Our family, on a Saturday morning in PJs, recorded the opening 90 seconds of Goodnight, Captain White. (Click and chuckle.)
Using a program like Audacity, you can record everyone all together, or you can, like I did that morning, record in little chunks. The latter works well when your actors can’t read. And with fewer overlaps in the recording you’re freer to move lines around and make rhythms your ear wants.
After recording, we downloaded some music for the start and for background, and we made the sound effect of footsteps using their wood blocks.
This was lemon squeezy.
Here’s a script. Read along as it plays.
CAPTAIN WHITE SCRIPT
FRANK. Well. The Captain looks in perfect health tonight, wouldn’t you say?
ABIGAIL. Yes, I would, perfect.
RICHARD. Would you.
RICHARD. I would say he looks like a trout.
FRANK. A trout?
ABIGAIL Frank, dear, some of the guests are leaving, let’s see them out, shall we?—since Uncle’s gone upstairs.
FRANK. By all means. Please excuse us. And, do help yourselves to the uh—oh, I see you have, yes. Well. Mr. Crowninshield. Miss Muchmore. [leaving] A trout? (FRANK and ABIGAIL exit, murmuring)
PENNY. What kind of trout?
RICHARD. Doesn’t matter.
PENNY. No? I think it does. Makes it more interesting. Details. Give me the gory details.
RICHARD. The only detail that matters here is the belly.
PENNY. The belly?
RICHARD. Yes, the soft, pliable white underbelly of the fish.
RICHARD. The trout is floating—belly-up.
PENNY. Yes, I see. [Noises off, ABIGAIL and FRANK bidding goodbye]
RICHARD. Have I frightened you?
PENNY. No—well, yes of course Richard, but I’ve cut myself on this little clasp, I think.
RICHARD. Bleeding, are you?
PENNY. Well I can’t tell yet. Perhaps. Will it need a bandage?
RICHARD. Let me see. [Goes to examine her hand] I don’t see a cut.
PENNY. You’re right of course. It’s nothing. Tell me, why did you come here?
RICHARD. Because I wasn’t invited.
PENNY. But you were–there was a note in the Gazette. You do read, don’t you, Richard?
RICHARD. Only obituaries. Of men I’ve killed.
PENNY. Have you?
Frank Knapp: Me
Abigail Knapp: Yelena
Richard Crowninshield: Wyn
Penelope Muchmore: herself