February 26, 2014

Radio voices wanted

New talent sought for creative-aging program at Peru Free Library

PERU — If you’re 50 and older, you have the chance once again to unleash your inner actor with “More Radio Theater.”

Offered at Peru Free Library, the eight-week program explores the basics of acting and radio acting.

Registration begins March 1 for newcomers and March 4 for returnees. The program starts March 24 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. and culminates in a performance at 7:30 p.m. May 12.

“More Radio Theater” is a creative-aging program supported by a grant to Lifetime Arts from the AARP Foundation.


“The radio theater thing has just exploded,” said Karen Hildebrand, teaching artist and a SUNY Plattsburgh theater lecturer.

“Last year, we started out with a notice from Lifetime Arts, which is nonprofit organization out of Westchester County. They wanted teaching artists and program proposals for people over 50 and arts programming. Becky (Rebecca Pace, Peru Library director) thought of Radio Theater.”

It is a great artistic expression for people of a certain age.

“I really appreciate this; I don’t have to memorize any lines, and I don’t have to worry about what I look like,” Hildebrand said.

“The big thing, budget wise, we don’t have to worry about a set or a physical space. All of that is completely out the door. We need to have a microphone and sound effects.”


Last year’s production was Arch Oboler’s “Come to the Bank.”

“He wrote, among others, ‘Chicken Heart,’ the basis for one of Bill Cosby’s best comedy routines.

“I thought, who else is really good. What program had a really good quality script?”

“The Scrap of Lace” is a mystery by Hulbert Footner. Written in the 1920s, the play was presented on the radio in 1942 on the “Murder Clinic” series.

“Becky and I have been looking at them,” Hildebrand said. “We were looking at really good scripts that still have an interest.

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