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Students in THE 210C
Students in THE 210C

Miami University Theatre Students Producing Live Radio Play

students in radio theatre classMiami University students in THE 210C radio drama course are putting on "Vintage Hitchcock: A Live Radio Play" in Studio 88 theatre at 7 p.m. on Monday, May 8. The play is written by Joe Landry, and is three episodes from Alfred Hitchock's canon of films done as a radio play. It is a two-hour triple feature that covers the classic Hitchcock prductions: The Lodger, Sabotage and The 39 Steps. The show will be performed live by Miami theatre students and will feature vintage radio commercials as well. With no visual component, the radio drama depends on dialogue, music and sound effects to help the listener imagine the characters and story. 

All of the show's sound effects will be created on stage by student Foley artists, someone who creates sounds for movies or plays and the actors will speak directly into microphones, just as they would have done in the 1940s and 1950s. "As far as I know the university has never produced a show like this before, and the kids are very excited about it," said adjunct professor Shawn Maus. "This has been a lot of fun, because it has allowed us to look at a different style of acting, which is acting for radio, and what does performance on the radio look like compared to performance in a theater."