SUPERHEROES ARRIVE SEPTEMBER 9TH

 

When Karl Frunz first unveiled his idea for a “Super Saturday” program exploring the origins and media debut of four iconic superheroes, we knew immediately that the making of a special program was being created.  Karl, you see, is a great presenter and everyone listening knew that the stories he would  feature would be both intriguing and entertaining.  However, Karl was not finished conveying his idea and he went on to clarify  “I don’t envision a two hour lecture” he said “but rather two  hours of nostalgic entertainment book-ended by stories of how the featured super hero first vaulted from a pulp fiction publication and onto the radio airwaves and the cinema screen.”   The basic program ,as Karl conceived it,  would be along the lines of a Saturday Matinee (like those of  by gone days) featuring a chapter from a classic movie serial and most certainly live performances of programs from 1940’s radio. As the program developed, four superheroes were selected to be featured –  The Green Hornet, The Blue Beetle, Superman and Batman.   As Karl focused on compiling interesting tidbits about each of the heroes, he turned to Roger Kim to produce two live radio performances as part of the day’s attraction.   Roger selected the programs but scripts of the original radio shows could not be obtained.  To proceed, someone would need to transcribe scripts from the original recordings.  This was ultimately done by Roger himself and dependable volunteer , Randy Clawson.  Once the transcribing was completed and with scripts in hand, Roger then proceeded to assemble the actors, a sound effects team, and  a keyboardist to play the musical bridges (an essential part of radio adventure serials).   The preparations and planning continue with the rehearsals scheduled.  This crack team of radio enthusiasts have just a few weeks until the big day when they step before the live microphones on the REPS sound stage as two pulp heroes will once again vault from their publications and on to the radio airwaves as REPS presents The Blue Beetle and the Adventures of Superman!

The Blue Beetle was a 1940 series on CBS Radio and based on the popular DC Comics character.   Between May 15 and September 13, 1940, Blue Beetle aired.  Just as in the comics, Blue Beetle was a young police officer who saw the need for extraordinary crime fighting. He took the task on himself by secretly donning a superhero costume to create fear in criminals.   The 13-minute segments were usually told in two-part episodes.   On September 9th, Roger and his team will present part one and part two of a selected story so that those in the audience can experience the adventure  from start to finish.

The Adventures of Superman had a long life as a popular radio serial  originally airing from 1940 to 1951.

Up in the sky! Look!
It’s a bird!
It’s a plane!
It’s Superman!

Professional stage and voice actors will lend their talents to  to bring the magic of radio back to the Pacific Northwest.  Featured in the cast will be Dean Moody, Nick Wrycha, Bryan Hendrickson, David Persson, Randy Clawson, and Elly Muller.

HOW SUPERHEROES ESCAPED THEIR PAGES!

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A Super good time! Through Film, Animation and Live radio Theater (featuring Live Sound Effects  and music )  an adventure awaits you as you experience how superheroes first vaulted from their pulp fiction publications and onto radio airwaves and the cinema screen.

Historian, Karl Frunz will explore the origins and media debut of The Green Hornet, The Blue Beetle, Superman and Batman.

Featured Attractions:

  • First Chapter of an Exciting  Green Hornet Movie Serial
    Newspaper publisher Britt Reid, secretly The Green Hornet, and his Korean valet Kato investigate and expose several seemingly separate rackets. This leads them into continued conflict with the Chief, the criminal mastermind behind the Syndicate and the individual crimes.
  • Live Radio Performance of a thrilling Blue Beetle adventure
  • Vintage Superman Cartoon adventure
    The Fleischer Superman cartoons are a series of animated short films released in Technicolor by Paramount Pictures in 1941 and making them his first animated appearance.
  • Live Radio Performance of the Radio Adventures of Superman featuring an appearance by Batman

Saturday, Sept 9th 2-4 pm
5515 Phinney Ave N Seattle
St. John United Lutheran Church

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GROUCHO’S GRANDSON IN PERSON TO REMEMBER COMEDY LEGEND – MARCH 11

 We will salute the comedy legend at the March 11th REPS program.  Steve Marx, Groucho’s grandson, joins us live and in person to share stories of the life and career of the one and only . . . . Groucho!

But first, we will dust off an old Marx Brothers radio script from the early 1930s  and open the program with a performance of Flywheel, Shyster and Flywheel.

