May 22, 2020
Emmanuel’s Theater Program Broadcasts Virtually with Revival of Mystery Radio Theater

After their time on campus was cut short this spring, Emmanuel’s Theater Arts Program revived its award-winning Mystery Radio Theater series from home. Season 3 premieres Sunday, May 24, with “Meteor Man,” and will also feature Daphne du Maurier’s “Rebecca,” “Frankenstein,” and other classic tales.

Mystery Radio Theater was established in 2012 when the Auditorium in the Eisner Administration Building was undergoing renovations. Theater Arts made its new, temporary home in the Fenway Room,  presenting six classic radio drama performances including “The Lost World,” “The Time Machine” and “A Journey to the Center of the Earth.” Each show was fully costumed and staged in the 1930's style and included original music by members of the department. As part of the productions, students utilized genuine Foley sound effects to create the true radio show feel. Performances took place in front of a live audience and were also broadcast live on EC Radio, allowing a wider audience to tune in throughout the semester.

The performance was recognized by the Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival as one of the "Outstanding College Theater Productions of 2012" for the New England region and was given the Intercollegiate Broadcasting System’s Outstanding Single Dramatic Radio Broadcast Episode award.

Four years later, by popular demand, the program performed a second season as a summer project involving alumni, with more episodes including "Gunsmoke" and "20,000 Leagues Under the Sea." 

This time, circumstances are a bit different, but the spirit of classic radio is still there.

“We've involved dozens of students,” said Scott Gagnon, assistant professor of theater arts and director of theater. “I write the scripts, we meet via Zoom weekly to rehearse, and they record their individual audio into their phones. I've been very lucky to have a guest artist, a professional sound engineer named Brad Horion, who painstakingly edits these pieces into conversations and adds sound effects and music.”

Season 3 of Mystery Radio Theater premieres this Sunday, May 24, at 6:00 p.m. on Emmanuel’s Soundcloud page, with additional episodes launching on subsequent Sundays. Take a look at the Season 3 lineup below! 

SEASON THREE


EPISODE ONE: “METEOR MAN” 

MILLIE: Julia Burke
BILLY: Nolan Dupont
MYRNA: Janette Birtha
WELLINGTON/RUSSELL: Michael Giordano
METEOR MAN/ANNOUNCER: Brandon Morales
DIANE/WOMAN ONE: Abigail Desrosiers
HELGA/WOMAN TWO: Lauren Smith
With special guest Joe Deauna as NICK T. SALLE

Written and Directed by Scott Gagnon
Based on a script by Arch Oboler
Producer and Sound Designer: Brad Horion
Music Director: Jason Whiting
Rehearsal Coordinator: Jenna Lourenco

 EPISODE TWO: “REBECCA” 

MILLIE: Julia Burke
BILLY: Nolan Dupont
MYRNA: Janette Birtha
ROBOT: Julia Hazel
“I” (NARRATOR): Mia Straccia
MAXIM DE WINTER: Mordechai Choi
MRS. VAN HOPPER: Kerri Mitchell
MRS. DANVERS: Nadel Henville
FRANK CRAWLEY (and others): Dominic Annand
JACK FAVELL: Anthony Melchionda
BEN (and others): Michael Giordano 

Written and Directed by Scott Gagnon
Based on a novel by Daphne Du Maurier
Producer and Sound Designer: Brad Horion
Music Director: Jason Whiting
Rehearsal Coordinator: Jenna Lourenco

EPISODE THREE: “FRANKENSTEIN”

MILLIE: Julia Burke
BILLY: Nolan Dupont
MYRNA: Janette Birtha
ILYA: Jenna Cormier
ROBOT: Julia Hazel
VICTOR: Dominic Annand
ELIZABETH: Mackenzie Roche
MONSTER: Michael Giordano
PROFESSOR: Brandon Morales
HENRY: Anthony Melchionda

Written and Directed by Scott Gagnon
Based on a novel by Mary Shelley
Producer and Sound Designer: Brad Horion
Music Director: Jason Whiting
Rehearsal Coordinator: Jenna Lourenco

EPISODE FOUR: “SORRY, WRONG NUMBER”

MILLIE: Julia Burke
BILLY: Nolan Dupont
MYRNA: Janette Birtha
ILYA: Jenna Cormier
MRS. STEVENSON: Selena Malaterra
OPERATOR: Abigail Desrosiers
GEORGE: Juan Boschetti
FIRST MAN: Brandon Morales
CHIEF OPERATOR: Kelley Kazorek
SGT. MARTIN/TELEGRAM MAN: Michael Giordano
WOMAN AT HOSPITAL: Violet Villanueva

Written and Directed by Scott Gagnon
Based in part on the radio play by Louise Fletcher
Producer and Sound Designer: Brad Horion
Music Director: Jason Whiting
Rehearsal Coordinator: Jenna Lourenco

EPISODE FIVE: “WAR AND PEACE”

MILLIE: Julia Burke
BILLY: Nolan Dupont
ILYA: Jenna Cormier
MYRNA: Janette Birtha
WELLINGTON: Michael Giordano
FRANK: Abigail Desrosiers
BOB: Lauren Smith
ROBOT: Julia Hazel
DEUCE: Brandon Morales
JASON: Himself

Written and Directed By Scott Gagnon
Produced and Sound Designed by Brad Horion
Music Director: Jason Whiting
Rehearsal Coordinator: Jenna Lourenco

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