Episode 24: Professor A: Chapter 8: The Conclusion of “Universe, Mine”

In the thrilling conclusion of the story arc “Universe, Mine”, Professor A and Ms Gentry must break into the detention center to save Dr. Robere and Bear before helping the Vigents fight for their freedom. Not everyone survives.

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TIFFY MCKAY AS MS GENTRY

SHOW NOTES

This concludes the first multi-episodic series of stories within the Nutmeg Junction universe. Professor A’s first story (Chapter One: The Fair Trade) was self-contained. A second story (Chapter 2: The Copenhagen Principle) was also relatively self contained even though the Chapter 3: My Brother’s Keeper” followed it loosely.  We learned how best to present this material because we released the first two parts of the story and then we did one-shot stories until we had recorded the continuation and then conclusion to the stories. In future, when we have a multi-episodic adventure, we will release them all successively until the conclusion, so listeners can expect the continuation of the story instead of having to wait a month for the end. So the last three weeks (episodes) finish the Professor A: Adjunct Professor to the Multiverse story arc and we’re extremely excited about how they came out.

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KURT BOUCHER AS DR. ROBERE

So the story began with:

Chapter 4: The Welcome Wagon.  (Episode 16)

Chapter 5: Borrower of the Night (Episode 17)

and then we decided to put the remaining episodes back to back every week until the conclusion so Chapters 6 through 8 were as follows:

Chapter 6: Bold Plans  (Episode 22)

Chapter 7: Resist!  (Episode 23)

Chapter 8: Universe, Mine (Episode 24)

The title “Universe Mine” makes so much sense that I recognize the entire story arc will use that title.

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DAVID ROBINSON AS “BEAR”WITH JOSH NEWEY IN BACKGROUND

The cast did not read the script until the day of rehearsal and for some, they had no idea how the story would end until we read it during rehearsal. The resolution of one character was an emotional one for many.

For the students, Ms. Gentry and Dr. Robere, there is growth which I felt was important for the evolution of the show. Ms. Gentry grows from a somewhat passive bystander of events, chronicling it but not really playing a part (especially in Chapter One) to a heroic participant in events, taking action-she’s an action hero by the end.  Further, Dr. Robere at the beginning is somewhat of a novice intellectually at the beginning of the Professor A series, for true he is a Professor at a University but the smartest intellectual in our world still has much to learn from Professor A from the multi-verse. But by the end Dr. Robere has not only used his cunning to stay alive, he is recognizing and understanding fundamental aspects of the multiverse.

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DEBORAH GOODMAN AS B1067 WITH OLIVIA WADSWORTH AS SA-RAH

Some of the most cinematic lines are said by the supporting cast. Olivia Wadsworth as Sa-rah has my favorite line in Chapter 8. “You can blame me” which in the context of what occurs is quite powerful.

David Robinson comes in as Bear and his dramatic scene of ” I stand for my people, I can do no other” has shades of Martin Luther in it.

It was wonderful working with Deborah Goodman again (she was in Battle of Elsenorift) and we’ll be bringing her back very soon!

Josh Newey once again plays “everyone”.  An accomplished actor, he took on the world building aspect of our show and fans of his work can look forward to October for he will be the featured host of our “Nightmare Junction” series.

 

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LANA PECK AS PROFESSOR A WITH JOSH NEWEY

CREDITS

EPISODE 24: PROFESSOR A: CHAPTER 8: UNIVERSE MINE

written and directed by J. Timothy Quirk (c)2018

STARRING

LANA PECK AS PROFESSOR A/OFFICER FUNSTON

KURT BOUCHER AS DOCTOR ROBERE

TIFFY MCKAY AS MS. GENTRY

WITH

DEBORAH GOODMAN AS B1067/DEE-NAH

JOSH NEWEY AS SUPERVISOR FRIENDLY/MINER/UNIONE2

J. TIMOTHY QUIRK: AS SECURITY DETAIL

DAVID ROBINSON AS BEARNARD SABLE

OLIVIA WADSWORTH AS SA-RAH

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

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Episode 23: Professor A. Chapter 7: RESIST!

Professor A and her students Dr. Robere and Ms Gentry travel to a planet in the multi-verse run by an outside authoritarian regime that is extracting the natural resources. In this chapter, Dr. Robere interrogates “Bear” under the direct supervision of the deadly Uni-One “Supervisor Friendly”, Professor attempts to enlist a Representative of the Vigent government to the cause of freedom and Ms. Gentry makes a startling discovery after saving the life of the Guard tasked with bringing her in!

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I’m uploading this episode on a momentous occasion for last night we recorded the conclusion (Chapter 8) of this story and  find that the entire work came together wonderfully and with each chapter, the stakes became greater and greater and the elements in the earlier parts of the story pay off at the end. This actual story arc will be entitled “UNIVERSE, MINE” and represents Chapters 4-8 in the Professor A saga.

