Announcing Main Street Radio Players

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The Main Street Radio Players is a live, monthly comedy show inspired by the Golden Age of radio. It combines original scripts by writers from around the country, with talented local performers and musical guests.

Performances are Sept. 21, Oct. 19, Nov. 16 and Dec. 21 at 7:00 at Herron’s Crown Opry Theater (1015 W. Main St., Collinsville, OK). Doors open at 6:00.

Tickets are available at the door: $10 for adults, $5 for children (12 and under).

Each performance will feature six radio plays, written specifically for this show, by writers as far away as Arizona, New York, Connecticut and Utah, as well as local writers from Owasso and Tulsa.

Many of the scripts offer a hilarious twist on classic serial adventures, with a new “episode” being performed each month.  Scripts for our first performance in September include:

  • “Greenbeard the Billious”—Follow the seafaring misadventures of Blackbeard the Pirate’s perpetually seasick younger brother.
  • “Prairie Dog Lane”—A soap opera full of domestic drama and evil twins, where all of the characters happen to be prairie dogs.
  • “Blackout in the Age of the Internet”—After Hurricane Sandy, a family in Staten Island, New York, faces the horrifying possibility of missing an episode of True Blood.
  • “The Adventures of Captain Starblaster”—This fearless (and clueless) galactic explorer is always willing to lead his crew right into trouble.
  • “Dangerous Love”—A husband and wife each try to hide their secret double life from the other in this high-stakes crime thriller.
  • “The Adventures of Buck and Billy-Boy”—When young Billy-Boy is trapped in a cave, his talking hunting dog may be the only one with enough common sense to save him.

Three of the show’s writers are locals. Nathan Christensen (“Prairie Dog Lane” and “The Adventures of Buck and Billy-Boy”), from Owasso, is a nationally award-winning musical theater writer who was in residency earlier this summer at the Eugene O’Neill Theater Center. Novelist Grant Gardner (“Dangerous Love”) also hails from Owasso. And Tulsa writer Laura Gatannah has written a script that will appear in the Thanksgiving show, called Over the River, in which a family reunion takes a turn for the fantastical.

The Main Street Radio Players also highlights gifted local actors who, in true radio style, will perform without sets or costume changes, relying on storytelling and the human voice to create a wide array of eccentric characters. The core ensemble is composed of Tim Cox, Missy Hays, Gordon Heard, Zena Lewis, Sloopy McCoy, Kasey O’Connor and Candace Townsley. Also making special appearances with the cast will be Tricia Jumonville, Michael Lewis, Karie Fountain, Ken Thornhill and Mary Ann VanCuren.

In addition to the actors, each performance will feature local musical talent. The musical guests for the first performance, on September 21st, will be young singers from Foyil Music Studio of Owasso, performing a variety of music, including American standards like “Summertime”, by George Gershwin.

The Main Street Radio Players is a co-production of Seven Lively Arts and Herron’s Crown Opry Theater.

 

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