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: