Templates for Audio Drama

I’m working on an audio skit with voices and sound effects. I’m really new at this, but I’ve got friends doing separate voice tracks (on their computers) and am tracking down sound-effects.

The way I hear it in my head, timing is pretty important (especially for the jokes). Since I don’t have most of the tracks done yet, I’d like to make some kind of chart or other graphic that lets me do the same thing. (I know it may not be too accurate until I know how long each clip is, but it would be a start.)

Is there some kind of tool that would let me organize the “tracks” with respect to each other? Is there a way to do in an app like a spreadsheet or presentation?

Is there a way to do it in Audible without actually having the tracks themselves?

How many characters are there in the drama?

On thing I would recommend is that you create some kind of “storyboard” (probably on paper so that you can flick through pages easily). This is similar to a script, but less detailed. It lays out the structure and time-line of the drama rather than a detailed “who says what, when”.

If there are only a few characters, you could create a separate track for each character, plus a couple of tracks for music and a couple for sound effects.
You could also create a label track (http://manual.audacityteam.org/man/label_tracks.html) to sketch out the structure from your “storyboard”.

PS. You may also find this interesting: http://www.bbc.co.uk/writersroom/writers-lab/genre-toolkits/writing-radio-drama