Flywheel, Shyster, and Flywheel was a 1932 NBC radio show starring two of the Marx Brothers, Groucho and Chico. The program depicted the misadventures of a small law firm, with Groucho as attorney Waldorf T. Flywheel and Chico as Flywheel’s assistant, Emmanuel Ravelli. The series was originally titled Beagle, Shyster, and Beagle, with Groucho’s character named Waldorf T. Beagle, until a lawyer from New York named Beagle contacted NBC and threatened to file a lawsuit unless the name was dropped. Many of the episodes’ plots were drawn from Marx Brother’s films.  The program aired Monday nights at 7:30 p.m. on the NBC Blue Network to thirteen network affiliates in nine Eastern and Southern states. Twenty-six episodes were made, which were broadcast between November 28, 1932 and May 22, 1933. Each episode was introduced by the Blue Network announcer and featured about fifteen minutes of drama and ten minutes of orchestral music between acts. For years no recordings of the show were known to exist, however, a number of years back, three recordings of Flywheel, Shyster, and Flywheel were found , including a five-minute excerpt of Episode 24 , a fifteen-minute recording of Episode 25 and a complete recording of Episode 26.    In 1988 scripts for 25 of the 26 episodes were found at the Library of Congress and published in a book.   In 1990 the British Broadcasting Corporation’s Radio 4  aired a version of Flywheel, Shyster, and Flywheel. The original scripts were adapted by the BBC for a modern British audience.  Each episode incorporated material from two or three different original episodes, and occasionally included additional jokes from Marx Brothers’ films.  The BBC radio adaption proved popular with audiences in the U.K. and many episodes were released commercially and are available for listening today.   On Saturday, March 11th, the REPS Radio Artists will perform one of the hilarious episodes of Flywheel, Shyster and Flywheel on the REPS Radio Sound stage and you could be a part of the live studio audience.   Admission is free.

Join us for 30 minutes of zany Marx brothers humor followed by a conversation with Groucho’s grandson, Steve Marx.

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The Old Time Radio Quiz Program

Come on down! You’re the next contestant on  – The Old Time Radio Quiz Program!

Mark your calendars: Saturday, January  7th at 2pm.  

ENTERTAINING AND “Hi-LARRY-ous” AFTERNOON with master of ceremonies, Larry Albert.

***WIN PRIZES***    ***WIN PRIZES***     ***WIN PRIZES***

We’ll have the usual two panels of experts who will compete in a game of knowledge to determine who can score the most points but did we mention that we have expanded on the games created last year to focus on audience participation?

Yes, the old time radio quiz show will be fun for all and you do not have to be an expert to win!

Saturday, January 7th, 2pm
ST. JOHN UNITED LUTHERAN CHURCH
5515 Phinney Avenue North Seattle, WA 98103
Across the street from the Woodland Park Zoo.

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REPS HOLIDAY PARTY – SAT DEC 3rd

 

Mark your calendars for December 3rd as you will not want to miss the REPS Holiday party.

Holiday Potluck at 1 pm

One wonderful afternoon beginning with a Holiday Potluck ( bring a dish to share and if you need ideas on what to bring , we can provide a little assistance ).  Also consider bringing an unwrapped gift for Toys for Tots ).

It’s A Wonderful Life – Live Radio Performance 2:15 pm 

Followed by a performance of the classic holiday film featuring all of your favorite characters.   A Captivating and heartwarming story featuring all of your favorite characters from the film returning through the magic of radio with live and imaginative sound effects.  The captivating story of one man, who in order to help others, gives up his own dreams and whose imminent suicide on Christmas Eve brings about the intervention of his guardian angel, Clarence.  Clarence shows George all the lives he has touched and how different life in his community of Bedford Falls would be had he never been born.

Saturday, December 3rd, 2016
United St. John Lutheran Church
5515 Phinney Avenue North, Seattle, WA

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Behind the Scenes – The Halloween Trilogy

The Halloween Trilogy featuring the talents of Tommy Cook, Justin Tinsley, Larry Albert and others was all around entertaining and excellent spooky Halloween Fun.  The three stories in the trilogy were each different in their own right but while different in style and content, each had you on the edge of your seat waiting for the gripping climax.  The performances were outstanding and the theater was kept in darkness to heighten the  feeling of night terror and it worked splendidly.   All part of REPS’ vision to produce quality entertainment in the style of vintage radio theater for a modern audience.   The addition of Tommy Cook to the cast ( who was a veteran actor in popular radio shows from the Golden Age ) increased the enjoyment even further.  Tommy proved that he is still an incredible actor and makes you yearn for more audio theater. With talent like Tommy still available, it makes you wonder as to why some ambitious, and well known producer has not continued to create and produce high quality and highly promoted audio entertainment until this day.  It was David Persson who found the script and would Produce and Direct the program.  When David presented the idea to the REPS  team everyone knew immediately that The Halloween Trilogy was the show they were looking for.     David compiled the music cues and gathered the sound effects team which was led by Curtis Takahashi ( who is a consummate sound effects artist ). And then he went about assembling the cast – each of whom had years of theater and or voice over experience.  The performance  was offered free to the public so the production was operating on a shoestring budget.  Therefore, rehearsal time was very limited.  There was a two hour read-through on the Friday night beforehand followed by another two hours for a full blown technical rehearsal on the morning of the show.   And that was it.  Every team member had to come prepared so that the show came off without a glitch.  A great program indeed.  We are so looking forward to the Holiday production of I’ts A Wonderful Life produced for the REPS Halloween Party on December 3rd.  We hope to see you there.  It is proving to be another fine program.

