The Hobbits Greatest Hits in a Winter Wonderland. 1/14/17 3 & 5pm

Costume Contest HobbitCome join the Willamette Radio Workshop as they trudge through a record snowpocalypse to 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 beginning and end at the end, but in between, the audience chooses what order we tell the story (by picking numbers from the proverbial hat). The show is broken into two parts at 3pm and 5pm. The performance is set for Saturday, January 14th, at the McMenamin’s 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. Come on your own or bring a crew of your favorite characters for back up. The contest will start at 4:30, sign up with Jamie and Joe at the swag table, prizes will be awarded, laughter and merriment usually ensues.Hobbit-Webshot
 
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 Armies and elsewhere , don’t worry, it won’t be 2 and a half hours long.
 
Our cast and crew include , Scott Jamieson, David Ian, Dino Deaelfweald, Cindy McGean, Curtis F Hanson, Bill Barry, Martin John Gallagher, Jamie Lawson, Joe R Medina, Max Moss and Sam A. Mowry. Special thanks to Martin John Gallagher and Marc Rose for their sonic enhancements.
 
Come grab a beer (or a hot toddy) and some pizza and enjoy the unique experience of live radio and the timeless tale of The Hobbit, surrounded by a cocoon of snow.
 
Orson directing war“May the hair on your toes never fall out!” You’ll need it on Saturday!

Radio Carol at the Kiggins on the 21st. Live Christmas Carol @ 7pm!

Radio Carol 11 WebshotWashington State University will be presenting the Willamette Radio Workshop’s performance, A Radio Christmas Carol as part of the Re-imagined Radio series at the Kiggins Theater (1011 Main St, Vancouver, WA 98660). Doors open at 6pm.

Admission = FREE with food donation for Clark County Food Bank.
And a $5.00 donation per person to support future performances suggested.

sam-radio-carol-sadThe Willamette Radio Workshop presents a “live radio style” performance of Charles Dickens’ 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 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. This years cast includes Curtis Hanson as Scrooge, Cynthia McGean, Renee Boutin King, Patricia Blem, Chris Porter, Todd Tolces, Tim McKennie and Sam A. Mowry. Music provided by The Holly Jolly Radio Singers under the direction of Bennett Bailey.  Plus in the tradition of the Golden Age of Radio, live Foley by David Ian and Dino de AElfweald. Plus Magic Lantern projections by Joe Medina. Live sound by Martin John Gallagher.  Stage Manager Max Moss. The show is an hour in length and suitable for all ages.DSC_1270

unnamedThe award winning Willamette Radio Workshop wants to help preserve the history of Radio Theatre and to this end our work includes re-creations or re-imaginings of Classic Radio programs like The Campbell Playhouses Christmas Carol with Orson Welles and Lionel Barrymore. We also just love to put on a great show and that’s what we’ve done here.

WRW supplies some Holiday cheer to the Civic Theater Guild.

shadow-crossed-gunsGet ready for an Old Time radio broadcast day as we all get ready for Christmas with the Civic Theater Guild’s Christmas Show Tuesday the 6th of December at 10:30 The Willamette Radio Workshop is back on the stage with a holiday episode of The Shadow- “The Stockings Were Hung”. Then Vic and Sade with “Vic’s Christmas Card List” and Suspenses’ take on the holiday with “The Night Before Christmas”. Plus 2 special Christmas songs by Kurt Misar, sung by the lovely Leah Yorkston. Plus Live Foley sound effects, a few special shorts and some of those classic Old Time Radio Commercials. Everything old is new again.radiotheater

Our cast includes Chris Porter, Alyson Ayn Osborn, Todd Tolces, Curtis Hanson, Leah Yorkston and Kurt Misar on the piano.

Live sound by Martin John Gallagher.  Directing and lending a voice is Sam A. Mowry.

Readings are presented at The Sanctuary 1785 NE Sandy Blvd, Portland, OR 97232.  Coffee at 10:00 AM,  Performance at 10:30AM with Single tickets $8.

