Episode 3: A Case of A Little Light Murder

The Audio, Show Notes, Photos and more

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This episode was the second of the first three episodes which we recorded on the same date in January. The recording session was fun but also a learning experience. For one thing it was the first full cast passenger story where everyone fit into the small room of Studio B at WAPJ station in Torrington.

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The impetus of the story was to capture the familiar concept of a husband and wife mystery team as exemplified in the William Powell and Myrna Loy era. The characters of Nathaniel and Netta Chase were voiced by Kurt Boucher and Lana Peck who have worked together many times before and have a natural rapport.

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Now as it is an approximately 10 minute mini-mystery the fun was in the creation of the sound effects and music to accompany the voices. We were very happy that State Representative Michelle Cook was willing to be a guest on our show and while there, she was asked to voice a role in the mystery which she was very gracious enough to do for us.

Rich Cyr and Jandi Hanna were the Rowlings, and they become an even more formidable team in the next episode (Episode 4: The Grey Whisper).

Josh Newey and Robert C Fullerton provide stand out supporting voices in the piece as Benjamin Marley and the butler, Jennings.

Robert C Fullerton then joined Emily Victoria. Emily Victoria is an extraordinary young talent and both songs “Unafraid” and “Cruel Intentions”

As for the mini-drama on the trolley involving conductor JT thinking he will be the new Lead Conductor, consider that this was written at the same time and in the same voice as the prior episode and the tone was considered from my perspective the way of a Jack Benny show which enjoys some playful banter and teasing of characters.

 

CREDITS

Episode title: A Case of A Little Light Murder © 2018 J. TIMOTHY QUIRK

The Program Was Created/Written/Produced/Edited by J. Timothy Quirk

Guest Passenger: State Representative Michelle Cook

Musical Guest: Emily Victoria

 

Starring:

LANA PECK AS CONDUCTOR ELLA AND NETTA CHANCE

KURT BOUCHER AS NATHANIEL CHANCE

JANDI HANNA AS LEAD CONDUCTOR MARGOT MUELLER AND MRS. ROWLING

J. TIMOTHY QUIRK AS “JT” AND JAMES CROMWELL

RICH CYR AS MR. ROWLING

JOSH NEWEY AS BENJAMIN MARLEY

MICHELLE COOK AS TABITHA MARLEY

CONRAD SIENKIEWICZ AS NARRATOR

 

DIRECTED BY CONRAD SIENKIEWICZ

Rehearsed at Trinity Episcopal Church in Torrington

Recorded at WAPJ Torrington Community Radio

MUSIC:

The Nutmeg Junction Theme by Robert C. Fullerton (c) 2018

Mr. JT (instrumental) by Robert C. Fullerton (c) 2018

Unafraid (c) Emily Victoria

Cruel Intentions (C) Emily Victoria

Additional music and foley courtesy of Youtube royalty free music or otherwise obtained in the environment by J. Timothy Quirk

Episode 2: What’s the Good Word

The AUDIO, the PHOTOS, SHOW NOTES and more.

 

SHOW NOTES:

This was the first episode we actually rehearsed and recorded. In fact we rehearsed the episodes one one night. Then we recorded those three episodes on one night in late January. W e recorded the show out of sequence, recording the musicians first and then different segments of each show which made the editing process a challenge.

Our musical guest for this episode was the incredible duo Belle of the Fall.

 

Belle of the Fall was amazing. They have just released their second album and they have an album release concert at Infinity Bistro in Norfolk, Ct on 4/22. They performed two songs for us and they were wonderful. The applause was spontaneous and well deserved.

The episode was recorded by Barrie Soucy of WAPJs Miscellaneous Morning Show.

Our first guest star was Rich Cyr, the comedian and author (and soon to be podcaster). Rich has always been an entertaining individual and his creative energies seem to be limitless. I interviewed him for a Nutmeg Chatter post a few years back. Then I had the opportunity with my friend KJ Johansen on our show Black Tie Lunchbox.  And further, when I wrote about an Improv group out of (at that time) Derby called Sterling Lion, I discovered he was a part of that group too!  So I was well aware of his talents. When he came to the show he offered his vocal abilities to a role in the FOLLOWING episode after that one and we knew he’d be a great fit for our group. He was invited to join us as a Nutmeg Junctioneer. As this was the first episode we ever did and he was a part of it and the subsequent ones, he holds a rare distinction of being our first GUEST and being a founding member of the Nutmeg Junction team.

