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Radio Gals



Radio Gals


by Mike Craver & Mark Hardwick Directed by Al Edick
Morrison Playhouse, Porter Center, Brevard College
August 8-17, 2008

Cast

Cheryl Walkup.......................Hazel Hunt
Rebecca Gill..........................America
Emilia Thompson...................Renebelle
Kathy Kitahata......................Gladys Fritts
Marvin Barg...........................O. B. Abbott
Bob Stacy..............................Azilee Swindle
Richard Seiler.........................Mabel Swindle
Jim Phillips.............................Maude Swindle

The Musicians
Patti Black.........................Piano
Diana Zerby.......................Violin, Accordion, Keyboard
David Fox..........................Percussion





Synopsis

The show is set in the late 1920's, and concerns an enterprising woman, Hazel Hunt, of Cedar Ridge, Arkansas who, upon her retirement as the town music teacher, receives a Western Electric 500-watt radio transmitter and begins broadcasting as radio station "WGAL." What comes out over the local airwaves is a small-town diary, calendar and stream of consciousness -- sort of a Molly Bloom crossed with the Farmers' Almanac -- with generous dollops of singing and playing by Hazel's "all-girl" chorus, "the Hazelnuts," the orchestra, and that lovesick flapper, Gladys Fritts. However, due to Hazel's habit of "channel wandering," her broadcasts are not always so local. And listeners as far away as Montreal and Manhattan can testify to that. Enter O. B. Abbott, a Federal Radio Inspector, intent on rescuing the airwaves from gypsies like Hazel Hunt. However, Mr. Abbott soon falls prey to the blandishments of the Hazelnuts, and the Shangri-La that is Cedar Ridge. Inspector Abbott, it turns out, also has a fine tenor voice, plays a mean accordion, and in the course of things falls for the flapper...