99.3 FM Set to Create Radio Plays For and By Seniors

99.3 County FM “The Voice of the County” will produce four radio plays written and performed by seniors for seniors, made possible by a federal grant from New Horizons for Seniors announced by Federal MP for Bay of Quinte, Neil Ellis. The new series will be called ‘It Happened in the County’.

“This is an incredible project,” says playwrightSuzanne Pasternak. “A major community outreach program involving seniors, in a project which will be great entertainment for County listeners of any age.”

The first radio play will premiere this autumn with a wonderful County story recorded by local writer and storyteller Janet Kellough. The play, a Fluid Enterprise, is being adapted for radio by Pearl Hucul and Ken Murray. It is a comedic tale of county ingenuity and enterprise from the shores of Main Duck Island to the village of Milford. We are looking for County seniors NOW, to perform, help with sound effects, stage manage, and sing.

Radioplays are a wonderful way for anyone who has ever wanted to dip their toe into theatre. There is no requirement to memorize dialogue, as the script is readily at hand. “Folks get to be a part of an amazing creative team and have a great deal of fun,” says Pasternak.

The second play is set to premiere on December 6, 2017 and is a new work written by Suzanne Pasternak. This story is about life in Hillier during WW1 and a couple of under-age soldiers from the village who found their way to the Halifax explosion of 1917. December 6 will be the 100th anniversary of the explosion.

The plays will be presented both live, delighting the audience with the visual fun of Radio theatre, and on radio, harkening back to old time radio shows, with a county twist.

The project will also involve collecting county stories from county seniors and sharing them on radio. We are looking both for personal recollections of life in the county, and recollections of the ice storm of 1977, which is the story line for the third radio play. As well as using these recollections to form the basis of the third play and choose a story line for the fourth play, we will be recording a number of short vignettes on County tales of years gone by.

Any seniors (60 and older) who are interested in participating in this project in any capacity is urged to email radioplay@993countyfm.ca or phone Suzanne Pasternak 613 847-9842.

99.3 County FM is Prince Edward County’s not for profit volunteer community radio station dedicated to connecting the county. Find us on facebook or stream us live at 993countyfm.ca

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