Cast Announced For Somerset Community College College's "Radio Suspense Theatre"
The cast is set and rehearsals are underway for Somerset Community College Theatre amp; Filmsfall production of Radio Suspense Theatre: The Next Episode. The play will take place in SCCs Stoner Little Theatre on Thursday, Friday and Saturday, November 17, 18 and 19, 2016. Curtain time for all performances is 8 p.m.
About the production
The year is 1938. The Radio Suspense Theatre Ensemble has expanded their company and their suspense program has become popular across the United States. The crew is all atwitter about the fact that the famous radio and film personality, Winston Sayles, will be guest starring on the show just one year after his own radio drama caused a nation-wide panic. However, standing romances are put on hold and friendships strain as the pressure rises and the big night draws closer.
Many of the characters who appeared in 2015s Radio Suspense Theatre: The First Episode will return and so will many of the actors.
Returning to the role of the effervescent Morty Sparks is Southwestern High School senior, Bryan Roberts. Bryan has been involved in theatre at SCC for the past three years. Besides playing Morty in last seasons Radio Suspense Theatre: The First Episode, Bryan appeared in the central role of Tony Deloroso in SCCs 2014 original musical production, Tin Pan Alley Tavern.
Morty's love interest, Jane Blaine, will be played by SCC theatre major Brianna Phipps. Brianna played the role of Lois Lange in the first episode of Radio Suspense Theatre. She played the role of Maria VonTrapp in Somerset Christian Schools production of The Sound of Music. She has also appeared in SCCs Sketches! and appeared at the Kentucky State Fair as a performer in the Kentucky New Play Series. Brianna's most recent performance was on the screen in the web series, Summerfalls.
Theresa Kibby, who will return to her role as Betty Holloway, has been involved with the theatre productions at the college for many years. Her most memorable appearances were in SCC productions of The Glass Menagerie, Fiddler on the Roof, The Secret Affairs of Mildred Wild, The Go-Betweens and Tin Pan Alley Tavern.
Chris Harris will return in the role of the company's harried director, Allen Burns. Harris has appeared in SCCs Sketches!, Tin Pan Alley Tavern and Spoon River Anthology. Most recently, Chris played the role of Algernon in Flashback Theaters production of The Importance of Being Earnest. On the screen he has appeared in SCCs A Simple Arrangement and The Compassion Clock.
David Daring will return to the role he has played many times over the years, pianist Ned Styles. David has also made numerous memorable appearances in SCC productions including Tell Me That You Love Me Junie Moon, Fiddler on the Roof, Dearly Departed and Arsenic and Old Lace.
Jade Ellis returns to the Radio Suspense Theatre company in her role as company diva, Sylvia Jarvis. Jade returned to the SCC stage last season as Sylvia after a long absence. Local audiences will recall her performances in such productions as Crimes of the Heart, The Tempest and The Dollmaker. On the screen she has appeared in the SCC films Dustins Reunion and Dancing in Moonlight.
Last season, Greg Moore played the role of vaudevillian entertainer turned radio actor, Pete Buttons. This fall, he will take the role of radio announcer Richard Dunlap. Moore has appeared locally in The Hounds of the Baskervilles, The Go-Betweens, Spoon River Anthology and Tin Pan Alley Tavern.
The role of Winston Sayles, a character based on the real life radio star Orson Wells, will go to local real-life radio personality, Mark Isham. Last season, Isham played the role of radio announcer Robert Goodbar in Radio Suspense Theatre. He has also appeared in SCC production of Spoon River Anthology. On the screen, Isham appeared in the SCC films, Spirits, A Simple Arrangement, and The Compassion Clock.
Caitlyn Wheeler will play the role of radio actress, Lana Lane. Wheeler has appeared in the SCC productions of Sketches! and Tin Pan Alley Tavern. On screen, she has appeared in A Superheros Best Friend, A Simple Arrangement and the most recent episode of Summerfalls, A Room with a Feud.
Making their debut on SCCs Stoner Little Theatre stage are: Joel Brinson in the role of Allen Burns underappreciated assistant Skippy Sawyer; Barrett Sevigny as radio actor Fred Schaffer; and John Dennison as company sound man, Buddy Carlson.
For further information regarding Radio Suspense Theatre, contact SCC Theatre assistant Sommer Schoch at 451-6766 or by email at Sommer.Schoch@kctcs.edu.
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Know before you go
Tickets for the event are $5 when purchased in advance at SCCs box office, which is located on the first floor of the Stoner Building, 808 Monticello Street, Somerset. General admission is $7 at the door. Tickets will go on sale on Monday, November 7, 2016. The box office is open Monday through Friday from noon to 3 p.m. Cash, check or credit card are accepted for all advance sales. Door sales are cash or check only.