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Plan B’s Radio Hour: Alice in Wonderland

October 29, 2009

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Radio Hour: Alice in Wonderland by Matthew Ivan Bennett. 10.22.2009-10.31.2009

or listen to the live broadcast on KUER FM-90.  10.30.2009 11:00 am and 7:00 pm.

The versatility of the voices and the talented merger of sound effects with live music launched my imagination, enabling me to vividly view each scene of Radio Hour: Alice in Wonderland inside my own head.  The music was right on schedule as well as the sound effects to the point that if you were actually listening on a radio you’d think ALL the elements were already a perfectly executed prerecorded track instead of everyone working concertedly in perfect sync.

Actually being able to view the faces of the people reading the parts as well as the narrator was slightly distracting at first, but then I started to enjoy the facial expressions they used when expressing the emotion the character was feeling.  I don’t know if it was for the audience’s sake or if it was natural to make faces when you’re changing your voice to sound perturbed or affected but it became enjoyable and added another dimension to the production.
Jesse Portillo brought more life to the production via the stage lights.  I first thought it was arbitrary but then realized she was utilizing the yellow lights to spotlight whomever was speaking. They also had blue lights that would shine on the characters when anything dark or eerie would happen.
The Cheshire cat was hilarious.  The Mad Hatter was more than mad; he had a hair fetish with Alice in mind.

I really enjoyed sound effects.   There was this interesting tiny door contraption to open and shut whenever door sound effects were required.  There were also things to jangle and wooden objects to hit as well as some strange crescendo/diminuendo instrument for when Alice grew and shrank.  It was timed precisely with the show’s events.
The entire show came together to be something really enjoyable.  It lasted nearly an hour and was solid and very entertaining.  After the first 10 minutes I really let the story and talent of voice, sound, and music carry me away.  Great fun!  Happy Halloween!

One Comment leave one →
  1. Zachary Way permalink
    October 30, 2009 3:04 PM

    Awesome! lol

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