Episode 224: Spaceship Junction 1

Nutmeg Junction Episode 224 is an examination of SPACE! First we introduce a new series called “Spaceship Junction”  where Ensign Patrick and Captain Puffle begin an adventure that will impart some knowledge on space travel and science! Then we return to some favorite Space stories, “Blaze Jackson: Galaxy Adjuster” and “Space Sentries:

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This fun space set features a new way to share some real information about science in a fun and entertaining way in Spaceship Junction. This first story features Ensign Patrick (Patrick Quirk) with Captain Puffle (Rich Cyr) and we learn about what the Karman line is.  We hope this is an ongoing part of Junction.

There were many fun aspects of this show. My nephew took on his first radio acting duties as Ensign Patrick. Patrick joined us for the live show in April and since then I wanted to have him experience what it was like to record at the studio! We hope to do many more with this creative and talented young man!

I also found the opportunity in the Go-No Go poll to feature some friends from across the North American continent! I invited friends from Illinois, New Mexico, Arizona, western New York, upper central New York, Massachusetts and Canada to add their voices

It was a challenge to put every piece together but once completed, I feel it worked to give a full audio experience of the launch of the spaceship.

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Credits

Nutmeg Junction Episode 224 was written, created and produced by J. Timothy Quirk

Spaceship Junction theme created and performed by Robert C. Fullerton (c)2019

Spaceship Junction Episode 1: attack of the Karman line

Patrick Quirk as Ensign Patrick

Rich Cyr as Captain Puffle

J. Timothy Quirk as the Junction Instruction announcer

with the vocal talent of:

Janean Baird

Laurel Briggs

Carlo Dall’olmo

Julie Frayn

Karen Glosser

Tommy Manning

Stephanie Walters Rowe

and J Timothy Quirk

 

 

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!

 

 

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).

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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 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

The Grey Whisper: Anthracite Adieu (with sneak preview of Harriet Holmes)

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Our Grey Whisper story began a few weeks ago in “Anthracite in Blue” and continued the following week in “Anthracite in Two”. This week we present the conclusion to the the story with “Anthracite Adieu”.

After that we present a sneak peek at special Harriet Holmes story entitled “Sleep of Angels”.

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Anthracite Adieu features

Jandi Hanna as Madeline Forthright/The Grey Whisper

Rich Cyr as Rusty

with

Kurt Boucher as Dalton Pressege

Nick Bourne as the Announcer

Robert C. Fullerton as Number Nine

Melissa Gabehart as Ms. Harcourt

Lana Peck as Store Owner

Olivia Wadsworth as Jean Craftwell/Number Four

and

Dan Willey as Agent (who happens to come from) Orange

 

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Stars

Olivia Wadsworth as Harriet Holmes

Nick Bourne as Jack Vindle

Hunter Reese as Otis

Robert C. Fullerton as Mr. Pierce

 

 

 

“The Grey Whisper: Anthracite in Blue” and “The Spacy Squad”!

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We present two stories in this episode.
The first story we see a return of The Grey Whisper and Rusty in the beginning of a three part saga: Anthracite in Blue! Someone has stolen some fiber art from the fourth most popular fiber art museum in northern Massachusetts. Madeline Forthright and Rusty travel to Athol, Massachusetts and investigate!
Then, what would happen if a bunch of Bradys went to space? Find out in the Spacy Squad!

 

SHOW NOTES
We returned to the Grey Whisper character, our pulp hero. We noted that we had not completed a story “The Vampire Sloth” and that what was written was also the first part of a story and for a moment considered if it would be funny to only write the beginnings of the Grey Whisper Stories but decided we’ll definitely pay off each one, no matter how long it takes.

Further, what I had prepared was the concept of having at least two stories recorded for each episode and then have at least one of those stories have a cliff hanger and bring back the audience the following week.

So I had the Grey Whisper story prepared as a three partner. We’ve already recorded the first two (see next episode for part two!) and we’ll record the final chapter of this three part story tomorrow.

