Media Performance class takes on annual radio drama
On Monday, May 2nd at 7 pm, the KWU Media Performance Class will be hosting the annual Radio Drama Performance in the Fitzpatrick auditorium. The cast consist of seven men and two females who will be taking on multiple character roles as they tell the story of “Dead Earnest: a tale well calculated to keep you in Suspense.”
The professor for the class, Paul Green has been a part of bring Radio Dramas to the campus of Kansas Wesleyan since the adaptation of “War of the Worlds,” in 2010. “Performing Radio Dramas is a real confidence builder, I like watching my students came in and be intimidated by it and then walk away from it realizing that they can do this,” said Green when asked about why he loved doing the annual radio dramas.
The class is centered around teaching students how to be announcers in the communication business. Throughout the semester students have worked on radio shows, done anchor work, and also recorded a few commercials. The radio drama is the last big assignment the class takes on and acts as the students final exam.
Many of the students participating in this year’s drama have never acted on stage, and
performing multiple roles has proven to be both difficult, but also worth it. “I’m not used to acting or even being a part of a set,” Trail Spears shared with the advance, “but through this experience I have learned so much and I’ve learned how to blend with others and use my voice as a tool, and that’s extremely rewarding.” Andrew Ramones noted that the class served a confidence booster, saying that “you walk in and it’s something you’re not good at, but through the process you realize, hey, I can do this.”
Stage fright wasn’t the only thing that scared a few of the students, for many performers the task of taking on more than just one role has proven to be a challenge. “It’s rewarding to play so many different characters, but with different characters you have to remember how different characters act and talk,” Joe Santos reported.
On the other hand, many KWU performers, such as Christian McQueen and Kregg Howell, will be returning to the stage to work alongside their classmates for the project. “It’s not that different from other performances that I’ve done,” McQueen said, “There’s a bunch of hard working people and a great producer.”
The radio drama is open to the public on Monday, May 2nd in Fitzpatrick Auditorium, or listened to via kkwuradio.org “It would be nice for people to watch the radio drama,” says junior Sebastian Ramirez, “it’s a good way to promote media performance and the communication department and the skills you can gain from being in that class.” “Everyone in class put a lot of hard-work
and dedication into this performance and it’s going to be extremely suspenseful to say the least,” added junior Devin Riley.
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