SMSU Theater celebrates the holidays with ‘The 1940s Radio Hour’
Just in time for the holidays, SMSU Theater presents “The 1940s Radio Hour” by Walton Jones, with music by various composers. The show transports the audience to December 1942 as radio station WOV broadcasts its holiday variety show. The performance features live sound effects, humorous 1940s radio ads, and classic songs such as “Blue Moon,” “Boogie-Woogie Bugle Boy,” and “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas,” with music provided by the SMSU Jazz Ensemble.
Performances are Dec. 12-15 at 7:30 p.m. each night, with matinee performances at 2 p.m. on Dec. 14 and 15. Tickets are $10 each and are available at www.SMSUtickets.com and at the door. All performances are in the SMSU Fine Arts Theatre, with free parking available in lot B-1. All performances are free to SMSU students with a valid student ID. A USO-style canteen will be open for refreshments in the Black Box, Fine Arts 112, 30 minutes before and after each performance.
“The 1940s Radio Hour” is directed by Theater Professor Sheila Tabaka of Marshall who is also the costume designer. Assistant theater professor and SMSU theater alumnus Mike Lenz of Cottonwood is the scenic, lighting, and sound designer as well as the technical director. Music Professor Dr. John Ginocchio of Marshall is the music director, leads the SMSU Jazz Ensemble, and plays Zoot Doubleman. Adjunct music faculty member Jim Tabaka of Marshall is the vocal director. Mary Jean Porter, a sophomore theater arts and professional writing double major, studio art and music minor from Marshall, is the hair and makeup designer. Theater Professor Nadine Purvis Schmidt of Estelline, S.D., is the producer. Jennifer Turner, a freshman early childhood and elementary education major from Windom is the stage manager. The cast and crew is: Emmanuel Ale, a sophomore theater arts major from Nigeria, as Stanley.
• Brady Berg, a sophomore English and secondary education major and acting and directing minor from Wells as B.J. Gibson.
• Sariah Cheadle, a senior English literature and theater arts double major from Fulda as Kit Fergusson. Cheadle is also the dramaturg.
• Alexis Christensen, a freshman vocal and fute performance major and TESL and theater minor from Lake Benton, as Connie Miller.
• Zyairr Johnson-Landoll, a freshman theater arts major from Sturgis, S.D., as Lou Cohn.
• Allie Lamote, a sophomore communications studies and theater arts major and marketing minor from Marshall as Ginger Brooks.
• Avianna McFarquhar, a junior theater arts and management double major from Marshall as Geneva Lee Browne. McFarquhar is also the choreographer.
• Paula Nemes, a community member from Marshall as Louise.
• Noah Patterson, a sophomore elementary education major from Albertville as Biff Baker.
• Paul Ragan, a senior history and secondary education major and theater Arts and acting and directing minor from Fosston as Johnny Cantone.
• Raxson Rax, a senior theater arts major from Milan as Neil Tilden.
• Bob Schwoch, an SMSU theater arts alumnus and SMSU employee from Lynd as Pops Bailey.
• Michael Van Keulen, a community member from Ghent as Clifton Feddington.
• Elizabeth Zoya, a junior theater arts major from Maplewood as Ann Collier.
• Tailer Benson, a freshman theater arts and broadcast and digital media double major from Elk River, and Cat (Caitlin) Schmidt, a senior theater arts major from Arlington are the assistant stage managers.
Members of the SMSU Jazz Ensemble participating in the production include:
• Whitney Burns, a junior music education major from Siloam Springs, Ark., on trumpet.
• Maria Callens, a junior piano performance and pedagogy major from Taunton on piano.
• Ivan Chavez, a sophomore music minor from Marshall on guitar.
• Jack Elbert, a junior music education/theory and composition major from Bloomington on percussion.
• Dr. Vaughn Gehle, a biology professor from Marshall on trumpet.
• Josh Hansen, a sophomore music education major from Marshall on alto saxophone.
• Dr. Michael Hofstetter, a history professor from Marshall on bass.
• Andrea Korthals, a sophomore elementary education/special education major from Rock Rapids, Iowa, on trumpet.
• J.T. Linz, a senior music major from Marshall on trombone.
• Terry Louwagie, a community member from Marshall on trumpet.
• Louis Lozinski, a junior biology major from Marshall on trombone.
• Alejandro “Alex”Montoya, a freshman music composition major and accounting minor from Marshall on percussion.
• Ryan Ohm, a senior music education major from Brooklyn Park on reed 3 tenor saxophone.
• Alija Ros, a sophomore agricultural education major and animal science minor from Walnut Grove on baritone saxophone and bass clarinet.
• Nolan J. Schultz, a freshman history education major from Marshall on trombone.
• Chris Syphokham, a senior music education and accounting major from Luverne on piano.
• Megan Thooft, a junior music major and Hispanic studies minor from Marshall on trumpet.
• Kevin Totusek, a junior music theory and composition major from Apple Valley on bass.
• Lyzzie Wiener, a senior agricultural education major and Spanish minor from Sauk Centre on clarinet and tenor saxophone.
“The 1940s Radio Hour” is presented through special arrangement with Samuel French, Inc., a Concord Theatricals Company.