Episode 19: Harriet Holmes and the Search for the Lost Episode 2

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Private Eye Harriet Holmes (Olivia Wadsworth) travels to Willimantic, Connecticut in an attempt to discover the second part of the Lost Episode of Nutmeg Junction featuring the music of Tom “The Suit” Forst”

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SHOW NOTES

This episode is “part two” of the three part Harriet Holmes and the Search for the Lost Episode saga.

The idea for the Lost Episode revolves around the trope that somehow there was a “missing episode” that didn’t air that has to be discovered.

In this case we had some segments that together wasn’t a full show but when put into this format creates a way of introducing a wonderful character-the Harriet Holmes private eye.

When Olivia Wadworth joined our troupe I had pitched to her the idea of a detective story called Harriet Holmes. (see episode 11 for more information).  Harriet’s inaugural episode was a knock out with clever interaction between Jack Sheedy and Jandi Hanna. This episode is mainly a “two-hander” as it is really a two person episode with the musicians recorded separately. Tom the Suit Forst had recorded with us in May. I wanted to air his music before the new album came out.

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Robert C Fullerton was a trooper and came in to record his song and his bridge (no pun intended) dialogue, bridging the Holmes portion to the “discovered lost episode” portion of the show.

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There are many phrases Harriet Holmes says in the opening monologue that I particularly like.  “SNIDELY HAD THE KIND OF A PERSONALITY THAT COULD MAKE ANY FRIDAY FEEL LIKE A MONTH OF TUESDAYS” springs to mind.

Our director, Conrad Sienkiewicz, works in Willimantic and so he was the perfect actor to be the fount of information about Thread City.

I like Willimantic and all of the venues we reference in the show. I’ve never been to the foot bridge but I have been to the Frog Bridge, the Mill Museum, etc. There are many music venues that could fit the bill for that portion of the story so I didn’t specify the location.

We’ll have one more Harriet Holmes Lost Episode (the conclusion) but that won’t be the last of the Harriet Holmes character, far from it. The Harriet Holmes character may be one of the best candidates for the subject of our upcoming Writers Room experience in September.

CREDITS

EPISODE 19: HARRIET HOLMES AND THE SEARCH FOR THE LOST EPISODE PART TWO

WRITTEN BY J. TIMOTHY QUIRK (C) 2018

CAST

OLIVIA WADSWORTH AS HARRIET HOLMES

CONRAD SIENKIEWICZ AS DUKE SNIDELY

ROBERT C. FULLERTON AS HIMSELF

TOM “THE SUIT” FORST AS HIMSELF

J. TIMOTHY QUIRK AS CONDUCTOR JT

DIRECTED BY CONRAD SIENKIEWICZ

MUSIC

ALL MUSIC PERFORMED FOR THE NUTMEG JUNCTION EPISODE AND USED WITH PERMISSION HOWEVER ALL OTHER RIGHTS ARE RESERVED TO THE MUSICAL CREATOR.

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

MR. JT (END CREDITS) BY ROBERT C. FULLERTON

MAN NAMED NORMAN BY ROBERT C. FULLERTON

CONSOLATION MAN BY TOM THE SUIT FORST (C) 2018

KILLING FLOOR BY TOM “THE SUIT” FORST (C) 2018

Episode 18: League of Slightly Super Villains

In this episode we have an extraordinarily fun, all-star cast performance of The League of (slightly) Super Villains. The legion of less than stellar super villains meet at an abandoned discount sushi restaurant in a strip mall and plot their most “heinous future” together. For inspiration they reach out to the criminal mastermind “BRAINABLE”. The villains are Dr. Twomley and Ox (from the Grey Whisper Episode 4), The Storm Drain, Stinging Nettle, Mister Minutia, The Laffer, Poet Master and The Computator. The episode stars Lana Peck, Kurt Boucher,, Danny Cook, Brianna Dobranksy, Robert C. Fullerton, KJ Johansen, Jonanna Rapoza, June Robideau, Jeff Savage and Olivia Wadsworth The episode was directed by Lana Peck and rehearsed and recorded at WAPJ studio in Torrington, CT.

