This part of the trip was the reason that Anna & I went to London. We were so grateful to have the first few days to tour around and get our little sightseeing cup filled. So when it came time to start recording we were more than ready to stay put in one place for the next week! No more tube stations and running to and fro throughout the city!
| recording a scene with John Rhys Davies |
Lamplighter Theatre records all of their audio dramas at The Soundhouse studios in London. They record with a full British cast and so it just makes sense to do it here. It was my first experience with radio drama and recording and I was blown away by the hospitality of these dear Brits! The Soundhouse is one of the busiest studios in London, recording many things for the BBC. While there we were able to meet several different celebrities who "happened" to be there working on projects (David Tennet, Dr. Who?). The place was always hopping and I'd crash late at night not realizing how tired I was because the days were so exciting. A great problem to have!
While there, we recorded two of Lamplighter's most popular stories: Jessica & Her Mother and Titus: Comrade of the Cross. We were so blessed to finish "Jessica" a full day ahead of schedule so we launched straight into "Titus" with barely a lunch break! This was nothing short of a miracle as we recorded Titus up until the final minute.
| the soundbooth |
I was one of six students who traveled with Lamplighter to help with the radio drama. My friends, Anna and Beecher, Emily from CA, Hannah from TN and Chrissy from NJ. Lamplighter Ministries is passionate about teaching young people excellence in the arts. I warned Mr. Hamby before I arrived that I was not creative a bit, but that I was "organized and loved to arrange things". Thankfully, he was delighted to hear this and told me that they always need people to organize things. He was right! I was in organizer heaven with the amount of scripts that we dealt with and the projects we worked on! Anna & I both decided that we'd love to go into producing one day.
There's so much that we packed into that short two week trip, but the highlights for me included being in the studio and hearing the pure talent flow out of actors as they read life-changing lines, being behind the scenes, getting two new job offers, meeting new people and making friends, and of course, the laughter that was everywhere.