Radio theater

Southington Arts School’s first show since the start of the pandemic is a radio theater

SOUTHINGTON – The Arts at Angeloria Theater closed indefinitely on March 13 due to COVID-19. But theater owner and artistic director Lori Holm said the arts were needed more than ever.

The facility at 223 Meriden Waterbury Turnpike will release its first episode of Arts at Angeloria’s Radio Theater this week to showcase talent and generate much-needed revenue.

“The Ghostly Sonata is structured like an old radio show,” Holm said. “The theme music and commercials are written by music director Ed Rosenblatt.”

Rosenblatt and Holm worked together on the lyrics.

The idea for a radio show began this summer as a safe way for theater talents to show off their abilities. Each was brought in individually to record their parts of the show.

“We did everything individually,” Holm said. “They can come in and we can drop off those tracks without either artist being in the same room. But when they came in we took their temperature and we have hand sanitizers and some taped areas. We were able to bring a group of actors in without being in the same room and create a final product that they created together.

The performance will be a throwback to the golden age of radio with period-style commercials.

“We can bring art to our community at a time when we need it more than ever,” Holm said. “It’s a therapeutic thing with so much scary information coming out every day. The art is soothing to people. The radio show is going to be an auditory experience. We’re such a visual world. The human brain, when you listen to something, you can visualize the whole story in your mind. We hope people enjoy. We would like to do another one.

The theatre, which opened in 2015, is also an art school for all ages. He organizes painting evenings in the evening for groups of five or six.

“It’s a busy and beautiful place,” Holm said.

Two years ago, the school began using an art barn, which can accommodate around 115 people at full capacity. The black box stage can accommodate 45 people under normal circumstances.

The barn should be used more when the facility can reopen. Holm is also planning more outdoor events on the 2.5-acre property.

“We will do more things outside to make people feel safe,” she said.

Holm, a resident of Southington, also works in the academically gifted program at Cheshire Public Schools. She mainly works with students in grades 4 to 6.

“It’s a tough time for arts organizations,” Holm said. “It was difficult for me not to have our summer camps. Have nothing to do. No income comes in, but I still have to pay bills for insurance and website subscriptions. It’s hard. Like many arts organizations, we are barely holding up. So the radio show was a safe way for us to make art. We do not sell tickets. But we hope that people can give all they can.

The list of actors, musicians and singers involved in the first episode of The Arts at Angeloria’s Radio Hour are: Rick Beebe (Hamden), Austin Blumenstock (Wallingford), Max Blumenstock (Wallingford), Tara Blumenstock (Wallingford), Sara Fabrizio (Vernon ), Lori Holm (Southington), Elyse Lachapelle (Wolcott), Heidi Lamberto (Southington), Tony Lamberto (Southington), Ed Rosenblatt (Southington), Jason Michael (Wallingford), Amelia Nemeth (Southington), Bill Rodman (Southington), Kate Simpson (North Branford) and Nicole Zolad (Rocky Hill).

“As of today, we are still unable to safely invite guests to join us in person, so we are asking radio listeners to consider donating for the hard work and effort that local actors and regions have deployed to create this first episode of radio drama,” said Holm. . “You can donate via Venmo at https://venmo.com/angeloria or Paypal at [email protected]

In exchange for a donation, a link for the broadcast will be sent by SMS or e-mail. The link will be live from today when the first episode airs.

For more information, visit www.theartsatangelorias.com/.