Patrons of Spencer Community Theater Playhouse have the opportunity to enjoy a new type of theatre experience in August as SCT's first ever "audio theatre" production takes the stage.
Deadstock is an audio theatre play based on the novel by the same name and written by Kate Iola of rural Hartley. The book, which will be on sale beginning August 1, is a political and ecological thriller about a villain who uses an outbreak of foot-and-mouth disease to manipulate commodities markets and make a fortune. The heroine of the book, Tike Lexington, gets caught up in the scheme and ends up fighting for her life.
Iola, better known to northwest Iowans as Katie Thompson, adapted the book to the audio theatre format so that SCT could perform it in front of a live audience as a fundraiser. The performance will be held Saturday, August 5 at 7:30 p.m. at SCT.
Connie Goeken, SCT's acting Executive Director, says the project has been an exciting new addition to SCT's programming. "Audio theatre is a modern term for what many folks would remember as radio theatre. It was very common during the golden days of radio for stations to roadcast many hours of radio theatre programs. Even though fewer stations do that today, the art form has lived on."
Deadstock will feature approximately 15 voice performers. Sound effects performers will create the sound environment using both "live" and recorded sound effects. Chad Elliot of Spencer has composed music that will be used as a transition between scenes and to help set the mood. The performance will be recorded, with the hope that it will be played on radio stations across the midwest to raise awareness about the threat of ecoterrorism.
Reserved seats are $15.