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Our May 21st
Mutineers of the SS Marino Victory
Syndicated Series 1951-52
Lauren Bacall and Humphrey Bogart
A syndicated series that featured two of the top
actors in Hollywood. This series produced 78 episodes.
Salty seadog Slate Shannon (Bogart) owns a Cuban
hotel sheltering an assortment of treasure hunters,
and other shady characters. With his sidekick and ward,
the sultry Sailor Duval (Bacall), tagging along, he encounters modern-day
pirates and other tough situations while navigating the waters around
Aboard his boat, the Bold Venture, Slate and Sailor experience "adventure,
mystery and romance in the sultry settings of tropical Havana
and the mysterious islands of the Caribbean."
Starring Alan Ladd
Box 13 was a syndicated radio series about the
escapades of newspaperman-turned-mystery novelist Dan Holliday,
played by film star Alan Ladd. Created by Ladd's company,
Mayfair Productions, Box 13 premiered in 1947. In New York City,
it first aired December 31, 1947, on Mutual's New York flagship,
To seek out new ideas for his fiction, Holliday ran a classified ad
in the Star-Times
newspaper where he formerly worked: "Adventure wanted, will go anywhere,
do anything -- write Box 13, Star-Times."
The stories followed Holliday's adventures when he responded to the
sent to him by such people as a psycho killer and various victims.
This is an excellent show with a tight script and
top notch acting
as well as quality sound effects and music.
Burns and Allen
Adament "Toothpaste" Show
Starring Gracie Allen and George Burns
George and Gracie welcome Ronald Regan as their
special guest in tonight's show.
This program ranks right up there with the Jack Benny Program
as being one of the most beloved comedy shows on radio.
Filled with one-liners, a skit or two, and
of course a musical number often featuring
Meredith "Music Man" Wilson... this show
is radio entertainment at its best.
Afloat with Henry Morgan
"Captain Morgan Returns
And Is Arrested"
13 min - 1933
Only 1 more episode
remains in this
series... but George Edwards will
return with "Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde"
another 52 part series from
Australian radio in the early 1940's.
This ongoing series focuses on the
life of Captain Henry Morgan, Privateer to
some, Pirate to others. He sailed the waters
of the Caribbean in the mid 1600's attacking
Spanish ships and ports in the name of of
The series stars George Edwards who was
known as the man of 1000 voices as he often
played up to 12 different characters in on play.
He was noted for actually playing 6 characters in
The quality of the production is notable given
that is was produced in about 1933
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Theatre member, but have not provided
a voice recording sample, and wish
as a vocal actor, please leave a two to four
minute recording of a
favorite reading, script, etc. that demonstrates your vocal
and if you do any dialects, please include in your sample.
Audio Theatre requires different voices for each character
to help the
audience keep the characters straight in their minds.
Recordings on CD can be left in the Audio Theatre mailbox
at the station
at 909 Islington St. in Portsmouth or emailed to me as an mp3 file.
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SOME OF OUR
PAST PORTSMOUTH COMMUNITY RADIO AUDIO THEATRE
Cast of "Seven Waves Away" by Richard Sale
Recorded 3/20/13 and aired April 2, 2013
(l-r) Chuck Curtis, Jack Tracksler, Steve
Shervanian, Mike Nelson, Mike Coppinger, Shawn Henderson
Diane Ficarra, Eddie Mcgee, Jessie Raines, Richard Jenisch - Directed,
Edited, Recorded by John Lovering
Arsenic and Old Lace - by Joseph Kesselring
Recorded August 9, 2012 - Aired August 21, 2012
(Starting Top L-R)
Mike Nelson as Mortimer Brewster
Kay Scott as Aunt Abby
Mary McCrae as Aunt Martha
Paul Bellefeuille as Jonathan Brewster
Chuck Curtis as Dr. Einstein
Tom Seiler as Officer O'Hara and Mr. Witherspoon
John Lovering as Officer Brophy and Announcer
The Adventures of the Thin Man - The Case of the
Recorded March 29, 2012 - Aired April 10, 2012
(l-r) Paul Bellevfeuille, Diane Ficarra, and Eddie
(l-r) Kim Sedlock, Jean Proulx, and Mike
Paul Bellefeuille played Honeymoon Harvey and
Eddie McGee was Nick Charles
Diane Ficrra played Nora Charles
Dan Comly was Arthur Hornsby and our Announcer
Mike Nelson played George the Germ
Jean Proulx was Jane Simmons
Kim Sedlock was Bingo Burns
Recorded September 22nd, 2011 - Aired October 11, 2011
Sorry, Wrong Number by Lucille Fletcher - Originally aired on
Suspense in May of 1943
starring Agnes Moorehead
Diane Ficarra stars in an outstanding solo performance
as the invalid, Mrs. Elbert Stevenson.
