They’re baaack…Edward Abbey’s fifth cousin twice removed Downtown Abbey, Gleebnor, Baldo and all the other characters return for Season Two, and this time there will be two performances of the entire original radio play at Star Hall: Saturday, February 18 at 7 pm and a matinee on Sunday, February 19 at 2 pm.
These live performances of KZMU’s original radio comedy will be aired in three episodes on KZMU in March, and then posted on kzmu.org for your listening pleasure.
Tickets for the Star Hall performances go on sale Monday, February 6, at Back of Beyond Books or KZMU. KZMU Founding Member tickets are $10 — all others are $15.
Also returning is last year’s cast, including Michael Ford (Stoke) Dunton as Downtown, Jenna Talbott as his sometime girlfriend Muriel Pluto, Keith G as Gleebnor, Melissa Graciosa as Gleebnor’s intimate companion Baldo, Ken Slake as Curtis Heavyfoot, Peggy Hodgkins as Cora Ratliff, Michaelene Pendleton as Gloob’s head decider Jiwi, Brett Bentley as Doomer and Dooka, Jeremy Lynch as Joe Smith, Christy Williams as KZMU’s fearless reporter Scoop Travellian, and Doni Kiffmeyer as the announcer and Ruthie the dog.
This season brings new characters, including local child actors: Aubree McAlister and Amelia Van Sickle as the teen Gloobans, Glibblet and Galore; Lilly Van Sickle as Gee Whiz; and Oscar Niehaus as Golly. Other new characters include Serah Mead as the dog Princess, Kik Grant as Brig Younger and Lisa Church as editor of the Times-Codependent, Lisa Chapel. In addition to her role as Muriel, Jenna Talbott will also play Monique the Dog.
Jessica Retka will accompany the singers on keyboards. Bob Owen returns as engineer, and Marlene Mody and Jeremy Spaulding will handle the foley box (sound effects). Marty Durlin (also the playwright and composer) will direct, with assistance from Serah Mead.
Like last year’s Downtown Abbey, Season Two is set in a Moab of an alternative universe, but some of the same problems beset the fictional town, including the effects of increasing tourism and a crisis at the sewer plant.
The radio drama is also a musical and includes such tunes as “Why why why do you ruin our lives?” (sung by the teen Gloobans) and “I wanna be an Earthling” (sung by Gleebnor and Baldo).
Downtown Abbey Season One earned an Honorable Mention from the Mark Time Awards, a legacy project of the Firesign Theatre. The award was presented in Kansas City last June by David Ossman and his wife Judith Walcutt.
For more information, call Marty Durlin at KZMU, 435 259 8824.