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Episode 215: Nutmeg Junction Live Part II

Nutmeg Junction performed full shows live for the very first time on 4/27/2019 at the Center on Main in Falls Village, CT. This is the audio of part two of the evening where the audio theater team performed 3 episodes

 

In part two our guest conductor for this episode was Mariel who acted in a prior Nutmeg Junction episode as “the doll” in our “Brady Bunch” homage of the Space-y Squad.

Our first story celebrates our “detective” characters all meeting and interacting for the very first time.

There’s Inspector Trompe-Loeil (Jandi Hanna), Harriet Holmes (Olivia Wadsworth), Nathaniel (Kurt Boucher) and Netta (Lana Peck) Chance, Daring Darling Darly (Deborah Goodman) and characters from other stories including Red Herring (Jeff Savage) and mention of Packa Dermy Poo, and Lenny Snitchwell (Jack Sheedy).

Rich Cyr portrays the librarian and also portrays…himself in a conversation with the Conductor, Conrad Sienkiewicz. Phil Hall portrays the Adman.

The second story we ran was a Doc Keen short which was heavy into audience participation.

I decided for the audio of this show to put in the recording of the live “Thank Your Lucky Stars”  story with Olivia Wadsworth as the world’s greatest audio theater magician on Jack Sheedy’s talk show-thank your lucky stars. It features wonderful piano by Robert C. Fullerton and Deborah Goodman as “the volunteer.

 

All stories were written by J. Timothy Quirk

Next post will be Part 3, the conclusion of the Live show!

 

 

NUTMEG JUNCTION LIVE: 4/27/2019 (7:30PM) CENTER ON MAIN IN FALLS VILLAGE CT

Nutmeg Junction will perform our first full live production of three complete episodes of our old time radio style audio theater show with 8 unique scripts (7 never before heard on the program) involving some of the most beloved Junction characters on Saturday 4/27/2019 at 7:30pm at the Center on Main, 103 Main Street, Falls Village, CT.

It’s been an amazing journey just to get to this point.

Nutmeg Junction is recorded at WAPJ, Torrington Community radio station and it airs on 14 stations in 4 states and online. Starting the program out was an adventure. The first three episodes were recorded on one night at the end of January, 2018. The studio was abuzz with excitement and activity.  An early concept for the show included not just an audio theater portion of the show but also a musical component and interview portion so Belle of the Fall and Elizabeth Victoria were in the studio to perform and guests State Rep Michelle Cook and Rich Cyr were there. By this time, Rich Cyr had already been invited to join our cast so he had the rare distinction of being a special guest and cast member.  Quality photos by LSG Original Photography captured the moment. The evening captured some extraordinary performances and we learned from the experience as we moved forward.

With these episodes recorded and subsequently edited, we had the “proof of concept” to submit to radio stations including WAPJ. WAPJ and the Robin Hood Radio Network which included multiple stations, wanted the show and had a timeslot for it. On March 31st, 2018 11am the Nutmeg Junction show aired on the Robin Hood Radio network and on April 1, 2018, the program aired on WAPJ.

At the beginning days of the show one of the formative ideas was to eventually perform the show live at least once that year and then do “more” in 2019.  We achieved the initial goal when we performed live on December 2nd 2018 as part of the SpeakEasy program, where we would be the featured “speakers” among many speakers that night for the Poetry/Spoken word event. We performed an Inspector Trompe-Loeil story, a Space Sentries story and an original script called “Thoughts Before Brunch”. It was a lot of fun to do and this spurred more interest to do a full live production of Nutmeg Junction.

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Nutmeg Junction performing as a part of SpeakEasy Dec 2, 2018

It’s an interesting  challenge to produce a live production; it’s certainly very different from the creation of an in-studio recording. Being a part of the SpeakEasy event was a wonderful experience because our role was to show up and perform and we had unique stories no one had yet heard. We did promote the show and there was an article in the paper and there were opportunities to talk about it on the air and the end result was that the evening was the largest turn out for the SpeakEasy event they had had for the year. Still on the whole, our focus was on the performance itself and we enjoyed the opportunity to present stories in front of an audience.

