Shush! ~ A Storytelling Adventure

From audio, to audio-video hybrid, and now a webisode!

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In the beginning, was a four episode radio play

Shush! began as a four episode series sponsored by a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts through the Big Read in the St. Croix Valley. Inspired by THE MALTESE FALCON by Dashiell Hammett, the Shire's middle school Audio Drama Team wrote the script, created the theme music, and performed the roles of this original production.

Don't Whine Over Missing Robots

  • Episode 1: Samantha Shovel, Trowel and friends attempt to determine what happened to a vitally important human-hybrid robot named R0-MAN.
  • Episode 2: Where can R0-MAN be? Sam, Trowel and friends go on a wild search.
  • Episode 3: Sam, Trowel and friends follow R0-MANS's fluid trail into great danger.
  • Episode 4: The fate of all human-hybrid robots depends on saving R0-MAN. Will Sam, Trowel and friends succeed?

Then, we transitioned to an audio-video hybrid as we went LIVE at the Phipps

The first four episodes of HUSH were taped on camera, and then stripped for audio. It was a practical (re: FREE!) opportunity for recording, and in the process, the students fell in love with film. They decided to continue the adventures of Samantha Shovel, her sidekick Peter Pitchfork, evil Alexander Axton, Fearless Frank Foreman and Trowel the cat who wants to be a dog in this audio-video concoction.

Next up: VIDEO!!!

Having fallen in love with film, the students decided to transform to a webisode series. The clip below is a short edit drawing together some of the video clips to give you a taste of what's to come.

Welcome Shush! The Webisode

During the Fall of 2017, students creativity and imagination soared as they worked to create their own collaborative Web Series! An ongoing experience, the Shush Team works with writing mentor Cassidy Hall and cinematographer David McClellen to construct original scripts for each episode, perform in front of the camera and learn to express themselves and their characters. This opportunity provides an exciting experience working on a filming set and learning every step of taking their creative project from start to finish! Check out their first official episode of this new webisode series!

Who wins the battle of the sticks?!

An interview between HUSH Jr and Shush that ended in a battle of the sticks! You won't want to miss this fun exchange between these creative - and opinionated! - middle schoolers :)

Click HERE to listen into this special episode of Voices in the Valley.

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The Shire: A cultural project of StoryArk

As the umbrella organization for The Shire, Voices in the Valley and #HUSHpodcast, StoryArk nurtures storytelling in all of its diversity across the generations and through multiple media. By sharing our stories, we impact our selves, our community, our culture, our country and even our world.

StoryArk is a 501c(3) tax exempt organization that seeks to serve the greater good.