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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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

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: 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: Kurt Boucher

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Kurt Boucher photographed by lsgoriginal

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

 

Nutmeg Junction: Starting April 1, 2018

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Nutmeg Junction is a weekly thirty minute NEW old-time radio program that will begin broadcasting on April 1, 2018 from its home base WAPJ in Torrington, Connecticut at 89.9 and 105.1FM and will be found in podcast form in itunes and on the Nutmeg Junction website.  Nutmeg Junction features stories that harkens back to the golden age of radio but also includes music from emerging and established artists and engaging interviews with individuals in public life who have a story to tell. The program takes place in the environment of a trolley that arrives at the fictional “Nutmeg Junction” station. Nutmeg Junction provides a unique and entertaining experience for the radio listener.  Episodes may  include characters like “Blaze Jackson: Galaxy Insurance Adjuster”, “Tex Bijou: Cinema’s Singing Cowboy”, “The Grey Whisper” and more.

Starting next week we’ll begin sharing more information on this NEW old time radio show!