Episode 16: Professor A-Chapter Four: The Welcome Wagon

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SHOW NOTES
Professor A: Chapter Four-The Welcome Wagon is part of a multi-episode story that ends on a cliffhanger and continues until the next episode (which also ends on a cliff hanger-slightly spoiler alert!)

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The topic of “immigration” and detention was prevalent on the minds of the American conscience in July 2018 and I had proposed a story that was, in hindsight, incredibly dark however not as dark as the reality that some in the country faced for the story I proposed was still only about adults and not children who were detained, imprisoned and separated from their loved ones.

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I received feedback from the actors that the concepts would work if kept within the prism of the Professor world.  At their recommendation, I believe specifically Lana Peck’s (Lana portrays the Professor), I wrote a story that did not take place in America or even Earth but rather on a different world within the multi-verse.

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It was the correct decision.

The response back when the script was presented was extremely favorable as it hit the right tone while still presenting difficult and complex themes in a powerful way. The continuation of the story (which is in Episode 17) delves deeper into these dark themes while still keeping the essence of a Professor A story in Nutmeg Junction.

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This is a three-actor episode. Lana portrays both the Professor and Officer Funston and her vocal work as Officer Funston is not to be missed.  With the echo (reverb) on the vocal track there is an eerie quality in the seemingly gracious words Funston is saying to the visitors.   As always Kurt Boucher portrays Dr. Robere and Tiffy McKay portrays Ms. Gentry.

We recorded this episode on the same day as Space Sentries II and was directed by Conrad Sienkiewicz.

We recorded Lana’s Officer Funston voice separately from her Professor A performance and then edited it together.

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The quote from Sir Isaac Newton is real.

I am extremely proud with how Episodes 16 and 17 came out and I can’t wait to explore this story further in August.

 

CREDITS

Episode 16: Professor A: Chapter Four-The Welcome Wagon

Written by J. Timothy Quirk (c)2018

Directed by Conrad Sienkiewicz

Professor A Theme written and performed by Lana Peck (c)2018

Starring:

Lana Peck as Professor A and Officer Funston

Kurt Boucher as Dr. Robere

Tiffy McKay as Ms. Gentry

Rehearsed and recorded at WAPJ studio in Torrington CT

Additional music and foley sourced by Youtube Royalty free music or otherwise located in the field by J. Timothy Quirk

 

Press: Nutmeg Junction Interview on Nerd Talk (Citizens Television) 6/6/2018

On June 6, 2018 Lana Peck, Rich Cyr and J. Timothy Quirk were invited to be a part of the Nerd Talk program on Citizens Television in New Haven, CT to discuss Nutmeg Junction.

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Kurt Boucher, co-host of the Nerd Talk program, is also an original cast member of Nutmeg Junction. Often paired with Lana Peck (see:  Nathaniel and Netta Chance mysteries and especially The Professor episodes) and with Rich Cyr (see Space Sentries episodes), Boucher is well versed in Nutmeg Junction lore. With Nerd Talk Co-host Michael Illian and the puppet “George”, Boucher and the Nutmeg Junction members discussed the concept and favorite moments of the show.

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Around the 11:30 mark viewers are given a treat: a behind the scenes video of a rehearsal and recording of The Professor episode which featured Lana, Kurt and Tiffy McKay with Jandi Hanna, Josh Newey,  Olivia Wadsworth and Rich Cyr with director Conrad Sienkiewicz and J Timothy Quirk.

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It was an honor to be on the program. The dedicated team that puts Nerd Talk together for Citizens Television in New Haven is admirable and noteworthy and we hope to have another opportunity to visit in the future!

Episode 15: Space Sentries II

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In which the crew of the space ship “Salisbury” arrives at the Vermilion system to pick up First Op. Gillard who had been on shore leave. But how will the Space Sentry Central Command rocket powered transport vessel dock with the Salisbury’s docking station if there’s no engineer to guide the way? Can Ensign Puffle learn the assignment in time?

SHOW NOTES
In Episode 6 we introduced the idea of Space Sentries which is loosely based/parody of the old sci fi shows that had to substitute techno-babble jargon in the place of a budget for appropriate sci-fi ambiance.  Additionally there is one golden age of radio program that certainly hawked a number of products and incorporated them into the stories.

With that in mind, this show is dedicated for the story tellers who learned to utilize the gift of storytelling through toys and imaginative play.  The visual on the episode picture is loosely based on old action figure sets of the 80’s so it gives the impression of them without actually looking like any of them.

Once again Space Sentries stars Rich Cyr as Ensign Puffle, Kurt Boucher as Commander Alx and Phil Hall as Admiral Complication. Joining the episode is Dan Willey as First Op. Gillard.

And for a fun treat we also had three more actors join the cast as the voice of their respective “action figures”, Lana Peck voiced “Laurel (Locksmith) Yannie, Tiffy McKay voiced “Jenny Snips the hair stylist” and Sharon Waagner voiced the enigmatic Dr. Woolf saying the character’s most popular catchphrase.

This episode was tricky to edit as there were four separate audio tracks.

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Dan and Sharon both rehearsed with the team on rehearsal night but unfortunately had other obligations for recording day so we recorded them separately (on a Wednesday night).

Then I recorded Lana and Tiffy separately as their action figures only had a few phrases. Well technically Lana’s toy only says one phrase and Tiffy’s figure says one phrase but at the hair salon play set there’s an additional sound that has Jenny Snips say “I’m going to need a bigger comb!”

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In my formative years I enjoyed the Star Wars action figures and I can assure you, Hammerhead had greater adventures in my charge than he ever got in the movies.

