Boonville teen’s podcast thrives during pandemic

Boonville teen’s podcast thrives during pandemic

BOONVILLE, Ind. (WFIE) - A Boonville teen is celebrating the new year with a new season of his podcast.

The theater student started the podcast during the pandemic, and is now interviewing broadway greats from his bedroom.

New York’s Theater District has been dark since productions went on hold back in March, but a light glows for Broadway in Boonville at the desktop recording studio of a 14-year-old high school freshman.

“I was just feeling ‘blah’ for a long time, and then I decided to start up a podcast,” Mason Bray said.

Bray’s walls are covered in theater posters. He’s worked on more than 30 shows in southern Indiana, but when the COVID-19 cancelled it all, Bray reached for his old laptop and microphone to fill the void.

“Like hey, let’s just roll with it,” Bray said. “We’ll have different series where we’ll talk to people who are out of work and feeling the same thing I am - to learn more about that, so we can come out better than we were before.”

Since last summer, Bray has interviewed theatre crews, actors, a choral composer, a set designer and even the musical director from the broadway hit “Hamilton.”

“I just created these questions because it’s what I’ve wanted to know for years about behind the scenes,” Bray said. “I wanted to know what it’s really like and how they got to where they were.”

Mason releases a new podcast every Monday. His guest list keeps growing, and so are the number of listeners, which are now in the hundreds.

“So I’m just going hard at it because I enjoy it and I think the listeners are enjoying it,” Bray said.

The podcast is called “Real Talk with Mason Bray” and listeners can find it on Spotify, Apple Podcasts, Anchor and other podcast platforms.

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