street Inn the evening of July 28th. Then, in September, the performance will be broadcast on the radio show Voices in the Valley on KLBB 1220-AM. The radio play will be aired on Voices in the Valley in a two part series. In the first episode, the Audio Drama Team will discuss the process of producing a radio play. The second episode will broadcast “Hush” as previously recorded. Both episodes will become podcasts that will be uploaded on to iTunes, SoundCloud, and remain available on The Shire’s website. Interested in helping us write, produce and perform in a radio play? Email steph@theshireonline.com.

The Writing Team begins May 14th; Find out more details about the entire experience on May 15th

Saturday, May 14th 10:00 to 12:00 in the classroom ~ ArtReach St. Croix, Stillwater

Writers begin to build and discern the rules of the story's world

The writers have a year long series of "Hush" to outline and the first episode to write, so they are eager to begin. While this first meeting is not mandatory, it is highly recommended to those who wish to be on the writing team.



Sunday, May 15th 3:00 to 5:00 in the Margaret Rivers Room ~ Stillwater Public Library

Alan Frechtman highlights the making of a radio play, and Stephani Atkins provides an overview

Want to learn about how a radio play is produced and find out more on how you might be involved? Join us as we discuss the Audio Drama Team's main groups: writers, composers, SFX, singers, actors and stage managers. We'll also provide a calendar, discuss schedules and clarify commitment levels.


Interested? RSVP to steph@theshireonline.com to reserve your spot at the May 14th and/or the May 15th event.


Participation in the Saturday, May 14th and Sunday, May 15th events is free; Becoming a member of the summer Audio Drama Team as a writer, composer and/or SFX technician is a one time fee of $175 made payable to our fiscal agent ArtReach St. Croix and includes the performance at the Water Street Inn. Note that auditions will be held to select actors, musicians and singer(s). Participation in the Audio Drama Team includes audition fees but does not guarantee a performance role.

Experienced Instructors offer a professional experience in a fun atmosphere

Stephani Atkins: Executive Producer and Writing Mentor

As Host and Executive Producer of "Voices in the Valley" and Executive Director for The Shire, Ms. Atkins is passionate about storytelling in all its forms. As an artist, Ms. Atkins works on literary art projects that are realized on multiple formats (video, audio, web, print and other media). Prior to The Shire, Stephani worked as a marketing director and served as a director of student programming for both large and small non-profit educational programs.

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Thanks to the St. Croix Valley Foundation and Kowalski's Markets for their support

This project received funding from the St. Croix Valley Foundation and the Wisconsin Arts Board with funds from the State of Wisconsin. Sponsored by Kowalski's Markets.

The Shire

The Shire nurtures youth in their literary efforts, supports their creative writing goals and provides a welcoming environment for students to connect with teachers, mentors, writers and each other. The Shire offers a place for students who love storytelling to take creative writing classes, join writing clubs and step into leadership positions that support each other’s artistic endeavors.

Register today! Fill out the form below.

Tuition for the entire production is $175. Checks can be made to our fiscal agent ArtReach St. Croix and mailed to 224 N Fourth Street, Stillwater, MN 55082. Need a fundraising option? Earn money towards your art enrichment activities through Annick School and Club Fundraising. Email steph@theshireonline.com to find out more.
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