Episode 28: Nightmare Junction III

 

Episode 28 features an HP Lovecraft inspired story written by Lana Peck, the Corpse Conductor written and performed by Josh Newey and The Snarflepoofs return!

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The Corpse Conductor introduces us to the stories and provides a wonderful bookend to the episode. For the third and final installment of Nightmare Junction (The October Halloween episodes) Josh brings it home for us and deserved a week off to rest the vocal chords!

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The Call of the Trolley is the first full  story segment written by a cast member and it’s wonderful. Created by Lana Peck, it was pitched at the time we were discussing ideas for the Nightmare Junction stories.  David Robinson was cast to portray the character (a stand-in for Lovecraft) and Lana’s script gives two nods to two prior Nutmeg Junction stories.

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We then conclude with Snarflepoofs-Snarfleween, the mandatory holiday special. Snarflepoofs are “America’s Most Recent Toy Branded Children’s Entertainment Product” and the idea makes fun of the types of shows that only serve to sell toys by having stories and situations that actually discuss concepts of substance.  So Snarfleween allows us to talk about climate change and the environment by talking about an Apple bobbing competition all while the characters maintain their philosophical inclinations. We introduce Nick Bourne into the Junction team. Nick and Lana had worked together under the direction of Keith Paul for a staged reading show at the Warner! (note: I had the opportunity to work for Keith in a staged reading many years ago with, among many others, Lana and Kurt Boucher!)  Nick will return next week with two roles as he acts in both story segments we present!

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Once again, Jandi Hanna is the narrator for the Snarfle-poofs and has a few fun commercials for “Flattread Tires” and “Greedymine Bottled Water”.  Melissa Gabehart returns as “Sneetchey” (Nietzsche) and Jeff Savage is Plato!  The first joke in this story pays homage to a famous Jack Benny line (we just did it in our own way). Kurt is Renny (Rene Descartes), Olivia is Wollstonecraft and Lana is Simone. We decided not to keep the “Princess” joke going as it had been done already and it would be cumbersome to continue it.  The actors like these roles so much, we might have to do a Thanksgiving special, a “not as loved as Halloween or Christmas but still mandatory viewing holiday special”.  And Rich Cyr becomes a Snarflepoof-which one? Listen to find out!

Nutmeg Junction: Nightmare Junction Special #3

Was directed by J. Timothy Quirk and recorded at WAPJ Torrington Community Radio

The Corpse Conductor was written by and starred Josh Newey

Call of the Trolley was written by Lana Peck

It starred

David Robinson

With Kurt Boucher and J. Timothy Quirk

Snarfle-ween

Was written by J. Timothy Quirk

It starred

Jandi Hanna as the Narrator

Lana Peck as Simone

Nick Bourne as Calvin

Rich Cyr as Walden

Kurt Boucher as Renny

Olivia Wadsworth as Wollstonecraft

Melissa Gabehart as Sneechey

Jeff Savage as Plato

The Snarflepoofs theme was written and performed by Lana Peck and Mik Walker © 1998

Nutmeg Junction theme was written and performed by Robert C. Fullerton ©2018 and used with permission

We hope you enjoyed the ride on Nutmeg Junction and may all your journeys bring you back to a happy home.

Episode 27: Nightmare Junction II: The Sad Case of Dr. Horace Wells

 

In the second Halloween special for Nutmeg Junction (Nightmare Junction) the corpse conductor introduces us to the strange case of Dr. Horace Wells, which is based on a true story of a Dentist in Connecticut and may have been the inspiration for the story “Dr. Jeykll and Mr. Hyde”.

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The second tale is a fun story of a poetry reading gone wrong! This one we plan to do LIVE for an audience very soon!

And as a bonus, there’s a wonderful original song by Lana Peck called “Sweet Severed Head” which works perfectly for the Halloween special!

The tale of Dr. Horace Wells was offered first by Conrad Sienkiewicz and followed up by Lana Peck, both of whom shared insight into the piece.

The role of Dr. Wells was portrayed by award winning Atlanta actor Danny Cook, our first “remote actor” for the show (as we record in Connecticut).

 

Thoughts before Breakfast was specifically created for a live event which will occur in the near future!

Nutmeg Junction: Nightmare Junction Special #2

Was written by J. Timothy Quirk

The sad case of Dr. Wells was Based on the ideas suggestion by Conrad Sienkiewicz and Lana Peck

With input on the Corpse Conductor by Josh Newey

It starred

Danny Cook as Dr. Wells

Josh Newey as the Corpse Conductor and Professor Colton

Olivia Wadsworth as Elizabeth

Kurt Boucher as Riggs

Rich Cyr as Samuel Cooley

Jandi Hanna as Morton

Melissa Gabehart as the patient

 

The song sweet severed head written and performed by lana peck © 2013 lana peck music used with permission all other rights reserved to the artist

Thoughts Before Brunch

Written by J. Timoty Quirk

Starring
Rich Cyr as Brad

Kurt Boucher as Brian

Jandi Hanna as Marcia

We hope you enjoyed the ride on Nutmeg Junction and may all your journeys bring you back to a happy home..

Episode 26: Nightmare Junction 1

SHOW NOTES

Daphne’s Inferno was a script I had written in the early months of the program but found a home during the month of Halloween. The story was my take on Dante’s Inferno.

There’s a lot of foreshadowing in the piece-the “That was a HELL of a thing to do”…the fact they didn’t have good reception in the station, etc..lots of pieces in the beginning that set up the story that follows.