 

rush-vic-and-sadeHere are the parking details: The entrance to their new parking lot is on NE 18th between Glisan and Irving. It is a block and a half from the theatre. Be aware that there are 2 lots on that block.  Only park in the lot that has the PARK HERE sign with balloons or you will be towed for being in the wrong lot.  There will have a parking attendant at the entrance to the lot starting at 9:30 am so it will be clear where to park.  If you have any problems finding the lot, someone will be outside by the front door of the theatre with a map to guide you as well.  There are plenty of spaces available (100) so no need to rush.

 

Books in Space @ the UFO Festival 5/14/16 3pm.

BIS-Poster-2 WebshotWelcome to McMenamins’ UFO Festival, called the 2nd-largest alien festival in the United States. WRW has been producing high quality audio drama for the past 15 years and the UFO Festival is always a highlight of the year. This year we bring you BOOKS IN SPACE a compendium of 15 minute section of some of literatures greatest classics. Macbeth, Count of Monte Christo, The Tell Tale Heart and Sweeney Todd. All are materfully adapted in to a far distant future in a galaxy unknown to us by William S. Gregaory. Mr. Gregory is an award winning playwright and radio dramatist and he has created a unquie experience for you all to share. Live Foley SFX by David Ian and Dino de AElfweald, Digital SFX by Marc Rose and original music by Bennett Baily. The cast includes James Dineen, Patt Blem, Bruce Miles, Phil Rudolph and Douglas Mitchell. Phillip Bursch is our live sound engineer and merchandizing by Jamie Lawson and Joe Medinda (be sure to drop in and say HI.jamie

The whole menagre is directed and produced by Sam A. Mowry and he won’t leave the stage, so he plays a few roles as well.

James, Linsae, David-ShoesWe perform in Mattie’s Room of the Hotel Oregon in McMinnville, OR. 3pm start, 2pm doors. Admission is FREE and there is a bar in the room.

“From our hosts:
McMenamins UFO Festival is a 4 day event being held from 12th May to the 15th May 2016 at the McMenamins Hotel Oregon in McMinnville, USA. This event showcases products like the “Ground Zero” radio show, a parade, an alien pet costume contest (with the first chicken entrant), live music, a fun run, a specially brewed Alienator Ale, luncheon and breakfast with speakers, McMenamins Passport stamps, expert speakers, live music and more, along with a UFO costume parade, alien pet costume contest, live music and beyond etc.”UFO Fan

See you there!

The Silent Avenger and Bloody Hands- The Shadow and Gunsmoke Live at the Kiggins 5/4/16 7pm

Classic Radio dramas examine Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder and Gun Violence.ShadowGunsmoke-Webshot2

Our final presentation of this years Re-Imagined Radio Project brings two of radios greatest crime fighters to center stage, The Shadow and Matt Dillion in Gunsmoke.

The performance takes place at 7 p.m. May 4 at the Kiggins Theatre in downtown Vancouver, located at 1011 Main St., Vancouver, Washington 98660. Doors open at 6pm.

It is free and open to the public.

Directed by Sam A. Mowry, the dramas are episodes from the radio series “Gunsmoke” and “The Shadow.” The performance is part of the Re-Imagined Radio project produced by John Barber, faculty member in Washington State University Vancouver’s Creative Media and Digital Culture Program.

“These radio dramas were written and performed long before there was a name for or understanding about PTSD,” Barber said, “but the effects were real and provided the basis for great storytelling and critical thinking.”

Broadcast for 480 episodes between 1952 and 1961, “Gunsmoke” is one of the longest-running radio series and went on to 20 years on TV as well. The performance features an episode titled “Bloody Hands,” in which Marshall Matt Dillion, faced with too much killing and fearing he has lost his edge, quits his job. Dodge becomes an open town and when a murderer comes to town, Matt has some tough choices ahead of him.

William-Conrad“The Shadow” centers on Lamont Cranston, a young man with a mysterious power to “Cloud mens minds”. The episode to be performed, “The Silent Avenger,” is from 1938, when Orson Welles voiced the The Shadow. The Shadow confronts a man facing a death sentence who has manipulated his brother, a World War I sniper suffering from PTSD, to kill everyone responsible for his pending execution. The Shadows speech at the shows conclusion will shock you to realize it was written 78 years ago.