Many old time radio programs were performed in front of a studio audience and there’s something extraordinary about the immediate feedback on the material. And some modern examples of this consistent audio theater in front of a live audience includes the formerly titled “Prairie Home Companion” and the LA Based “Thrilling Adventure Hour”. But both of these shows were performed in large cities with other beneficial factors unique to their shows built in, specifically national recognition of the show and/or the stars who performed on the show. But for us in 2019, one night a year to be directly producing a show is perfect. Once again we’re doing 3 episodes, just like we did in January, but this time it’s for an audience, and it’s live!

We are performing at The Center on Main. It’s a wonderful theater in the heart of a picture-perfect community of Falls Village.

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The Center on Main 103 Main Street, Falls Village, CT

I enjoyed the opportunity to talk about our upcoming 4/27 live show in a number outlets including Denver Underground radio with fellow Nutmeg Junction-eer Kurt Boucher.

Here’s the audio!

we had a wonderful spot on KBJB radio

Here’s the audio!

I enjoyed a wonderful conversation with Marshall Miles on Robin hood radio

Here’s the link!

Robin Hood Radio interview with J. Timothy Quirk

I enjoyed a wonderful interview with Barrie Soucy (audio to be uploaded soon).

I also enjoyed talking with Jacque Williams on the feel good show (sadly it wasn’t recorded!)

And an interview with Shaw on his podcast Shaw and Tell!

As the day approaches, I’m looking forward to sharing these fun stories and the exceptional vocal talent of the voice actors on the show with the audience.  The event will be a benefit for the Lee H. Kellogg School (all donations will be for the benefit of the school).

This is the only planned live event we will produce as a specific Nutmeg Junction show so it is a very special engagement. We encourage all to come and support the show, support the Lee H. Kellogg School and enjoy quality entertainment on 4/27/2019 at 7;30pm at the Center on Main in Falls Village, CT!

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Episode 212: Malcolm MacDuff: Theatre Detective (Plus Space Sentries: Vector Theorem II)

Introducing Malcolm MacDuff: Theatre Detective. Jeff Savage stars in the title role and with his faithful associate Concord (Dan Willey) investigates a plot that occurs within a Shakespeare Festival.
Then we continue the Space Sentries: Additional Lineage story The Vector Theorem Part II. On the Salisbury, Ensign Puffle, (Rich Cyr), Lieutenant Laurel Yanny (Lana Peck) and Security Chief Ace Grimsely (Olivia Wadsworth) must deal with the Space Brigand invasion (Robert C. Fullerton and Jeff Savage) with the assistance of Admiral Alx (Kurt Boucher) and Hologram Admiral Complication (Phil Hall).

LISTEN HERE:

 

TITLE CARD 212

SHOW NOTES

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One of the original ideas for Nutmeg Junction that I had yet to write was the Theatre Detective, a Detective that played in to the Theatre tropes of backstage shenanigans. with puns galore.

I finally had the opportunity to write the script and put, if not every Shakespeare pun, certainly everyone I could think of.

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We then continued the story of Space Sentries. I asked which actors would be available and then tailored the second part of the story to include those characters.

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CREDITS

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Nutmeg Junction was written, created and produced by J. Timothy Quirk (c) 2019
The program was recorded at WAPJ Torrington Community Radio and is available to all
community radio stations.

