American Gothic Halloween: Tales from the Heartland 2014

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Poster by SAM 2014

The award winning Willamette Radio Workshop presents a Halloween anthology, American Gothic: Halloween Tales from the Heartland. The show will consist of two performances at McMenamin’s Kennedy school at 4pm and 6pm, featuring classic radio tales and original works by northwest writers. The shows are FREE and you can buy food and drink right in the gymnasium at McMenamin’s Kennedy School.

The first hour will feature terror and suspense on a lighter side, chills and laughs from David Ian’s “The Legend of Doc Hazzard the Ghoul Doctor”, Suzanne LaGrande’s  wedding themed “The Woman in the Window” and William S. Gregory’s “The Wind That Shakes the Corn” plus his new Halloween companion to the Night before Christmas: “The Halloween Ball”. And a few other secrets to be shared later.

Our second, more mature hour will feature the classic  Lights Out Everybody tale “The State Executioner” by Arch Obler an amazing experiment in audio drama that is the perfect fit for some serious Halloween chills. Plus local work from Cynthia J. McGean who takes a look at the story of what really happened to Mrs. O’Leary’s cow with “The Torment of Mrs. O’Leary” along with William S. Gregory’s The Reason Why” and “Delicious”  among other surprises.

Music for this production will feature the works of Tim Eriksen  and the Portland Sacred Harp Shapenote singers. Produced by Bennet Bailey.

Local luminary Screamvina graces our poster and will be on hand from 5:15 to 5:45 with the colorful Halloween hi- jinx that made her the Second Most Evil Woman in Portland (and one of our 2 favorite Foley artists to boot).

The Workshop is directed by Sam A. Mowry and features sound designs by Marc Rose and Live Foley by David Ian and Dino de AElfweald. Hauntingly fitting projections curtesy of Joe Medina of Afterhell Productions.

Live sound is handled by the Dynamic Duo of D. Neil Blake and Phil Bursch.

Poster credits: Garth Mortensen Photography. Kate Dineen and Dino de AElfweald stylists.

Our cast includes Chris Porter, Todd Tolces, Patricia Blem, Robin Woolman, Sara Rea among many others.

WRW has won numerous OGLE and Mark Time Awards as well as Communicator Awards and Awards from the National Audio Theater Festivals. Our actors and designers have won multiple Drammy awards on the local level for stage work.

We hope you can join us for our busiest and best time of the year.

War of the Worlds at the Kiggins – Live radio lives!

Poster by Amalia Vacca

Poster by Amalia Vacca

Thursday, October 30th @ 7:00pm

Kiggins Theater
1011 Main Street / Vancouver, WA 98660
http://www.kigginstheatre.net/

6:00pm – Doors Open
Free parking after 6pm

Enjoy this vibrant entertainment medium and the opportunity to look back at the best Halloween prank ever pulled on the American Public.
If you haven’t seen live radio, you ain’t heard nothing yet.
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Orson and Sam. Photo Kate Dineen

 

 

 

Cast and Crew

Chris Porter
Todd Tolces
James Dineen
Bruce Miles
Erik James
Sam A. Mowry

Foley
David Ian
Dino de AElfweald

Live Sound

Todd, James, Bruce and Sam. Photo Kate Dineen

Marc Rose
Neil Blake
Phillip Bursch

Projections
Joe Medina
Judy Straalsund

Our THANKS to:
John Barber
Dene Grigar
Dan Wyatt
Amalia Vacca
Alyssa Korinke

The Creative Media & Digital Culture Program at Washington State University Vancouver as part of the Martians with Moustaches exhibition.

Jadea, David and Sam. Photo Kate Dineen.

Kiggins Theater
McMenamins Kennedy School
Tapestry Theatre
Judy Straalsund
James Dineen and Jason Driver of  Portland Media Works
Galen Huckins and Filmusik
Martin John Gallagher
Amy Zing Gray

Mighty Women Banquet and Silent Auction with WRW LIve show.

 

Photo: Jeanine Hemel- Portland Brewing Company

Photo: Jeanine Hemel- Portland Brewing Company

 

 

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Our hosts for the evening

FOLLOW UP: The banquet and Silent Auction was a big success. Thanks to the Mighty Women for having us and putting together such a great event. We hope we get to come back again. We also loved the crowd and the feeling was reciprocal, we might even get another gig out of it. Sometimes good deeds do go unpunished. I’m posting a picture taken by Jeanine Hemel, tanks so much.

 

Thanks also to our fabulous cast: Cindy McGean, Mary Thomas, Max Moss, Phil Bursch and Sam A. Mowry.

