Studio Production Launches New “Tonight Show”

As part of the Studio Production class curriculum offered to upperclassmen by the Communication department, students are given the opportunity to be a part of a full-scale studio production.

“The Dating Game” was filmed under the same course offering in years past, under Professor Mark Bishop. This year, the new production is “Tonight at Olivet,” a project now under the leadership of the course’s new instructor, Dr. Heather McLaughlin.

In her own explanation of the show, the production is “a late-night talk-show format similar to the tonight show.”

Currently, the class is in the very early stages of production, with auditions concluding at the beginning of this coming week. With the popularity of the production in past years, studio production students for this year are on the lookout for great hosts to keep the show interesting.

Dr. McLaughlin said that they were envisioning someone “quick on their feet and comfortable in front of a camera,” as well as “charismatic and talkative.”

Students outside of the class are encouraged to audition for the part of host. Luke Guertler is a Senior Film Studies major who attended the audition. “I’m really excited to see where they go with it,” Guertler said.

Even though performing wasn’t entirely in his future plans, the course offered a good amount of experience to help with his career path. “This is more for gaining experience than anything else.”

Outside of hosting auditions, the wider Olivet community is also invited to be a part of the show. There will be the periodic “segment” where members of the cast may stop students on campus for the occasional question.

Beyond that, guests are invited on set for interviews that, as Dr. McLaughlin describes, “have an Olivet twist.” There are plans for a live studio audience, though space is limited.

Students, staff, and all those interested in the production can find information and episode uploads once they are released on the project’s Facebook page, “Tonight at Olivet.” Episodes will be filmed every Monday after the plans for production have been finalized and auditions have concluded. Viewers can expect the episodes to the posted the Wednesday after each filming. All who visit the Facebook page are encouraged to “Like” and keep track of the production.

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