The Fourth Annual Tune In To Radio HG Festival is a celebration of radio show entertainment from the Golden Age of Radio of the 1930s and 1940s to today’s modern radio plays.
This year, for the first time, all performances are being presented online rather than in the theater due to the coronavirus.
For four days, Thursday, Aug. 6 through Sunday, Aug. 9, Hamilton-Gibson Productions is inviting online viewers of all ages to turn on their Smart TVs or computers to watch the performances in the comfort of their own homes. Those who purchase tickets can view all four sets of performances or select which they want to see.
For the festival, the Warehouse Theatre is transformed into Wellsboro’s Broadcast Free Radio (WBFR) studio where voice actors stand before microphones with scripts in hand and perform accompanied by music and sound effects.
Thursday, Aug. 6 at 7:30 p.m. old-time radio play episodes (rated PG) are being presented. They include: “The Whistler: Stranger In The House,” a mystery; “Easy Aces: Jane Thinks Mink,” a comedy; “Sam Spade: Blood Money,” a crime story; “Fibber McGee and Molly: Mayor LaTrivia Won’t Leave,” a comedy; and “Gunsmoke: The Guitar,” a western.
Friday, Aug. 7 at 7:30 p.m. will be three contemporary comedies (rated PG), including: “Sesame Mucho,” “The Pepperonis” and “Community Pet Corner.”
Saturday, Aug. 8 at 7:30 p.m. will be three contemporary radio plays (rated PG), including “The Telephone Game with Nancy St. Stacey,” a comedy; “The Fall of the House of Usher,” a Gothic mystery; and “A Brief History of 20th Century Theater,” a comedy.
Sunday afternoon, Aug. 9 at 2:30 p.m. will be three family shows (rated G): “Popeye The Sailor: Popeye meets Robin Hood,” a comedy; “DadTective” and “Children’s Soap Opera Network.”
Among the radio plays are four originals written and directed by Sarah Knight of Wellsboro. They are: “Community Pet Corner” on Aug. 7; “The Telephone Game with Nancy St. Stacey” on Aug. 8; and “DadTective” and “Children’s Soap Opera Network” on Aug. 9.
Festival directors are: Yolie Canales, Sarah Duterte, Gabe Hakvaag, Titus Himmelberger, Sarah Knight and Mitch Kreisler.
Voice actors include: Kaitlyn and Sean Bartlett, Ian Brennan, Lori Bowers, Katie and Richard Burke, Yolie Canales, Dominic Doganiero, Milo Oliver, Ramon and Sylvia Duterte, Bryson Fuller, David and Justin Gordon, Gloria and Lilace Guignard, Gabe Hakvaag, Kacy Hagan, Natalie and Titus Himmelberger, Levi Holiday, Vivian Kinter, Sarah Knight, Mitch Kreisler, Peter Lupkowski, Whitney Madill, Billy Martel, River Lorenz Moyer, Tom Reindl, Kathryn Shenman, Phil Waber, Wyatt Wood and Nikki York.
Parker Neal is the music director and plays keyboards. The sound effects crew includes: Sean Bartlett, designer, and performers Sarah Knight, Kaitlyn Bartlett, and Sarah, Sylvia and Oliver Duterte.
“The Tune In To Radio HG Radio Festival is an online livestream event, only,” said Gabe Hakvaag, festival founder and producer. “We will livestream through BookTix, HG’s online ticket sales program. Purchasers can buy a ticket online and get a link emailed directly to them. The link is good only at the scheduled time of each performance. Ticketholders must tune in at show time to see the performances.”