Tune In To Radio set for August 8-11

Tune In To Radio set for August 8-11Abby Harlow (shown) will play Annie In "Little Orphan Annie" on Sunday, Aug. 11 during the Tune In To Radio HG festival. "The thing I like about Annie is she is kind of like me," said Abby, a student at Westfield Elementary School. "Annie is always happy and excited and I'm always happy and excited." Photo credit: John Eaton.

Hamilton-Gibson Productions is presenting its third annual Tune In To Radio HG radio play festival Thursday through Saturday, Aug. 8 through Aug. 10 at 7:30 p.m. and on Sunday, Aug. 11 at 2:30 p.m. All performances will be at the Warehouse Theatre, located at 3 Central Ave. in Wellsboro.

As in years past, the festival will feature four individual “broadcasts” of classic, contemporary and premier presentations of radio plays. The Warehouse Theatre will be transformed into the WBFR (Wellsboro’s Broadcast Free Radio) studios. Actors will stand before microphones with scripts in hand and perform with accompanying music and live sound effects.

This year Sean Bartlett, Yolie Canales, Sarah Rice Duterte, Sarah Knight, Mitch Kreisler and Gabe Hakvaag will direct the selection of radio plays. Among them are two new plays. “The Hunch Bunch,” by Sarah Knight, is a loving send up of the classic Saturday morning cartoon featuring a band of teenagers and a big, brown dog who solve mysteries. “Vex Marks The Spot,” by Mitch Kreisler, is a modern spoof of the classic film noir detective story. 

In addition, the radio play lineup includes many shows from the classic age of radio plus two contemporary radio thrillers, “Does This Look Infected” and “Comparing Notes At The End Of The World.” Both are by Christopher Walsh, who wrote “Miss Holmes,” the retelling of the Sherlock Holmes story presented by Hamilton-Gibson last March. Also to be performed are commercials written for Gehman Iron, which is sponsoring the four-day festival, and Pop’s Culture Shoppe, sponsor of  “Little Orphan Annie.”

The Aug. 8, 9, 10 and 11 performances will each run an hour and a half with an intermission. Families with younger children are encouraged to attend the Sunday program, which offers “Little Orphan Annie” and “Popeye The Sailor Man.”

The Thursday, Aug. 8 performance will feature: “Flash Gordon – Kingdom of the Caves”; “Sam Spade – The Hot 100 Grand Part 1”; “Duffy’s Tavern – 10 Percent Off”; and “Easy Aces – Jane Finds A Mate for Mother.” 

Friday, Aug. 9 will feature “Flash Gordon – Zarkoff to the Rescue”; “Sam Spade – The Hot 100 Grand Part 2”; “Vex Marks the Spot”; “Does This Look Infected” by Christopher Walsh; and “Gunsmoke – Cheap Labor”. 

To be featured on Saturday, Aug. 10 are “Flash Gordon – Commander in Chief”; ” “Easy Aces – Jane goes to a Psychiatrist”; “Comparing Notes at the End of the World” by Christopher Walsh; and “The Hunch Bunch.”

The last performance on Sunday afternoon, Aug. 11 will include “Little Orphan Annie Part 1;” “Flash Gordon – The Battle Begins”; “The Bickersons – The Honeymoon Is Over”; “Little Orphan Annie Part 2”; “Popeye The Sailor Man”; and “Little Orphan Annie Part 3.”

Tickets are $12 for adults and $6 for children under 18. A festival pass for all four performances is $20.

For reservations, contact Hamilton-Gibson at (570) 724-2079 or email to hamgib@gmail.com

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