Malcolm MacDuff Theatre Detective starred
Jeff Savage as Malcolm MacDuff
Dan Willey as Concord
Kurt Boucher as The Director
Olivia Wadsworth as Tamora
Rich Cyr as Nick Bottom
Lana Peck as the Prop Master.

and Robert C. Fullerton as Sampson

Malcolm MacDuff Theme Song written, performed by Robert C. Fullerton (c) 2019

Nutmeg Junction Theme Song written, performed by Robert C. Fullerton (c) 2019

Space Sentries: The Additional Lineage= The Vector Theorem part two
Starring:

Jeff Savage as Space Brigand II
Robert C. Fullerton as Space Brigand I

Dan Willey as the Narrator
Kurt Boucher as Admiral Alx
Olivia Wadsworth as Ace Grimsely
Rich Cyr as Ensign Puffle
Lana Peck as the Laurel Yanny

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Episode 211: Professor A in The Dean of Death Part II

For Nutmeg Junction Season 2 Episode 11, (episode 211) we present the conclusion of the Professor A: Adjunct Professor to the Multiverse story “Dean of Death Part II”.  Starring Lana Peck as Professor A, Kurt Boucher as Dr. Robere and Tiffy McKay as Ms. Gentry, the program also stars Jeff Savage in an extraordinary performance as Dean Hewland, also dubbed the Dean of Death!

Added to the program is “A Case of a Little Light Murder”, a Nathaniel and Netta Chance mystery.

Listen HERE

TITLE CARD 211

 

Nutmeg Junction was written created and produced by J. Timothy Quirk ©2019

It was recorded at WAPJ Torrington Community Radio

Professor A: Dean of Death Part One

Starred

Lana Peck as Professor A

Kurt Boucher as Doctor Robere

Tiffy McKay as Ms. Gentry

Jeff savage as Dean Hewland

The Professor A Theme song was written, created and performed by Lana Pack ©2018 all rights reserved.

The Nutmeg Junction Theme song was written created and performed by Robert C. Fullerton ©2018 all r r

We hope you enjoyed your journey on the trolley and may all your journeys bring you back to a happy home.

Episode 210: Professor A in “Dean of Death Part 1 of 2”

Nutmeg Junction: New Old Time Radio Show 2019 In Season 2 Episode 10 (air date 3/30/2019) Professor A: Adjunct Professor to the Multi-verse receives an assignment to track down Dean Hewland, the “Dean of Death”.  A beacon from the pod that Hewland had previously used has been activated on a deserted planet Earth in a time line very close to the PRIME time line. Is Hewland still alive and if not, who has activated the beacon?

Listen to the program HERE:

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SHOW NOTES

There are no photos during the recording of this episode as we recorded the Space Sentries story first. The Dean of Death is a two part story and Kurt Boucher had to record his lines remotely and Tiffy McKay recorded her narration remotely so when we recorded this story, we focused on the recording aspect only.

Jeff Savage appears as a character in part two of the story.

CREDITS

Nutmeg Junction was written created and produced by J. Timothy Quirk ©2019

It was recorded at WAPJ Torrington Community Radio

Professor A: Dean of Death Part One

Starred

Lana Peck as Professor A

Kurt Boucher as Doctor Robere

Tiffy McKay as Ms. Gentry

The Professor A Theme song was written, created and performed by Lana Pack ©2018 all rights reserved.

The Nutmeg Junction Theme song was written created and performed by Robert C. Fullerton ©2018 all rights reserved.

 

 

Episode 209: Space Sentries-The Additional Lineage

In prior episodes of our “new” old time radio audio-theater program Nutmeg Junction, we presented the concept of “Space Sentries” which pays homage to the classic sci-fi programs of the golden age of radio. We take the concept into the future in this mockumentary where we imagine Space Sentries as a program that has been updated decades later and the amazing concept they come up with..is that the crew is older.

Rejoin Puffle and Commander (now Admiral) Alx, and Admiral Complication (now Hologram Admiral Complication) and the new crew as they discuss the adventures of the Starship Salisbury! Let’s hope the new team can keep control of the ship!

Season 2: Episode 9.

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Listen HERE!