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This is the first time we have successfully serialized a character within our Nutmeg Junction world in a multi-part, multi episode (more than 2 episodes) way. The promise of the characters in this series keeps expanding and I’m excited for listeners to hear the story in its entirety. The work of the vocal talent is extraordinary.

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PROFESSOR A: CHAPTER 7: RESIST

WRITTEN/CREATED/PRODUCED BY J. TIMOTHY QUIRK (C)2018

STARRING

LANA PECK AS THE PROFESSOR/OFFICER FUNSTON

KURT BOUCHER AS DR. ROBERE

TIFFY MCKAY AS MS. GENTRY

WITH

JOSH NEWEY AS SUPERVISOR FRIENDLY

DAVID ROBINSON AS BEARNARD “BEAR” SABLE

OLIVIA WADSWORTH AS THE GUARD SA-RAH

J. TIMOTHY QUIRK AS SECURITY DETAIL

 

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

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

ALL CHARACTERS AND STORIES ARE WORKS OF FICTION UNLESS OTHERWISE SPECIFIED.  ANY RESEMBLANCE OF ANY PERSON OR SITUATION LIVING OR DECEASED IS COMPLETELY COINCIDENTAL.

Episode 22: Professor A: Chapter 6-Bold Plans

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CREDITS

EPISODE 22: PROFESSOR A: CHAPTER 6-BOLD PLANS

WRITTEN/DIRECTED BY J. TIMOTHY QUIRK

STARRING

LANA PECK AS THE PROFESSOR AND OFFICER FUNSTON

KURT BOUCHER AS DR. ROBERE

TIFFY MCKAY AS MS. GENTRY

JOSH NEWEY AS SUPERVISOR FRIENDLY AND REPRESENTATIVE

DAVID ROBINSON AS BEAR

OLIVIA WADSWORTH AS GUARD\

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

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

 

 

Episode 21: Doctor Keen and the Phenomenal Fifty in “The Wizard of Gallows Hill!

The story of this episode starts with Lana Peck, an original cast member and essential member of the Nutmeg Junction theater company.

Lana’s father Shelby Peck was a teacher and fiction writer with an interest in a particular pulp novel hero and he wrote fan fiction for a fanzine that discussed their favorite hero.

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As we created Nutmeg Junction, Lana noted that the genre of audio theater we were creating fit her father’s stories very well so we set about putting them into our own world, in our own way. We changed names and added comic elements that her father would have approved of.  We created “Golden Age Budget Conscious Adventures of…” as an interesting way to tell a story but in reality our show is at its best when there are more sound effects and music so as we continue to tell Doctor Keen stories, we’ll continually add more elements every time. This week had no music for the main story. When we return, we are thinking of bringing kazoos into the equation. By the time we do the character five times or so we may have the full orchestra style program.

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Lana Peck in the foreground with Josh Newey preparing his lines in the back

This episode brought back nearly every member of the original cast (we were missing Conrad and Caroline Sienkiewicz) but we look forward to another opportunity to bring the whole original cast together soon!

 

 

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This is the top of the author’s head; apparently we needed to show this. 

Jandi Hanna portrays Michelle Smalls and Rich Cyr portrays Long John. We also had Kurt Boucher as “Knuckles” though he is the one taking the photos and not any of the at-microphone shots.

The villains of this story are portrayed by Josh Newey and Robert C. Fullerton

 

CREDITS

EPISODE 21: DOCTOR KEEN AND THE PHENOMENAL FIFTY IN THE WIZARDS OF GALLOWS HILL

STORY BY SHELBY PECK

WRITTEN AND DIRECTED BY LANA PECK AND J. TIMOTHY QUIRK

CAST:

LANA PECK AS THE NARRATOR AND SAMANTHA THE CAT

J. TIMOTHY QUIRK AS DOCTOR KEEN

KURT BOUCHER AS KNUCKLES

RICH CYR AS LONG JOHN

JANDI HANNA AS MICHELLE SMALLS

JOSH NEWEY AS PRINCE ASMODEOUS/SAM LORD AND SILENT LESTER

ROBERT C. FULLERTON AS THE WIZARD/MR. SEWELL

DOCTOR KEEN WILL RETURN NEXT MONTH FOR THE CONCLUSION OF “THE WIZARD OF GALLOWS HILL!”

Episode 20: “Looking Forward To It”

A delayed trolley allows a father and son to reconnect over the memories of Saturday morning cartoons.

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Jeff Savage and David Macharelli as “Dad and Jake” in “Looking Forward to It”

Jeff Savage and David Macharelli helm this featured episode hearkening back to when Saturday mornings were meant for a bowl of cereal and cartoons on the television. The story is really a contemplation about “time”. Starting out the second half of our inaugural season of audio-theater, Nutmeg Junction presents an episode that takes the anthology series to a different level.

