I had some bandwidth left over at the end of the month, that I didn't want to see go to waste, so I decided to post this fun musical program that I had on cassette and converted to digital. Enjoy!
In their final appearance for the 2022 Sonic Summerstock Playhouse, the Narada Radio Company proudly presents a remake of Lux Radio Theatre's LES MISERABLES, from the 1952 film starring Michael Rennie, Robert Newton and Debra Paget.
ANNOUNCER: Darren Rockhold
JEAN VALJEAN – Les Marsden
JAVERT – Pete Lutz
COSETTE – Rhiannon McAfee
ROBERT – Greg McAfee
JUDGE/PROSECUTOR/GUSTAVE – Larry Groebe
RIMBAUD/GENFLOU – Paul Arbisi
BISHOP – Karim Kronfli
MME. MAGLOIRE – Pam Pailes
CORPORAL/COCHESPAILLE – Dave Robison
SILVERSMITH – Jack Ward
MENTOU - Ross Bernhardt
FANTINE – Carole Krohn
MATHIEU/REVOLUTIONARY – Lothar Tuppan
BREVET/DUPUY – John Bell
MARIUS/BYSTANDER – Dana Gonsalves
Director/Producer: Pete Lutz
Music by Ross Bernhardt
AROUND THE WORLD IN 80 DAYS - Originally released 10/2/20
Project Audion's live-transcribed cross-continental Zoom-based production for October  is an episode from Orson Welles' Mercury Theatre On the Air from 1938. No, not the "War of the Worlds" which everyone knows, but "Around the World in 80 Days" which aired the week before. Welles, John Houseman, and Howard Koch condensed Jules Verne's 1872 novel into a fast-paced 60 minutes, and fewer than 20 characters (which we handle by doubling each actor's part.) Phileas Fogg's journey started October 2, 1872 at about 9 PM: Project Audion's recreation premieres exactly 148 years later!
In our sterling cast:
Paul Arbisi / Illinois
John Bell / Alabama
Norman Cline / Kentucky
Aileen Corpos / Texas
Dana Gonsalves / Texas
Larry Groebe / Texas
Pete Lutz / Texas
Les Marsden / California
Pete Lutz directed, and Larry Groebe produced
The Saint - "the Robin Hood of modern crime" and star of scores of books, TV shows, movies, and also a well-remembered radio series - is Project Audion's latest radio recreation. Vincent Price was urbanely brilliant as Simon Templar on the radio, but he only came to the show in 1947. The first series aired in 1945 with Edgar Barrier, and no recordings exist.
Project Audion's vintage script of the episode "The Million Dollar Day" was only the 4th-ever episode. This Saint has sidekicks! We were also lucky to speak with Saint expert Ian Dickerson in England for a pre-show interview, and doubly lucky to locate a still-working SONOVOX (and experienced operator Ken Justiss) to recreate the once-famous sound effect of the "Bromo-Seltzer Train."
Our transcontinental transcription recording session was challenged by electrical storms and some camera glitches, but we pulled it off!
Our cast includes:
THE SAINT: Les Marsden, CA
HOPPY/JANITOR: Pete Lutz, TX
PATRICIA: Rhiannon McAfee, CA
MONTEIRO: Dana Gonsalves, TX
KUZELA: Frank Guglielmelli, PA
FERNACK/ANNOUNCER: John Bell, AL
Mr. Lutz directed this episode, and Larry Groebe produced, managed sound, and growled.
(Orig. rel. 8/14/22) The United Artists of Mutual present: Danse Macabre, a segment from a 1938 broadcast of The Royal Desserts Hour. Written by Arch (Lights Out) Oboler, this short piece describes how composer Camille Saint-Saëns might have been inspired to write the piece that made him famous.
With the voices of John Bell as Old Jacques and The Stranger; and Pete Lutz as Rudy Vallee and Saint-Saëns. Mr. Bell and Mr. Lutz also play the voices of the ghosts in the graveyard.
(Orig. rel. 8/14/22) The United Artists of Mutual present: More Bob & Ray! Recorded especially for Sonic Summerstock Playhouse 2022, it features Jeff Billard in the roles of Bob Elliott, and Pete Lutz as the many voices of Ray Goulding, in a half-hour of zany sketches. Enjoy!
