Sandbox Radio: The Words and the Bees

Come out and join the Sandbox Radio Players for a spot of local humor a la “Grand Ole Opry” or “A Prairie Home Companion”. This variety show has a little dash of poetry, many jokes your dad would love, a few groaners, a handful of talented musicians, and a lot of fun. Now in their sixth season, Sandbox Radio was created, produced, and directed by husband-wife duo Leslie Law and Richard Ziman. Their talented cast rotates fluidly between voice acting and foley art, with enough facial expressions thrown in to make it worth watching live. Each show is also recorded and posted for free download on iTunes and their website, so you can catch up on what you’ve missed before their next live recording on June 6th.

“The Words and the Bees” episode circled around the humor of the everyday, with skits on gardening, parenting, and squirrel detectives. There were many Seattle references sprinkled throughout, including a guest appearance by Nancy Pearl, our celebrated local librarian. Original music by Jose “Juicy” Gonzales kept the show moving along, and a talented vocal performance by Megan Chenovick added a touch of class.

I would encourage taking your parents and going to see the show in person to uncover the secrets of sound effect art; I enjoyed discovering that what sounded like a box of pesticide being set down was in fact the same yellow box of “Corry’s Slug and Snail Death” that I have in my own shed, and that the sound of a saber cutting into someone’s skull was in fact… but you’ll have to discover that on your own.

Sandbox Radio produced and directed by Leslie Law and Richard Ziman, with music direction by Jose “Juicy” Gonzales. See website for schedule and tickets: www.sandboxradio.org

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