Tabor College Theatre and Radio Kansas 90.1 FM
Frankenstein: The Radio Play
By Philip Grecian
Adapted from his own stage play and the 1818 novel by
Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley
Produced by special arrangement with THE DRAMATIC PUBLISHING COMPANY of Woodstock, Illinois.
Director | Lauren Carlton
Stage Manager | Janna Smith
Assistant Stage Manager | Jessica Klein
Technical Director, Scenic & Lighting Design | Austin Harleson
Costume Design | Lily Arthur
Hair & Makeup Design | Lauren Carlton
Sound Design | Chris Glanzer
Composer | Dr. Chris Teichler
Assistant Sound Design | Nathan Kemling
Scenic Crew | Olivia Brubacher
We would like to extend special thanks to Tabor College Communications, Baker Bros Printing Co., and Radio Kansas 90.1 FM.
Radio dramas reached peak popularity in the United States between the 1920s and 1960s. Prior to the widespread popularity and availability of television sets, these purely acoustic performances used voice actors, live sound effects, and musical scores to help listeners imagine and connect to the broadcast’s story. The radio play format takes the radio drama one step further by inviting audiences to take a behind the scenes look into the process of creating a radio drama. You can see the actors shift between the different characters they play, the singers performing the commercials, and all the live foley effects. While it may seem antithetical to theatrical performance, we welcome and encourage you to close your eyes at points during the show to focus on the sound. What foley effect is your favorite? Let us know on Instagram (taborcollegetheatre), Twitter (@Tabor_Theatre), or Facebook (Tabor College Theatre)!
Welcome to the opening of Tabor College Theatre’s 2020/2021 Season: Reimagine! The last time I wrote to audiences was in March, a day before we left to finish the spring semester online. Since that time, so much has happened in the world and in the Performing Arts at Tabor College. This rehearsal process was unlike any other as we incorporated new health and safety procedures. Rather than bemoan changes, we used it as an opportunity to lean into innovation and reimagine what theatre could look like in this unusual time. We paired some of the old (the radio drama tradition) with some of the new (the reemergence of voice acting through podcasts and new theatre technology) to create a performance that feels both classic and fresh. In true Tabor fashion, this production team and cast stepped up in a major way to support each other and tell this 202-year-old story of a scientist and his frightening creation. Despite consistent and thoughtful advice from their friends, neither Frankenstein nor the Creature listen to reason. They instead pursue their own agendas to the detriment and destruction of everyone around them, a tragic and cautionary tale that can warn us of the dangers of playing God.
This performance is ushering in an exciting new collaboration! We are delighted to be partnering with Radio Kansas 90.1 FM to air a broadcast of this performance on Halloween night at 7:00 p.m. CT. We hope you’ll join us again on this rare full moon Halloween to listen to this production as it is broadcast on radio.
Thank you so much for your understanding and adherence to the current Yellow guidelines of Tabor College and for sharing your time with us. If you would like to be involved with Tabor College Theatre, please visit us online at https://tabor.edu/undergraduate/undergraduate-academic-programs/theater/.