Hamilton-Gibson’s ‘Tune in to HG Radio’ Festival ends with ‘Radio Heroics’

WELLSBORO — Hamilton-Gibson’s “Tune in to HG Radio” Festival ends with “Radio Heroics — An evening of action, adventure and courage” at 7:30 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, Aug. 10 and 11 in the Warehouse Theatre, 3 Central Avenue.

“Our fourth and final weekend celebrates the heroes of classic radio,” said Gabe Hakvaag, festival producer. “Featured are three radio heroes, including two well-known characters, The Lone Ranger and Flash Gordon. We’ll also have live music and lots of fun as we wrap up Radio HG for this year,” he added.

The first of 2,956 radio episodes of “The Lone Ranger” premiered in January of 1933.

The series spawned a popular television show that ran from 1949 to 1957, books, comic books and several movies.

In the episode titled “Fear,” The Lone Ranger and Tonto find Sheriff Barnes dying after being bushwhacked by brazen outlaw, Monk Savage. Can they bring Savage to justice and help the sheriff’s brother find the courage to stand up to injustice?

Directing is Titus Himmelberger and cast members are: Maddie Wilson, as The Lone Ranger and Slim Gletcher; Phil Waber, as Tonto, the Barkeeper, Banker Thomas and the U.S. Marshal; Brian Burket, as Sheriff Jim Barnes and Everitt Barnes; Michelle Lockwood, as Judy Mason and Johnny; Ian Brennan, as Monk Savage and Billy; and Bryson Fuhrer, as Dan Reed and Trig.

The second radio classic is “The Amazing Interplanetary Adventures of Flash Gordon” based on a Sunday newspaper comic strip by Alex Gillespie Raymond. Flash Gordon is the hero of the space opera adventure first published on Jan. 7, 1934. Starting on April 22, 1935, the comic strip was adapted into a 26-episode weekly radio series.

Athlete and pilot Flash Gordon and his friend Dale try to save Earth from an approaching planet. They end up stranded on planet Mongo, where they are forced to fight for their lives and freedom from the unstoppable Ming the Merciless, Mongo’s emperor. This serial adventure follows Flash, Dale and Doctor Zarkoff of Earth as they meet, fight, and befriend Mongo’s exotic inhabitants, including Prince Barin of Arboria, Thul the Lion Man, Voltan of the Hawkmen, and the alluring but deadly Princess Aura, Emperor Ming’s daughter.

The director is Katie Pacific and cast members are Wilson, as Flash Gordon and Vo; Lockwood, as Dale; Himmelberger, as Dr. Zarkov and the guard; Brennan, as Ming The Merciless and Thun; Canales, as Princess Aura; Waber, as Prince Barin; Fuhrer, as Zogi and the slave; and Hakvaag, as Vultan and the captain.

“The Pussycat and The Expert Plumber Who Was A Man,” written in 1941 for radio by famous playwright Arthur Miller, is the third radio classic. It is an amusing fantasy about a cat with a yen for politics and a knack for blackmail.

Director is Yolie Canales. Cast members are Lockwood, as Pussycat; Burket, as George and Sam; Wilson, as Adele and the beauty shop woman; Waber, as Mayor Johnson; Hakvaag, as Billings, the gas station attendant and Fairchild; Mitch Kreisler, as John, the mayor’s aide, the gas station customer and Joey, the hotel manager; and Himmelberger, as the train conductor and Peters the drunk.

The three classic radio plays will be performed on Aug. 10 and again on Aug. 11. Tickets will be sold at the door or visit www.hamiltongibson.org, email hamgib@gmail.com or call 570-724-2079.