Episode 13: The Grey Whisper Returns

The Grey Whisper Returns: Attack of the Vampire Sloth (Part One) sees the return of our seminal noir character “The Grey Whisper” who is a master of disguise, a fighter of crime and a wonderful knitter. Secretly she is Madeline Forthright, wealthy socialite about town who helps the police on a number of cases and she’s always assisted by her faithful friend and confidante Rusty.

In this episode, they investigate the strange circumstances of what appears to be attacks by a vampire sloth! And we learn how The Grey Whisper’s agents identify each other with the ring and the secret passphrase!

Show notes

This was a very fun episode to rehearse and record because it was essentially a full story of one of our characters (so not a 10 minute story but almost 30 minute story) and at this point our Nutmeg Junction team was feeling very comfortable with how we go about doing the show and we can enjoy our familiarity with the characters.

It was phrased that with every script, I get better as a writer and I hope that’s true. Certainly one benefits from experience and practice and knowing the “tropes” of the genre helps inform the writing even more.

There’s a shout out to our stations because we are currently in stations in the tri-state area (and one station in Kimberly, British Columbia) so we had a specific shout out there when mentioning our “agents”!  We’re going to do more of that so we can give thanks to the stations who put us on the air!

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Jandi Hanna and Rich Cyr make a wonderful team. The interesting thing about this show is that they were able to rehearse together but Rich couldn’t be there for the taping so we recorded him separately and I played his part during the regular recording and then edited him back in.

I enjoyed the “audio-tape” idea instead of a podcast for instructions on how to be a Grey Whisper Agent!

Also for recording, both Josh Newey and Kurt Boucher had to arrive an hour later (we knew this in advance) so the scenes they had were together and we recorded them separately as well so it worked out well again.

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Our guest once again was Joel Benson (who came in and helped on Tex Bijou!) We enjoyed his work as “Nurse Bob” !

And Olivia Wadsworth was featured as Dr. Beverly Gatwell which was a fun role.

Robert C. Fullerton did a wonderful job as Dr. Unhippa (which I find to be a very funny character) but his voice is also unrecognizable and wonderful as Mr. Fudderman. I was going to play that part and yet when RCF handled it, we needed no one else for it!IMG_5360

For the record, the passphrase is:

Agent One: “THE WIND WHISPERS AT MIDNIGHT…”

Agent Two: “…BUT THE VIRULENT ENTOMOPATHOGENIC FUNGUS IS THE ENEMY TO MANY AEROPLANKTON BEFORE MIGRATION IN WARMER CLIMATES”

There are many scripts where it’s fun (and funny) to put in these types of phrases for our actors to work on!

This was written as episode 10 and we recorded it around the same time as Tex Bijou (episode 8) but editing was so extensive I saved it until I had time to do it.

CREDITS

Episode title: The Grey Whisper Returns (Part One) © 2018 J. TIMOTHY QUIRK

The Program Was Created/Written/Produced/Edited by J. Timothy Quirk

NUTMEG JUNCTION THEME

WRITTEN AND PERFORMED BY ROBERT C. FULLERTON © 2018

MR. JT

WRITTEN AND PERFORMED BY ROBERT C. FULLERTON © 2018

 

Additional music and foley courtesy of Youtube royalty free music or otherwise obtained in the environment by J. Timothy Quirk

Starring:

JANDI HANNA AS MADELINE FORTHRIGHT AND THE GREY WHISPER

RICH CYR AS RUSTY MAXWELL

JOSH NEWEY AS BAXTER AND WINTERBORNE SMYTHE-SMYTHERBY

KURT BOUCHER AS KENT FLASHMAN AND CLAUDIUS SMYTHE-SMYTHERBY

OLIVIA WADSWORTH AS DR. BEVERLY GATWELL

ROBERT C. FULLERTON AS MR FUDDERMAN AND DR. UNHIPPA

JOEL BENSON AS NURSE BOB

CONRAD SIENKIEWICZ AS NARRATOR

DIRECTED BY CONRAD SIENKIEWICZ

Rehearsed at Trinity Episcopal Church in Torrington

Recorded at WAPJ Torrington Community Radio

 

