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Entertainment Production Students Hard At Work On Spring 2017 Events

The Entertainment Production students at Husson University take full advantage of the school’s Gracie Theatre. Each semester, they get multiple opportunities to sharpen their skills in a practical setting by actively “teching” over a dozen productions. As a presenting house, the Gracie is an excellent venue for our EP Students to apply the classroom to the workplace.  Their training in Stage Lighting, Production Management, Technical Direction, CAD  and Scenic Construction  (to name just a few skills) is given a chance to grow and mature, working alongside industry professionals.

This Spring semester offers a challenging variety of productions. Each month, Entertainment Production, in partnership with NESCom’s Video Production and Live Sound programs produce four episodes of a Maine-based late night talk show. The Nite Show with Danny Cashman features a set constructed by the EP program specifically for the Gracie Theatre. EP students handle all of the theatrical demands of the show, from scenery to lighting to talent wrangling. It is a great opportunity to use the full range of EP training.

Early in the semester, on Feb. 10, the theatre hosted a traveling puppet show, Kaytek the Wizard, based on the book by Janusz Korczak and created by master Puppeteer, Brian Hull. The EP Crew assisted Mr. Hull with his performance which features specialized projections and lighting in addition to his internationally famous puppetry.

What’s Going On? – The Marvin Gaye Experience

What’s Going On? – The Marvin Gaye Experience

On March 31, the EP students will work a touring production of What’s Going On? – The Marvin Gaye Experience. Their duties will include the lighting requirements as well as the stage set ups. In past years, students have worked similar tribute concerts such as The Michael Jackson Experience and Almost Elton John. The theatricality and exciting music make these productions rewarding experiences.

April is always the busiest month for the EP Student. Production follows production, non-stop.  This Spring, the EP students will assist The Husson University Theatre, a student-run activities club, to produce John Cariani’s Almost Maine on April 7 – 9. EP provides and supervises all of the technical demands for this production. Later in the month, the EP Crews will load in and tech a touring musical, Disenchanted (an irreverent and not-for children take on Disney Princesses) on April 22.

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A week later, they will mount a production of You’re a Good man, Charlie Brown, which is a product of the Musical Theatre Performance class and several independent student practicums. The EP students will have worked on this production all semester, designing and producing all of the technical elements, and presenting the final product in the Gracie Black Box Theatre (our experimental workshop facility) on April 28-30.

The school’s commitment to professionalism and industry driven training drives every aspect of it curriculum. These and other on-going productions help the Entertainment Production degree program fulfill their part of the NESCom motto: “Ready to Work. Day One!”.

NESCom Students Win 2017 BEA Festival Of Media Arts Awards

The Broadcast Education Association, a national organization that works to promote and educate student-operated media has announced their 2017 Festival of Media Arts winners. WHSN 89.3, the radio station here at Husson University has been selected as a winner of two awards in the Comedy/Drama and PSA/Promo categories.

Comedy or Drama Category
1st Place: Students of the New England School of Communications at Husson University, New England School of Communications at Husson University; Edgar Allan Poe’s Tales of Mystery & Imagination 2016

2nd Place: Cole DeWispelare, University of Nebraska at Omaha; Ticking

3rd Place (tie): Marti Vaughan, University of Nebraska at Omaha; The Shining Aftermath

3rd Place (tie): Faiza Azam, Masood Malhi & Rafy ur Rahman, University of the Punjab, Pakistan; The Drying Village

 

PSA, Promo or Commercial Category
1st Place: JD Hershberger, Goshen College; Goshen Theater Promo Series

2nd Place: Owen Miller, New England School of Communications at Husson University; It Could Happen To You

3rd Place: Eugene Cephas, Jocelyn Bell & Benjamin Googman, Austin Peay State University; What’s That Gas?

Award of Excellence: Riley Irving & David Cohen, Ithaca College; City Rhythms Promo Award of Excellence: Nick Herrick, Adam Rogers & Kyra Biscarner, Marshall University; WMUL Car Bash Promo

Award of Excellence: Lyle Kwiatkowski, University of Nebraska at Omaha; Bubbles the Unemployed Clown

Award of Excellence: Tyler Cooper, University of Southern Indiana; Halloween Giveaway

 

The awards will be given out during the 2017 BEA Festival of Media Arts April 22 – 24, 2017 at the 
Las Vegas Westgate Hotel & Casino. For more information on the BEA and the Festival of Media Arts, visit http://www.beafestival.org

WHSN, Entertainment Production, & Live Sound Technology Announce 7th Annual Poe Radio Drama

WHSN 89.3 FM,  and the Entertainment Production and Live Sound Technology departments announce the seventh annual live radio broadcast of Edgar Allan Poe’s Tales of Mystery and Imagination on Friday, October 28th at 7:30 from the stage of the Gracie Theatre.

The 2016 installment of the long-running “Poe show” will feature the Poe tale the Facts in the Case of M. Valdemar. This is the seventh 1940’s style live radio event produced for live broadcast on WHSN. It all started with a holiday production of A Christmas Carol, which was then followed by Halloween presentations of the Tell Tale Heart, the Cask of Amontialldo, the Fall of the House of Usher, the Masque of the Red Death, the Pit and the Pendulum, the Murders in the Rue Morgue and the Premature Burial.