 

The idea we had for the passenger story pays homage to game shows of old and of a particular familiar golden age comedian who hosted a very popular game show.  I enjoy the dynamic between Lana Peck and Kurt Boucher who act and perform together with the group Glum Puppet.  Josh Newey jumped in for the announcer and does a wonderful job.

Caroline Sienkiewicz and our director Conrad Sienkiewicz are passengers who come take the train. Originally we had the idea of recording the song every single time. That was not a particularly effective idea for time and resources so that idea was scrapped.

My “JT (J. Timothy Quirk) character’s interaction with Jandi Hanna’s Lead Conductor Margot was meant to tell a short story within a story.  The character of Lead Conductor Margot was created specifically to have a three story arc, to announce a retirement, prepare for it and then retire.  As stated in the past episode, we liked Jandi’s character so much, we used the fourth episode written/rehearsed/recorded (Blaze Jackson)  as our premiere episode to give that character more time on the air. As for my character I was listening to a lot of Jack Benny episodes before writing the script and I was thinking of an older, sometimes flawed but engaging host of the show.  That was the concept. We were learning here in our pilot episodes but I think and hope the audience will see that our learning curve is rather short.

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A few days ago I was speaking to John Ramsey, the GM of WAPJ where we record the show. He said over the years there were countless individuals who professed interest in doing an audio-theater program from time to time but those ideas never came to fruition.  He recalled that I professed the same interest to him and then weeks later we accomplished it. It’s true that we started the idea at the end of December, our first meeting was 12/28 which is why we call the main trolley the 12-28. We rehearsed our first episodes in January 15th. We recorded at the end of January.  We went to air on April 1 on WAPJ (and as it turned out we actually aired on Robin Hood Radio that Saturday 3/31).  This was only accomplished because there are so many talented and dedicated people who want to see the idea succeed.

We have recorded 8 stories so far. This is but the second one. As we continue to build the show and grow we add more talented actors to our number who are finding this adventure to be quite entertaining and fun.

Our upcoming stories will include a tongue and cheek mystery at an old mansion with Nathaniel and Netta Chance, an adventure featuring  The Grey Whisper who is “a master of disguise, a fighter of crime and a wonderful knitter”, a tale in space called “Space Sentries”, a story with a young adventurer called “Daring Darling Darly” and an intriguing science fiction epic entitled “The Professor” which is the episode written specifically  to feature a “passenger story” (read audio-theater) all the way through.

We are all volunteers who are creating a show we hope our listeners will enjoy.

Find us on itunes and RATE IT Please!

CREDITS

Episode title: What’s the Good Word © 2018 J. TIMOTHY QUIRK

The Program Was Created/Written/Produced/Edited by J. Timothy Quirk

Guest Performer: Rich Cyr

Musical Guest: Belle of the Fall

 

Starring:

JANDI HANNA AS LEAD CONDUCTOR MARGOT MUELLER

CAROLINE SIENKIEWICZ AS JULIA

CONRAD SIENKIEWICZ AS “MR. PORTER”

KURT BOUCHER AS “RANCHO”

LANA PECK AS MS. JEFFERSON

JOSH NEWEY AS THE ANNOUNCER

CONRAD SIENKIEWICZ AS NARRATOR

J. TIMOTHY QUIRK AS CONDUCTOR JT

DIRECTED BY CONRAD SIENKIEWICZ

Rehearsed at Trinity Episcopal Church in Torrington

Recorded at WAPJ Torrington Community Radio

MUSIC:

The Nutmeg Junction Theme by Robert C. Fullerton (c) 2018

Mr. JT (instrumental) by Robert C. Fullerton (c) 2018

Spinning Around the Sun  by Belle of the Fall (c) 2018

Nothing Left to Lose by Belle of the Fall  (c) 2016

Additional music and foley courtesy of Youtube royalty free music or otherwise obtained in the environment by J. Timothy Quirk

EPISODE 1: BLAZE JACKSON-GALAXY ADJUSTER!

THE AUDIO, SHOW NOTES, PHOTOS AND MORE

Welcome to the inaugural episode of Nutmeg Junction!  You can listen to the program RIGHT HERE:

You can also hear it via podcast HERE

This is the BUZZ SPROUT podcast:

https://www.buzzsprout.com/168185/675323-episode-1-blaze-jackson-galaxy-adjuster

Note: The show will be on ITUNES SHORTLY.

