otherwise known as HUSH, is a sci-fi series written, performed and produced by students in grades seven through twelve. It takes an eclectic team of creatives to produce the show which is first broadcast on the radio podcast Voices in the Valley before being uploaded onto iTunes, Google Play Music and Stitcher. (The podcast has been downloaded over 13,000 times since its release in 2017!)
Without a script, there is no show, and the writers make up the backbone of the whole production. Three times a year, new writers are invited in to join the HUSH team. Writers must be dedicated to their craft and able to work under deadlines. In addition, they must agree to listen to all previous episodes of HUSH, become immersed in the HUSH universe and learn the details of the podcast story bible.
Following the industry practice of television writers, the writing team collaborates to develop the season outline and break it down into eight episodes. Episodes are divvied out and writers work as an individual or a small team to write the first draft of their assigned show. The draft is then shared with the larger group for revisions. A read through by actors helps to tweak dialogue before the episode is released to the student director for rehearsal and recording.
Actors and composers are an important part of the team as well. Auditions are held periodically to supply the voices of various roles. Professional vocal actor Therese Molloy provides acting lessons, and actors rehearse twice monthly and then record. Student composers work with professional musicians including Jesse Nelson to underscore scenes and provide transition music.
Throughout the year, HUSH meets most Saturdays from 9 AM to 12:00 PM in the Shire's classroom space located in the Zephyr Studio, 421 South Main Street, Stillwater, Minnesota.
Writers, actors and composers interested in joining the HUSH team should email firstname.lastname@example.org.