Directed, Recorded, Edited by John Lovering
Recorded August 11th, 2011 - Aired: August 23rd
I Saw Myself Running - by Antony Ellis
- Originally aired on Suspense in May of 1955
Our Audio Theatre cast for this revival included (l-r)
Kim Sedlock as Sue, Sofia Piel as Susan, Mike Nelson as Jeffrey, and
on this side of the camera, John Lovering as Dr. Williams.
February 24th, 2011
My Friend Irma - The Rent Money
Cast: (L-R) Jean Proulx, Diane Ficarra, Susan
O'Grady, Richard Jenisch, and taking photo: John Lovering
Richard Jenisch played "Richard Rhinelander" John
Lovering played "Al and Tiger McGurk"
Jean Proulx (left) was "Irma Peterson"
and Diane Ficarra played "Jane Stacy"
Susan O' Grady played the role of "Mrs. O'Riley"
June 23rd, 2010
My Favorite Husband
a recreation of an episode entitled
|Members of the
Cast of "The Wills"
(L-R) Susan O'Grady, Chuck Curtis, Charles Griffin,
Melanie Lovering, Richard Jenisch
|Mixing Sound for "The
February 6th, 2010
The New Adventures of Sherlock
a recreation of
"The Adventure of the Tolling Bells"
|Bruce Allen -
James C. Darling
(L to R) Jason Daniel Roberts -
Jean Proulx -
Diane Ficarra - Sofia Piel
Jason Daniel Roberts as Sherlock Holmes
James C. Darling as Dr. Watson
Bruce Allen as Gillian and our Announcer
Diane Ficarra as Mrs. Michal
Sofia Piel as Mary Lackland
Jean Proulx as Mrs. Lackland
Recorded on February 6th, 2010 and Aired on March 2nd, 2010
Directed, Recorded, and Edited by John Lovering
JULY 30th and 31st 2009
"Audio Theatre Workshop" at the
Strawbery Banke "Crafty Kids and Jr. Roleplayers" Summer Camp
Students learn about the history of Audio Theatre and then produce a play
that is aired on Portsmouth Community Radio!
Cast and Crew of our June 9th, 2009 Live
"Medical Advice from a Horse Doctor" - a recreation of
a "Life of Riley" program form 1946.
We had a small audience of 16 people in attendance.
Rachel Bailey as Babs Riley and Chris Battye
Simon Vanderhoffer from our June 9, 2009 Live performance of
"Medical Advice from a Horse Doctor."
Chuck Curtis as "Chester A. Riley" with
Jean Proulx as "Peg Riley" - June 9, 2009
Rachel Bailey and Chris Battye in foreground and
Donald G. Hands as Dr. Lucius Vanderhoffer
on June 9, 2009 - during our live on-air production
of "The Life of Riley"
John Suprenant as our Announcer, Dr. Lang,
and Digby "Digger" O'Dell - the local friendly
Undertaker - Three roles.. and he did them all
Donald Hands helps out our Sound Effects
Technician, Melanie Lovering, during our June 9, 2009 live
performance before a small live audience at
Portsmouth Community Radio in Portsmouth, NH.
