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Episode 20: “Looking Forward To It”

A delayed trolley allows a father and son to reconnect over the memories of Saturday morning cartoons.

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Jeff Savage and David Macharelli as “Dad and Jake” in “Looking Forward to It”

Jeff Savage and David Macharelli helm this featured episode hearkening back to when Saturday mornings were meant for a bowl of cereal and cartoons on the television. The story is really a contemplation about “time”. Starting out the second half of our inaugural season of audio-theater, Nutmeg Junction presents an episode that takes the anthology series to a different level.

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Director Jandi Hanna, Lana Peck and Kurt Boucher in “Looking Forward to It”

Directed by Jandi Hanna (her prior directorial work for the show was episode 18 “Battle of Elsenorift”) this talented cast all have moments in the spotlight.

MUSIC

Of particular interest for this show is the music. Robert C. Fullerton, the official troubadour of Nutmeg Junction show, creates a special theme for Packy-Dermy-Poo, our miniature Elephant mystery.

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Kurt Boucher created an ode to tort law the way “schoolhouse’ style public service announcements might present the topic with contributions by Lana Peck and Nicole Boucher.

Lana Peck and Mik Walker’s 1998 “Jellybean Stomp” was the perfect theme for the SNARFLEPOOFS!

And apologies all around to anyone who has the “Snarfleday Song” still stuck in their heads. It was created and performed on guitar by J. Timothy Quirk and sung by the whole cast.

      STORIES

Regarding the main story:

Jake and his father speak with an understanding of the other’s knowledgebase and not everything said is spoken with words. During rehearsal we discussed where the father was going and why and the performance by Jeff Savage and David Macharelli demonstrated deep insight into the characters. As the writer, I’m incredibly proud of this piece and thrilled it came to life the way it did.

Regarding Snarflepoofs 1 and 2

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It seemed there was a time when cartoons were created specifically to sell a line of toys. I won’t go into specific names. But whenever there was a large troupe of characters in a cartoon, it was usually (it seemed) because they were selling figures of each character and the cartoon was completely secondary to that effort. The cartoons usually told some generic and forgettable “lesson” about “friendship” or “sharing” or “being nice”.  I thought it would be funny if a cartoon was used to teach something a lot greater, like general philosophy. So that’s the idea of how Snaflepoofs was created. We make references to Rene Descartes (Day Cart says, “call me Cogito!” Plato (who wants to go into my cave and stare at the wall?” and Nietche (Sneetchey steals the show here-nice work by new addition to the team “Melissa Gabehart”)

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The song for the holiday song just made me laugh. It’s three chords, generic and infectious.  During editing I added in the jinglebells, then expanded the guitar-work to fit the narration so that at the end of each narrated segment, we came back to the refrain.

The largest segment of the show is Packy-Dermy-Poo, the homage to the “teen mystery solvers with an animal” genre. The story nearly wrote itself. I enjoyed immensely the idea of a character specifically named Redmond Herring (red herring).  Packy Dermy Poo may be a one-off parody but I loved the laughter at the end and included it in the audio. It fits within the framework of the cartoon but it also demonstrates the fun we have creating Nutmeg Junction.

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Mister Tort Law is wonderful, a creation from the mind of Kurt Boucher. I reached out to the musical cast members about what they wanted to create for the show, giving free reign. Kurt came up with the idea of teaching the concepts of torts in the PSA format. Fantastic. We may do an entire tort episode and base it in Winsted where the American Museum of Tort Law is located and we’ll use that song again.

We had a separate PSA that was non-musical and was a parody of the “ad for a TV disguised as a PSA but instead of saying a generic lesson, we taught Einstein’s law of relativity.  It was a good idea but there was no time for it once the foley was added to the other segments during editing.