 

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Show notes:

Episode 1: Blaze Jackson was actually the FOURTH episode that was written, rehearsed and recorde       d but it became our premiere episode for many reasons. First and foremost, our guest Robert Kwalick was going to be performing in a production of It Shoulda Been You at the Goshen Players (april 13-28) so airing the show first would make his interview very timely. Second, the character of Lead Conductor Margot Mueller was designed specifically to retire in the third episode but we loved how Jandi Hanna brought the character to life and felt as if Margot deserved an episode all her own to establish the role.   Jandi’s recurring continuity canon character “Nonna Hanna” makes a brief appearance as well, plus she is in the passenger story (Blaze Jackson) so this is a tour de force show for Jandi Hanna!

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Robert Kwalick voices Blaze Jackson: Galaxy Adjuster
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Director Conrad Sienkiewicz reads the script while Josh Newey and Robert Kwalick share a laugh

 

The idea of this show is simple. A passenger (Robert Kwalick) has time to kill at Nutmeg Junction station. He visits Baxter’s Bookstore and More and Nonna  Hanna’s Junction Café and listens to some music.  Robert carries his part very well, he’s likeable and inquisitive and his interaction with the cast is wonderful. Robert also voices the titular role of Blaze Jackson and he gives the role the perfect amount of gravitas and humor.

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Jandi Hanna and Lana Peck voicing their roles of Princess Hazard and Jane Goodwell

Josh Newey has two roles which call upon his vocal talent. I love what he did with Baxter, his continuity canon character. Baxter is sort of a know-it-all but he uses his knowledge for good so we can’t fault him.  As Dr. Icarus he’s plays him particularly cringe-worthy as befits the character.

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Josh Newey brings “Baxter” to life

Lana Peck portrays Jane Goodwell who properly redirects Newey’s Icarus with knowledge and strength. Conrad Sienkiewicz, the director of the show, plays Captain Ryder and the narrator-the Ryder character has the most action of anyone in the script and just hearing his faux heroic voice for Ryder made me laugh.

Robert C. Fullerton performs the music; two of his songs are featured prominently and sets the table for other performers (and return engagement from Fullerton himself) in future shows.  Fullerton wrote the theme song and the incidental music.

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The Blaze Jackson concept is a meeting of the world of science fiction and the world of insurance. The human heroes captured by an alien empire is a common sci-fi trope and I thought that they idea of that empire being called “the Underwriters” seemed like a funny concept.

We will undoubtedly return to the SCI-FI realm of Old Time Radio in future episodes of Nutmeg Junction.

 

The last segment was the interview with Robert Kwalick. We discussed It Shoulda Been You which will be performed in Goshen for three weekends starting 4/13.

For information about that show visit GOSHEN PLAYERS ON THE WEB

CREDITS

Episode title: Blaze Jackson-Galaxy Adjuster © 2018 J. TIMOTHY QUIRK

The Program Was Created/Written/Produced/Edited by J. Timothy Quirk

Guest Performer: Robert Kwalick

Music: Robert C Fullerton

 

Starring:

ROBERT KWALICK AS BLAZE JACKSON AND HIMSELF

JANDI HANNA AS LEAD CONDUCTOR MARGOT MUELLER /PRINCESS HAZARD/NONNA HANNA

LANA PECK AS JANE GOODWELL

JOSH NEWEY AS BAXTER AND DR. LAZLO ICARUS

CONRAD SIENKIEWICZ AS NARRATOR AND CAPTAIN RYDER

DIRECTED BY CONRAD SIENKIEWICZ

Rehearsed at Trinity Episcopal Church in Torrington

Recorded at WAPJ Torrington Community Radio

MUSIC:

The Nutmeg Junction Theme by Robert C. Fullerton (c) 2018

Mr. JT   by Robert C. Fullerton (c) 2018

Back Again by Robert C. Fullerton  (c) 2016

Chasing Constellations by Robert C. Fullerton (c) 2018

Additional music and foley courtesy of Youtube royalty free music or otherwise obtained in the environment by J. Timothy Quirk

Episode 1a

Meet the Cast: Caroline Sienkiewicz

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Caroline Sienkiewicz (photo by lsgoriginal)

Caroline Sienkiewicz-Babbitt is in 6th grade at Torrington Middle School. She is part of High Honors, Girl Scout troop 40004, the Warner theater, Goshen Players, and the TMS drama club. She is almost 12 in May. She loves to read and write. She has been in productions of Seussical, Peter Pan, First Date, Boeing Boeing, and is now in Beauty and the Beast. She wants to be a special effects makeup and movie artist when she gets older. Her favorite animals are whales and otters, and her favorite color is maroon. She also knows that those facts are irrelevant.

