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October 26, 2006 |
Post to the Host:
When casting each show, how do you choose between Tom Keith and Fred Newman as the sound effects man? They're both so wonderful. Or are sound effects people in such demand that it's simply a choice of who's available?
Elfin Forest, CA
A few years ago Tom Keith told us that he wasn't interested in traveling with the show anymore. Somehow the airport drill got to him. Go figure. The rest of us love traveling, it's like a class trip where you get to stay in hotels and ride on buses, but Tom felt otherwise, and so we called up Fred who had been on the show years ago promoting his book "Mouth Sounds" and we asked him to do the road shows. Which in fact is about half the season. And that's the current operating procedure. We are always looking for new talent, though, and if you have a child waiting in the wings who can do the difficult helicopter flutter or the nearly impossible pterodactyl charge, then we'd like to know about it.
And is there really a town in California called Elfin Forest? If so, do you all live in tiny cottages with thatched roofs?