This episode marks the return of Conrad Sienkiewicz as our announcer and Caroline Sienkiewicz (who formerly portrayed Darly in our Daring Darling Darly episode!)

 

Additionally, original cast member Kurt Boucher wrote a story of The Brady Bunch in space called the Spacy Squad. With some tweaking in the edits, we recorded the Spacy Squad on the same night and it worked out exceptionally well.

 

CREDITS
Episode was written, created and produced by J .Timothy Quirk and recorded at WAPJ Torrington Community Radio

The Cast:
The Grey Whisper: Anthracite in Blue

Jandi Hanna as the Grey Whisper

Rich Cyr as Rusty

with

Kurt Boucher as Dalton Pressege

Robert C. Fullerton as Number Nine

Melissa Gabehart as Ms. Harcourt

Lana Peck as Store Owner

Mariel Quirk as Number Two

Caroline Sienkiewicz as Number Three

Conrad Sienkiewicsz as the Announcer

Olivia Wadsworth as Number Four

 

The Spacy Squad

Conrad Sienkiewicz as the Announcer and “Billy”

J. Timothy Quirk as Mark Spacy

Jandi Hanna as Mrs. Spacy

Melissa Gabehart as HALice

Olivia Wadsworth as Margie

Caroline Sienkiewicz as Jen

Lana Peck as Sandy

Rich Cyr as Glenn

Kurt Boucher as Preston

Mariel Quirk as Mrs. Peasley Doll

and Nick Bourne as Javy Dones.

Giles and Brewster and the Monster Apocalypse Part Two

What happens when an aristocratic layabout nephew becomes engaged to a werewolf “from the best of families”? Find out in part two in our conclusion of our loving parody of PG Wodehouse’s work in Giles and Brewster and the Zombie Apocalypse part two!

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“Lord and Lady Chennington” Robert C. Fullerton and Olivia Wadsworth
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J. Timothy Quirk and Kurt Boucher

 

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CREDITS

Nutmeg Junction, Season 2 episode 2

Giles and Brewster and the Monster Apocalypse (part 2) was written, created and produced by J. Timothy Quirk

The program was recorded at WAPJ, Torrington Community Radio

The program starred:
David Macharelli as Woodrow Brewster

Josh Newey as Giles

Lana Peck as Gloria Chennington

Shannon Sniffin as Gwenivere Chuttle

Jandi Hanna as Aunt Agnes

Kurt Boucher as Toppers

Robert C Fullerton as Lord Chennington

Olivia Wadsworth as Lady Chennington

And J Timothy Quirk as Butterby and Gussie Knitfottle

And the inimitable Rich Cyr as Snode

Nutmeg Junction theme song created and performed by Robert C. Fullerton ©2018

Remus Lupin song created and performed by Lana Peck (c) 2018 and used with permission.

Additional music and sound courtesy of youtube royalty free music

 

Episode 28: Nightmare Junction III

 

Episode 28 features an HP Lovecraft inspired story written by Lana Peck, the Corpse Conductor written and performed by Josh Newey and The Snarflepoofs return!

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The Corpse Conductor introduces us to the stories and provides a wonderful bookend to the episode. For the third and final installment of Nightmare Junction (The October Halloween episodes) Josh brings it home for us and deserved a week off to rest the vocal chords!

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The Call of the Trolley is the first full  story segment written by a cast member and it’s wonderful. Created by Lana Peck, it was pitched at the time we were discussing ideas for the Nightmare Junction stories.  David Robinson was cast to portray the character (a stand-in for Lovecraft) and Lana’s script gives two nods to two prior Nutmeg Junction stories.