Among her many roles in Nutmeg Junction is the recurring character, Julia Porter. Her signature role as “Darly” in “The New Adventures of Daring Darling Darly”!

Nutmeg Junction will begin airing Sunday April 1 at 1pm on WAPJ (89.9 and 105.1FM) and April 2nd on other stations and online.  Stay tuned for exciting information about the program!

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Caroline Sienkiewicz (right) prepares her audio performance with encouragement from Lana Peck (left) and Jandi Hanna (middle)

Meet the Cast: Jandi Hanna

 

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Jandi Hanna lives in Falls Village and makes her living as a Speech/Language Pathologist for Region One Schools. Although she grew up in Goshen, she has worked with theatres in several parts of the country, including Chicago, Binghamton (NY) and Philadelphia, as well as on production teams in Public TV in Washington DC. Locally, she has enjoyed acting with The Aglet Theatre Company, the Warner Playwrights Festivals, Aspen Dream Dinner Theatre, and the Goshen Players. Jandi is delighted that J. Timothy Quirk has brought Nutmeg Junction to town and that she gets to ride the rails with this wonderful group of traveling voices.

In Nutmeg Junction, Jandi Hanna begins our series as Lead Conductor Margot and in later episodes enthralls audiences as the wondrous character, The Grey Whisper!

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Meet the Cast: Rich Cyr

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Rich Cyr’s love of performing began at an early age.He started writing short stories at the age of 9.His 4th grade teacher enjoyed them so much that she would have him read his stories to the class. This led to writing stories with his 2 brother’s and performing them for the neighborhood kids in his parent’s basement.

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Rich Cyr photo by lsgoriginal

When he was older, his love of music became much stronger. He enjoyed being the lead singer in several bands throughout his 20’s. After the bands had broken up he realized that talking about music was just as fun. He attended CT School of Broadcasting.  The 1990’s consisted of him being a disc jockey at several radio stations, including the now defunct 106.9 WCCC.

Realizing that radio wasn’t paying the bills, he decided that he needed a ‘real job’, but never lost his love of the arts. During this time he co-wrote a television pilot, co-hosted a public access television show, and co-wrote, co-produced and starred in a documentary.

Never one to rest on his laurels, he decided to jump head first into the comedy scene by becoming a stand up comedian. This led to performing his unique brand of comedy in 8 different states; performing in many of the major venues. Some include: Joker’s Wild, Funny Bone, Comedy Connection and Zanie’s. His biggest thrill in comedy was performing with The Roast Master General himself, Jeff Ross.

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Looking for a way to combine his love of acting and comedy, he began working with the improv group Sterling Lion. The group performed several shows, including the radio version of ‘It’s A Wonderful Life’, where he voiced 8 different characters.

As they say, the past has a habit of repeating itself. He began writing again, publishing 5 stories on Wattpad.com. Rich can also be heard hosting his own podcast, ‘The CLAW’s Corner’, which will feature interviews from all walks of life. Coming soon will be actress Adrienne Barbeau, actor Daniel Roebuck, musicians, actors, directors, comedians and paranormalist’s.

When asked if he will ever slow down, his answer is always the same: “NO! Not as long as it’s FUN!!!

Meet the Cast: Kurt Boucher

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Kurt Boucher is a founding member of the Nutmeg Junction team. Let’s learn more about this fascinating cast member!
First, Boucher is the co-host and producer of Nerd Talk on Citizen’s Television in New Haven, Connecticut, a program which discusses and celebrates gaming, movies, graphic novels and more.

 

Additionally, Boucher is also one half of “Glum Puppet” a Connecticut duo that performs “esoteric modern vaudeville”. Through the use of video, music, puppets & spoken word, glum puppet celebrates cultural favorites.

A man of many talents, he is also a singer/songwriter in his own right and records under the name “Drosh”.

And if that were not enough, Boucher deejays a weekly radio show on Sunday nights on DenverUndergroundRadio

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Kurt Boucher (with Director Conrad Sienkiwicz in the background) as photographed by lsgoriginal

As a founding member of Nutmeg Junction, Boucher portrayed many characters during the first recorded episodes of the program. He portrayed “Rancho” on the game show “What’s the Secret Word”, he portrayed Nathaniel Chance (a character that is one half of the world’s greatest amateur-to-semi-pro detective team) and he portrays “Ox” who takes on “The Grey Whisper”!

More information about the cast of Nutmeg Junction coming soon!

*Nutmeg Junction is coming to the airwaves on April 1, 2018