Above: Last year, 2022 Radio 16 photos.
Radio Sketch and Music Auditions —
Mon and Wed, Oct. 2 and Oct. 4, 6 pm on.
Freeport High School Band Room. Enter through back door, band room is on the left. Come at 6 pm.
All ages encouraged to audition!
Sketch auditions in groups with Director Linda Duarte.
Music auditions individually with Music Director Marcia Gallagher. (Bring sheet music for her to accompany you on piano, or your own instrument or other accompanying method.)
Stay tuned to your RADIO dial for WFCP Home Time Radio show. Performances are Dec. 1 and 2 at 7:30 pm and Dec. 3 at 2 pm at Freeport Performing Arts Center.
Our 17th year! Go back with us to the golden age of Radio, 1930s-1970s. Live Music, Sketch Comedy, Wacky products, incomparable Sound Effects.
Our 2023 year so far:
Love & Lobsters, by John Linscott, was on stage in August! Thanks to all who attended, acted, sang, and volunteered. This romantic musical comedy is about going away to find your way. Laura Lawson, nightclub singer, leaves her conflicted life in Manhattan and hops on a tour bus to a small town in Maine, where she learns about love and lobsters!
We were excited to present this tribute in memory of John Linscott, author of book and music. Shows are Fri/Sat/Sun, Aug 11-13 and 18-20. Many thanks to his family for collaborating with us on this production.
Director: Tammy Verreault Music Director: Marcia Gallagher Choreographer: KC Andreu
Thank you to 2023 Season Sponsor:
Thanks to Derosier’s Pizza for donating several pizzas to the cast dinner on Sunday, August 6. “Delicious!” commented all the cast.
Thanks to Medical Home Care Services Inc. for donating a Lobster “Warmie” for a door prize (and you will see one of their rental products in use on stage!).
Thanks to our advertisers:
Bath Savings Bank, Mainely Hair, Wilbur’s Chocolates, Maine Wicked Goods Mercantile, Harraseeket Information Services, Maine Idyll Motor Court, Portside Real Estate (Rita Armstrong), Freeport Physical Therapy, Meetinghouse Arts, Wildflower Florist, Medical Home Care Services Inc., Norway Savings Bank, Freeport Hardware, Gritty’s Brew Pub, Zachau Construction, Wolfe’s Neck Center for Agriculture, Balsam Realty, Freeport Oyster Bar, Bow Street Market, Maine Senior Guide, Antiquities Refuge League, Wescott Family, Lobster Cooker Grill & Sports Pub.
THANK YOU, ALL AUDIENCE, ACTORS, AND VOLUNTEERS for Murder on the Menu. IT WAS A SUPERB EVENING OF DELICIOUS FOOD AND A COMIC PLAY.
Audience Appreciation — The Cast Soaks it Up
Murder on the Menu
Saturday, May 20, 6 pm sharp at the Freeport Community Center, 53 Depot St.
Murder on the Menu–– We had delicious dinner prepared by chef David Hansen and other volunteers, and watched the cast of real “characters” as they present a play with a little slapstick, a little wordplay, a little confusion, a few twists, and lots of fun. Five winners figured out whodunit, why and how! They won season tickets to Freeport Players’ 2023 plays.
Big thank you to 3 Robbers Pub, Bowdoinham, for assistance with food orders.
Supported by Mainely Hair, and Harrasseeket Information Services, and donations from Linda Bean’s Tavern.
Directed by Linda Duarte. Cast: Henry Quintal, Kathleen Brainerd, Dorothy Shull, David Wallace, Andy Mass, Shirley Bernier, and Peter Nicoll. Presented by arrangement with Pioneer Drama Services.
Judy Lloyd, Producer– firstname.lastname@example.org
Connection, Creativity, & Conversation. 2023 Season Announced!
Let’s re-connect as we come back from the pandemic. The season features opportunities to socialize, converse, and create theater together. First up: Murder mystery dinner theater.
May 20, Murder Mystery Dinner Theater–Murder on the Menu. 6 pm at Freeport Community Center, 53 Depot St.
August 11-13, and 18-20 — Musical at Freeport Performing Arts Center
Love & Lobsters, summer musical by John Linscott (presented in his memory). Romantic, comic, dramatic, and very musical. Planned for August 11-13, and 18-20 at the Freeport Performing Arts Center, 30 Holbrook St. (Photos from our 2015 presentation are below.)
December 1-3 — “Radio” at FPAC
WFCP Hometime Radio Hour XVIII. Our 18th annual variety show of comic sketches, live music with a band and singers, and the incomparable sound effects table, is our biggest fundraiser of the year, and always a big treat, presented on the first weekend of December, 1-3, at FPAC.
Other programs may include Readers’ Theater, historical figures’ monologues, group trips to other theaters. TBA.
In Memoriam–John H. Linscott, 1929-2022
Scenes from John Linscott’s Love & Lobsters,
Freeport Players, 2015
We remember and mourn John Linscott– jazz musician, composer, and all-around super person–and send our condolences to his family. John was involved in many Radio shows as composer, member of the band, and source of inspiration. He was part of the creative team that wrote and produced the idea of FP’s Radio show–with an announcer introducing sketch comedy and funny product ads (backed by hilarious sound effects Foley artists), taking turns with the “Hit Parade” music of the 1930s-1950s, sung and played by local vocalists and musicians. The live band on stage was his natural habitat, and he provided music (playing the sax, clarinet, ), arranged musical numbers, and wrote a theme song for Radio, used for many years: “Up With the Curtain.” He wrote the musical, Love & Lobsters, which Freeport Players produced in 2015. It was one our most popular shows ever. We are pleased and grateful that John’s family has designated Freeport Players to receive memorial contributions.
