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Re-enactment of historic radio broadcast

Title on posterEighty years ago, on the evening before Halloween, radio audiences across the country were shocked, thrilled, or panicked by a radio drama depicting an invasion by beings from the planet Mars.

That radio drama was “The War of the Worlds,” directed by and starring Orson Welles. First heard on Oct. 30, 1938, “The War of the Worlds” remains the most famous radio broadcast in history.

To celebrate its 80th anniversary, the Re-Imagined Radio project will offer a live reenactment of » More …

Re-Imagined Radio: Sound-based storytelling for the digital age

Image of an old radio with a reel of images showing voice actors in costumeBefore riding off in search of the Oregon Territory, the rangers stood and joined the audience in one final chorus of the famous words from the mysterious masked man known as The Lone Ranger: “Hi-yo, Silver! Away!”

Applause erupted for the 11 voice actors and Foley artists dressed for the Old West. The lights of Vancouver’s timeless Kiggins Theatre slowly brightened, and the live radio broadcast of “The Lone Ranger Re-Imagined,” which had been streaming online in 32 countries across the globe, concluded.

This live performance » More …

STAGE and Nuthouse students shine at regional theater festival

Many WSU students seated in an auditorium full of peopleNearly two dozen WSU students representing the STAGE student theater group and the Nuthouse student improve group attended the 2018 Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival (KCACTF) for Region VII to compete in several events, including Irene Ryan Acting Scholarship Auditions, Technical Olympics and Improv Olympics.

WSU students Aryn Allen, Avery Barnwell, Spencer Knudson, and Sara Wagoner were each nominated by external adjudicators » More …

Kennedy Center honors WSU faculty for teaching excellence

Two faculty holding award plaquesTheatre faculty Benjamin Gonzales and Mary Trotter received separate awards for outstanding and innovative teaching at the 2018 Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival (KCACTF) for Region VII.

“Theatre and art, teaches us about our humanity, our ability to lean into discomfort, in order to learn about the complexity and depth of our capacity to endure, to love, to discover and grow. Mary and Ben have helped so many students recognize their capacity to create, to connect, to be compassionate, to be change makers.” Said Kelly Quinnett, University of Idaho professor of theatre arts and immediate past chair for KCACTF Region VII. » More …

Ensemble premieres ‘Drive’ in honor of WSU president

PULLMAN, Wash. — The Washington State University Symphonic Wind Ensemble premiered “Drive” at a campus concert April 13, music written to honor the appointment of Kirk Schulz as WSU’s 11th president.

Greg Yasinitsky, Regents professor and director of the WSU School of Music, composed “Drive” to capture the optimism of the university community about the beginning of Schulz’s presidency. » More …