August 29, 2010

CHEERS AROUND YOUR EARS

for KWPA’s Old Time Radio Players, producers, director, cast and crew!

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KWPA’s Old Time Radio Show – Live on Stage – encore performance at South Whidbey High School, last night, was ANOTHER smashing success!   Kudos go out to Executive Producers William Bell and Harry Anderson, Producer/Director Elizabeth Herbert, and the entire cast and crew – for a wonderful night of high quality entertainment on Whidbey Island!

Musical accompaniment for the evening performed by South Whidbey’s premier dance band, Locomotion

Foley Artist Group (Sound affect makers) for all acts of the KWPA Old Time Radio Live on Stage – Joe Fackler, Kyle Lancaster, and Chole Karl

Keyboard and Saxophone accompaniment performed by George Konopik

Applause and Laughter Sign performed by Casey Patterson

KWPA’s volunteer Ushers, Judy Lynn, Ron Wilkenson and Gwen Sam handed out programs and guided guests into the auditorium.

KWPA volunteer board members, Che Gilliland, Sarah Richards, Judy Feldman, Charles Arndt, Harry Anderson and Marty Behr maned the ticket table, and greeted and informed guests about KWPA memberships and sponsor packages.

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ACT ONE

Carolyn and Rich Tamler as Fibber McGee and Molly

The night began with The Johnson Wax Program, Fibber McGee and Molly.  Originally broadcast in March of 1940, the episode, Cleaning the Hall Closet, had the South Whidbey audience in stitches!    Actors and foley artists (sound makers) transported the audience to Fibber and Molly’s home, and the hall closet that threatened to crush them when they opened the door.  Hilariously, lead actors Rich and Carolyn Tamler performed the piece with great timing and convincing portrayals of the original actors, James “Jim” Jordan and Marian Driscoll, the husband and wife team who starred in the original show.  One of the longest-running comedy shows in radio history, beginning in 1935 and running to 1959, Fibber McGee and Molly, still entertains – with KWPA at the helm.  While Molly could often be heard telling Fibber “T’ain’t funny, McGee!”, KWPA’s South Whidbey audience couldn’t disagree more!

KWPA Cast -Fibber McGee & Molly

Fibber………………. Rich Tamler

Molly……………….. Carolyn Tamler

Announcer……………….. Jim Dunn

Man………………. Michael Monson

Little Girl (Teeny)…… Julia Beumer

Gildersleeve…………….. Jim Otruba

Produced/Directed by Elizabeth Herbert

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ACT TWO

Fibber McGee and Molly was followed by The New Adventures of Sherlock Holmes.  Originally broadcast in April of 1947 the episode called, The Adventure of the Tolling Bell is the story of a quiet holiday in the countryside, cut short when Holmes agrees to search for a runaway boy. At the same time, he must uncover the secret of the town’s haunting church bells… which never stop ringing.  Ed Walker as Holmes and David Eccles as Watson, along with the rest of the cast and the foley artists (sound makers) had the KWPA audience riveted with anticipation, awaiting the conclusion of the mystery.

KWPA Cast of Sherlock Holmes

Holmes………………………..  Ed Walker

Watson…………………….. David Eccles

Mr. Bell………………. Michael Monson

Mrs. Michol……………. Sandra Pollard

Mary…………………. Joyce Napoletano

Gillian……………………….. Jim Otruba

Mrs. Lakland…………… Donna Meyers

Tom………………………. Dell Lawrence

Produced/Directed by Elizabeth Herbert

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During a 20 min. intermission audience members could be heard chatting up the first half of the show, with compliments about the actors, sound makers and musical accompaniment, and recollections of favorite moments.  KWPA had delicious cookies, generously donated by Tree Top Bakers of Clinton, and bottled water for the audience to enjoy during the intermission.  The concession stand was operated by KWPA volunteers, Michael Ferry, Jim Sherman and Terry Bible

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As LocoMotion played old swing time and sentimental favorites of the era, audience members were ushered back into the auditorium for the second half of the KWPA Old Time Radio Show Live on Stage, excited to hear what was to come next.

ACT THREE

Joyce Napoletano and Dell Lawrence in The Whistler

Beyond Reasonable Doubt, a 1947 episode of The Whistler, opened up the second half of the KWPA show to a rapt audience.   An american radio program running for a total of 13 years from May 16, 1942 until September 22, 1955, The Whistler, was one of the most popular mystery drama’s of its’ time.  Likewise it was one of the most popular pieces performed by the all volunteer cast for the KWPA Old Time Radio Show.

Opening with the Whistler saying – “I am the Whistler, and I know many things, for I walk by night. I know many strange tales, many secrets hidden in the hearts of men and women who have stepped into the shadows. I know the nameless terrors of which they dare not speak,” KWPA actor Terry Rose played the part to the hilt.

KWPA Cast of The Whistler

The Whistler………… Terry Rose

Announcer…….Michael Monson

Gina Crane……Joyce Napoletano

Floyd Durant……. Dell Lawrence

Isabel…………….. Donna Meyers

Clinton………….Erik Christensen

Barbara Arnold..Joanna Roomes

Dist. Attorney… Dick Snowberger

Clarke…………………. Jim Otruba

Jackson…………. Harry Anderson

Judge………………. Walter Meyers

Court Clerk…………. Kathleen Fox

Mrs. Adamson……. Carole Shipley

Store Clerk/Juror..Mary Rose Anderson

Elevator Operator…. Andy Walker

Director/Producer Elizabeth Herbert

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ACT FOUR

Eve Arden as Connie Brooks

KWPA closed the evening with a production of the wonderful old radio show Our Miss Brooks.  Originally broadcast in 1953, this episode, A Plaque for Mr. Conklin left the KWPA audience enjoying Miss Brooks and her endearing, if not sardonic personality.  Originated by Eve Arden, Our Miss Brooks ran on radio from 1948 to 1957 and then launched into the new media of TV from 1952 to 1956.  Nicole Bouvion proved the perfect casting for the lovely and exacting Miss Brooks.  Accompanied by a stellar cast, Ms. Bouvion pulled off the episode just as well as Eve Arden ever could, and the KWPA audience could relate to the clever, sarcastic, kindhearted teacher.

Cast of Our Miss Brooks

Announcer……….. Jim Dunn

Connie Brooks…… Nicole Bouvion

Mrs. Davis……….. Kathleen Fox

Walter Denton…… Andy Walker

Osgood Conklin…. Walter Meyers

Mr. Boynton……… Jim Otruba

Harriet Conklin…. Reilly Richards

Mr. Stone…………. Michael Monson

Mr. Turner………… Joe Fackler

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CHEERS AROUND YOUR EARS

KWPA – for a great night showing Whidbey Island great radio !

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