The Willamette Radio Workshop creates original studio productions and reimagines historic radio programs in front of live audiences. Winning major awards for their work.

Our cast and crew include James Dineen, Patt Blem, Phil Rudolph, Scott Jamieson, David Ian, Dino de AElfweald and Sam A. Mowry.

Live Foley by David Ian and Dino de AElfweald

Live Music and Sound scape by Martin John Gallagher

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Magic Lantern Show by Joe Medina

Merchandizing by Jamie Lawson

Special Thanks to Marc Rose, Cynthia J. McGean, Washington State University in Vancouver, The Creative Media and Digital Culture program, The Cougs Parents Fund, Dan Wyatt and the staff at the Kiggins Theater.

Producer of this series, John Barber.

And the always remarkable Dene Grigar.

Concessions, beer and wine will be available for purchase. The Kiggins Theatre is located at 1011 Main St., Vancouver, Washington 98660.

About WSU Vancouver

As one of four campuses of the Washington State University system, WSU Vancouver offers big-school resources in a small-school environment. The university provides affordable, high-quality baccalaureate- and graduate-level education to benefit the people and communities it serves. As the only four-year research university in Southwest Washington, WSU Vancouver helps drive economic growth through relationships with local businesses and industries, schools and nonprofit organizations. 

WRW performs Fibber and Molly for the Mighty Women. Saturday at 6pm 2/27/2016

img_mcgeesgambleHello! Saturday the 27th we are performing for the Mighty Women Dragon Boat team fund raiser. We are happy to present our second foray into the wonderful world of 79 Wistful Vista, the home of Fibber McGee and Molly (Or Fibber Shane and Jeanie as the case may be). Come check us out and support a great group of women.

Come celebrate with Mighty Women! Bid on a variety of exciting Silent Auction items from local and regional restaurants and businesses. Enjoy classic comedy and adventure with a performance by the famous Willamette Radio Workshop.


Saturday, February 27, 2016
Portland Brewing, Highland Room, 2730 NW 31st Ave., Portland 97210
6:00-9:00 PM
$25 advance ticket includes buffet dinner and 2 drink tickets (beer or wine)
Tickets at the door will be $30, space permitting.

 

We did the show last year and we all had a blast. Hope you can join us. Us being Cindy McGean, Mary Thomas, Phillip Bursch and Sam A. Mowry as the Beaver.

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The Hobbit’s Greatest Hits at Kennedy School 3 & 5 pm Saturday the 9th!

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 beginning and end at the end, but in between, the audience chooses what order we tell the story (by picking numbers from the proverbial hat). The show is broken into two parts at 3pm and 5pm. The performance is set for Saturday, January 9th, at the McMenamin’s 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. Come on your own or bring a crew of your favorite characters for back up. The contest will start at 4:30, 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 Armies and elsewhere , don’t worry, it won’t be 2 and a half hours long.Photo_012106_001[1]
 
Our cast and crew include , Scott Jamieson, David Ian, Dino Deaelfweald, Cindy McGean, Toni Lima, Curtis F Hanson, Bill Barry, Phill Bursch, Jamie Lawson, Joe R Medina, and Sam A. Mowry. Special thanks to Martin John Gallagher and Marc Rose for their sonic enhancements.
 
Come grab a beer and some pizza and enjoy the unique experience of live radio and the timeless tale of The Hobbit.
 
“May the hair on your toes never fall out!”Costume Contest Hobbit

WRW’s Radio Carol on OPB Tonight!

Radio-Carol-Poster-13Willamette Radio Workshop’s Radio Christmas Carol will be broadcast on Oregon Public Broadcastings radio stations across all Oregon and Southwest Washington this Thursday evening the 24th (of all the good old days of the year, Christmas eve!) at 9pm on 91.5 fm. And streaming from: http://www.opb.org/radio/listennow/player.php/

For many years, members of the Willamette Radio Workshop have given special performances of “A Christmas Carol” for audiences around the Portland metro area who might not otherwise have had any holiday entertainment.  We took this tradition to the next level with a live performance, open to the public, to benefit our local Food Bank. We are very excited to now be able to share it with the whole state. We also ask that if you have the resources, that you continue to support the food banks in your area, all year round.

