Southington School of the Arts’ 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 are needed more than ever.
The 223 Meriden Waterbury Turnpike installation will release its first episode of The Arts at Angeloria’s Radio Theater this week to showcase talent and generate much-needed income.
âThe Ghostly Sonata is structured like an old radio show,â Holm said. “Theme music and commercials are written by music director Ed Rosenblatt.”
Rosenblatt and Holm worked together on the lyrics.
The idea of ââa radio show started in the summer as a sure way for theater talent to show off their abilities. Each was brought in individually to record their parts of the show.
âWe did it all one on one,â said Holm. âThey can come in and we can lay these tracks without any of the artists in the same room together. But when they came in we took their temperatures and we have hand sanitizers and some areas were taped. We were able to bring in a group of actors 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.
âWe can contribute art to our community at a time when we need it more than ever,â said Holm. âIt’s a therapeutic thing with so much scary information coming out every day. Art is calming for people. The radio show is going to be an auditory experience. We are such a visual world. The human brain, when you listen to something, you can visualize the whole story in your mind. We hope people will like it. We would like to do another one.
The theater, opened in 2015, is also an art school for all ages. He organizes evening painting evenings for groups of five or six.
âIt’s a very busy and beautiful place,â said Holm.
Two years ago the school started 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 other outdoor events on the 2.5-acre property.
“We will do more things outside to make people feel safe,” she said.
Holm, a Southington resident, also works in the Cheshire Public Schools Gifted Program. She mainly works with students from grades 4 to 6.
âIt’s a tough time for arts organizations,â said Holm. âIt was difficult for me not to have our summer camps. Have nothing to do. No income coming in but still paying insurance bills 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 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 is: 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).
âTo this day, we are still unable to safely invite clients to join us in person, so we ask radio listeners to consider donating for the hard work and efforts that local players and regional have deployed to create this first episode of radio drama, âsaid Holm. . “You can donate through 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/.