Photo by Narda Albatrino

Photo by Narda Albatrino

The show will be performed on the stage of the Gracie Theatre on Friday, October 28 before a live audience, and will be broadcast simultaneously by WHSN 89.3. In past years, the annual Poe radio Show has received awards from the Broadcast Education Association (BEA). Last year’s production was again an award winner from the BEA, and was also a finalist for the Pinnacle Award, presented by the College Media Association.
The Facts in the Case of M. Valdemar is one of Poe’s more unusual short stories.

Written in 1845, it makes use of practice of “mesmerism”, which was very much in vogue at the time. This early stage of contemporary hypnotism was both science and show business. Poe explores the darker side of this practice in one of his more chilling and gruesome tales. It is not for the faint of heart!
Both students and the general public are invited to attend the performance in the live audience for free on October 28th to help celebrate Halloween and enjoy the traditions of live radio.

“Tales of Mystery and Imagination by Edgar Allan Poe” Festival Awards:
“The Cask of Amontillado” 2011 – BEA Festival of Media Arts – Honorable Mention Student Audio Comedy or Drama category
“The Fall of the House of Usher”
2012 – BEA Festival of Media Arts – First Place Student Audio Comedy or Drama category
2013 – College Media Association Pinnacle Awards – Finalist – Best Radio Talk/Entertainment Program
“The Masque of the Red Death & “The Pit and the Pendulum”
2013 – Maine Association of Broadcasters – Second Place Locally Produced Program category
“The Murders in the Rue Morgue” 2014 – College Media Association Pinnacle Awards – First Place – Best Radio Talk/Entertainment Program
2014 – BEA Festival of Media Arts – First Place Student Audio Comedy or Drama category
2014 – CBI National Student Production Awards – Finalist Best Special Broadcast
2014 – Maine Association of Broadcasters -Third Place Locally Produced Program category

Faculty Share ‘What I Did Over My Summer Vacation’

Each fall students return to the classroom and share what they did over the summer. Faculty at the New England School of Communications also have summertime tales to tell and here we’ll highlight just a few of the interesting ways they spent their break.

Audio Engineering Associate Professor Walter Clissen stayed very busy working with world-renowned artist Jose Feliciano recording a new Django Reinhardt tribute album by Feliciano and Viennese guitarist Harri Stojka at LA-Clip Studios in Vienna Austria, rehearsing and recording Feliciano a the Academy of Contemporary Music/Metropolis Studios in London, and mixing Feliciano’s new album Latin Street 2015. In addition, Clissen continues to mix Front-of-House for Feliciano’s live shows including his performance at the Henley Festival of Music and the Arts in London.

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Entertainment Production Coordinator and Instructor Ken Stack spent part of his summer working as Scenic Designer for the upcoming October run of The Producers at the Grand Auditorium in Ellsworth, ME. Plus he wrote the script for the next installment of WHSN’s award winning old-time radio drama Edgar Allan Poe’s Tales of Mystery & Imagination, slated for a live broadcast from the Gracie Theatre on Friday, October 28th.

Scenic Design For The Producers

Video Production Assistant Professor Todd Eastman traveled to Atlanta, GA to work as Director of Photography on concussion awareness videos produced for the Brain Trauma Association. The production was filmed on an Arri Alexa as A cam with a Sony FS7 Steadicam (just like the one we have here at NESCom) as B cam.

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Entertainment Production Degree Program Announces Spring Musical

Each year the Entertainment Production degree program at NESCom at Husson University produces a musical in the Gracie Theatre‘s Black Box Theatre. For Spring 2016, the Entertainment Production students will present Jesus Christ Superstar with shows running April 15th, 16th, & 17th.

Tickets will be available at the door. $3 for students and $5 for general admission.

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Timelapse Video Shows Work That Goes Into The Nite Show

Students of the New England School of Communications at Husson University handle all production aspects of the Nite Show, which airs nearly statewide on television stations in Portland, Bangor, and Presque Isle, Maine. As the students worked on the set for tonight’s taping at the Gracie Theatre, student Alan Wardwell shot a time-lapse of the 2+ hours it takes to assemble the set.

NESCom Entertainment Production Presents Once On This Island

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The New England School of Communications Entertainment Production degree program at Husson University will present the award-winning musical, Once On This Island in the Gracie Black Box Theatre April 17th-19th. This is the third musical to has been presented in the school’s experimental theatre space. In 2013, Studs Terkel’s Working – The Musical launched the space as an intimate alternative performance facility on the Husson campus, to be followed by sell-out performances of The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee last May.