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I think the script has the potential to be reworked at some point to bring some foreshadowing in about who Carl is (or his part in the story) but Dante’s Inferno itself is an allegory with tangents and explorations etc and so my piece doesn’t require more than what I wrote but someone down the road may decide that it might work in a different way and that’s understandable.

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I sent the script out to the cast to see if there was interest in recording it and there was, so we set about the rehearsal and recording time. Originally I had the character of Carl and Drew being acted by the same person but it works better separate and Dan Willey was outstanding as “Drew” (T’sup, Drew).

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Josh Newey plays both Virgil and the Corpse Conductor and it’s a real tour de force!  What’s even cooler is that Josh wanted to write the intro for the story as The Corpse Conductor, which was fantastic. Josh is an amazing cast member for Nutmeg Junction, taking on role after role with positive energy and voices that serve the characters in surprising and wondrous ways. And it should be noted that on our show many of our actors have a character (or two) that’s their recurring headlining role, and the Corpse Conductor is definitely a recurring role that’s all Josh’s.

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This episode  marks a great turning point for the series because many on our team are now working on writing scripts or portions of scripts. Now it should be noted the first co-writing experience was in Doctor Keen and the Phenomenal Fifty in The Wizard of Gallows Hill where Lana Peck’s father wrote the story initially and Lana and I re-imagined it for our show. This is the first time a cast member penned their portion completely of the story start to finish and with one minor point, their script was the complete version that was recorded. There’s more of that to come!

 

EPISODE 26: NIGHTMARE JUNCTION 1

WAS WRITTEN BY J. TIMOTHY QUIRK AND JOSH NEWEY

DIRECTED BY CONRAD SIENKIEWICZ

STARRING

JOSH NEWEY AS CORPSE CONDUCTOR AND VIRGIL

OLIVIA WADSWORTH AS DAPHNE

LANA PECK AS THE BECCA/THE DEVIL

RICH CYR AS CARL

DAN WILLEY AS DREW

 

ENCORE PRESENTATION OF SERENDIPHISTORY-EDGAR ALLAN POE AND WASHINGTON IRVING

STARRING JANDI HANNA, RICH CYR AND JOSH NEWEY

 

THEME MUSIC WRITTEN BY ROBERT C. FULLERTON ©2018 AND USED WITH PERMISSION

 

Episode 25: Harriet Holmes-Search for the Lost Episodes III (Trace Duggins:Crime Illustrator)

Intrepid private eye Harriet Holmes meets an iconic detective duo to conclude her search for the Lost Episode of Nutmeg Junction. She locates the story of Trace Duggins: Crime Illustrator in a send-up to the golden age of radio.

SHOW NOTES

There used to be an old time radio program called Casey: Crime Photographer which was nothing more than a detective show with the protagonist who was a photographer for a newspaper.  When creating a parody of that show, Kurt Moffett, who is himself a reporter for a newspaper as well as an integral part of the WAPJ radio station family, was tapped to play the lead.

That being said didn’t want to do a photographer and thought a crime “illustrator” had more appeal especially as the character to wax philosophically about the art choices and bake in to the story line a specific reason why the perpetrator would be caught through art. Since I wasn’t going to use “case-y” and thought Trace would be a great name for an artist.

Occasionally we’ll leave some moments of behind the scenes humor/reactions in the show itself. We do that at the very end of the episode courtesy of Rich Cyr!

The Trace Duggins story line is introduced as part of the Harriet Holmes mythology, or rather trilogy for this is the third and probably final part of the “Search for the Lost Episode” saga. To be sure, we’ll have Harriet Holmes in many more adventures but we’ve done three “lost episodes” shows and as it says in the script, three is a magic number. Olivia Wadsworth is wonderful in the role and her monologues have some of the better one-liners.

I’m excited that the show reintroduces Netta and Nathaniel Chance, our tip of the hat to the Thin Man series, and I absolutely love the way Lana Peck and Kurt Boucher channel the iconic era. These characters were recorded on our very first recording day (ever) of Nutmeg Junction and they deserve some more adventures!

The location of the Harriet Holmes section is in Broughton’s Meadow which was the original name for Florence, Massachusetts area in the Pioneer Valley. Their library is Lilly Library and the iconic and wonderful public park is Look Park. See if you can hear the references to these locations!

Also there are a few shout outs to Leominster Massachusetts! The show is heading to Leominster’s WLPZ on October 20th!

We continue our new way of creating Episode art-with photos taken via Kurt Boucher and myself (not sure who took which photos but it was a collaborative effort on the team). Jandi Hanna located a magnifying glass which we used during the photo shoot and in future episode covers it will probably be seen!

 

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CREDITS
EPISODE 25: HARRIET HOLMES AND THE SEARCH FOR THE LOST EPISODE III WITH TRACE DUGGINS: CRIME ILLUSTRATOR

WAS WRITTEN AND DIRECTED BY J. TIMOTHY QUIRK (C)2018

STARRING:

OLIVIA WADSWORTH AS HARRIET HOLMES/MS. SUSPECTON/MRS. GRIMLEY

KURT MOFFETT AS TRACE DUGGINS: CRIME ILLUSTRATOR

LANA PECK AS NETTA CHANCE/NARRATOR

KURT BOUCHER AS NATHANIEL CHANCE/MR. GRIMLEY

MELISSA GABEHART AS STRANGER ON A TRAIN/MAUDE PATTERSON

JANDI HANNA AS ROBYN THE REPORTER/LIBRARIAN

JOSH NEWEY AS POLICE OFFICER

RICH CYR AS THE BUTLER CHADWICK