Episode 4: The Grey Whisper

EPISODE 4 THE GREY WHISPER

In this episode we meet Nutmeg Junction trolley line’s Quality Reviewer Kent Flashman as Ella becomes Lead Conductor for the first time.  We enjoy music from Robert C. Fullerton and meet VIP guest Leslie Elias of The Grumbling Gryphons Traveling Children’s Theatre group.  In our passenger story we introduce The Grey Whisper who is a master of disguise, fighter of crime and a wonderful knitter!

 

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Jandi Hanna as Madeline Forthright/The Grey Whisper
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Kurt Boucher as “Ox”   Rich Cyr as “Rusty” and Robert C Fullerton as Dr. Unhippa

The Grey Whisper idea was the “proof of concept” piece that I edited first and used to send to WAPJ and to Robin Hood Radio which led to their acceptance of our program. It’s a wonderful romp through a story line that’s reminiscent of the pulp hero stories that

The interaction between Lana Peck (as Twomley) and Kurt Boucher (as Ox) especially when dealing with Josh Newey’s Whiddlebury makes me laugh every time I listen to it.

This is the last episode from the first recording session. It was a wonderful evening but we found in future recordings that it would be best to have a Sunday afternoon recording session moving forward and only rehearsals at night.

We recorded Robert C Fullerton’s musical performance separately and it was an honor to have as our guest Leslie Elias of the Grumbling Gryphons come to the studio for an interview.

Every character in a passenger story has the opportunity to come back for an encore episode but The Grey Whisper especially is intended to be a recurring character and I’m already well under way in writing The Grey Whisper Returns which may be Episode 10.

CREDITS

Episode title: The Grey Whisper: Formula For Success © 2018 J. TIMOTHY QUIRK

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

Guest Passenger: Leslie Elias

Musical Guest: Robert C. Fullerton

 

Starring:

LANA PECK AS CONDUCTOR ELLA AND TWOMLEY

KURT BOUCHER AS KENT FLASHMAN AND “OX”

JANDI HANNA AS LEAD CONDUCTOR MARGOT MUELLER AND THE GREY WHISPER

J. TIMOTHY QUIRK AS “JT”

RICH CYR AS RUSTY

JOSH NEWEY AS WHIDDLEBURY

ROBERT C. FULLERTON AS DR. UNHIPPA

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

Janice A. Qua by Robert C. Fullerton (c) 2018

Ed McMahon by Robert C. Fullerton (c) 2017

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

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.

Episode 3 A Case of A Little Light Murder

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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photo by lsgoriginal

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

Meet the Cast: Director Conrad Sienkiewicz

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Conrad Sienkiewicz performs onstage and works backstage, most often with the Goshen Players, and occasionally with his wife Lydia Babbitt and daughter Caroline. He also loves listening to WAPJ and to various podcasts. With his daughter, he has created Cocaton, an HO scale model railroad town (sadly, there is no trolley service in Cocaton). Conrad also enjoys hiking the Blue Trails in Connecticut with his intrepid dog Sirius Black, writing haiku, and volunteering locally. He looks forward to the day when Torrington finally embraces its native son John Brown.

Conrad directs all of the episodes of Nutmeg Junction and is the voice of the “Announcer”!

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Conrad Sienkiewicz leads a rehearsal session that includes guest actor Phil Hall (right)
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Conrad SIenkiewicz leads a rehearsal (with Caroline Sienkiewicz, Rich Cyr and Jandi Hanna)

Meet the Cast: Robert C. Fullerton

Robert C Fullerton says that he grew up in a home where the radio was on more than the television. With a mother who listened Elvis and the Beatles, and played piano in a little country church, music was all around him. Teaching himself to play guitar at the age of 12, was just the beginning of a  journey that would lead him through many musical styles and expressions: church musician, high school choral director, adjudicator, folk musician, jazz musician, rock cover band musician…

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Now, however, he has spent the past several years focusing on one thing: writing and performing his own songs. “In the past, I’ve helped other people with their songs, arranged choral pieces, written instrumental pieces, but lyrics never came easily. So, I seldom ever tried… until six or seven years ago. Now, I find myself surrounded by words, phrases, images and… songs!”

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Drawing lyrical inspiration from everyday settings, and musically from all of his past expressions, gives him a somewhat unique sound. You might call it “Americana”, call it “jazzy folk”, or (to use Robert’s term) “acoustic soul”. Several of his songs are featured in Elmwood Productions’ series, “The Risely Brothers”. Robert is soon to release his third studio album, “You Weren’t There”.

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On Nutmeg Junction, Robert C Fullerton is not only a performer of music but one of the vocal talents in our audio-theater program!  He will be featured in the episode Tex Bijou: Cinema’s Singing Cowboy!
Nutmeg Junction is coming April 1, 2018 at 1pm on WAPJ 89.9 and 105.1FM and on April 2nd and multiple other stations! More details soon!

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: Josh Newey

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Josh Newey is a local actor and film graduate who has appeared in several acclaimed productions in the northwestern Connecticut area, many of them with the Warner Theatre Company in Torrington.

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Some notable roles include Uncle Fester in The Addams Family Musical, Ash in Evil Dead the Musical, and John Hinckley in Assassins. Other favorite projects include participating in Keith Paul’s Secret Shakespeare: A Midsummer Night’s Dream, and a guest appearance in Dave Sondrini’s web series, Doctor America.

In the early Nutmeg Junction episodes, Newey portrays the lovable Baxter of Baxter’s Books and More, the announcer on a game show, the enigmatic Dr. Lazlo Icarus, a bureaucratic scientist “Whiddlebury” and many more characters with more characters to come!

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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