June 2nd, 2009
Chuck Curtis and Susan O'Grady star in
an Audio Theatre adaptation of an original stage play
"Thelma and Lewis"
May 5th, 2009 -
A Live Performance of "Oliver Z. Wanderkook Moves Through New Worlds"
Written by Jonny Peiffer and Michael Hartney
A musical magical journey... part of a multi-media performance with
illustrations by Dean Diggins...and adapted for Audio Theatre by Jonny
Brett Deschenes -
Trumpet Marika Shimkus - Bassoon
Jonny Peiffer - Keyboard and Melodica
Dan Beaulieu - Voice of Oliver Z. Wanderkook.
Brett Deschenes and Jonny Peiffer
Actor Dan Beaulieu is "Oliver Z. Wanderkook"
Illustrator, Dean Diggins watches the live
performance on May 5th
Gordon Sharpless lends his expertise to Sound
The Ensemble Cast of "Oliver Z. Wanderkook Moves
Through New Worlds"
The Big Read Project
"Tom Sawyer" and "The Story of a Bad Boy"
February 17, 2009
Live "on air" Performance
(Photos Courtesy of Chuck Curtis)
The cast of "The Story of a Bad Boy"
Left to Right: Cory Nitschelm, Rachel Bailey, Dan Comly,
Alex Hart, Chuck Curtis, Paul DeLuca, Augustus Gilchrist,
Donald Hands, and Alex McNair
Donald Hands played the role of Captain
Nutter, The Announcer, and Prisoner #2
Portsmouth Middle School
Library Media Specialist, Kathy Pearce...
She cast the student roles for us!
Chuck Curtis (Left) played our Narrator...
the adult Thomas Bailey Aldrich...
Alex McNair (right) as Pepper Whitcomb
Dan Comly (right) was our Watchman and
Prisoner #1 in
Sound mixing and recorded
audio effects were done
by John Lovering
Cast members run their lines prior to going on
Running lines before performance
Cast of "Tom Sawyer - Chapter Six"
Left to Right
Augustus Gilchrist, Rachel Bailey, Cory Nitschelm, Chuck Curtis,
Michelle Moon, Alex MacNair,
Melanie Lovering created the manual Sound
Tom Sawyer, Becky Thatcher, and Huck Finn!
Our audience of about 18 people
consisted of mostly parents
Michelle Moon (Center) played "Aunt Polly" but
is also the Director of Education at Strawbery Banke in
Portsmouth and coordinated
"The Big Read" project's many events
that took place during January and February of 2009
Thank you, Michelle!
Audio Theatre host, John Lovering,
reads the introduction to the evening's program.
Gordon Sharpless, not pictured, handled the control room
duties during the production... Thanks, Gordon!
Chuck Curtis and Michelle Moon in
"Tom Sawyer - Chapter 6"
Note the very cool "WSCA" microphone!
PLEDGE DRIVE WEEK - OCTOBER 2008
(Left to Right) Chuck Curtis, host of "Send in the
Clowns," and Jerry Robbins
Creator, Producer, Director, Writer, Actor of "The Colonial Radio Theatre On
helped out with the October 7, 2008 Audio Theatre Show portion of
Radio's Fall Membership Drive. Several CD sets of some "Colonial
productions were donated as premiums.
John Lovering being
interviewed by WMUR-TV
Channel 9's Jennifer Crompton
as part of a February 2005 'Chronicle' segment on Portsmouth
Brian Gregg plays President
G.W. Bush and Sofia Piel is the voice of Secretary of State
Condoleezza Rice in a short play entitled
"The Middle East" written by local
playwright, Susan West Chamberlin
Performed Live on-air on
March 4, 2008
Local playwright, Susan West
in studio during the live performance of
her short play "The Middle East"
on March 4, 2008
The talented cast, and a few members of
audience, perform our FIRST On-Air Live Production
Baby Snooks and Daddy's Show" - September 14, 2005
Featuring eXtreme helen as Baby Snooks... can you tell which
actor is Baby Snooks?