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Director Jandi Hanna, Lana Peck and Kurt Boucher in “Looking Forward to It”

Directed by Jandi Hanna (her prior directorial work for the show was episode 18 “Battle of Elsenorift”) this talented cast all have moments in the spotlight.

MUSIC

Of particular interest for this show is the music. Robert C. Fullerton, the official troubadour of Nutmeg Junction show, creates a special theme for Packy-Dermy-Poo, our miniature Elephant mystery.

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Kurt Boucher created an ode to tort law the way “schoolhouse’ style public service announcements might present the topic with contributions by Lana Peck and Nicole Boucher.

Lana Peck and Mik Walker’s 1998 “Jellybean Stomp” was the perfect theme for the SNARFLEPOOFS!

And apologies all around to anyone who has the “Snarfleday Song” still stuck in their heads. It was created and performed on guitar by J. Timothy Quirk and sung by the whole cast.

      STORIES

Regarding the main story:

Jake and his father speak with an understanding of the other’s knowledgebase and not everything said is spoken with words. During rehearsal we discussed where the father was going and why and the performance by Jeff Savage and David Macharelli demonstrated deep insight into the characters. As the writer, I’m incredibly proud of this piece and thrilled it came to life the way it did.

Regarding Snarflepoofs 1 and 2

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It seemed there was a time when cartoons were created specifically to sell a line of toys. I won’t go into specific names. But whenever there was a large troupe of characters in a cartoon, it was usually (it seemed) because they were selling figures of each character and the cartoon was completely secondary to that effort. The cartoons usually told some generic and forgettable “lesson” about “friendship” or “sharing” or “being nice”.  I thought it would be funny if a cartoon was used to teach something a lot greater, like general philosophy. So that’s the idea of how Snaflepoofs was created. We make references to Rene Descartes (Day Cart says, “call me Cogito!” Plato (who wants to go into my cave and stare at the wall?” and Nietche (Sneetchey steals the show here-nice work by new addition to the team “Melissa Gabehart”)

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The song for the holiday song just made me laugh. It’s three chords, generic and infectious.  During editing I added in the jinglebells, then expanded the guitar-work to fit the narration so that at the end of each narrated segment, we came back to the refrain.

The largest segment of the show is Packy-Dermy-Poo, the homage to the “teen mystery solvers with an animal” genre. The story nearly wrote itself. I enjoyed immensely the idea of a character specifically named Redmond Herring (red herring).  Packy Dermy Poo may be a one-off parody but I loved the laughter at the end and included it in the audio. It fits within the framework of the cartoon but it also demonstrates the fun we have creating Nutmeg Junction.

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Mister Tort Law is wonderful, a creation from the mind of Kurt Boucher. I reached out to the musical cast members about what they wanted to create for the show, giving free reign. Kurt came up with the idea of teaching the concepts of torts in the PSA format. Fantastic. We may do an entire tort episode and base it in Winsted where the American Museum of Tort Law is located and we’ll use that song again.

We had a separate PSA that was non-musical and was a parody of the “ad for a TV disguised as a PSA but instead of saying a generic lesson, we taught Einstein’s law of relativity.  It was a good idea but there was no time for it once the foley was added to the other segments during editing.

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CREDITS
EPISODE 20: LOOKING FORWARD TO IT”

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

recorded at WAPJ in Torrington, CT

Directed by Jandi Hanna

Starring Jeff Savage  as Dad in the main story, Plato in Snarflepoofs, Redmond Herring in Packy Dermy Poo

David Macharelli as Jake in the main story, Day Cart in Snarflepoofs and Chuck in Packy Dermy Poo

Kurt Boucher as Mister Tortlaw, Renny in Snarflepoofs and Simon in Packy Dermy Poo

Nicole Boucher as Mister Tortlaw’s friend

Rich Cyr as Beau in Packy Dermy Poo

Mellisa Gabehart as the Passenger, as Sneetchey in Snarflepoofs

Jandi Hanna the narrator in Snarflepoofs and Professor Culpritt in Packy Dermy Poo

Lana Peck as Chum in Mister Tort Law, Princess Simone in Snarflepoofs and Val in Packy Dermy Poo

Olivia Wadsworth as Princess Wollstonecraft in Snarflepoofs and Kristine in Packy Dermy Poo

J. Timothy Quirk as the conductor

Packy Dermy Poo as himself

MUSIC:

Mister TortLaw written and performed by Kurt Boucher with singing by Lana Peck and Nicole Boucher. © 2018 Used with permission.

Snarflepoofs theme/Jellybean stomp was written and performed by Lana Peck and Mik Walker ©1998 used with permission

Snarfleday written by J. Timothy Quirk and performed by all cast members of Episode 20 ©2018 and used with permission

Nutmeg Junction End Credits (c)2018 Robert C. Fullerton and used with permission

We hope you enjoyed the episode and may all of your journeys bring you back to a happy home.