Mask up and sit six feet away from your speaker as the latest installment of “Strand On The Air,” the Strand Theatre’s series of radio variety specials, comes your way over Rockland's WRFR-LP (93.3) Sunday, May 17, at 5 p.m.
Written and directed by Strand House Manager Liz McLeod, and featuring the music of Brittany Parker and the Blake Rosso Band, the new installment is quite a bit different from previous programs, but promises the same blend of music and laughs, according to Strand, in a news release.
“We obviously can’t do our regular type of show right now,” said McLeod, in the release, “with a live theatre audience and guest acts, but we figured why not do a special stripped-down emergency version. People need to have some fun right now, and radio’s a great way to reach our audience and let them know we’re all still here and still raring to entertain them.”
The special condensed broadcast will not be broadcast live due to lockdown considerations.
“But we’ve gotten our cast together thanks to the miracle of the internet,” said McLeod, who has cut together the various pre-recorded segments to create a complete show.
As always, the broadcast will feature lively original music by Brittany Parker and the band, and original comedy sketches including two regular Strand On The Air features.
“We’ll take a satirical look at social distancing in our ‘All Things Rescinded’ newsreel segment,” said McLeod, who will, as always, perform multiple roles in the skits, “and we’ll have another visit with our friends in the mythical town of Abysmal Point, as grumpy old Mrs. Grunden tries to find a way to keep herself busy.”
Joining in for the fun will be Lili Bonarrigo, a mainstay of the Strand Family Players comedy troupe featured during previous broadcasts, and announcer Dan Bookham. As special guest for the broadcast, former Rockland Poet Laureate Joanna Hynd, a longtime veteran of the Strand staff, will contribute an original poem reflecting on the current situation.
In addition to the WRFR broadcast, the program will be available for free download at rocklandstrand.com.