Bonnie & Ron Halverson on "Leaps & ZOUNDS!"
Redwood Curtain’s eighth annual radio show,?Leaps & ZOUNDS!?takes place January 24 at the Blue Lake Casino’s Sapphire Room. In the days leading up to the show, we’ll be spotlighting the cast/writers of the show to find out what they’re looking forward to in this year’s extravaganza.
About Leaps & ZOUNDS!
Leaps & ZOUNDS!?is coming Saturday, January 24! This year’s live radio show promises to be new and more hilarious than ever before. Single tickets are $55, or you can buy a table of eight for $400. Ticket price includes the show, hors d’oeuvres, and a catered buffet dinner. Doors open at 5pm, dinner is at 6:15pm followed by the show at 8pm. It’s all live from Sapphire Palace at the Blue Lake Casino. You can?read more about the show on our blog. Tickets are on sale now?and must be purchased before January 16.
This event is SOLD OUT
First up, we spoke with Bonnie and Ron Halverson, who are doing ZOUNDS! for their seventh time this year.
What keeps you coming back to?ZOUNDS! every year?
Bonnie: This is number eight and the seventh that Ron and I performed in. Last year we went to the Grammys with Sara [daughter Sara Bareilles] and we had to miss it. Other than that we’ve been here every year and love to do it.
Ron:? I wanted to do ZOUNDS!, but Bonnie said, “No, Ron, you have to go to the Grammys.” I said, “No, Bon, I have to do ZOUNDS!” She’s a strong woman and I was at the Grammys.
Bonnie: The charming group of people are part of the draw. I love the fact this is made up. We can make things up and it’s hilarious. We come back for the fun of the event and that it goes for such a good cause. It’s improved over the years and it changes every year because we chose different themes.
Ron:?It is a very rewarding?experience when you get up to perform. Another reason is the rehearsals with hanging out, drinking wine, throwing ideas out and seeing what sticks, being?with people I enjoy. It’s fun.
How would you describe the evening for those who haven’t been?
Bonnie: This evening is indescribable. It’s so much fun. The people in the live audience at ?Blue Lake Casino get wonderful hors d’oeuvres, dinner, wine on the table, an auction and then they get to be a part of the show. It’s much different to watch it in person than to listen to it on the radio. The live audience?had wine with dinner, so they seem to find us funny, too. It’s a really unique kind of performance. The ones that have come before, keep coming back.
Ron: It’s the audience in the house, the energy is magnificent. It’s a live?performance and they get to watch us try to make the sound effects, and sometimes that can be very funny. Why did she do a car door? It was supposed to be a car engine.
What are you looking forward to this year?
Bonnie: Well, we’re thrilled to be back this year for starters. We’ve also got some great bits to work with.
What’s different about doing?ZOUNDS! versus a play?
Bonnie: It requires much less rehearsal, but it’s the?same commitment to doing a good job for the performance. It’s only one performance, so you only get one chance to do it. It’s great to have the script in front of you so you don’t have to memorize it, and it means you can even have a little bit of wine before the performance.
Ron:?For the radio show the audiences are very forgiving. Having script in hand is totally different than a play. And it’s a one shot thing. It’s not like there’s fourteen shows in the run and if you screw it up, you get another shot. As you’re doing the radio show, you’re throwing pages away–done, done, done and then it’s over.