Players of Utica has been keeping busy since COVID-19 caused the cancellation of the rest of the 2019-20 season with Players Radio Theatre and Virtual Open Mic.
Thanks to area performers, Players has hosted nine Virtual Open Mic performances and three royalty-free plays through Players Radio Theatre.
The Virtual Open Mic has helped work as a fund-raiser to make up some of the funds lost as a result of the season cancellation. For every $50 raised on the Players Facebook page, the group has unlocked a performance and posted it to Facebook. Performers wishing to participate in the #VirtualOpenMic can send a video performance to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Players’ audio plays are available to listen to by visiting playersofutica.org/players-radio-theatre or browse through them on the Players of Utica Facebook page.
A short radio play version of a one-act comedy by Anton Chekhov. A grieving widow is set upon by a man who is owed money by her late husband. Will he get his money from the stubborn widow…or will they discover something about one another?
Featuring the voice talents of Michael Beehm as Luka, Carrie Bostick as Mrs. Popov, and Stephen Wagner as Smirnov.
“Fourteen… or The Most Successful of Hostesses”
A Comedy by Alice Gerstenberg
Mrs. Pringle has an elaborate dinner party for 14 all set…until bad weather upsets her plans. How will she, her daughter Elaine, and Dunham the butler cope with all the chaos?
Featuring the voice talents of Marilee Ensign as Mrs. Pringle, Valerie Able as Elaine, and Jason Francey as Dunham.
“He Said and She Said”
A Comedy by Alice Gerstenberg, Adapted by Stephen Wagner
Enid and Felix Haldeman are planning a nice little dinner party when the evening is thrown into chaos by the town gossip, Mrs. Packard, who is spreading rumors about Felix and Enid’s best friend, Diana.
Featuring the voice talents of Lonnie Etter as Felix, Sarah Spiwak as Enid, Denise Morganti as Mrs. Packard, and Kelly Yule-Motyl as Diana.