But in this episode there’s a reference to the old MEGO toys because I refer to a vinyl play set like I used to have with the Star Trek bridge and my sister had with a Wizard of Oz play set.

On the day of recording Rich came off work later than expected so i had to record HIM separately.

So this is one episode where during recording, to help everyone know the pacing of their lines, I voiced every single character from the announcer (Conrad) to Puffle, Alx, Gillard, Complication as well as Yannie, Snips and Woolfe and yet no one will ever hear my versions of these characters as I edited myself out and put in the proper voice in.

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In total the editing process had four separate vocal tracks then I added the music and sound effects.

For the main recording day, I had help as Rich Boucher manned the controls and ensured the levels of the performers were in the correct range. We look forward to his work in the future if he chooses to join us on future adventures!

Side note: in the future no one will really get the Laurel Yannie reference. Suffice it to say that for a minute in 2018 facebook blew up with people hearing either Laurel or Yannie in an audio file. Given what we were doing with audio files, I felt this is entirely appropriate to name the character Laurel Yannie.

So we will continue to tell Space Sentries stories and build the crew of the “Salisbury”. The ship is named for a town in the broadcast range of WHDD which plays our program Nutmeg Junction on the multiple stations of the robinhood radio network.

Everyone who was involved in this particular episode enjoyed working on it. We’ll be bringing Dan and Phil back on more adventures in different roles.

We have a big summer planned.

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CREDITS

EPISODE 15: SPACE SENTRIES II   (c)2018

created, written and produced by J. Timothy Quirk

Directed by Conrad Sienkiewicz

Sound Production by Ray Boucher

STARRING

RICH CYR AS ENSIGN PUFFLE:

KURT BOUCHER AS COMMANDER ALX:

PHIL HALL AS ADMIRAL COMPLICATION

CONRAD SIENKIEWICZ AS THE ANNOUNCER

DAN WILLEY AS FIRST OP GILLARD:

TIFFY MCKAY  AS JENNY SNIPS

LANA PECK AS LOCKSMITH LAUREL:

SHARON WAAGNER AS DR. WOOLFE

Nutmeg Junction theme song by Robert C. Fullerton all rights reserved to the performer and used with permission.

Foley and additional music courtesy of Youtube royalty free music

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Episode 14: The Battle of Elsenorift

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SHOW NOTES

The Battle of Elsenorift features an all female cast and female director in honor of our VIP guest, Marilyn Olsen who is a Board Member of The Lipstick Project (CT) that serves the purpose of supporting women artists especially in Theater.

Olivia Wadsworth and Jandi Hanna reprise their roles as Ava and Evelyn and conducted an interview with our guest in the same way that they conducted the interview with Nancy Sasso Janis in episode 11.

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Jandi Hanna was an assistant director during a show I acted in (Twelve Angry Jurors in Goshen). Jandi stepped into the role of director and did a wonderful job working with our actors who had a wide range of theater experience.

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Jandi also portrayed the Queen and Olivia portrayed the part of Barbaria. When Olivia put on her voice of a slightly stuffy nosed (pretend cold) Barbaria we all cracked up. It worked so perfectly and I wasn’t expecting it.

 

For some background I had the enormous pleasure of seeing a production of Master Class about the life of Maria Callas starring Marilyn Olsen and which featured Deborah Goodman in a wonderful role as a student.   This episode was a marvelous opportunity to reunite these actors.

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Here’s Marilyn making Jandi laugh! 

I had just interviewed Marilyn for the Nutmeg CHATTER program where she discussed the Lipstick Project (CT) and asked her if she’d be interested in doing the Junction program. Fortunately she said YES!

Deborah Goodman was on board and immediately “got” the Python-esque feel to some of the repartee between her character and Marilyn’s “Valkyria”.

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Poet Patricia Martin was also a newcomer to the Junction team but she has an extensive resume of vocal work especially as an author/poet and the creator of the Speak-easy poetry reading series.  So I had her character as “The Scribe” but it was almost unfair as her character has to set up the entire backstory with, as a hallmark of our show, some ridiculous words and phrases to say but with Jandi’s direction and with Patricia’s professionalism it worked out well and Jandi and Patricia had a nice ad-lib moment which made it into the final cut of the show.

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Shannon Sniffin joined us as The Page and made remarkable work of a character who might have just slipped into the background in lesser hands. Her deadpan style of answering “I shall not tarry, my liege” was a better delivery than my script deserved. I enjoyed her work in Landmark Community Theatre’s production of “The Game’s Afoot” and it was great to have her join us and there will be more opportunities for Shannon and for all of the wonderful actors who worked on the show.

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It was an honor to be in the room as they worked on this show and I thought how wonderful it would be if others could be there to see the show performed live for it was a rare treat.

I will absolutely ask each actor to come back and certainly, if they work together that theatrical alchemy that was created will be magical once again.

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CREDITS

EPISODE 14: THE BATTLE OF ELSENORIFT (c) 2018

written, created, produced by J. TIMOTHY QUIRK

NUTMEG JUNCTION THEME MUSIC BY ROBERT C. FULLERTON (C)2018

STARRING

MARILYN OLSEN as VALKYRIA and as herself

DEBORAH GOODMAN as SUSAN

JANDI HANNA as THE QUEEN/EVELYN

OLIVIA WADSWORTH as BARARIA/AVA

PATRICIA MARTIN as SAGOPAZ

SHANNON SNIFFIN as THE PAGE

DIRECTED BY JANDI HANNA

Additional foley and music by YOUTUBE royalty free music or otherwise found in the field by J. Timothy Quirk

All characters and situations are completely fictional. Any similarities between anyone living or dead is completely coincidental.