#HUSHpodcast ~ Exciting Adventure

A sci-fi series written, performed and produced by students

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Representing grades six through twelve, a diverse set of student writers, composers, musicians, foley artists, actors and illustrators collaborate to create #HUSHpodcast

Students share what HUSH means to them during this video produced by juniors Lee and Emma

#HUSHpodcast- The Start of Something Great

A passion for story leads to enhanced collaboration and leadership skills that build college portfolios and prepare students for the future

The students think they are telling a story - and they are - but #HUSHpodcast provides so much more. Through HUSH, students become friends, gain a sense of belonging, strengthen communication skills and work on a diverse team to achieve a common purpose. They learn how to take and give constructive feedback, follow through on deadlines and market artistic endeavors.

Students recorded Episode 1 "Don't Cry Over Cold Tea" in front of a packed house at the Water Street Inn

The last 24 hours have been really tough...

A voice in fifteen-year-old Andromeda's head just won't shut up, and it becomes stronger after she discovers her grandmother is missing. An ornery cat, an annoying canary, well meaning but clueless adults, friends who want to help and a peer who would rather be grumpy than useful create a headache inducing day for a girl who just wants to find her grandma.

The momentum from Episode 1 leads to Episode 2 ~ "Into the Attic"

Sucked into a bomb-ridden world she didn’t know existed, Andy seeks to save a little boy. Determined not to give up on the boy or her grandma, Andy goes along with Ben’s idea that the friends should search the attic for clues to Violet’s mysterious disappearance.

Episode 3 "Stranger Danger" was recorded in a professional studio

Confusion and uncertainty abounds as Andy and her friends try to determine the identity of a stranger, a woman Andy is sure must know something about Finn, the little boy she left in the war torn bomb world.

A brilliant professional staff guides us

With Zephyr Theatre Artistic Director Calyssa Hall as HUSH director, professional actor Randal Berger as acting coach, Prairie Home Companion veteran Alan Frechtman as recording producer, Rick Vogelpohl as sound engineer and composing mentor, Jenna Yaron from KLBB as producer, and Voices in the Valley host Stephani Atkins as Executive Producer, an awesome HUSH team is firmly established to mentor an amazing bunch of student writers, artists, composers, musicians and sound effect creators.
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Season 1 of #HUSHpodcast is well on its way

#HUSHpodcast follows a teenage girl named Andy whose parents, and then grandmother, mysteriously disappear. Andy and her friends set off to search for them on a quest that leads into multiple universes filled with dangerous secrets and manipulative people. The voice of a strange being named Silence, a bumbling police officer who wants to train his pug to be a police dog, and well intended but misguided adults aggravate the situation rather than making it better. Follow the links to listen to episode 1 “Don’t Cry Over Cold Tea” and explore the #HUSHpodcast world.

It's the beginning of what we dream will become something big, and we'd like you to join us

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Written, Produced and Performed by The Shire's Audio Drama Team

As a culture project of StoryArk, The Shire offers a place for students who love storytelling to gather both online and off to take creative writing classes, join writing clubs and step into leadership positions that support each other's artistic goals. We seek to nurture the creative spirit and interconnect youth to each other, not just in Stillwater, but also all over the world!