The excellent cast of "The Monkey's Paw"
during a script reading prior to recording.
Cast: Charlie Griffin, Larry Gillis, Susan Norris, Sofia Piel,
Louis Cerrato and directed by
"Hernandez" and "Dr. Maxwell"
"Richard, Caroline and Tollan"
and Dr. Brown"
Chris Battye and Cayla Reddington portray "Jason" and "Helen"
in an original audio play written by John Lovering and based on
"The Geology of the Old Man of the Mountain" by Lee Wilder of
the New Hampshire Geological Survey
The idea for adapting the article to an educational radio play
was contributed by Tim Stone.
Recorded at WSCA-LP Studio on April 3, 2006.
Curtain Call at Prescott Park
on August 3, 2006
From Left to Right: Eric Pearce (SFX); James C.
Darling (Daddy Higgins);
Charlie Griffin (Mr. Kunkle); John Suprenant (Announcer); Emily
Cherin ( Lila Mae Cornwall);
Kathy Somssich (Mommy Higgins); eXtreme Helen Ksypka (Baby Snooks
and Dialog Director);
Jeff Erwin (SFX); John Lovering (Technical Director, Recorded SFX).
Cast of Gunsmoke "The
Guitar" recorded October 28, 2006 - Air Date 12/26/06
(Above - Left to Right)
Chuck Curtis (Matt Dillon); Susan O'Grady (Miss Kitty); S�nke
Durnblut (Chester); James Sears (Short);
Bruce Allen (Doc / Narrator); Larry Gillis (Sam); Jason Bolduc
below is James C. Darling as Pendel
Cast of "All for Melanie" by Billy R. Sauls
during our January 27, 2007
(L to R) Charlie Griffin, James C. Darling, Dan Comly, Sofia Piel,
Elizabeth Anderson, Chuck Curtis, Jason Bolduc, and Diane Ficarra.
Directed by James C. Darling
Recorded, Edited, Sound Effects by John Lovering
The cast of "The Ghost of Benjamin Sweet"
recorded on March 24, 2007
(Left to Right: John Suprenant, James Sears, Chuck Curtis;
Charlie Griffin, eXtreme helen Ksypka, Brian Gregg, Linda Becker
Triglyceride Bus...Catacombs...Tugboats...Buoys...Watchseals and Watchdogs!
Your Audio Theatre host
the featured Classic Radio Program from the
tugboat on her way out to the WSCA-LP Audio Theatre Buoy to retrieve a
Classic Radio Program...
WSCA-LP Buoy where
a special hidden compartment
stores our Classic Radio
Programs...the location of
this buoy is not to be
The seal is our WSCA-LP Watchseal,
there to protect the contents
within the buoy.
BEWARE of the WSCA-LP Official Watchdog
He has one
heck of an "under bite"
or is that an "over bite" ?
Oh well, he bites!
Some of my famous. albeit
Here is an old photo of
me with my good friend Frank Sinatra.
He was asking me for a few pointers on how to use the microphone!*
Here is an old photo of me with
my good friend Ella Fitzgerald.
She was asking me for a few pointers on how
she might improve on her singing style.*
Yet another old photo,
but with my good friend Louis Armstrong*
who is responding to
a really good joke...the fact that I showed up to a black-tie affair in
a blue nylon rain coat!
Last, but not least...here is my oldest "friend photo"
with Glenn Miller. I had just told him that I thought
"In The Mood" was a catchy name for a song.*
* Just in case you
could not tell, which I doubt, the above "friend photos" were taken in
New York City at
the Madame Tussaud's Wax Museum.... the celebrities are wax, I was
real... I think.