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CREDITS
EPISODE 20: LOOKING FORWARD TO IT”

Written, created and produced by J. Timothy Quirk (c) 2018

recorded at WAPJ in Torrington, CT

Directed by Jandi Hanna

Starring Jeff Savage  as Dad in the main story, Plato in Snarflepoofs, Redmond Herring in Packy Dermy Poo

David Macharelli as Jake in the main story, Day Cart in Snarflepoofs and Chuck in Packy Dermy Poo

Kurt Boucher as Mister Tortlaw, Renny in Snarflepoofs and Simon in Packy Dermy Poo

Nicole Boucher as Mister Tortlaw’s friend

Rich Cyr as Beau in Packy Dermy Poo

Mellisa Gabehart as the Passenger, as Sneetchey in Snarflepoofs

Jandi Hanna the narrator in Snarflepoofs and Professor Culpritt in Packy Dermy Poo

Lana Peck as Chum in Mister Tort Law, Princess Simone in Snarflepoofs and Val in Packy Dermy Poo

Olivia Wadsworth as Princess Wollstonecraft in Snarflepoofs and Kristine in Packy Dermy Poo

J. Timothy Quirk as the conductor

Packy Dermy Poo as himself

MUSIC:

Mister TortLaw written and performed by Kurt Boucher with singing by Lana Peck and Nicole Boucher. © 2018 Used with permission.

Snarflepoofs theme/Jellybean stomp was written and performed by Lana Peck and Mik Walker ©1998 used with permission

Snarfleday written by J. Timothy Quirk and performed by all cast members of Episode 20 ©2018 and used with permission

Nutmeg Junction End Credits (c)2018 Robert C. Fullerton and used with permission

We hope you enjoyed the episode and may all of your journeys bring you back to a happy home.

Episode 19: Harriet Holmes and the Search for the Lost Episode 2

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Private Eye Harriet Holmes (Olivia Wadsworth) travels to Willimantic, Connecticut in an attempt to discover the second part of the Lost Episode of Nutmeg Junction featuring the music of Tom “The Suit” Forst”

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SHOW NOTES

This episode is “part two” of the three part Harriet Holmes and the Search for the Lost Episode saga.

The idea for the Lost Episode revolves around the trope that somehow there was a “missing episode” that didn’t air that has to be discovered.

In this case we had some segments that together wasn’t a full show but when put into this format creates a way of introducing a wonderful character-the Harriet Holmes private eye.

When Olivia Wadworth joined our troupe I had pitched to her the idea of a detective story called Harriet Holmes. (see episode 11 for more information).  Harriet’s inaugural episode was a knock out with clever interaction between Jack Sheedy and Jandi Hanna. This episode is mainly a “two-hander” as it is really a two person episode with the musicians recorded separately. Tom the Suit Forst had recorded with us in May. I wanted to air his music before the new album came out.

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Robert C Fullerton was a trooper and came in to record his song and his bridge (no pun intended) dialogue, bridging the Holmes portion to the “discovered lost episode” portion of the show.

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There are many phrases Harriet Holmes says in the opening monologue that I particularly like.  “SNIDELY HAD THE KIND OF A PERSONALITY THAT COULD MAKE ANY FRIDAY FEEL LIKE A MONTH OF TUESDAYS” springs to mind.

Our director, Conrad Sienkiewicz, works in Willimantic and so he was the perfect actor to be the fount of information about Thread City.

I like Willimantic and all of the venues we reference in the show. I’ve never been to the foot bridge but I have been to the Frog Bridge, the Mill Museum, etc. There are many music venues that could fit the bill for that portion of the story so I didn’t specify the location.

We’ll have one more Harriet Holmes Lost Episode (the conclusion) but that won’t be the last of the Harriet Holmes character, far from it. The Harriet Holmes character may be one of the best candidates for the subject of our upcoming Writers Room experience in September.

CREDITS

EPISODE 19: HARRIET HOLMES AND THE SEARCH FOR THE LOST EPISODE PART TWO

WRITTEN BY J. TIMOTHY QUIRK (C) 2018

CAST

OLIVIA WADSWORTH AS HARRIET HOLMES

CONRAD SIENKIEWICZ AS DUKE SNIDELY

ROBERT C. FULLERTON AS HIMSELF

TOM “THE SUIT” FORST AS HIMSELF

J. TIMOTHY QUIRK AS CONDUCTOR JT

DIRECTED BY CONRAD SIENKIEWICZ

MUSIC

ALL MUSIC PERFORMED FOR THE NUTMEG JUNCTION EPISODE AND USED WITH PERMISSION HOWEVER ALL OTHER RIGHTS ARE RESERVED TO THE MUSICAL CREATOR.

