Theatre Workshop Owensboro is getting creative with how they present a show to the public as they bring back their radio show with Sorry, Wrong Number, going live on Saturday.
Sorry, Wrong Number is said to be a suspenseful story about a girl who overhears the plans for murder but is unable to interfere — and the perfect story on Halloween night.
For TWO Executive Director Todd Reynolds, this is something he has wanted to do since he joined the theatre back in 1976. The theatre did a show in 2005 for the bicentennial and when Reynolds became the director in 2014, there were more shows on the list.
Eventually, shows started to be less frequent. When the pandemic hit, TWO found new ways to deliver a show to the crowd.
For a full stage production, Reynolds said it would take around six weeks or rehearsals and then weekends of performing. Through the radio process, it cuts the work to a handful of rehearsals and then a read-through on record.
That is beneficial for a number of reasons. One, it frees up the responsibility for multiple other actors that wouldn’t normally to be free to participate.
“It’s going to be a way to expand the people who can participate in what we do. It’s important to make those opportunities work in community theater. It’s not just a small exclusive club, it’s something for everybody,” Reynolds said.
It also helps people with memorization, as the recording allows for people to have their scripts handy.
Now that they have tested the waters with this show, TWO plans to do one radio show every other month going forward.
Sorry, Wrong Number will be released both digitally on the TWO’s YouTube and Facebook. It will also be aired on the radio on WKWC four times on Saturday— at 12, 3, 6 and 9 p.m.
With podcasting and digital storytelling on the rise, Reynolds is excited to be able to join the scene with these projects. The shows are open to all who would like to join and participants don’t have to be trained voice actors.