“Hush” is a monthly podcast series written and performed by secondary students on StoryArk's Audio Drama Team.
To find out more about the series, email Executive Producer Stephani Atkins.
Write-Perform-Produce SciFi Podcast
In 2016-2017, the HUSH team completed nine episodes of season 1 and ended with a finale performed and recorded at the Phipps Center for the Arts as a live radio play. Now, in 2018, the eight episodes of Season 2 are being released. In Season 2, Andy and her friends enter Geyaabi, a new world based on an authentic Native American culture. In partnership with the Stillwater Native American Parent Advisory Committee (NAPAC), native experts have shared their wisdom with the team and advised on how to appropriately research and incorporate a world based on the Ojibwe culture into our storyline. It's a complete storytelling experience - one detailed below. Come join us on this sci-fi adventure! Find out more...
A lot happens to create an episode of HUSH. First step: we outline the entire season, create beat sheets for each episode, and then we write! Head writers lead three teams, and each team takes an episode. We all revise together when our actors join us for our first read through. There's no doubt we writers have a lot of fun!
After a script is written, the actors come in to rehearse
Then, we record. We don't have a space of our own, yet, so our recording studio has been in varied locations. This season, we took a big leap forward: students Lee and Olivia are now our recording engineers!
We are delighted to have a talented group of students that composes original music for each of our episodes. They meet with the head writers to find out what we need, and then work their magic creating the melodies you hear in HUSH.
We also create many of our own sound effects. A group of sixth and seventh graders do a fantastic job coming up with all kinds of sounds! They've been trained in by Prairie Home Companion veteran Alan Frechtman. You're welcome to use any of our digital creations for your own purposes if you want.
After we've written, rehearsed and recorded an episode, student editor Meghan helps our producer Jenna edit the show. We use Adobe Audition and then upload the finished mp3 to Libsyn which broadcasts HUSH to iTunes, Google Play Music, Stitcher and other podcast directories. Each episode of HUSH is also aired on Voices in the Valley.
We are super jazzed that for Season 2 of HUSH, we have been able to partner with the Stillwater (MN) Native American Parent Advisory Committee (NAPAC) to create an original plot based on Ojibwe culture based in our fictional world of Geyaabi. Our goal is to be respectful, sensitive, and careful not to misappropriate the amazing stories passed down through the centuries. Native students on our team keep us in line and share their experiences with us. As a part of our partnership, HUSH team members have participated in building a wigwam, composed music on a native flute, learned about Ojibwe culture, and listened intently to what our Native friends had to share with us. Check out out this link to find out more.
What we do develops our creative skills, makes us feel like we're a part of a team and prepares us for the real world by nurturing our ability to collaborate, work together in a productive way, problem solve and take constructive criticism. We're so glad to be a part of HUSH and would love for you to join us! Email email@example.com to learn how to become a part of our team. Or, if you have a generous heart and deep pockets (or just feel like supporting us and doing a good deed),donate to us today! Andrew, Peyton and their cat's share good reasons why you should in this little video clip.