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We then conclude with Snarflepoofs-Snarfleween, the mandatory holiday special. Snarflepoofs are “America’s Most Recent Toy Branded Children’s Entertainment Product” and the idea makes fun of the types of shows that only serve to sell toys by having stories and situations that actually discuss concepts of substance.  So Snarfleween allows us to talk about climate change and the environment by talking about an Apple bobbing competition all while the characters maintain their philosophical inclinations. We introduce Nick Bourne into the Junction team. Nick and Lana had worked together under the direction of Keith Paul for a staged reading show at the Warner! (note: I had the opportunity to work for Keith in a staged reading many years ago with, among many others, Lana and Kurt Boucher!)  Nick will return next week with two roles as he acts in both story segments we present!

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Once again, Jandi Hanna is the narrator for the Snarfle-poofs and has a few fun commercials for “Flattread Tires” and “Greedymine Bottled Water”.  Melissa Gabehart returns as “Sneetchey” (Nietzsche) and Jeff Savage is Plato!  The first joke in this story pays homage to a famous Jack Benny line (we just did it in our own way). Kurt is Renny (Rene Descartes), Olivia is Wollstonecraft and Lana is Simone. We decided not to keep the “Princess” joke going as it had been done already and it would be cumbersome to continue it.  The actors like these roles so much, we might have to do a Thanksgiving special, a “not as loved as Halloween or Christmas but still mandatory viewing holiday special”.  And Rich Cyr becomes a Snarflepoof-which one? Listen to find out!

Nutmeg Junction: Nightmare Junction Special #3

Was directed by J. Timothy Quirk and recorded at WAPJ Torrington Community Radio

The Corpse Conductor was written by and starred Josh Newey

Call of the Trolley was written by Lana Peck

It starred

David Robinson

With Kurt Boucher and J. Timothy Quirk

Snarfle-ween

Was written by J. Timothy Quirk

It starred

Jandi Hanna as the Narrator

Lana Peck as Simone

Nick Bourne as Calvin

Rich Cyr as Walden

Kurt Boucher as Renny

Olivia Wadsworth as Wollstonecraft

Melissa Gabehart as Sneechey

Jeff Savage as Plato

The Snarflepoofs theme was written and performed by Lana Peck and Mik Walker © 1998

Nutmeg Junction theme was written and performed by Robert C. Fullerton ©2018 and used with permission

We hope you enjoyed the ride on Nutmeg Junction and may all your journeys bring you back to a happy home.

Episode 25: Harriet Holmes-Search for the Lost Episodes III (Trace Duggins:Crime Illustrator)

Intrepid private eye Harriet Holmes meets an iconic detective duo to conclude her search for the Lost Episode of Nutmeg Junction. She locates the story of Trace Duggins: Crime Illustrator in a send-up to the golden age of radio.

SHOW NOTES

There used to be an old time radio program called Casey: Crime Photographer which was nothing more than a detective show with the protagonist who was a photographer for a newspaper.  When creating a parody of that show, Kurt Moffett, who is himself a reporter for a newspaper as well as an integral part of the WAPJ radio station family, was tapped to play the lead.

That being said didn’t want to do a photographer and thought a crime “illustrator” had more appeal especially as the character to wax philosophically about the art choices and bake in to the story line a specific reason why the perpetrator would be caught through art. Since I wasn’t going to use “case-y” and thought Trace would be a great name for an artist.

Occasionally we’ll leave some moments of behind the scenes humor/reactions in the show itself. We do that at the very end of the episode courtesy of Rich Cyr!

The Trace Duggins story line is introduced as part of the Harriet Holmes mythology, or rather trilogy for this is the third and probably final part of the “Search for the Lost Episode” saga. To be sure, we’ll have Harriet Holmes in many more adventures but we’ve done three “lost episodes” shows and as it says in the script, three is a magic number. Olivia Wadsworth is wonderful in the role and her monologues have some of the better one-liners.

I’m excited that the show reintroduces Netta and Nathaniel Chance, our tip of the hat to the Thin Man series, and I absolutely love the way Lana Peck and Kurt Boucher channel the iconic era. These characters were recorded on our very first recording day (ever) of Nutmeg Junction and they deserve some more adventures!

