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Pine Island Playhouse preparing to perform radio play

By Staff | Apr 1, 2020

The Pine Island Playhouse is taking the necessary precautions to prevent the spread of potentially harmful germs by creating a new setting in which to share the local talent.

Nichole Pichon, the founder of the theater company, said they had to cancel the Playhouse’s next show, “Alice in Wonderland,” in the midst of auditions; however, they are excited to launch Arthur Miller’s “The Pussy Cat And The Expert Plumber Who Was A Man,” which is to be the first radio play in Pine Island Playhouse history.

“I still wanted to put out some kind of content to entertain people,” said Pichon.

Pichon, who has a book of 100 royalty-free radio plays, decided there was no time like the present to put it to good use, adding that they had been thinking of doing a radio show anyway. In order to adhere to the temporary societal rules, the various roles will be recorded separately.

Pichon said she has some ideas about how to make the production cohesive after all the recordings are in. In an effort to get various people involved, she said she’s incorporating former students and even family members.

“I think it’s a fun way to do something collectively while we can’t be together,” said Pichon.

She plans to compile everything and do all necessary editing herself, and also wants as many actors as possible to employ video calls to one another in an effort not to appear disconnected. Once post-production is complete, Pichon said the play will be uploaded via link on the Playhouse Facebook page.

The particular platform that will be used for the play is still being weighed, although she has been utilizing an app called Discord to communicate with Pine Island Leaders of Tomorrow (PILOT) kids, an after school branch of Pine Island Community Church’s community outreach.

At this time the PILOT kids have been virtually divided into two competing houses. Pichon assigned the kids to each competitive family based on the results of a personality test given to each of them.

Pichon said she posts a daily challenge to which the kids may respond, such as creating a menu, making the dishes and then uploading pictures to showcase the completed challenge.

“They are competing for the family house,” said Pichon. “They get points for doing positive things or they get points removed for negative things, so these challenges are a way for them to earn points for their families, so they’ve been competing pretty heavily over the past few days.”

While Pichon has no end date yet for the virtual play, she said she would like to get it done some time in the next month. Circumstances aside, Pichon said, speaking of the virtual play, she is excited to do something they haven’t yet attempted, saying it rekindled a creative fire within her.

For now, the attitude and spirits of the kids who are homebound remains a top priority for Pichon.

“I’ve been looking at this situation as something that could end up being very positive,” said Pichon. “There are so many people in my generation, in particular, that are going to come up with these creative alternatives to survive basically. I think we can come out of this with a lot of positives.”