THE AUDIO, SHOW NOTES, PHOTOS AND MORE
Welcome to the inaugural episode of Nutmeg Junction! You can listen to the program RIGHT HERE:
This is the BUZZ SPROUT podcast:
Note: The show will be on ITUNES SHORTLY.
Episode 1: Blaze Jackson was actually the FOURTH episode that was written, rehearsed and recorde d but it became our premiere episode for many reasons. First and foremost, our guest Robert Kwalick was going to be performing in a production of It Shoulda Been You at the Goshen Players (april 13-28) so airing the show first would make his interview very timely. Second, the character of Lead Conductor Margot Mueller was designed specifically to retire in the third episode but we loved how Jandi Hanna brought the character to life and felt as if Margot deserved an episode all her own to establish the role. Jandi’s recurring continuity canon character “Nonna Hanna” makes a brief appearance as well, plus she is in the passenger story (Blaze Jackson) so this is a tour de force show for Jandi Hanna!
The idea of this show is simple. A passenger (Robert Kwalick) has time to kill at Nutmeg Junction station. He visits Baxter’s Bookstore and More and Nonna Hanna’s Junction Café and listens to some music. Robert carries his part very well, he’s likeable and inquisitive and his interaction with the cast is wonderful. Robert also voices the titular role of Blaze Jackson and he gives the role the perfect amount of gravitas and humor.
Josh Newey has two roles which call upon his vocal talent. I love what he did with Baxter, his continuity canon character. Baxter is sort of a know-it-all but he uses his knowledge for good so we can’t fault him. As Dr. Icarus he’s plays him particularly cringe-worthy as befits the character.
Lana Peck portrays Jane Goodwell who properly redirects Newey’s Icarus with knowledge and strength. Conrad Sienkiewicz, the director of the show, plays Captain Ryder and the narrator-the Ryder character has the most action of anyone in the script and just hearing his faux heroic voice for Ryder made me laugh.
Robert C. Fullerton performs the music; two of his songs are featured prominently and sets the table for other performers (and return engagement from Fullerton himself) in future shows. Fullerton wrote the theme song and the incidental music.
The Blaze Jackson concept is a meeting of the world of science fiction and the world of insurance. The human heroes captured by an alien empire is a common sci-fi trope and I thought that they idea of that empire being called “the Underwriters” seemed like a funny concept.
We will undoubtedly return to the SCI-FI realm of Old Time Radio in future episodes of Nutmeg Junction.
The last segment was the interview with Robert Kwalick. We discussed It Shoulda Been You which will be performed in Goshen for three weekends starting 4/13.
For information about that show visit GOSHEN PLAYERS ON THE WEB
Episode title: Blaze Jackson-Galaxy Adjuster © 2018 J. TIMOTHY QUIRK
The Program Was Created/Written/Produced/Edited by J. Timothy Quirk
Guest Performer: Robert Kwalick
Music: Robert C Fullerton
ROBERT KWALICK AS BLAZE JACKSON AND HIMSELF
JANDI HANNA AS LEAD CONDUCTOR MARGOT MUELLER /PRINCESS HAZARD/NONNA HANNA
LANA PECK AS JANE GOODWELL
JOSH NEWEY AS BAXTER AND DR. LAZLO ICARUS
CONRAD SIENKIEWICZ AS NARRATOR AND CAPTAIN RYDER
DIRECTED BY CONRAD SIENKIEWICZ
Rehearsed at Trinity Episcopal Church in Torrington
Recorded at WAPJ Torrington Community Radio
The Nutmeg Junction Theme by Robert C. Fullerton (c) 2018
Mr. JT by Robert C. Fullerton (c) 2018
Back Again by Robert C. Fullerton (c) 2016
Chasing Constellations by Robert C. Fullerton (c) 2018
Additional music and foley courtesy of Youtube royalty free music or otherwise obtained in the environment by J. Timothy Quirk