 

And here is a link to the Shadow episode “The Bones of the Dragon” in honor of the Dragon spirit in everything, even OTR.

 

 

Happy national audio drama month 2014.

As you may know, Dragon Boating is big among the Willamette Radio Workshop crowd, so we were honored to be asked to provide a little entertainment for The Mighty Women Dragon Boat Team‘s Fall Banquet and Silent Auction. It’s a great event at the Portland Brewing Company, with sliders and beverages and live radio entertainment (which, if you’re reading this hear, is of some interest to you).

We will be performing our Dragon Boat enhanced version of the Classic Battling Bickerson’s with real life husband and wife (and padding partners) Sam A. Mowry and Cindy McGean (Mighty Woman). Then we take you on an Otherworldly adventure with Buck Rodgers! Sam and Cindy are joined by Mary Thomas (Mighty Woman) and  Max Moss as the heroic Buck Rodgers. Phil Bursch (Dragon boater and Flag catcher for the No Teacher’s Left Behind team) will be handling the live sound. We are really looking forward to this one.

The Mighty Women’s mission is to build strong community, fitness and fun through competitive dragon boat racing where the rewards of friendship, spirit of cooperation and respect for nature are encouraged by all. We are a community based tax-exempt 501(c) 3 non-profit organization. The club was formed in 2002 and enjoys competing all over the Northwest and Canada. We promote the paddling sports of dragon boating and Polynesian outrigger canoeing. While winning is important to the team, our focus remains firstly on family and community commitment.

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Here’s the info on the Banquet:

Purchase your tickets online or through Mighty Women team members. 

When:  Saturday October 11.   Doors open at 5:30 PM and silent auction begins at 6:00 PM

Where: Portland Brewing Company, 2730 NW 31st Street, Portland, Oregon

Cost: $25 per person.  This includes a buffet of sliders, 2 drinks and entertainment.

Minors with a paid ticket are welcome to attend if accompanied by an adult.

The Silent Auction promises to be a great value as well. Here are this years goods and services you can bid on and support the Mighty Women at the same time.

Laura Huckfeldt of MODA Salon donated a cut and color.

Glendoveer Golf and Tennis donated a round of golf for 4.

Cards Against Humanity donated the main game, 5 expansion sets, the Bigger Blacker Box, among other booster packs.

Dave’s Killer Bread donated 2 loaves, 1 sin dawg, a t-shirt and a $20 gift card to their store.

Barnes and Noble donated a $25 gift card.

Beach Body donated a $50 gift card.

The Haunted Ghost Town donated VIP admission tickets.

Full Sail Brewing Company donated a $25 gift card.

Pedal Bike Tours of Portland, Oregon donated two bike tours of Portland.

A Steam Punk, Live Radio Around the World in 80 Days!

Around-the-World-Script-CovThe Willamette Radio Workshop is proud to partner with Washington State University Vancouver’s Creative Media and Digital Culture program (WSUV, CMDC) to present a one of a kind event at Vancouver’s historic Kiggins Theater, A Steam Punk version of Jules Verne’s Around the World in 80 Day’s, adapted by Cynthia J. McGean. Wednesday August 6th at 7pm (doors open at 6) WRW presents a new twist on a classic adventure story. The bet to circumnavigate the globe in 80 days still remains, but we have kicked it up a notch as they like to say. We have brought in Phileas Fogg’s own “Q” (Aida Lovelace, the Countess Lovelace, the only legitimate heir to Byron and the first computer programer. I’m serious, follow the link.) Dirigibles, submersibles, new stops along the way, romance, buffalo and elephants. That’s why they call this one of the greatest adventures of all time.

Plus, we will have live tweets that YOU the audience will vote to decide which route Phileas and Passepartout will take next. We will have projections, a photo booth in the lobby and a fine collection of beer and wine and Vancouver’s BEST popcorn. And the Around the City in 8 Days treasure hunt.

Following the show, the amazingly talented students at WSUV CMDC Chroniclesprogram will present “Chronicles: stories of the past, present & future”. Their work explores transmedial storytelling experiences using the Jules Verne original novel.  The student’s generated from Professor Brenda Grell’s course, Design and Composition, and Dr. John Barber’s course, Digital Storytelling.

WRW has assembled a wonderful cast and crew as always. The cast includes Suzan Zeitlin, John Monteverde, Phil Rudolph, Dino de AElfweald and David Ian.

The Foley crew has David Ian and Dino de AElfweald and a special guest or two.

Original Music by Bennet Bailey.

Sound Design by Marc Rose

Live Sound and Recording by D. Neal Blake and Phillip Bursch.

Projections by Joe Medina.

Special Technology by Jamie Lawson.