NUTMEG JUNCTION THEME MUSIC BY ROBERT C. FULLERTON (C) 2018

MR. JT (END CREDITS) BY ROBERT C. FULLERTON

MAN NAMED NORMAN BY ROBERT C. FULLERTON

CONSOLATION MAN BY TOM THE SUIT FORST (C) 2018

KILLING FLOOR BY TOM “THE SUIT” FORST (C) 2018

Episode 10: Serendip-History

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Serendip-History  Nutmeg Junction recorded two episodes on this day. The cast from left to right is Joel Benson, Josh Newey, David Macharelli, Kurt Boucher, Jandi Hanna, Conrad Sienkiewicz, Olivia Wadsworth, Robert C. Fullerton

 

This story features the vocal talent of Olivia Wadsworth and David Macharelli who portray two strangers who meet on the trolley and together they find they share much more than a destination.

Within the program are two stories featuring the incomparable Josh Newey as Washington Irving, who gifts to the listening audience the best performance of a fictional Washington Irving ever produced on radio.

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David Macharelli’s ad-lib as  Charles Dickens to Newey’s Washington Irving, “You put the Ass in Amb-ASS-adore” was enormously popular in the recording studio but we opted not to have that in the broadcast of the show.  Perhaps a later version may include it!

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Directed by Conrad Sienkiewicz, this episode was rehearsed once at Trinity Episcopal Church and then again before recording the episode.

Rich Cyr was at the rehearsal but could not be at studio on the recording date so we recorded his work separately a day earlier. As a production note, Cyr had studied how Edgar Allan Poe probably sounded with research via youtube videos but during the rehearsal was informed that the author had written the role with Cyr’s own voice in mind.

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Quirk performed Cyr’s role during the main recording session and reversed the process when recording Cyr alone, then edited the two recordings together.

Jandi Hanna took on dual roles as the prim and proper Alice Dare-Crook (there was discussion on the name of this narrator character. I considered a George Plympton reference but we settled with an Alistair Cooke one.

There are too many references to count for the Dickens/Irving interaction. yes, Washington Irving had a brother Ebenezer who had a shop that burned. i can’t help but think that Bracebridge hall actually did have an inspiration for Dickens for the Christmas Carol. Barnaby Rudge was a work that wasn’t exactly a barn burner for Dickens. References to Great Expectations, Hard Times, Bleak House, etc are all in there as well as many references involving Christmas Carol.

For the Poe story, the idea of “Helen” at Sunnyside came from the idea of wanting Poe to get the idea of Lenore for The Raven but didn’t want it obvious at the beginning. Researching Irving just a little i did find a relative named Helen who may have lived in western part of New York so I justified it that way. The idea of being hard of hearing so someone can hear the LEN sound more than the HE” in Helen sound worked for me.

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Fans of Poe will recognize all the references from “The philosophy of Furniture”, “Three Sundays in a Week”, obviously the Murders in the Rue Morgue (and if you haven’t read it, there’s an additional pun in how we referenced it.

Poe actually did write to Washington Irving who responded in writing.

I see no evidence they actually met in person but Poe was a mysterious figure and he didn’t live so far away that such a trip would be out of the question so I like the fable aspect of this meeting.

A “star” of this program is the music by Robert C. Fullerton. He recorded the song twice, once with vocals and instrument and once just instrumental. Then I used the instrumental underneath the two characters (Kristen and Steve) as a musical emphasis which I think was a rather special aspect of this program.

CREDITS

SERENDIP-HISTORY WRITTEN BY J. TIMOTHY QUIRK (C) 2018

STARRING:

OLIVIA WADSWORTH AS KRISTEN

DAVID MACHARELLI AS STEVE AND CHARLES DICKENS

JOSH NEWEY AS WASHINGTON IRVING

JANDI HANNA AS ALICE DARE-CROOK AND HELEN

RICH CYR AS EDGAR ALLAN POE

J. TIMOTHY QUIRK AS CONDUCTOR JT

ROBERT C. FULLERTON AS HIMSELF

 

MUSIC

THE NUTMEG JUNCTION THEME (C) 2018 ROBERT C. FULLERTON

MR. JT   (C) 2018 ROBERT C. FULLERTON

SERENDIPITY  (C) 2018 ROBERT C. FULLERTON

ALL RIGHTS RESERVED TO THE ARTIST AND MUSIC PERFORMED BY ROBERT C FULLERTON AND USED ON THIS PROGRAM WITH PERMISSION

THIS IS A WORK OF FICTION. THE PROGRAM DOES NOT PURPORT TO PRESENT ACTUAL EVENTS.

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.

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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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Robert C. Fullerton photo by lsgoriginal 

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

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