EPISODE 12: SERENDIP-HISTORY 2

SERENDIPHISTORY 2

THE AUDIO TO THE SHOW

http://nutmegjunction.buzzsprout.com/168185/731835-episode-12-serendip-history-part-two

SHOW NOTES

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This was a fun episode as we return to the idea of serendipitous moments in history otherwise known as “Serendip-History”.  Our guest was Nancy Sasso Janis, the theater reviewer. As an interesting side note, when Conrad Sienkiewicz, Robert C. Fullerton and I met at WAPJ and sat at the table discussing the ideas for Nutmeg Junction the radio show, Nancy arrived at the tail end of that discussion as she and I had scheduled a Nutmeg CHATTER radio interview and she was early. So she got to witness the birth of the Nutmeg Junction radio show when it happened.


And I knew from our interview that Nancy had acted before but most of her time was spent reviewing and with such a schedule it would be difficult for her to take on a full production of a show but our show was different, needing a rehearsal and a recording time and they’re usually during off times (as often our cast are parts of other local productions!  So I asked if she was interested in participating and she was and I had the perfect role for  her: Harriet Beecher Stowe!

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In addition I had the idea of a public relations person trying to sell Louisa May Alcott on a sequel to Little Women. I reached out to my friend, comedienne KJ Johansen who was my co-host on a prior radio program to see if she was interested in being the PR person and she was!

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Olivia Wadsworth and Jandi Hanna were slated to be part of the show as Ava and Evelyn and I knew Olivia could portray Louisa May Alcott and Jandi’s character in Serendip-History is the narrator. This left only Samuel Clemens. Fortunately we have a Southern gentleman of distinction in our cast; Robert C. Fullerton!

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Conrad Sienkiewicz directed and it was great that he had some “book end” narration which held the story together.

This was an episode that we rehearsed and recorded on the same day which, when we only have one episode to record, works out fairly well.

The story of Louisa May Alcott and Virginia Wyles worked as I already had the punchline in my head before I wrote it.

The Harriet Beecher Stowe and Samuel Clemens story was based on a recollection of a tour I had either at the Twain Center or at the Stowe center. I couldn’t find any reference to it online, but I recall hearing of a time Clemens met Stowe on the grounds and discussed something and then later sent up his suit. It’s a particularly peculiar idea that I do not know if it’s true or if my memory is flawed but I thought it was a story worth fictionalizing. The dialogue however are often quotes attributed to both authors at different times and contexts.

Credits

Episode 12: Serendip-History Part Two

Written and created and produced by J. Timothy Quirk (c) 2018

Directed by Conrad Sienkiewicz

Starring

Olivia Wadsworth as Ava/Louisa May Alcott

Jandi Hanna as Evelyn/Alice Dare Crook

KJ Johansen as Virginia Wyles/Waitstaff

Nancy Sasso Janis as Harriet Beecher Stowe and herself

Robert C. Fullerton as Samuel Clemens

Conrad Sienkiewicz as Announcer

Nutmeg Junction Theme written and performed by Robert C. Fullerton and used with permission.

All other music and sounds from youtube royalty free music or otherwise found in the field by J. Timothy Quirk

Episode 11: THE SEARCH FOR THE LOST EPISODE (PART ONE)

EPISODE 11 LOST EPISODE

SHOW NOTES:

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As it was mentioned in Episode 5, we had worked on three chapters of the Professor A: Adjunct Professor to the Multi-verse saga and of course we had the intention to do more. But I found when I edited the show that it sounded best with the chapters at approximately 15 minutes in length (at least for the first two) so we had an extra chapter recorded but not shared with our audience yet.