Speacial thanks to John Barber, Dene Grigar, Amalia Vacca, Dan Wyatt, the Kiggins Theater, Ollin Productions, Dry Smoke and Whispers and all the Chronicles students.

As usual the show is directed by Sam A. Mowry and he plays Phileas. Check this out, because it is like nothing you’ve seen or heard before.

2014 McMenamin’s UFO Festival is Here!

UFO-Festival-2014-WEBSHOTWell, it’s that time of year again. The parades, the floats, the little alien pets costume contest and of course the Willamette Radio Workshop takes to the stage at the Hotel Oregon in beautiful downtown McMinnville to create Live Radio magic for the masses. This year we have a great program for the 2014 UFO Festival, Nightfall by Isaac Asimov, H.G. Wells The Time Machine and a special surprise from Jerrel McQuen, Changing Times. Join us as we travel through time, are cast from a world of eternal light into a world of abject darkness and finally we make contact with the rest of the galaxy and true to form, it’s not what we think it is.

The show starts at 3pm (a new time for all our regulars) and runs a tad over an hour. The cast of audionauts  for this years festival includes: Bruce Miles, David Ian, Dino de AElfweald, and 2 new members of the Workshop Zoe Nelson and Gregory Wilson.UFO Pet

Sound Design and Music by Marc Rose, Live Foley by David Ian, Dino de AElfweald and Ms Lu and live sound from the irrepressible Phillip Bursch. It’s true, I keep trying but cannot repress him.

You can click on the poster above for a better look.

We will have our Merchandise Table helmed by the dynamic Duo of all things radio and shiny Jamie Lawson and Joe Medina. The purchase of our CD’s is a great way to support the mission of the Willamette Radio Workshop and our cohorts in radiodynamism, Dry Smoke and Whispers and Ollin Productions.

As usual, the whole thing is under what we laughingly refer to as “The supervision” of Sam A. Mowry. He and we remain obediently yours.

Happy birthday Orson.

We at the Workshop love the pioneering work of Orson Welles. Take a moment today to remember the great gifts he gave us and enjoy the unparalleled storytelling that was always his hallmark.

This appearance on I Love Lucy is in honor of my brother, the biggest Lucille Ball fan I know.

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And don’t forget to check this out, I’m still trying to figure a way to get there. Woodstock Celebrates Orson Welles.

 

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H.P. Lovecraft Film Fest & CthulhuCon!

Ollin @ HPLFFHi Folks, two reasons (besides the obvious) to attend the HPLFF&CC, Jamie and Joe from Ollin Productions (Think AFTERHELL) have a merch table set up in the upstairs lobby and Dark Adventure Radio Theater will be performing one of their amazing live radio shows (Pickman’s Model, first time ever!). So if you have a moment or two, check them out, say Hi to Jamie and Joe and enjoy the amazing event. I look forward to reports. WRW CD’s will also be on sale.

19th Annual H.P. Lovecraft Film Festival & CthulhuCon

April 11-13, 2014 in Portland, OR

The next main H.P. Lovecraft Film Festival & CthulhuCon will be held again at the beautiful Hollywood Theatre and the EOD Center (aka The Hollywood Senior Center).Joe @ HPLFF&CC

1/11/14! The Tolkien Festival & The Hobbit’s Greatest Hits!

Hobbit ImageCome join the Willamette Radio Workshop as we make another journey to Middle-earth with “The Hobbit’s Greatest Hits” our one-of-a-kind adaptation of the J.R.R. Tolkien classic suitable for all ages. We start at the begining and end at the end, but in between, the audience chooses what order we tell the story. The show is broken into two parts at 2pm and 4pm. The performance is set for Saturday, January 11th, at the McMenamins Kennedy School (5736 N.E. 33rd Ave.
Portland, OR 97211), part of the annual J.R.R. Tolkien Birthday Celebration.

The costume contest is always a highlight and this year will be no different. Bring your finest Middle Earth inspired creations and join in the fun. The contest will start at 3:30, sign up with Jamie and Joe at the swag table, prizes will be awarded, laughter and merriment usually ensues. The performance is absolutely free, but remember: when you come to Middle-earth, you too may be called into service! We need your voices for the battle of the Five Armys and elsewhere.

Our cast and crew include David Loftus, Troyce Crucchiola, David Ian, Dino de AElfweald, Cynthia J. McGean, Mary Thomas, James Lawrence, Mark Homayoun, Phillip Bursch, Jamie Lawson, Joe Medina and Sam A. Mowry. Special thanks to Marty Gallagher and Marc Rose.

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Radio Christmas Carol Fundraiser and Food Drive at the Kiggins!

