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Radio Play Doubleheader in the Racine/Kenosha Area June 22

June 19th, 2019 10:15am 

(WGTD) A radio play double-header will be offered by WGTD and Wisconsin Public Radio Saturday, June 22nd. 

At 11:15 a.m., the WGTD Radio Theater, now in its 15h season, hits the air live  with another original episode, “The New Adventures of Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson: The Murder of Professor Jeremy Clarkson.“ 

The 45-minute-long program will be produced at the Kenosha Southwest Library. You’re invited to become part of the studio audience or listen over the air or online. In any event admission is free.

This new episode of Sherlock Holmes, based on characters created by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, was written and produced by Steven Brown and Michael Ullstrup, both from Salem Lakes, and the director is Rene Bushelle.

The cast includes Bushelle, Julie Burton, Viki DuMez, Todd Eaves, Brett Houdek,  Jill Jensen,  Gary Lien, Andrew Potter, Larry Rowe, Ann-Marie Schmid,  Cameron Spencer, Peyton Spencer and Joe Van Hulle. 

The fictional Sherlock Holmes character has always been intriguing to co-producer and co-writer Brown who says, “Part of what makes Sherlock so intriguing and captivating in our original script is the way the Sherlock Holmes character himself is written. Our adaptation allows for Holmes’ to not only be ‘heard’ as the adult Sherlock, but also as ‘young Sherlock.’ Sherlock Holmes has been described, by those who have analyzed the writings of Conan Doyle, as mechanical and machine-like. Our Sherlock Holmes places pure, cold reason above all else; he is straightforward to the point of being unapologetically blunt and often rude, rational with no care for emotion, and oftentimes unaware.” 

In addition to being aired over 91.1 FM in Kenosha and Racine, 101.7 FM in Elkhorn, and 103.3 in Lake Geneva, the program will also be streamed live, on-line, at WGTD.org, and also on either an iPhone or Android “app” at WGTD FM.

The in-studio audience should arrive at the library 30 minutes before the broadcast.

The second show on Saturday will be produced by Wisconsin Public Radio and presented at the Racine Theatre Guild.  

Tickets range in price from $15 to $50. Doors open at 7. To buy tickets in advance, go to wpr.org. 

Saturday evening’s show, titled “There's Always a Woman,” features an intrepid detective who gets her way despite all the men who underestimate her.

“There’s Always a Woman” is Old Time Radio Drama host Norman Gilliland and co-star Michele Good’s updated version of a 1939 Campbell’s Playhouse radio drama. You’ll delight in the clever noir narrative with its husband-and-wife private eyes, a mysterious wealthy client, blackmail, gambling, and nefarious doings. When Bill Reardon gives up on his detective agency and darling spouse Sally takes a case on her own, no one knows whether she can pull it off.

The show includes dramatizations of reworked Campbell’s Soup commercials, and, pre-broadcast, a mini-episode of “Fibber McGee & Molly.” Audiences of all ages love Old Time Radio Drama for its strong storylines, clear characters, period music and entertaining sound effects. Be part of the live broadcast--you never know what will happen!

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