    

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October Program – Halloween Trilogy Starring Tommy Cook 10/15

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Spooky audio fun coming up on October 15th at 2pm!

Veteran voice actor Tommy Cook will be appearing in The Halloween Trilogy:

“The Mark of the Beast” by Rudyard Kipling
“The Canterville Ghost” by Oscar Wilde
“The Cask of Amontillado” by Edgar Allan Poe

Also featuring radio’s “Harry Nile” star Larry Albert, Jenn Ollivier and some of Seattle’s best voice talent.

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Sat October 15th 2pm-4pm

St. John United Lutheran Church
5515 Phinney Ave N, Seattle, WA 98103

Tommy Cook has been voice acting for over 70 years and you won’t want to miss the opportunity to see one of the best in the world at his craft. Tommy appeared on many radio programs (Red Ryder as Little Beaver, Blondie, Lux Radio Theater and Arch Obler Plays)…he appeared in the movies (including playing Kimba in “Tarzan and the Leopard Woman” in 1946)….and he also had voice-over roles on animated series such as Kid Flash on The Superman/Aquaman Hour of Adventure, Augie on The Funky Phantom and Biff on Jabberjaw.

Don’t miss one of the greatest voice actors of all time rock the microphone like no one else can! Admission is FREE!! Bring a friend. May be too scary for kids under 11 years.

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September Program – Pearl Harbor 75 Years Later 9/10

Presented by John Jensen, former Radio Station Broadcaster and Historian.  Much has been written and shared about the December 7th attack on Pearl Harbor.  Information recently released through the Freedom of Information Act has shed new light on the controversy of just who knew what, when and where. Did FDR have a hidden agenda to get America into the war? Was the attack that morning really a surprise? How did radio broadcasts at the time convey the possibility of war and the covering of those first turbulent days? Through rare audio and video clips you’ll see and hear the intrigue that took place within the United States and Japan and discover just what it was like to live not only on the mainland but in Hawaii during those turbulent times.

Special Presentation by John Jensen at St. John’s Church (5515 Phinney Ave N, Seattle, WA 98103) starting at 2PM.

 

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REPS Summer Celebration – Sunday 8/14

The REPS Summer Celebration will be held at the fabulous Sixty-01 Club House overlooking the pool and lake with both indoor and outdoor patio areas. Includes pool table, ping pong and piano. Beautiful site, lots of parking and we will set up plenty of tables and seating.

11:00am to 4:00pm

Sunday August 14th, 2016

6001 140TH AVE NE REDMOND

This is a gated community and we must enter thru the left side of the main gate and push the PHONE picture on the information box by the drivers side of the car and “99” to get security to open the gate.

Ann Brown 503-563-3003 cell if any problems arise.

You are invited to this year’s REPS Summer Celebration and it’s going to be a lot of fun!!

Bring your favorite potluck dish to share. 

Soft drinks and bottle water provided by REPS.

Anyone who brings a friend or two will receive a Starbucks giftcard.

Also, SPECIAL PRIZES -> including gift cards from ARCO, RED ROBIN and MORE!

1PM Entertainment

Featuring songs and laughter. 

2PM YOUR IDEAS!

Join the REPS Board and bring your ideas to help us plan for the coming year. The REPS Board is seeking input for future guests, meetings and event ideas.

The REPS Summer Celebration will be held at the fabulous Sixty-01 Club House overlooking the pool and lake with both indoor and outdoor patio areas. Includes pool table, ping pong and piano. Beautiful site, lots of parking and we will set up plenty of tables and seating.

We want to thank REPS Member Ann Brown, resident and member of the 6001 140th AVE NE Condo Association for providing the venue.

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No July Program!

 

Just to remind everyone, there is no REPS program in July. The next time we will get together will be for the August celebration and potluck on Sunday 8/14. Stay tuned for more information regarding the picnic. A map and information will also be included in the next issue of the Air Check newsletter.

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June Program – LET GEORGE DO IT! 6/4

Live Performance of of the Mutual- Don Lee Radio network drama series Let George Do It originally heard from 1946 to 1954.  “Danger’s my stock in trade. If the job’s too tough for you to handle , you’ve got a job for me.” featuring live sound effects and a fun cast.

Saturday June 4th 2pm at the St John United Lutheran Church.

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