Episode 8: Tex Bijou Cinema’s Singing Cowboy

Show Notes

“Tex Bijou: Cinema’s Singing Cowboy ™” was one of the original character creations that the came straight from the idea of doing a new “golden age of radio” style program in the first place. Westerns have a long and storied history in entertainment in all forms (novels, comic books, radio, tv and film) and the “singing cowboy” idea was a special form of that sort of hero. The two singing cowboys I always enjoyed were Gene Autry and Roy Rogers.  Oh, the “tm” portion pf Tex Bijou: Cinema’s Singing Cowboy ™ is part of the joke of the character and show, we’re not trying to be precious here!

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The rehearsal for Tex Bijou. On stairs: Kurt Boucher (Sheriff) Josh Newey (Jesse) Olivia Wadsworth (Jess) Jandi Hanna (Deputy Jones) Rich Cyr (who rehearsed on the subsequent episode) Below: Robert C Fullerton (Tex Bijou), Joel Benson (Bobby Gutcheck) and Conrad Sienkiewicz (Pecos Sam and Narrator)

 

Robert C. Fullerton, a founding cast member of Nutmeg Junction, is not only a voice actor but is our primary musician on the show. He created the Nutmeg Junction theme, the Mr. JT theme and numerous other songs already on the show. So I thought it would be fun for his primary character to portray “Tex Bijou: Cinema’s Singing Cowboy (TM)” and the wanted Tex to be a surprising creation as the story unfolded.  I wrote the Mise En Scene lyrics and he put those lyrics to music and improvised the theme to Tex Bijou. I added my whistling to that number!

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Robert C Fullerton as Tex Bijou: Cinema’s Singing Cowboy ™

 

As Sheriff and Deputy, the team of Kurt Boucher and Jandi Hanna was a joyous discovery and their characters eventual contempt of the Hollywood status of the main character grows funnier with every listen.

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Kurt Boucher as Sheriff
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Jandi Hanna as Deputy Jones

Jess and Jesse are the PAs portrayed by Olivia Wadsworth and Josh Newey.  They have to carry the show’s premise and I enjoy how they succeeded in that task. Both Josh and Olivia brought nuances to the roles that improved the words on the page. For instance every time the Deputy wishes to chastise the PAs, Josh Newey’s Jesse always redirects back to the Sheriff. As memory serves that was not an intentional aspect of the script but Josh brought it to life and it works very well.

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Josh Newey as Jesse with Jandi Hanna as Deputy Jones

This episode was Olivia’s first real foray into our world of audio theater (she did play a minor role in the Professor episode with two lines but this was the first script that really showcased her talent). Her portrayal of Jess as an efficient PA who provides the list of options for the star of the show is a lot of fun!

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And what can I say about Joel Benson! Joel had a few lines (just like Olivia had a few lines her first time out with us) but he sold every one of them! What makes this character work is how completely opposite his voice is to Tex Bijou’s (and Joel plays his stunt double.  With Joel’s sense of humor, we’re lucky we have him in a subsequent episode (The Grey Whisper Returns) and we’ll have him come back for more! Joel has a radio show on WAPJ called “Unhinged” which airs Thursdays noon to 2pm.

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Joel Benson

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CREDITS

Episode title: Tex Bijou: Cinema’s Singing Cowboy (TM) © 2018 J. TIMOTHY QUIRK

Episode 8 in recording and release

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

Musical Guest: Robert C. Fullerton as Tex Bijou

Starring:

ROBERT C.. FULLERTON AS TEX BIJOU

KURT BOUCHER AS SHERIFF/KENT FLASHMAN

JANDI HANNA AS DEPUTY JONES

OLIVIA WADSWORTH AS JESS

JOSH NEWEY AS JESSE/BAXTER

CONRAD SIENKIEWICZ: AS  ANNOUNCER

 

 

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

TEX BIJOU THEME BY Robert C. Fullerton  (c) 2018

MISE EN SCENE by Robert C. Fullerton and J. Timothy Quirk (c) 2018

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

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: 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!