The Strand Theatre presents the August edition of Strand on the Air, a series of original radio variety shows, on Sunday, Aug. 30, at 5 p.m. The shows feature comedy skits and music, and can be heard by tuning in to WRFR at 93.3 in Rockland, 99.3 in Camden, or by streaming at WRFR.org. Each show will then be available to stream on the Strand Theatre website at RocklandStrand.com, and as a podcast.
The Strand Theatre’s radio variety series wraps up the summer season with its “Cousin of Social Distancing Broadcast.” Strand House Manager Liz McLeod, who writes and directs the broadcasts, and the Strand Family Players will present original radio comedy sketches. Strand Education Coordinator Brittany Parker is back with more of her distinctive music, announcer Dan Bookham will lend a word, and they’ll be joined by Thomaston-based quartet Playin’ Possum.
“Playin’ Possum was a big hit on our holiday show last winter,” said McLeod, in a news release, “and we love both their crisp, clean harmonies and the sense of humor they bring to their music. So they’re a great fit as we wrap up our summer series!”
On the comedy front, news commentators Karl Stuffel and Camomile Bourgeois of “All Things Rescinded” return to take a look at the pandemic back-to-school season, along with a follow-up report on what exactly happened to all that toilet paper that got hoarded last spring, and an up-to-the-minute investigative look at who it is that’s throwing all those discarded PPE masks on the ground.
McLeod will offer an inside look at how radio sound effects come together, along with a firm explanation of why radio sound work isn’t called “Foley,” Professor Bookham will recite the poem “How Can It Be The End Of Summer, When Summer Was Never Really Here?,” and down in Abysmal Point emotions are running high as Lilita heads back to college while Mrs. Grunden frets. Strand Family Players Lili Bonnarigo, Olivia Vanner, and William Zall are back again to help out with the laughs.
Like the three previous programs over the summer, the latest sixty-minute broadcast was assembled and edited by McLeod from bits and pieces submitted by the various cast members working from home.