This “live radio” performance of “A Christmas Carol,” was adapted by Cynthia J. McGean from the Charles Dickens story and the Campbell Playhouse version. The show was recorded at First Christian Church in Portland, Oregon in front of a live audience.  While admission was free, we asked for the donation of two cans of non-perishable food per person or an appropriate cash donation to the Food Bank.  Envelopes were  available for cash donations.Radio-Carol-OFB-2012-websho

The cast for this performance included Tim McKennie, James Dineen, Greg Alexander, Alan King, Cynthia McGean, Renee Boutin King, Mary Thomas and Sam A. Mowry. Live music and carols  provided by The Holly Jolly Radio Choir, directed by Bennett Bailey and featuring over twenty singers!

Recorded and Mastered by D. Neil Blake.

Merry Christmas to you all and the happiest of New Years!DSC_1024

The Civic Theater Guild’s Holiday Radio Hour with WRW!

fibber-mcgee-and-molly Holiday Radio Hour with the Willamette Radio Workshop is the December 1 reading for the Portland Civic Theatre Guild’s 2015-2016 Reader’s Theatre season.

Holiday Radio Hour with the Willamette Radio Workshop, directed by Sam A. Mowry, will be the December reading for the Portland Civic Theatre Guild’s Readers Theatre season, Tuesday December 1, at The Old Church. The event begins at 10:00 am with complimentary refreshments followed by the play at 10:30. The Old Church is located at 1422 SW 11th. Tickets are $8.00 and available at the door.

Warm up the Philco and gather round as Willamette Radio Workshop ushers in the spirit of the holidays with a selection of stories presented in the style of an old time radio show. Hear your favorites, including The Cremation of Sam McGee by Robert W. Service, The Plot to Overthrow Christmas by Norman Corwin, and Fibber Paints a Christmas Tree by Don Quinn and Phil Leslie.Norman-Corwin-appears-in-the-NBC-radio-studio-with-Peggy-Burt.-

Director Sam A. Mowry has assembled an outstanding cast for the reading. The actors are Alyson Ayn Osborn, Michele Mariana Todd Tolces, Phil Rudolph, David Meyers, and Atticus Welles Mowry, as well as Sam A. Mowry as Santa! Get ready for laughter, thrills and sound effects!

More information about Holiday Radio Hour and the Portland Civic Theatre Guild is available atWRW-Poe-2011-

This Halloween 10/31! The Mummy’s Bride by Erik James Live Radio Chills!

The Willamette Radio Workshop, Winners of 9 National Audio Drama Awards, presents:

The Mummy’s Bride by Erik James.

Kennedy School – Gymnasium | Saturday, October 31, 2015
1 p.m til 2 p.m. and 3 p.m. til 4 p.m. | Free | All ages welcome .

Please note the new times.Mummys-Bride-Poster-2015

The Mummy’s Bride is a classic horror tale in the spirit of Universal, Hammer and International Pictures Mummy movies. A trio of archaeologists discover fabulous wealth along with a forgotten sarcophagus in the valley of the Nile. There is, of course, a curse, ancient spirits taking over peoples bodies and Kharis- The Mummy who will do anything to protect his beloved Princess Anika-Tera. Listen as the past battles the present. Science battles superstition. And Foley artists choke each other senseless. The Mummy Lives and so does Live Radio!
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This is a loving homage to one of the great horror figures of all time. Joining our radio classics, Dracula and Frankenstein. Based on “The Jewel of the Seven Stars” by Bram Stoker.

Our team includes: James Dineen, Scott Jamieson, Bruce Miles, Patricia Blem, Robin Woolman, David Ian, Dino de AElfweald, Marc Rose, Phillip Bursch and Sam A. Mowry

Magic Lantern projections by Joe Medina will accompany the program.

Special Appearance by Ringo Zeitgeist with Ukulele songs to call up the spirits and swing in the season.

The perfect way to start off your Halloween festivities. The program is an hour long and suitable for all ages, though it can get intense.

Bring your kids-in-costume for trick or treating while you enjoy a handcrafted ale, wine or spirit
CDs of past performances and the work of other local Audio Dramatists will be available for purchase at the show.