Radio-Carol-Poster-13The Willamette Radio Workshop is proud to present our Radio Christmas Carol program as a Food drive for the Clark County Food Bank and a Silent Auction and challenge grant fund raiser to benefit the Creative Media & Digital Culture Program at Washington State University Vancouver. The program is free with a non-perishable food donation at the historic Kiggins Theater in downtown Vancouver 1011 Main St, Vancouver, WA 98660.

Thursday December 19th at 7pm The Willamette Radio Workshop presents Charles Dickens “A Christmas Carol”, adapted by Cynthia McGean from the source and the Campbell Playhouse versions. The classic Christmas story of Scrooge and Tiny Tim finds it’s natural home in the radio/audio theater medium, the theater of the mind. A ghost story told to remind mankind of the perils of greed and isolation at a time of the year when our community needs more help than ever.

The show will be performed at the beautifully restored Kiggins Theater in downtown Vancouver, Washington. This is a big space with plenty of room for throngs. Food and beverages will be available. Beer and wine are served as well as a few seasonal specials.

Our goal for the night is two fold, to collect food for the Clark County Food Bank and prior to the show, beginning at 6:00 PM, we plan a silent auction and challenge grant fund raiser to benefit the Creative Media & Digital Culture Program at Washington State University Vancouver.  After all, Christmas is a time when want is keenly felt and abundance rejoices, as Mr. Dickens reminds us. Doors open at 6:00 p.m. for the silent auction and refreshments.Scrooge Edit-WEB

The cast includes Greg Alexander, Cynthia McGean, Chris Porter, Alyson Osborn, Renee King, Alan King and Sam A. Mowry.

Live music and carols provided by the Holly Jolly Radio Singers under the direction of Bennett Bailey.

Live sound and recording by Phillip Bursch.

In the tradition of the golden age of radio, live Foley is performed by by David Ian and Dino de Aelfweald. This show is one hour in length and appropriate for all ages.

The Creative Media and Digital Culture Program (CMDC), home of the Bachelor of Arts in Digital Technology and Culture (DTC), integrates critical thinking, creativity, and computing skills with course work in the Arts, Humanities, Social Sciences, MIS, and Computer Science to offer a broad-based, interdisciplinary degree that prepares students for a culturally-diverse, technologically-complex 21st century.

DSC_1024The award-winning Willamette Radio Workshop wants to help preserve the history of radio theater and to this end its work includes recreations or re-imaginings of classic radio programs like the Campbell Playhouse Christmas Carol with Orson Welles and Lionel Barrymore. And we take great pleasure in reaching out to serve our community and celebrate life through the Arts, no matter how dark the times or long the days. We hope you can join us. Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to you all.

75th Anniversary of War of the Worlds!

WotW-Poster-all-Email-2013Best Halloween Prank Ever!
75th Anniversary of War of the Worlds

The story is now legendary. A fictional radio broadcast of a Martian invasion panics the nation.

Relive the excitement, without the panic, by attending a recreation of that broadcast by Willamette Radio Workshop, featuring six actors, live foley and recorded sound effects in a production faithful to the spirit of “live radio.”

All shows are free.
Beer, wine and food available at both venues.

 

 

 

Wednesday, October 30th @ 7:00pm
Kiggins Theater
1011 Main Street / Vancouver, WA 98660
http://kigginstheatre.net/

6:30pm – Doors Open
6:30pm – Costume Contest
Free parking after 6pmOrson directing war

Thursday, October 31st @ 4:30pm and 6:00pm
McMenamins Kennedy School
5736 NE 33rd Ave Portland, Oregon 97211
http://www.mcmenamins.com/events/116311-Halloween-at-Kennedy-School

Enjoy this vibrant entertainment medium and the opportunity to look back at the best Halloween prank ever pulled on the American Public.
If you haven’t seen live radio, you ain’t heard nothing yet.
Willamette Radio Workshop  on Facebook!-
https://www.facebook.com/groups/107101542216/
Cast and Crew
Chris Porter
Todd Tolces
James Dineen
Bruce Miles
Erik James
Sam A. Mowry

Foley
David Ian
Dino de AElfweald
Jadea Hales

Live Sound
Marc Rose
Neil Blake
Phillip Bursch

Our THANKS to:
John Barber
Dan Wyatt
Amalia Vacca

The Creative Media & Digital Culture Program at Washington State University Vancouver as part of the Martians with Moustaches exhibition.

Kiggins Theater
McMenamins Kennedy School
Tapestry Theatre
Judy Straalsund
James Dineen and Portland Media Works
Galen Huckins and Filmusik
Martin John Gallagher
Amy Zing Gray