Please consider making a donation to the Players to support our efforts to sustain live theater in the greater Freeport area. Donations may be made online by clicking the donation link below or by sending a check to Freeport Players, P.O. Box 483, Freeport, Maine 04032.
Some of our Players share the following stories about John:
Johannah DeGrandpre–“During a dress rehearsal when Radio was performing exclusively the 1940’s and 1950’s songs and skits, I sang a song called “Dream” (When You’re Feeling Blue). It was an early time for me singing on stage and I was so nervous I would not do the lovely song justice. John found me during an intermission and explained that this was a popular song during wartime and when he heard it again he got teary-eyed remembering the times in his life when the song was popular and the sentiment it held for him. I too got teary-eyed at his story and we both agreed how powerful songs can be! He encouraged me like he did many others and I was so blessed to work with such a talented and passionate man of jazz. I will be raising a glass and singing the above song in his honor from now on!”
Ken Lloyd–“It was my pleasure to play music with John Linscott for 7 or 8 years when he was in his 80s. He was incredibly creative, and to illustrate, my story is about him and me carpooling to a summer afternoon gig in Rockland where he spent the entire 90 minutes thumbing through his thick notebook of original songs, describing each style, singing the melody and reading with a grin the always smart and often funny lyrics. It was a great ride.”
Joe Quinn– “A fun, kind, creative man. We were lucky to have his company on the FPAC stage. Now he’ll be teaching the stars to swing!”
Montage of this year’s “Radio” show
Thanks to our supportive and appreciative audiences! We’re glad you were there.
The return of “Radio”–WFCP Home Time Radio Hour, XVI. Set in the Golden Age of Radio, 1940s to 1970s.
Live, on stage. Original comedy sketches, Live band, Music of the 1940s-1970s, Hilarious sound effects!
New this year: a generous donor is providing a $100 door prize to one lucky audience member at each performance.
at the Freeport Performing Arts Center, 30 Holbrook St, Freeport
Dec. 2-4, 2022
Directors: Linda Duarte, Alicia Ouelette Belmore, Bernie Horowitz
Music Director: Mike Banas
Sound Effects: Maryellen Carew and Sam Hunneman
and more COMEDY–MUSIC– and LAUGHTER!
Radio is a beloved variety show set in the golden age of Radio, the 1940s to the 1970s–including comedy sketches, a live band and music of the era, and hilarious sound effects. The “live studio audience” enjoys the show in person. Performances are at the FPAC, 30 Holbrook St, Freeport, on Friday and Saturday, December 2 and 3 at 7:30 pm, and Sunday, December 4 at 2 pm. Tickets were Advance: $20 adult, $10 student. At Door: $22 adult, $12 student.
Fans of Radio were excited to see the return of Joe Tanner, PI, and the intrepid crew of Rocket Space Quest, along with other comedy sketches–Fine & Dandy, and At Home with the Bakers. Lots of great music, from composers Irving Berlin to Burt Bacharach to Brian Wilson–performed by the WFCP live band and singers. And, no Radio would be complete without the hysterical sound effects ladies! They were in fine form.
Thanks to our cast and crew:
Radio Cast and Crew: Paul Andriulli, singer; Mike Banas, Music Director, Guitar; Sandy Banas, singer; Alicia Ouellette Belmore, Sketch Director (Wandering Wombat, Joe Tanner, P.I., Fine & Dandy); Maryellen Carew, Sam Hunneman, Sound Effects; Chalmers; Phil Chin, actor, singer; Giz Daniels, Sound designer and ops; Johanna DeGrandpre, Choreographer, singer; Penny Davis-Dublin, actor; Linda Duarte, Stage Manager, Sketch Director (The Bakers, Moose-Calling Champion, Rocket Space Quest); Kelly Greenlee, actor; Lori Grotz, Costume designer, Hair, Makeup; Bernie Horowitz, Sketch Director (Mouserator, 3rd Arm, Stuck-on Glue, Death of a Music Man, Pest Treatment), actor, singer; Paul Kane, actor; Don Labbe, actor, singer; Judy Lloyd, Producer, Costumes, PR, actor, singer; Ken Lloyd, announcer; Andy Mass, actor, singer; Scott Miller, Light board ops; Andrea Myles-Hunkin, actor; Peter Nicoll, actor, singer; Kendall Penndorf, singer; Joe Quinn, actor; Betsy Roper, actor, singer; Dorothy Shull, actor, singer; Erica Swan, singer; Marguerite Walker, singer; David Wallace, Producer, actor, singer; Thomas Watson, actor; M W, actor; Paul Wyman, Lighting designer
WFCP Band: Mike Banas, Guitar, vocals; Rick Bernard, Bass; Kenny Gaspar, Piano; Rusty Quinn, Drums, Tom Dube, Guitar, vocals; Diane Whitmore, Saxophone.
Thanks to Show Sponsor:
Please consider making a donation to the Players to support our efforts to sustain live theater in the greater Freeport area. Donations may be made online by clicking the donation link above or by sending a check to Freeport Players, PO Box 483, Freeport, Maine 04032.
THANK YOU to our 2021-22 Season Sponsors: