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By • Apr 27th, 2007 • Category: Reviews

Listen to our review of Prince William Little Theatre’s Radio T.B.S. [MP3 5:35 1.6MB].

Laura: Saturday evening we saw Prince William Little Theatre‘s Radio T.B.S. in Manassas, Virginia.

Mike: Radio T.B.S., The Trailer Park Broadcasting Scandals, is a play written by Mark Landon Smith. Radio hostesses Vesta Poteet and Dixie Mandrell bring to you the comings and goings of the activities in and around the Luna Del Mar Home Oasis and Monkey Empire. What a jumpin’ place this trailer park is. There’s a visit to Graceland from roving reporter Missy Goode. There’s the upcoming Miss Manatee contest. There’s the Heart of Dixie Advice for the love lorn and addicted. Then we have the colossal celebration at the Luna Del Mar, Jesus and Elvis: A Tribute to the Kings. It’s a little nativity with some rock and roll.

Laura: This show took a little while to get into. The first act the characters were identifying themselves, in a way getting comfortable with each other. I did enjoy the second act because I really thought they meshed well. The scene at the end I thought was very good, especially when it all kind of deteriorated and they all started going at each other. Overall this was an interesting show.

Mike: This show definitely had it’s moments. The second act had howls coming from the audience. The first act was pretty slow to get stared. The people that were laughing were all the women in the audience. The men were not quite getting it. I didn’t quite get the first act, but the second act had some obvious features that appealed to men and it also had some slapstick comedy that was executed very well.

Laura: Vesta Poteet was one of the dj’s at the Luna Del Mar trailer park radio station. She was played by Cassandra Newman. She did a good job. One interesting scene was when she was talking to somebody on the phone about one of the scandals going on at the trailer park. She was doing all these various and sundry kind of exercises which I thought was funny because it was radio and nobody could see what you were doing. She was stretching. It was really funny.

Mike: Dixie Mandrell was the other talk show host. She was played by Mary Ann Hall. She also played the angel in the Tribute to the King nativity scene. I really liked how her competitive streak kept her voice getting louder and louder such that she got into a fight with Cassandra’s character. I’m not going to tell you much more about that because you do need to see that scene for yourself.

Laura: Imogene Hurst, the belly dancer who lives at trailer park number 666, which seems to upset some of the other trailer park ladies, was played by Kat Brais. She did a very good job. She had a nice pace to her lines. She seemed kind of put out at everybody because she felt like everybody was picking on her. She just wanted to do her thing and be left alone.

Mike: The rest of the ensemble did a good job. They worked very well together specially in the nativity scene. One character, Missy Goode played by Penny McKee, interesting enough, was in several scenes, but she was always on the road traveling so she never directly interacted with any of the other actors. She was always on the phone with them. She was off by herself on one side of the stage while the other characters were on the other side talking to her on the phone. That was an interesting dynamic. She had to get all of her energy and her motivation by looking out at the audience or looking across the audience.

Laura: The set for Radio T.B.S. was fairly simple. The Set Designer was James Campanella, Barbara D. Carpenter and Kevin Mussig. One side of the stage was the radio station booth. It was a card table and a couple of chairs. A couple of microphones that Vesta and Dixie used to talk into. On the other side of the stage you had a mobile home set up that was actually used for a couple differnt people. One detail I thought was good was whenever they had a major set change to do they would pull the curtain. They would do a scene in front of the curtain so as not to disrupt the next scene.

Mike: And you have to talk about the costumes in this show. The costumes were coordinated by the director, Barbara D. Carpenter. I don’t know where they got these costumes. There was quite a wide range of them. In the nativity scene, everything hit the fan. The detail and the willingness of all the actors to wear these outlandish costumes was well worth it because that scene scene was hilarious. When you do go see the show, don’t look at the display that’s in the front lobby. That will show you all the costumes before you get to see the show. A lot of the humor is being surprised by what comes out on stage. Just a helpful hint: don’t look at the display in the front lobby.

Laura: Radio T.B.S. is playing through May 5th. Friday and Saturdays at 8 PM and Sunday matinees at 2 PM at the Jennie Dean Elementary School in Manassas, Virginia.

Mike: The show is about two and a half hours long with one intermission.

Laura: And now, on with the show.

Cast

  • Vesta Poteet: Cassandra Newman
  • Dixie Mandrell: Mary Ann Hall
  • Missy Goode: Penny McKee
  • Mary Eunice Wheaton: Mona Kay Helper
  • Alveeta McClay: Ilma Striker
  • Madge Huskey: Sallie Willows
  • Pauline Felts: Su Klein
  • Mayola Felts: Katherine Blondin
  • Harlene Akers: Heather Plank
  • Imogene Hurst: Kat Brais

Crew

  • Director: Barbara D. Carpenter
  • Producer: Janel Manning
  • Tecchnical Manager: Jim Campanella
  • Performance Stage Manger: Jim Campanella
  • Rehearsal Stage Manager: Kat Brais
  • Set Construction: Dave Warner
  • Set Design: James Campanella, Barbar D. Carpenter, Kevin Mussig
  • Set Construction and Production Crew: Zina Bleck et. al.
  • Set Decoration/Set Dressing: Anne Serdula
  • Properties: Anne Serdula
  • Sound Design: Dave Warner
  • Lighting Design: James Campanella
  • Costume coordinator: Barbara D. Carpenter
  • Make-up and hair/Wig Design: Kat Brais
  • Photography: Bruce Wilson
  • Publicity: Don Wilson and Janel Manning
  • Logo Design: Janel Manning, Dave Warner
  • Program: Pam Cribbs
  • House Manager: Cana Wade
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started ShowBizRadio in August 2005 because they love live theater. They each have both performed in and worked behind the scenes in DC area productions, as well as earned a Career Studies Certificate in Theater from Northern Virginia Community College. Mike & Laura are each members of the American Theatre Critics Association, and Mike is a member of the Online News Association.

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