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Secondly, when Olivia Wadsworth came on board I had pitched to her the idea for HER character to be Harriet Holmes. It’s always been my intention for each actor to have a signature role. Some actors may have more than one but I’d like each actor to have episodes where their character is the star. Anyway at the time I envisioned a London tale of Harriet being an actual sibling to Sherlock but found that the tv show SHERLOCK had already put out a story where there was a sister character for Sherlock and it would have seemed too derivative if I tried that too, no matter how I played it.

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But as it turned out I also wanted to do a tough as nails Detective character. I have many uses for that character and certainly hard boiled detectives are so ubiquitous in Old Time Radio I’ll have many detectives on the show voiced by many different actors.

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Ok, and here’s the thing. I wrote the detective story, finding the lost episode of Nutmeg Junction with a detective without a name. I wasn’t sure what we would call her.

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I wrote the opening soliloquy the night before recording and posted it on facebook. This helped Olivia work on and find the voice for the recording session. I finished the story the following day, which was the day of recording, with the final pass  completed 15 minutes before i left for the radio station.  It’s a tight script that flows very well and there’s very little (if anything at all) I’d change about it.

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I cast Jack Sheedy in the role of Lenny Snitchwell. Jack is a writer, an author and editor of a newspaper (Catholic Transcript), and the idea of an “English Major” is a call back to another show that for many years carried the torch of Old Time Radio. Jandi reprises her role of Nonna Hanna.

While we were at the table read, we discussed the fact that the detective didn’t have a name. I believe it was either Jandi or Olivia who brought up the idea of Harriet Holmes. i can not take credit for that at all. But the name fit perfectly and I asked Olivia if she wanted the detective character to be called that. She did.

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So that’s how we have Harriet Holmes as a “modern” private eye, not beholden to any Sherlock but understood on her own terms.

Jack did a remarkable job as “Lenny”. He knew the character instantly and gave the right flourish.

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The Professor Episode was a lot of fun. This one felt had a lot of comedy thanks to all of the actors in the cast. Everyone has a good line or two including Josh and Jandi as the two humans: Freddie and Alice (which they performed in a cockney accent).

There is only one slight editing mistake I missed in this portion of the show but I will fix it in future editions of the show.

Listeners can expect MORE of Harriet Holmes (she will undoubtedly return in Search for the lost episode part two, and more of the Professor. I plan to have scripts written and recorded this month.

CREDITS

Episode title: Episode 11: The Search for the Lost Episode (Part One) © 2018 J. TIMOTHY QUIRK

The Program Was Created/Written/Produced/Edited by J. Timothy Quirk

Guest Performer: Jack Sheedy

Music: Robert C Fullerton

SONGS:

NUTMEG JUNCTION THEME

WRITTEN AND PERFORMED BY ROBERT C. FULLERTON © 2018

  1. JT

WRITTEN AND PERFORMED BY ROBERT C. FULLERTON © 2018

PROFESSOR A THEME

WRITTEN AND PERFORMED BY LANA PECK (c) 2018

 

Additional music and foley courtesy of Youtube royalty free music or otherwise obtained in the environment by J. Timothy Quirk

Starring:

THE HARRIET HOLMES STORY:

OLIVIA WADSWORTH AS HARRIET HOLMES

JANDI HANNA AS NONNA HANNA

JACK SHEEDY AS LENNY SNITCHWELL

 

THE PROFESSOR: CHAPTER THREE STORY

LANA PECK AS PROFESSOR A

KURT BOUCHER AS DR. ROBERE

TIFFY MCKAY AS MS. GENTRY

JANDI HANNA AS ALICE

JOSH NEWEY AS FREDDIE

 

DIRECTED BY CONRAD SIENKIEWICZ

Rehearsed at Trinity Episcopal Church in Torrington

Recorded at WAPJ Torrington Community Radio

Episode 10: Serendip-History

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Serendip-History  Nutmeg Junction recorded two episodes on this day. The cast from left to right is Joel Benson, Josh Newey, David Macharelli, Kurt Boucher, Jandi Hanna, Conrad Sienkiewicz, Olivia Wadsworth, Robert C. Fullerton

 

This story features the vocal talent of Olivia Wadsworth and David Macharelli who portray two strangers who meet on the trolley and together they find they share much more than a destination.

