Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Meet Kent Hayes

I was born and raised in Bountiful, Utah, and have spent the better part of my life performing and/or producing. I’ve had the pleasure of plying my performance wares on stage, screen, radio and as a voice actor, having recently been on stage in “2 Across” and “Spring Equinox! An Evening of Tunes & Tales.”

A Note from Adele

I have truly enjoyed working with Kent. He is funny, professional and very good at what he does. Kent first came to Straight to Audio Productions to perform the role of Randall Smoot in Yikes! Another Quirky Audio Book. Kent's back and better than ever in his rendition of Scottie Sphincter in Gadzooks! Another Quirky Audio Book set to be released on September 22, 2014.  

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Meet Melissa Sandberg

I grew up in beautiful Park City, enamored with the ski-racers and sporty thrill seekers of my community, but I always sought out my adrenalin rush through performing.  I continued to chase that rush, studying musical theater at Webster Conservatory in St. Louis, and at the Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts, England (founded by Sir Paul McCartney).  

Now having lived in New York City for over nine years, I've had the thrill of acting in film (notably 2012 Sundance rom-com Price Check with Parker Posey) and in television (Showtime's The Big C, ABC's Cupid; Kitty on HBO's Boardwalk Empire, Amanda Stone in the upcoming season of Blue Bloods on CBS). My biggest highs are on stage, though, in roles like Roxie (Chicago), Eliza Doolittle (My Fair Lady), and Annie Oakley (Annie Get Your Gun).

Along the way, I've discovered a love for voice over work and have lent my voice to commercial spots for Audi, Disney, Snickers, Sealy, Vitamin Shoppe, and the Make-A-Wish Foundation.  It's all in the effort of telling a good story, and I'm excited to continue to tell this wonderfully wild story of Blue McKenna.  

A Note from Adele

It is an honor for me to work with someone of Melissa's calibre. In addition to being the consummate professional, Melissa is awesome in her performance of Blue McKenna in both Yikes! Another Quirky Audio Book and Gadzooks! A Comically Quirky Audio Book. I feel fortunate to have Melissa on board, especially since she lives in New York City where she enjoys a busy career as an actress. I'm grateful that Melissa still finds time to come back to Utah to record for Straight to Audio Productions.  

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Meet Rhett Guter

I grew up in St. George, Utah and began studying theatre at Tuacahn High School. From there I made my way to Southern Utah University where I completed a degree in Theatre Arts and Dance. I'm a bit of a nomad performing all around the world. Recently, I was in Germany and France with the International Tour of West Side Story in the role of Action. However one of my favorite places to come back to is Southern Utah where I often work with the Utah Shakespeare Festival as an actor and choreographer.

A Note from Adele

Rhett returns to Straight to Audio Productions for an encore performance as Steven Finch. Rhett's narration style for this role is laugh-out-loud! It's been my pleasure to work with Rhett who is now in Chicago performing at the prestigious Goodman Theatre.  

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Meet Abby Elvidge

I grew up in Normal, Illinois, which will forever link me to one of my favorite films of all time, Young Frankenstein, for obvious reasons if you know the film!

I studied theatre at Columbia College in Chicago. While in Chicago I had the extraordinary experience of playing Lydie in the original production of John Guare's 'Lydie Breeze', directed by the brilliant Vito D'Ambrosio

After several years of working as a paleobotanist at The Desert Research Institute in Reno, NV, I returned to the field of acting as a Voiceover Artist, specializing in character work for games and animation, and developing an intense passion for Audiobook Narration.

A Note from Adele
I really enjoyed working with Abby. Not only is she Abby from Normal – a perfect fit for the Quirky Audio Book Series – but she is a real delight to work with! Abby did an excellent job in her role as Nadine Reinheart-Mackleprang-Stratton-Viapondo-Davenport in Gadzooks! A Comically Quirky Audio Book.

Because Abby spends all day every day working as a professional narrator and editor, I found it especially pleasant to edit her files. There's nothing quite so nice as an actor who knows how to avoid recording pitfalls and the subsequent fixes that follow. I'm very excited and happy to have Abby as a member of the Straight to Audio Productions Family!

Sunday, July 27, 2014

Summer Vacation

One of the best things about working hard, is playing even harder.  Normally, my idea of a vacation is to engage in some kind of activity that stimulates me, but might wear someone else out.  I'm an athletic person by nature, so my time off tends to be filled with bicycling, hiking, jet skiing, ATV riding and the like.  Not so with this vacation!

I'm on my way to beautiful Reno, Nevada, to enjoy a little trip with some of my girlfriends.  On the agenda:  two shows, a day at the spa and a cruise on Lake Tahoe.  I don't expect to break a sweat the whole time!

When I return, I'll be in the final sprint of a two year marathon to write and produce Gadzooks! A Comically Quirky Audio Book.  I intend to come back refreshed and ready to bowl over the fans of the Quirky Audio Book Series with my latest creation.  Until then, Bon Voyage and a Happy Summer to All!

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Meet Gadzooks! Actress Lesley Mendenhall

Born and raised in St. Louis, Missouri, I found myself at the ripe old age of 5 sitting on the stage at The MUNY in St. Louis ........blindfolded........with thousands of people watching......with the American and Japanese flags in my hands, pondering the meaning of life... while my "Mother", Cho-Cho-San, (Madama Butterfly), sang an amazingly stunning aria and then...killed herself ..theatrically of course......would be great if there was some fabulous segue to my now many .....ahem...years later...voice acting career, but alas...let's just say I danced, then sang (I did stop to get a degree in Opera performance along the way...) across the US, and now, after life experiences a wee bit too colorful to detail here, much prefer the peace and quiet of the recording studio.  (Lesley is represented by TGMD in Los Angeles, STARS in San Francisco, and Talent Management Group in Salt Lake City).

A Note From Adele
It was an honor for me to work with Lesley again. She is funny, professional and offers a wide range of accents – many of them very difficult to master. As an example, Lesley took on the challenging role of Suki, an Asian snitch, in Yikes! Another Quirky Audio Book. In Gadzooks! A Comically Quirky Audio Book, Lesley gives voice to Nancy Neptune, a hard scrabble shock jock from Hackensack, New Jersey. The ability to hire people who can give voice to all my wacky characters is truly a boon for me!  

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Review of The Ghost of Dibble Hollow

The story takes place during a family trip to Dibble Hollow, a setting where young Miles Dibble had mysteriously disappeared many years ago. Pug Dibble, still a boy himself, engages on a spooky adventure to find out what really happened to his long, lost cousin.

Oftentimes, books that I read many times as a child and then re-read as an adult, don't hold their value. I found The Ghost of Dibble Hollow to be just as delightful and adventurous as it was so many years ago. What was so intriguing? I suppose it was the combination of an interesting ghost, a secret hide-out and a wild treasure hunt.

I was so pleasantly surprised by how well The Ghost of Dibble Hollow held up, I'm now interested in reading other books penned by May Nickerson Wallace http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=dp_byline_sr_book_1?ie=UTF8&field-author=May+Nickerson+Wallace&search-alias=books&text=May+Nickerson+Wallace&sort=relevancerank.

I would highly recommend The Ghost of Dibble Hollow to young and old readers alike. It's the perfect the book to read while sitting around a campfire with family and friends. I rated The Ghost of Dibble Hollow four stars on Goodreads https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/4673038.Adele_Park