1. Show open/Public Service Message
2. Fern Ock Veek, Sickly Whale Oil Processor
3. Einbinder Flypaper commercial
4. Happy Birthday, Ken Vose!
6. Monongahela Metal Foundry commercial
7. Search for Togetherness
8. Mr. Science
S2E1: Zigzags of Treachery, part 1
In our Season 2 premiere, a man comes face-to-face with his past, and his wife gets blamed for the mess he leaves behind! Adapted from the Continental Op story of the same name by Dashiell Hammett, originally published in the March 1, 1924 issue of "Black Mask" magazine. Starring The NARADA RADIO COMPANY
Adapted and directed by Pete Lutz
Post-production by Fishbonius Sound Design
Theme and certain musical passages by Dr. Ross Bernhardt
ANNOUNCER: Darren Rockhold
THE TEC: Pete Lutz
VANCE RICHMOND: Noah Diamond
STACEY: Frank Guglielmelli
LUCY COE: Rachel Pulliam
DR HUMBERT ESTEP: Jeff Moon
EDNA ESTEP: Geri Elliff
DICK FOLEY: Mark Kalita
BOB TEAL: Jordan Bruster
LEDWICH: Paul Arbisi
BOYD: John Bell
THE OLD MAN: Joe Stofko
Series created by Pete Lutz & Mark Slade
FIND THE COMPLETE FIRST SEASON (8 EPISODES) HERE AT NARADA RADIO COMPANY!
Today is a good day to listen to Bad Day at Black Rock, Project Audion's latest radio drama recreation. We're going far afield with this 1959 show, because by this time in America, television had killed off the great radio movie adaptation series like "Lux Radio Theatre." In other countries like Australia, radio drama still thrived through shows like Caltex Theatre. They adapted Bad Day at Black Rock from the gritty, Oscar-nominated 1955 drama with Spencer Tracy, where one man takes on a dying town that harbors a dirty secret. Now Project Audion recreates it with a transcribed-live coast-to-coast cast which includes:
MACREEDY: Les Marsden (CA)
SMITH/JENKINSON: Pete Lutz (TX)
COLEY/ANNOUNCER: Tom Konkle (CA)
DOC: Dana Gonsalves (TX)
SHERIFF/CONDUCTOR 2: John Bell (AL)
PETE: Austin Hanna (TX)
HASTINGS: Gino Vianelli (CA)
LIZ: Jesirae Kesler (TX)
VOICE/SAM/CONDUCTOR 1: Larry Groebe (TX)
Pete Lutz directed, & Larry Groebe produced
(Orig. rel. 7/24/22) Please enjoy part two of this special re-enactment of a classic radio play (adapted from a famous film and stage play). Twentieth Century is a screwball comedy, with laughs and situations that come at you as rapidly as the railroad train for which it's named. Listen and enjoy!
CAST OF CHARACTERS:
Les Marsden as OSCAR JAFFE
Rhiannon McAfee as LILY GARLAND
Dana Gonsalves as OWEN O'MALLEY
Pete Lutz as OLIVER WEBB and McGONIGLE
Lothar Tuppan as MAX JACOBS, LLOYD, and GERMAN ACTOR 1
John Bell as MR. CLARK and the COP
Rachel Pulliam as SADIE
Tom Konkle as GEORGE SMITH and ANNOUNCER
Carl Thomas as UNCLE RUFUS and THE PORTER
Larry Groebe as THE CONDUCTOR
Jesirae Kesler as ANITA and MISS SCHULTZ
Gino Vinanelli as FLANNAGAN, POP, and GERMAN ACTOR 2
Victoria Fancki as VALERIE and the WOMAN ON THE TRAIN
Jason D. Johnson as FATHER and the MAN ON THE TRAIN and
Jack Ward as STANLEY, the SHERIFF, and the WESTERN UNION MAN
Music by Ross Bernhardt
Special thanks to Rick Tribble for providing the "Rail Sounds" LP that furnished most of the...um...rail sounds.