Within the program are two stories featuring the incomparable Josh Newey as Washington Irving, who gifts to the listening audience the best performance of a fictional Washington Irving ever produced on radio.

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David Macharelli’s ad-lib as  Charles Dickens to Newey’s Washington Irving, “You put the Ass in Amb-ASS-adore” was enormously popular in the recording studio but we opted not to have that in the broadcast of the show.  Perhaps a later version may include it!

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Directed by Conrad Sienkiewicz, this episode was rehearsed once at Trinity Episcopal Church and then again before recording the episode.

Rich Cyr was at the rehearsal but could not be at studio on the recording date so we recorded his work separately a day earlier. As a production note, Cyr had studied how Edgar Allan Poe probably sounded with research via youtube videos but during the rehearsal was informed that the author had written the role with Cyr’s own voice in mind.

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Quirk performed Cyr’s role during the main recording session and reversed the process when recording Cyr alone, then edited the two recordings together.

Jandi Hanna took on dual roles as the prim and proper Alice Dare-Crook (there was discussion on the name of this narrator character. I considered a George Plympton reference but we settled with an Alistair Cooke one.

There are too many references to count for the Dickens/Irving interaction. yes, Washington Irving had a brother Ebenezer who had a shop that burned. i can’t help but think that Bracebridge hall actually did have an inspiration for Dickens for the Christmas Carol. Barnaby Rudge was a work that wasn’t exactly a barn burner for Dickens. References to Great Expectations, Hard Times, Bleak House, etc are all in there as well as many references involving Christmas Carol.

For the Poe story, the idea of “Helen” at Sunnyside came from the idea of wanting Poe to get the idea of Lenore for The Raven but didn’t want it obvious at the beginning. Researching Irving just a little i did find a relative named Helen who may have lived in western part of New York so I justified it that way. The idea of being hard of hearing so someone can hear the LEN sound more than the HE” in Helen sound worked for me.

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Fans of Poe will recognize all the references from “The philosophy of Furniture”, “Three Sundays in a Week”, obviously the Murders in the Rue Morgue (and if you haven’t read it, there’s an additional pun in how we referenced it.

Poe actually did write to Washington Irving who responded in writing.

I see no evidence they actually met in person but Poe was a mysterious figure and he didn’t live so far away that such a trip would be out of the question so I like the fable aspect of this meeting.

A “star” of this program is the music by Robert C. Fullerton. He recorded the song twice, once with vocals and instrument and once just instrumental. Then I used the instrumental underneath the two characters (Kristen and Steve) as a musical emphasis which I think was a rather special aspect of this program.

CREDITS

SERENDIP-HISTORY WRITTEN BY J. TIMOTHY QUIRK (C) 2018

STARRING:

OLIVIA WADSWORTH AS KRISTEN

DAVID MACHARELLI AS STEVE AND CHARLES DICKENS

JOSH NEWEY AS WASHINGTON IRVING

JANDI HANNA AS ALICE DARE-CROOK AND HELEN

RICH CYR AS EDGAR ALLAN POE

J. TIMOTHY QUIRK AS CONDUCTOR JT

ROBERT C. FULLERTON AS HIMSELF

 

MUSIC

THE NUTMEG JUNCTION THEME (C) 2018 ROBERT C. FULLERTON

MR. JT   (C) 2018 ROBERT C. FULLERTON

SERENDIPITY  (C) 2018 ROBERT C. FULLERTON

ALL RIGHTS RESERVED TO THE ARTIST AND MUSIC PERFORMED BY ROBERT C FULLERTON AND USED ON THIS PROGRAM WITH PERMISSION

THIS IS A WORK OF FICTION. THE PROGRAM DOES NOT PURPORT TO PRESENT ACTUAL EVENTS.