A musical by Mike Craver
and Mark Hardwick
Directed by Al Edick
Producer: Maureen Edick
Musical Director: Patti Black
Choreographer: Kristen Pangle
August 8 - August 17, 2008
Paul Porter Center for the Performing Arts
Held Over! Second weekend sold out.
Additional performance on Tuesday, August 19, at 8 p.m.
About the Play
The show is set in the late l920'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...
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)
Patti Black, Piano
Diana Zerby, Violin, Accordion, Keyboard
David Fox, Percussion
Stephanie Callis (Stage Manager)
Chuck Place (Lighting Design)
Bob Stacy (Sound Design)
Oscar Reiner (Set Construction)
Denise Daniels (Set Painting)
Alberta Peshkin (Set Decoration)
Brittany Toups (Assistant to the Director)
Sonia Arnold (Makeup Artist)
Alberta Peshkin & Maureen Edick (Co-Designers of Costumes)
Carla Hill & Elly Leidner (Co-Setters of Props)
Darien Aiken (Playbill & Publicity)
Karen Noonan (Newsletter)
Joe Carvajal (Website & Photography)
(See Playbill for complete listing of Production Staff)
"Dear Mister Gerswhin"
"Buster, He's a Hot Dog Now"
"Edna Jones the Elephant Girl"
"A Fireside, a Pipe and a Pet"
"A Gal's Got To Do What A Gal's Got To Do"
"Kittens in the Snow"
"Queenie Take Me Home With You"
"An Aviatrix Love Song"
"Why Did You Make Me Love You?"
"There Are Fairies in My Mother's Flower Garden"
"That Wicky Wacky Hula Hula Honka Wonka Honolulu Hawaiian Honey of Mine"
What the Critics Said
"RADIO GALS is a throwback to summer theatre the way it used to be. It is dizzy,
daffy and silly, demanding enough for the performers to have fun exerting
themselves, undemanding enough for the audience to relax and have a good time...
RADIO GALS salutes the core American value of individual initiative. And while it
has fun with the absurd side of earlier styles of popular entertainment, it also
cherishes their enduring value, and that is not an exercise in nostalgia."
Richard Dyer, THE BOSTON GLOBE
"RADIO GALS is a lively, cheery, nostalgia-dipped musical, keeping the
old-fashioned musical numbers, country humor and romance coming fast enough to
charm the ear."
Lawrence Van Gelder, THE NEW YORK TIMES
"A loving valentine to a bygone America."
Laurie Winer, THE LOS ANGELES TIMES
"The magic of RADIO GALS is in its loving re-creation of America's innocent musical
past. Hardwick and Craver have brilliantly recaptured the spirit of small-town
America in the '20s with a remarkable sense of authenticity. This is a fun, moving
tribute to the pure, light-hearted innocence that was once America, and may still be
lurking somewhere deep in our hearts."
Hoyt Hilsman, VARIETY
"Exuberant, ebullient, often hilarious, always delightful".
William Stevenson, BACKSTAGE