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Show notes:
The original concept of Space Sentries was to pay homage to the sci-fi golden age radio programs of old-especially one program in particular that seemed to use sci-fi jargon instead of great sound effects to indicate it was a space program. Having done multiple episodes with characters Ensign Puffle and Commander Alx with Admiral Complication, we expanded the “universe” to include First Op Gillard, Lieutenant Laurel Yannie (which by now is a dated reference which makes it funnier for us), Beautician Jenny Snips, Doctor Wolfe (whose catch phrase is “Oops”), Ace Grimsely and of course the seemingly mythological enemies;the Galaxons.
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The conceit of this “update” is to bring the show forward into the future, and by our standards, bringing it up to 1987. We introduce new characters like Captain Hudson, Lieutenant Fields, Murph, Lieutenant Machinery and a producer and a writer for the program.
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This was one of our largest groups recording a show so we took shifts to make sure we could do it right. Kurt Boucher (Commander-now Admiral Alx) was under the weather so he recorded his lines at home and we dubbed him in.
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Everyone had the script for the mockumentary portion. When we arrived for the rehearsal/recording, I provided the short “The Vector Theorem” which we recorded immediately thereafter.
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We may create MORE Space Sentries stories in the future depending on the availability and interest of the cast but if you have any comments on it, feel free to share!
Credits
Written/created and produced by J. Timothy Quirk (c)2019
Space Sentries Theme Song (1 and 2) written and created and performed by Robert C. Fullerton (c) 2019
CAST

Tiffy Mckay as Jenny Snips
David Macharelli as Captain Hudson
Kurt Boucher as Commander/Admiral Alx
Rich Cyr as Ensign Puffle
Phil Hall as Hologram Admiral Complication
Robert C. Fullerton as Phred Hicken/Space Brigand
Jeff Savage as the producer Cliff Barley
Jandi Hanna as Lieutenant Machinery
Dan Willey as First Op Gillard
Lana Peck as Laurel Yannie
Sharon Waagner as Doctor Wolfe
Nick Bourne as Lieutenant Fields/Murph
Olivia Wadsworth as Ace Grimsely

Harriet Holmes: Sleep of Angels-the Conclusion

Private Eye Harriet Holmes is in deep in her investigation of the charismatic Congressman Jack Vindle. Discovering just how Vindle is holding illicit communications outside the public eye, Holmes has to take steps to discover the truth but can she do it in time? And what steps will Vindle take as he learns more about Holmes? Is that Vindle outside her door? Tune in to the thrilling conclusion of Harriet Holmes: Sleep of Angels.
Starring Olivia Wadsworth as Harriet Holmes
and Nick Bourne as Congressman Jack Vindle
with Jandi Hanna, Robert C. Fullerton and J. Timothy Quirk.
Written by J. Timothy Quirk

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LISTEN HERE:

SHOW NOTES:
This 3 part Harriet Holmes story was a departure from our usual parody/comedy style and we enjoyed the challenge of presenting a more adult concept. We determined hereafter that when we do more adult themed/serious stories that we will do so under the Nutmeg Junction Underground banner so there is no confusion.

Robert C. Fullerton composed and performed the new Harriet Holmes theme which is very exciting.

We didn’t take any new photos the week we recorded this, I believe a lot of us were not 100% as it relates to health.

In conclusion we will do more serious stories in the future, just under the new Underground banner and we hope you enjoyed the tone of this three episode arc!

Credits

Season 2 Episode 8: Harriet Holmes: Sleep of Angels 3-the Conclusion

was written, created and produced by J. Timothy Quirk (C) 2019

Starring

Olivia Wadsworth as Harriet Holmes

Nick Bourne as Congressman Jack Vindle

with

Jandi Hanna as Muffy Danvers

Robert C. Fullerton as Pierce

Dan Willey as Muscle

J. Timothy Quirk as Otis

Nutmeg Junction Theme composed, performed by Robert C. Fullerton (c) 2018 all rights reserved.

