SPARX Audio Adventures!
Educational Programs with Tony "Sparx" Palermo
Threshold of Sound
Sparx leads a fast-paced interactive exploration of sound and story—using
low- and high-tech wizardry. The entire audience joins in for this rousing
and informative audio adventure.
mind-boggling Sonic Safari!
Learn radio and movie sound effects tricks!
Create a fantastic world before your very ears!
Grades K–12 Time: 45 minutes. Audience size: Unlimited.
for one assembly
$200 for each additional assembly on the same day
Night show with booked daytime performance on the same day
Sparx fuses sound effects
with improvisational methods to ignite creativity in this fascinating
workshop. Students create instant radio plays using “found” story elements,
including their own grade level subjects!
and characterization shortcuts
and often hilarious sonic sagas
speaking skills, teamwork, and inventiveness
Grades K–12 Time: 90 minutes. Audience size: 90
for one workshop. $300 for each additional workshop.
NOTE: This workshop is very popular for staff development.
Sparx guides student actors,
sound effects artists and engineers working as a focused team to produce an
exciting radio show using classic conventions and techniques. The cast and
crew can then present their show to other classes or the entire school.
scripts--from comedy, mystery to Western, sci-fi to detective, historical
fiction to horror to super-heroes.
Sparx supplies all the scripts, scores,
microphones, mixers, and audio gear--including a public address system.
Grades 3–12 Time: 45-90 minutes. Workshop size: 10-20 students
Cost: $600 for one
workshop. $300 for each additional workshop.
Night show with booked daytime workshop on the same day
Do-It-Yourself Radio Theater
Packaged radio drama scripts, music cues,
Purchase scripts, music scores, and SPARX’s own How-to-Radio Play
production guide so your group can produce SPARX’s entertaining radio
dramas on its own. This is not a workshop. SPARX does not come to
your school to direct these shows—you do! Each package contains the
radio script, casting monologues, director’s notes, a sound effects
"cookbook" describing how to create the sounds, plus professional music
cues. Scripts and instructions are e-mailed to you—all ready for printing
and copying. Music cues are available on audio CDs or as downloadable MP3
files. See Radio Play-ground for details
on the many shows to choose from.
Cost: $80 per show package (Master script, music cues,
How-to-Radio-Play production guide)
Sound Effects Craftiness
SPARX demonstrates some of his ingenious old-time-radio sound effects and
then students use provided craft materials to make their own devices, such
as a cup-creaker, rattle-snaker, ghost moaner, wind whistle, etc. Then SPARX
leads the group in an audio avalanche for a short radio playlet.
Grades: 3–6 Time: 45-60 minutes. Workshop size: minimum of 25 students
Cost: $8 per student
Sparx is also available for
multi-session residencies, fundraisers, evening performances, and teacher