Once On This Island is a rousing, Calypso-flavored tale of one small girl who finds love in a world of prejudice. From the TONY Award-winning songwriting team of Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty (Seussical, Ragtime) comes this Olivier Award-winning Caribbean adaptation of the popular fairy tale The Little Mermaid. This show garnered eight TONY nominations for its Broadway run, including Best Musical, Book and Score. Following their Off-Broadway debut with Lucky Stiff, a musical farce, Ahrens and Flaherty knew they wanted to tackle something with greater emotional depth. Browsing for ideas, Ahrens stumbled upon the novel My Love, My Love by Rosa Guy in a used bookstore. The book was inspired by Hans Christian Anderson’s The Little Mermaid, and Ahrens responded instantly to the novel’s poetic language and to the simple beauty of the story. Her writing partner, composer Stephen Flaherty, was attracted to the novel’s Caribbean setting, which would allow him to create a score that was theatrical, but inflected with the rhythms and sounds of the story’s locale.

The story focuses on Ti Moune, a peasant girl, who rescues a wealthy boy from the other side of the island, Daniel, with whom she falls in love. Unbeknownst to Ti Moune, the pompous gods who preside over the island make a bet with one another over which is stronger, love or death, the stakes being Ti Moune’s life. When she pursues Daniel, who has returned to his people, Ti Moune is shunned because of her lowly status. But her determination and capacity to love proves more powerful than society’s prejudices and the whims of the mischievous deities.

The NESCom production is staged by Jeri Misler, the Director of the Gracie Theatre, who is well-known to the Bangor Theatre community through her work with the Gracie as well as the Penobscot Theatre Company and Winterport Open Stage. Jeri will be assisted by the musical talents of Ben McNaboe, a music director and teaching artist at numerous high schools, Penobscot Theater, and Stages Performing Arts Academy. In addition to music directing, Ben also plays in pit orchestras on both reeds and keyboards having appeared in over 50 musical theater productions around New England. Together, Jeri and Ben have been working with Husson’s Musical Theatre Performance class, and other students within the Entertainment Production and Live Sound Programs to rehearse, design and produce this entertaining and uplifting musical.

The performances of Once On This Island are scheduled for Friday and Saturday, April 17 & 18 at 7:30 PM and on Sunday, April 19 at 2:00 PM.   The Gracie Black Box Theatre is located on the second floor of the Gracie Theatre on the campus of Husson University. General Admission tickets are available at the door before each performance. Ticket prices are $5.00 Regular Admission and $3.00 Student admission.   Seating is limited to 50 seats for each performance, so get there early, and be prepared to become enchanted!

 

WHSN Announces 2015 AS4MS MS Society Benefit Concert

WHSN 89.3FM has announced their 2015 AS4MS concert to benefit the National MS Society. The event, which has been running for more than 12 years, showcases Maine bands & performers with 100% of the proceeds going directly to the Greater New England Chapter of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society.

The AS4MS is slated for Friday, April 10th, 7:30PM at the Gracie Theatre at Husson University. Performers include Worried Well, Tall Horse, One Shot Nothing, Skosh, & The Royal Bones. Tickets are $10 and are available online at whsn-fm.com, at all Bull Moose locations or at the door the night of the show.

The AS4MS is produced by WHSN with numerous departments and classes at NESCom assisting including Live Sound Technology, Entertainment Production, Video Production and more. Past AS4MS performances going back to 2008 are available at WHSN’s YouTube channel.

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NESCom Students Earn First Place In 2015 BEA Festival Of Media Arts

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The students of the New England School of Communications have once again received national recognition for their work. The Broadcast Education Association (BEA) has awarded NESCom students with a first place finish in their 2015 Festival of Media Arts. The award is for the 2014 edition of the radio drama “Edgar Allan Poe’s Tales of Mystery and Imagination” in the Comedy/Drama category of the student audio competition.

The annual Edgar Allan Poe radio drama is produced by WHSN radio with students throughout NESCom working on everything from live audio, stage direction, sound effects and voice acting. The 2014 installment of the drama was a performance of the Poe classic The Murders In The Rue Morgue. It was originally broadcast on WHSN 89.3 FM on Thursday, October 30th, 2014.

The BEA Festival of Media Arts is an international refereed exhibition of faculty creative activities and a national showcase for student work. The Festival provides a venue for exhibition of winning submissions, including recognition of project authors, through showcase and awards sessions held during BEA’s annual convention in Las Vegas. The Festival seeks to enhance and extend creative activities, teaching, and professional standards in broadcasting and other forms of electronically mediated communication. Visit www.beafestival.org for more information.

Entertainment Production Students Announce Spring Musical

The Entertainment Production department has announced that their spring 2015 musical will be a production of the musical Once On This Island, by Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty.  The production will be in the Black Box Theatre at the Gracie Theatre at Husson University’s Bangor campus April 17th, 18th and 19th, 2015.

Based on My Love, My Love by Rosa Guy, Once On This Island is a Caribbean tale of a Ti Moune, a peasant girl who rescues a wealthy boy from the other side of her island and the love that builds between them. This story of love and status garnered eight TONY nominations for its Broadway run, including Best Musical, Book and Score.

The NESCom production of Once On This Island will be a project of students in the Entertainment Production degree program and will include the work of students in EP 235 Musical Theatre Performance, EP 340 Design and Technical Practicum and EP Theatre Management Practicum. This will be the third musical production for the Gracie’s Black Box Theatre with the most recent being the successful run of the 25th Annual Putnam County Regional Spelling Bee that took place in May, 2014.