The Harriet Holmes Theme composed, performed by Robert C. Fullerton (c) 2019 all rights reserved.

Harriet Holmes: Sleep of Angels Part 2

Private Eye Harriet Holmes continues to investigate the charismatic Congressman Jack Vindle. Her client, wealthy socialite Muffy Danvers, believes Vindle is having communications outside of the public schedule and she wants to know what they are. Holmes attempts to unlock the mystery that includes discovering the motives of her client.

Starring Olivia Wadsworth as Harriet Holmes with Nick Bourne as Congressman Jack VIndle.  Also starring Jandi Hanna, Robert C. Fullerton, Dan Willey and J. Timothy Quirk.

LISTEN HERE:

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SHOW NOTES

This series features the original music by Robert C. Fullerton who composed and performed the Harriet Holmes theme.  Musician Robert C Fullerton also acts as Mr. Pierce in our story.

This story is a departure from the usual parody story we often share, it is a darker story and has elements of the Raymond Chandler/Dashiell Hammet school of detective/noir thrillers. With Nutmeg Junction, we celebrate the world of Old Time Radio (audio theater) and there are a plethora of genres that entertained the listening audience. We’ve focused on the comedic aspects of the medium but we can do stories of all varieties and we decided to flex our dramatic muscles with this three part story.

The story was intended to be shared in four or five segments but when our lead actor Nick Bourne had an opportunity to head to the Big Apple, we decided to put the entire story in three episodes. This is why this particular story is only 20 minutes (and we added “Thoughts before Brunch” as a bonus to the episode, but the final chapter (chapter 3) will be the full 30 minutes.

 

HARRIET AND VINDLE PART 2C

Harriet Holmes: The Sleep of Angels P.1

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Nick Bourne as Congressman Jack Vindle and Olivia Wadsworth as Harriet Holmes

 

LISTEN HERE

Private Eye Harriet Holmes takes a case to document the comings and goings of a popular Congressman for a mysterious client. Following a car from the Congressman’s home, Holmes and her assistant Otis discover there may be more to the case than meets the eye in this noir style thriller.

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Olivia Wadsworth as Harriet Holmes with Hunter Reese as Otis

 

In this episode we present the first part of a ‘noir” inspired narrative “Harriet Holmes and the Sleep of Angels.  This story is a departure from our usual lighthearted fare.

The story was intended to be a three chapter arc but we found that one of the key actors in the story, Nick Bourne who portrays Congressman Jack Vindle, will be pursuing theater in the city that never sleeps (and we’re rooting for him!) so we will share the part two of the story next week.
Starring
Olivia Wadsworth as Harriet Holmes
NIck Bourne as Congressman Jack Vindle
Hunter Reese as Otis
with Jandi Hanna, Dan Willey and J. Timothy Quirk

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Grey Whisper: Anthracite in Two & Space Sentries III

 

In the continuation of the Grey Whisper three part story “Anthracite in Blue, we have the second segment “Anthracite in TWO”.  It features Jandi Hanna as The Grey Whisper and Rich Cyr as Rusty.  Our heroes investigate the case of the theft of fiber art from the fourth most popular fiber art museum in the region.

The story pays homage to the Athol-Orange area as we joined the WVAO station and wanted to give some shout outs!

Also we add Space Sentries III, the studio version. We recorded a live version of this short segment in November but we wanted to add a studio version for posterity with better sound quality for the story.

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Credits

Nutmeg Junction was created, written and produced by J. Timothy Quirk

Madeline: Jandi Hanna

Rusty: Rich Cyr

Dalton: Kurt Boucher

Dr. Unhippa: Robert C. Fullerton

Jean Craftwell: Olivia Wadsworth

Announcer: Nick Bourne

Girl: Mariel Quirk

In Space Sentries III:
Commander Alx: Kurt Boucher

Ensign Puffle: Rich Cyr

Announcer: J. Timothy Quirk