This project was funded through an Arts Builds Communities grant, a program funded by the Tennessee General Assembly and administered in cooperation with the Tennessee Arts Commission and ArtsMemphis.
Cast & Crew
Ensemble: Aaron Jones
Ensemble: Jane Kilgore
Ensemble: Grant Hatton
Ensemble: Julia Hinson
Ensemble: Parker Denton
Ensemble: Alicia Buxton
Musician: Angelo Rapan
Producer: Andrew Sullivan
Lighting Designer: Alvin Miller
Assistant Stage Manager: Emily Cost
Concept / Script Editor: Bo List
Concept / Script Editor: Julia Hinson
Concept / Script Editor: Robert Arnold
Assistant Director: Julia Hinson
Director: Robert Arnold
Special Thanks to:
- Ms. Weirich’s 3rd period Creative Writing Class at East High School
- Ms. Hall’s 1st period Theatre Class at Millington Central High School
- Ms. Cotton’s 5th period Theatre Class at Houston High School
- Jim Thompson of EgglestonWorks
- Karen Spacek of ArtsMemphis
- The Germantown Arts Alliance
- The City of Germantown
- Theatre Memphis
- Bill Short
- Eric Sefton
- Karen Strachan
- Mike Hanrahan
- Jeanna Juleson
- Natalie Ruffin
- Julie Reinbold
- Dale and Alan Cost
- Lela Garlington of the Germantown Appeal
- High Point Coffee Germantown
The Sonic Environment grew out of a collaborative project involving Chatterbox, Germantown Community Theatre, East High School, Millington Central High School, and Houston High School. The project, which we titled “Thinking Out of the Box,” was the brainchild of GCT Executive Producer Bo List.
Over the course of five weeks, Bo, Julia Hinson (GCT’s Director of Education and Outreach), and I raided three classrooms in the above-named schools, teaching the basics of audio theater and challenging the students to respond to a variety of writing prompts. We then arranged those responses into the scenes, lines, stories, quips, exchanges, confessions, and flights of fancy that you will hear acted out in this show.
It was Chatterbox’s first shot at an outreach program, and our first concerted attempt to mine the enormous educational potential of our troupe. What we experienced only made me hungry for more. I think you will be impressed, as I was, by the depth and range of the students’ work; by their honesty, their wit, and their creativity; and by how unabashedly weird they can be when their minds are allowed to roam freely.
The cast and crew of this production also deserve special mention for so ably bringing these writings to life. Over the course of our month-long rehearsal process, they gracefully weathered scheduling issues, family emergencies, and other assorted disasters, never giving less than their all. The show reflects their individual voices as much as the students’. Plus they were a great deal of fun to work with, and already I miss seeing them at our nightly rehearsals.
In addition, I owe a great debt to Bo, for his unfailingly good ideas; to the amazing Angelo Rapan; to our three collaborating teachers, Ms. Weirich, Ms. Hall, and Ms. Cotton, who welcomed us graciously into their classrooms; and especially to Julia, who scheduled and created and called and typed and organized and brainstormed and arranged, and is the heretofore-unsung hero of the entire project.