WALB-RADIO - BROADCAST
this is where you'll be working," Mr. Lowell said as he pushed open the
door to the studio and led Stephanie into the room. "I know that it
doesn't seem quite as exciting as it must sound on the radio, but we can work
quite a bit of magic in this room."
"Well, if you say so," she
nodded and carefully looked around the room to see several people standing with
scripts in their hands while they went over their lines.
you'll be playing the role of Patience Hart--or Patty as the audience refers to
her. She's the younger sister of the lead character Prudence," Mr.
Lowell explained. "So far, Patty has only been a minor
character---more of a confidant for her sister. However, we're planning to
change that and the role will become a little more prominent."
"Really?" Stephanie looked
up at him with excitement.
"Yes. You see, Patty has
recently started to date amnesiac Paul Davenport. What Patty doesn't know
is that Paul is really Prudence's fiancé Daniel Riley who was presumed killed
in a fall off a ski slope in Switzerland."
"Ah...I see," she nodded
as she cocked an eyebrow. Although it all seemed a little too far fetched,
it was a soap opera, after all.
"Willis, dahling!" a tall,
austere, and attractive woman smiled as she hurried over to them with her arms
opened wide. "Have you come down to listen in on today's show?"
"No, actually, I'm giving this
lovely young woman a tour of the studio," he explained as he nodded to
"A tour?" the woman
furrowed her brow slightly. "I didn't realize that we allowed
tourists into the studio during air time."
"She's not a tourist,
Norma," Mr. Lowell laughed. "This is Stephanie Lake. She's
our new Patience."
"Our new Patience?"
Norma inspected Stephanie carefully. "What happened to our old
"Well, let's just say that she
left to pursue other interests," he laughed slyly.
see," Norma nodded. "Well, let me introduce myself.
Dahling, I'm Norma
Malone." She extended her hand so that Stephanie
could shake it. "I'm Prudence---or 'Pru' as I like to call her.
This is my show!"
"Our show, Norma,"
Norma turned and shot him an angry
grumbled. "I'm Prudence and this show is called The
Trials of Prudence, after all." She paused and glanced down at
her watch. "Oh, dear. It's almost air time. Dahling, I'll
see you both later after the show." Norma turned to walk back to the
small crowd of actors who were quickly gathering around the microphone but
turned to give Stephanie another cautionary glance that made her quite nervous.
"Don't mind her," Mr.
Lowell smiled. "Norma has a tendency to...be a little full of
herself. She thinks that she's bigger than she is just because she came
from the theatre. Really, she only did a few off-off Broadway shows.
If it weren't for this serial, she really wouldn't be anybody. Her voice
is more famous than she'll ever be!"
Stephanie stammered awkwardly. Maybe this wasn't as great an idea as she'd
thought it was going to be.
"Don't be nervous," he
continued as he led her into the control booth so that they could listen in on
the broadcast. "You'll fit in perfectly." He pulled out an
envelope that he'd been carrying under his arm and slid out a small stack of
stapled pages before handing them to her. "Here you go. It's
your first script."
"Gee, thanks," she smiled,
her excitement beginning to grow again.
"This is for tomorrow's
"T-tomorrow?" she gasped
with shock. "I'm...going to be on the air...tomorrow?"
"Yes," Mr. Lowell
laughed. "Patience is a very important character. We've had her
upstairs in her room knitting for a month now while we've searched for just the right
actress. We've really got to get this story underway. Now, you go
home and go over your lines and I'll see you tomorrow afternoon at 1 o'clock for
the first run through."
"Okay," she muttered as
she carefully eyed the script that she held in her hands.
"Trust me," he smiled
again. "You're going to be perfect."
As Stephanie took a deep breath and
began to quickly scan her script, she felt the butterflies in her stomach begin
to spiral out of control. What if she went live on the air and completely
stumbled over her lines? What if she made an utter fool of herself by
thinking that she could actually be an actress? Suddenly, she wasn't so
sure that this entire job was as great of an idea as she'd thought.