SHOW NOTES
This episode marks the directorial debut of Lana Peck who is an original cast member and who stars in the episode as Dr. Twomley. As we had a number of performers new to audio theater, Peck’s guiding hand was essential to this successful show.

Lana Peck’s “Dr. Twomley” and Kurt Boucher “Ox” return after being the villains in Episode 4 of Nutmeg Junction (The Grey Whisper).  This was a wonderful way to return these very fun characters to the show.

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Robert C. Fullerton also returns in a dual role. I spotted Robert outside Sasso’s Pizza in Torrington during a summer afternoon and I pitched him the role and he was on board. Fullerton is Nutmeg Junction’s musical inspiration; he wrote the theme song and the end credits song.  But what may not be as well known is Robert does incredible vocal work. I performed with him in a staged reading of “Twelve Angry Jurors” (Note: Conrad Sienkiewicz directed that and Jandi Hanna was the producer of the show!) and at that time he did a wonderful accent for his character.  During Nutmeg Junction he shines when he’s allowed to perform characters. His signature role was Tex Bijou: Cinema’s Singing Cowboy. During the episode, we hear Tex Bijou in the background (another call back to a prior episode!) Fullerton performs Mr. Minutiae and his musical fans would never know it was him were it not for the credits! Had we more time I would have had the idea of extra long receipts of useless information come from Mr. Minutiae.

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We enjoyed major representation from our friends at the KBJB Internet Radio network! My great friend KJ Johansen returned for an acting role (she had been interviewed in a prior episode and performed as “Ginny Wyles” in SeredipHistory Part two). Here she portrays “The Poet Master” which is my interpretation of The Riddler but I thought it would be funny if the character wasn’t all that great at rhyming!  There’s a nod to the Sugar Hill gang in a line that was cut. Despite the character’s purposeful lackluster phrasing, the character eventually says one particular thing that everyone appreciates.

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June Robideau (a cohost of The Warped View on KBJB) portays the Computator! Now June had worked on the voice prior to the rehearsal and then tried it out on the day of rehearsal/recording and it worked marvelously. The Computator pays homage to all the really poorly conceived Batman villains like Calendar Man, Signal Man, Condiment King, Kite Man, Mr. Polka Dot, etc. In other words, the creators picked a noun and then anthropomorphize-d it. I loved the idea of a villain whose sole weapon is a store bought computer with 8 mb of RAM.

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Joanna Rapoza is also from KBJB. A comedienne, she co-hosts :You Can Not Be Serious” which discusses comedy with up and coming and established comedians with KJ Johansen on the KBJB network. So I envisioned her with a “Joker” style method of operations called “The Laffer” but one who is repeatedly annoyed by having everyone asking to hear her laugh. The laugh at the end of the episode is a marvel to behold in the auditory sense!

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Brianna Dobranksy is new to the world of audio theater but her work as Stinging Nettle was fun and enjoyable. The character is based loosely off of Poison Ivy but instead of being Poison, Stinging Nettle just irritates people and is herself slightly irritated with all of the proceedings around her, which is why in the final act when someone orders “Stinging Nettle Hot Sauce”, Stinging Nettle is finally able to be pleased.

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Danny Cook is our first “remote actor” as he hails from Georgia. See the Meet the Cast post for more information. I recorded his lines with the cast during the time of the original recording. Cook sent his work in separately and was seamlessly edited in. The success of this episode means we’ll be able to do more work with Danny Cook in the future!
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I had wanted to work with Jeff Savage for some time. We intend to do a show dedicated to featuring his voice and then doing an interview about his work on the movie “Chappaquiddick” (hopefully that will happen in August  for a September release). When the opportunity for Brainable came up, Savage worked his schedule so that he could do acting work in New Haven during the day and then drove up to Torrington and rehearsed/recorded the Brainable character that evening.  The success of the idea of why super villains are going “legal” rests on Savage’s performance.

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Once again, Olivia Wadsworth came in and helped us with the customer role but she performed a larger role during rehearsal when it was unclear whether one of the actors could make it.

As for me, I did my best “Ted Knight” impression ala Super Friends for the introduction. My daughter liked the idea of the abandoned discount sushi restaurant concept so I knew we had a good backdrop for the story.

