SchoolHouse Company to perform 'Radio Gals'

Saturday, July 30, 2016
(Photo Contributed) It's "Radio Gals." Orange City's theatre troupe, The SchoolHouse Company, is bringing the musical "Radio Gals" to the stage Wednesday, Aug. 10 in Orange City and Friday, Aug. 12 in Sioux Center, both shows at 7 p.m. Sponsors are Orange City Arts, Revival Animal Health and Sioux Center Recreation & Arts. Cast members are pictured, left to right: Anna Karen Pauls, Joseph Slegers, Susan Veltkamp, Lois Estell, Kelsey Reitsma, Erica Davis and Katherine Pauls.

ORANGE CITY -- "Radio Gals," a musical about a small-town radio station in the 1920s, will provide an evening of entertainment in Orange City's Windmill Park Wednesday, Aug. 10.

The free 7 p.m. performance is part of this summer's Onstage Orange City series and features a seven-member cast from the SchoolHouse Company, a popular local theatre troupe.

The show will also be presented at Te Paske Theatre in Sioux Center at 7 p.m., Aug. 12.

Filled with music, country humor, conflict and romance, "Radio Gals" tells the story of Hazel C. Hunt, who receives a transmitter as a retirement gift at a time when radio ruled the airwaves and small stations thrived. With the help of a wacky group of singers and musicians, she begins broadcasting station WGAL from her parlor -- providing audiences with rib-tickling songs, homey chats and plugs for a rejuvenating tonic that owes its kick to the still out back.

Hazel's habit of jumping the airwaves to find a clear channel, however, brings a government inspector to shut her down. But when she discovers a star-struck singer beneath his bureaucratic facade, he is quickly ensnared in the musical and romantic shenanigans.

"Radio Gals" features SchoolHouse Company veterans Susan Veltkamp as Hazel Hunt; Joseph Slegers as O.B. Abbott; Katherine Pauls as America; Anna Karen Pauls as Mabel; and Lois Estell as Azilee. Making their first SchoolHouse Company appearance are Erica Davis as Gladys Fritts and Kelsey Reitsma as Rennabelle.

Estell, who is directing the show, also plays a number of different instruments as part of the pit orchestra, while Slegers is on the accordion and mandolin, Carter Foughty plays string bass, and Katherine Pauls is the orchestra's violinist. Other musicians include Dan Tolsma, trumpet; Justin Lansink, saxophone; Dawn Steggerda, piano; and Jeff Tolsma, drums.

"The musical is very fun and a bit off the wall at times with how the ladies convince Joseph's character to participate in the radio show," Estell says. "We're sure the audience will enjoy all that goes on in Hazel Hunt's living room in 1920s Arkansas."

The SchoolHouse Company's performance of "Radio Gals" is sponsored by Revival Animal Health and Orange City Arts. Windmill Park is located at 200 Central Avenue NW. The rain location for the musical is the Unity Christian Knight Center.

Sponsor of the Aug. 12 show is Sioux Center Recreation and Arts.

For changes related to the weather or for more information, visit orangecityarts.net or facebook.com/ocArts, e-mail ocArts@orangecityiowa.com, or call 712-707-4885.

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