I’ll start by saying that directing “An Evening of Horror & Suspense” was a true pleasure for me. When people come together and lend their talents to create a show, the world is alight with something that makes it a little more interesting. This show is a celebration of things spooky and strange, but also a celebration of people at their best. I feel privileged to lead a show like this.
The radio show format gives everyone an opportunity to shine. People who are not able to make the time commitment of a major show or are not comfortable with the exposure that having to memorize lines brings are able to lend their voices to the show. No one is cut because they don’t look the part. Everyone who wanted to be involved with the show had a role, from the stage actors to the house managers.
As the show continues into its fourth incarnation, it will only become more polished and entertaining. Last year, we were simply astonished with the audience turn out. This year, I tried to amp up the 1940′s radio format by including vintage commercials and announcements. We also had a dedicated sound effects team and more elaborate original music. This year we ventured away from our typical public domain stories to include “The Scythe” by Ray Bradbury. Who knows what the future will hold? What will remain the same are the quality stories that chill and challenge audiences that we put forth year to year.
I thank the people who attended this year’s production and invite everyone to the Hyde Park Community Players’ productions and workshops. Everyone has a talent to lend to make our community exceptional.