The Sonic Society

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The Magician

orsonIt’s 1993 and I’m getting ready to perform the lead role- Cliff Bradshaw- at Western University’s Cabaret. As I’m getting ready in makeup one of the actresses says to another, “Do you know who he looks like?”
The other actress shakes her head confused at the question.
The first sighs and says, “It’s going to sound like I’m buttering him up, but yeah… Orson Welles.”
The other actresses eyes widen for a moment, “You know, you’re right.”

I was beaming inside. Newly married, and someone who had spent a love and hate affair with the stage, I was going back out to a full house to sing and dance and sweat my way through the show. But I never forgot the comment, and it’s carried me along. Through the Shadowlands, my first radio drama showcase, and into the Sonic Society, Mr. Welles has always been on my shoulder. The studio computer is called Orson, and I always listen to his work in awe.

There will never be another man like him. Just being compared in the most superficial of ways made a grand difference in my life. He was, in short, a genius.

The British Film Institute agrees. On his 100th, they have put out a great documentary supporting his genius- and a man who we shall never see the like again. As much as I wish it, I was just a shadowy likeness of the man.


About The Author

Born to Teachers and Amateur Audio Enthusiasts in the small rural community of Belwood, Jack's first love was stories- writing, reading, telling, and singing. He developed his acting skills through High School, University, and through film and community theatre. Jack writes the lion's share of Electric Vicuna's Audio Drama scripts and has his own writing site at www.jackjward.com He's thrilled to co-host the Sonic Society with his wonderful, talented, friend David Ault!

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