What? Summer's over?
Posted on 06 Oct 2009 by Todd Tolces
Wow! No sooner does Letterman get an extortion note in the back seat of his car (what is his car doing unlocked anyway?), than suddenly fall is screaming around the corner. As a voice actor, I always look forward to fall. The leaves are changing, the crisp nip in the morning air, the expectation of snow in the mountains, the....wait a minute. What the hell am I talking about? Fall is the gateway to the holiday season and the welcome mat for voiceover jobs as retailers frantically try to move product. Well...bring it on. PLEASE. But summer was filled with outrageous new projects I was thrilled to be involved in. First off, most excellent voice actor Sam Mowry and his Willamette Radio Workshop asked me to perform with fellow voice actors at the one and only UFO Festival in McMinnville, OR. This was a thrill. I have been dying to perform with these guys for years, and finally after bothering Sam incessantly after a recent voice job we did together, he gave me a call. There at the legendary McMenamin's Hotel Oregon in McMinnville...we performed Orson Welles' classic War of the Worlds...live onstage, exactly the way it was performed live on the radio by Welles' Mercury Radio Theatre back in 1938. Rehearsals were uniformly excellent...but the weekend long UFO fest was forecasting warm beautiful weather...and I was worried nobody would want to sit inside and miss the parade, other speakers, costume competition, and so forth. I was wrong. Our broadcast space which held 200 tops, was packed SRO and many more people were turned away because it was so crowded. It was a huge success and the performance was, well, out of this world. You can see some unbelievable photos of the parade, costume ball, UFO speakers, and much more at McMenamins Flickr page....and you can see a pic of the WRW performing WOTW here: http://www.flickr.com/photos/mcmenamins/3568153660/in/set-72157618833943802/ Better copy and paste that link...hyperlinks don't seem to work well on blogs! I'm on the far left onstage just left of the post. And the flying saucer news didn't stop there. Read the next entry!




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