The location of the Harriet Holmes section is in Broughton’s Meadow which was the original name for Florence, Massachusetts area in the Pioneer Valley. Their library is Lilly Library and the iconic and wonderful public park is Look Park. See if you can hear the references to these locations!

Also there are a few shout outs to Leominster Massachusetts! The show is heading to Leominster’s WLPZ on October 20th!

We continue our new way of creating Episode art-with photos taken via Kurt Boucher and myself (not sure who took which photos but it was a collaborative effort on the team). Jandi Hanna located a magnifying glass which we used during the photo shoot and in future episode covers it will probably be seen!

 

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CREDITS
EPISODE 25: HARRIET HOLMES AND THE SEARCH FOR THE LOST EPISODE III WITH TRACE DUGGINS: CRIME ILLUSTRATOR

WAS WRITTEN AND DIRECTED BY J. TIMOTHY QUIRK (C)2018

STARRING:

OLIVIA WADSWORTH AS HARRIET HOLMES/MS. SUSPECTON/MRS. GRIMLEY

KURT MOFFETT AS TRACE DUGGINS: CRIME ILLUSTRATOR

LANA PECK AS NETTA CHANCE/NARRATOR

KURT BOUCHER AS NATHANIEL CHANCE/MR. GRIMLEY

MELISSA GABEHART AS STRANGER ON A TRAIN/MAUDE PATTERSON

JANDI HANNA AS ROBYN THE REPORTER/LIBRARIAN

JOSH NEWEY AS POLICE OFFICER

RICH CYR AS THE BUTLER CHADWICK

Episode 21: Doctor Keen and the Phenomenal Fifty in “The Wizard of Gallows Hill!

The story of this episode starts with Lana Peck, an original cast member and essential member of the Nutmeg Junction theater company.

Lana’s father Shelby Peck was a teacher and fiction writer with an interest in a particular pulp novel hero and he wrote fan fiction for a fanzine that discussed their favorite hero.

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As we created Nutmeg Junction, Lana noted that the genre of audio theater we were creating fit her father’s stories very well so we set about putting them into our own world, in our own way. We changed names and added comic elements that her father would have approved of.  We created “Golden Age Budget Conscious Adventures of…” as an interesting way to tell a story but in reality our show is at its best when there are more sound effects and music so as we continue to tell Doctor Keen stories, we’ll continually add more elements every time. This week had no music for the main story. When we return, we are thinking of bringing kazoos into the equation. By the time we do the character five times or so we may have the full orchestra style program.

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Lana Peck in the foreground with Josh Newey preparing his lines in the back

This episode brought back nearly every member of the original cast (we were missing Conrad and Caroline Sienkiewicz) but we look forward to another opportunity to bring the whole original cast together soon!

 

 

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This is the top of the author’s head; apparently we needed to show this. 

Jandi Hanna portrays Michelle Smalls and Rich Cyr portrays Long John. We also had Kurt Boucher as “Knuckles” though he is the one taking the photos and not any of the at-microphone shots.

The villains of this story are portrayed by Josh Newey and Robert C. Fullerton

 

CREDITS

EPISODE 21: DOCTOR KEEN AND THE PHENOMENAL FIFTY IN THE WIZARDS OF GALLOWS HILL

STORY BY SHELBY PECK

WRITTEN AND DIRECTED BY LANA PECK AND J. TIMOTHY QUIRK

CAST:

LANA PECK AS THE NARRATOR AND SAMANTHA THE CAT

J. TIMOTHY QUIRK AS DOCTOR KEEN

KURT BOUCHER AS KNUCKLES

RICH CYR AS LONG JOHN

JANDI HANNA AS MICHELLE SMALLS

JOSH NEWEY AS PRINCE ASMODEOUS/SAM LORD AND SILENT LESTER

ROBERT C. FULLERTON AS THE WIZARD/MR. SEWELL

DOCTOR KEEN WILL RETURN NEXT MONTH FOR THE CONCLUSION OF “THE WIZARD OF GALLOWS HILL!”