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CREDITS

THE LEAGUE OF SLIGHTLY SUPER VILLAINS CREATED, WRITTEN AND PRODUCED BY J. TIMOTHY QUIRK (C)2018

DIRECTED BY LANA PECK

RECORDED/REHEARSED AT WAPJ IN TORRINGTON

NUTMEG JUNCTION THEME SONG AND END CREDITS SONG BY ROBERT C. FULLERTON (C)2018 AND USED WITH PERMISSION

CAST

LANA PECK AS DR. TWOMLEY

KURT BOUCHER AS OX

DANNY COOK AS THE STORM DRAIN

BRIANNA DOBRANSKY AS STINGING NETTLE

ROBERT C. FULLERTON AS MISTER MINUTIAE

KJ JOHANSEN AS THE POET MASTER

JOANNA RAPOZA AS THE LAFFER

JUNE ROBIDEAU AS THE COMPUTATOR

JEFF SAVAGE AS BRAINABLE

OLIVIA WADSWORTH AS THE CUSTOMER

WITH

J. TIMOTHY QUIRK AS NARRATOR

SPECIAL VIP GUEST JEFF TESTANERO OF THELASTFANBOY.COM AND DCCOMICSNEWS.COM

 

Episode 17: Professor A: Chapter Five: Borrower of the Night

PROFESSOR A TEAM

Professor A‘s adventures continue in Chapter Five: Borrower of the Night!   Professor A and Ms. Gentry escape to the planet of an alien world in a mini-universe while Dr. Robere remains imprisoned in the “Welcome Center”,distracting the guard, “Officer Funston” for as long as he can.

 

SHOW NOTES

We continue the story of this multi-episodic Professor A adventure. Last week’s episode of Nutmeg Junction was Chapter Four and it ended on a cliff hanger. So does this episode!

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The premise was established in Chapter Four-that the Uni-Ones came from a different universe and took over this world and began extracting its natural resources and then restricted all access to it from anyone else who tries to visit through the dimensional corridor.

In this episode we learn more from the native inhabitants of the world how the current state came to be.

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Our principals (Lana Peck as Professor A, Kurt Boucher as Dr. Robere and Tiffy McKay as Ms. Gentry) return and they are joined by David Robinson, Conrad Sienkiewicz and Olivia Wadsworth.

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Olivia was not  present at the time of the original recording so Tiffy provided two voices, Ms. Gentry’s and B1067. We recorded Olivia after we had edited the show for radio release so there are actually two versions of this episode, the one with Tiffy playing B1067 and one with Olivia portraying the character. As the character will continue in the storyline, we’ve updated/edited the show with Olivia’s voice but Tiffy’s voice is preserved in case we do a “making-of” episode at some point!

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David Robinson joins us for the first time and portrays “Bearnard (Bear) Sable/C9359).. Robinson is no stranger to stage and screen, and he was most recently in The Post (2017)

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Conrad directs the episode and returns as a voice actor for the neighbor role which is nice because Conrad and I are neighbors in real life too!  Conrad will lend his voice to a Harriet Holmes episode within the next few weeks.

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The letters and numbers actually correspond to elements of the story

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CREDITS

EPISODE 17: PROFESSOR A (CHAPTER FIVE: BORROWER OF THE NIGHT)

CREATED, WRITTEN AND PRODUCED BY J. TIMOTHY QUIRK

DIRECTED BY CONRAD SIENKIWICZ

PROFESSOR A THEME MUSIC WRITTEN AND PERFORMED BY LANA PECK (C)2018 AND USED WITH PERMISSION

NUTMEG JUNCTION THEME WRITTEN AND PERFORMED BY ROBERT C. FULLERTON (C) 2018 AND USED WITH PERMISSION

STARRING:

LANA PECK AS THE PROFESSOR AND OFFICER FUNSTON

KURT BOUCHER AS DR. ROBERE

TIFFY MCKAY AS MS. GENTRY

DAVID ROBINSON AS BEARNARD (BEAR/C9357) SABLE

OLIVIA WADSWORTH AS B1067

CONRAD SIENKIEWICZ AS THE NEIGHBOR

REHEARSED AND RECORDED AT WAPJ TORRINGTON COMMUNITY RADIO