‘A Christmas Story’ is Back at Ti-Ahwaga

The Ti-Ahwaga Community Players present their annual production of Philip Grecian’s stage adaptation of the film ‘A Christmas Story’. Jamie Cornell, who plays the grown-up Ralphie, joins us to talk about the sixteen years of this production, and the members of many families that have grown up in and around this annual event. http://wskg.org/audio/christmasstory2017.mp3


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Ti-Ahwaga Community Players Present ‘The Glass Menagerie’

‘The Glass Menagerie’ was the play that started Tennessee Williams’ career as a playwright. Director James Osborne and assistant director Kylee Thetga join us to talk about Ti-Ahwaga Community Players production of it, featuring Jane Nichols reprising the role of Amanda after 20 years. http://wskg.org/audio/menagerie.mp3


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Ti-Ahwaga Players Present Jerry Herman's 'La Cage Aux Folles'

Ti-Ahwaga Community Players present Jerry Herman and Harvey Fierstein’s musical ‘La Cage Aux Folles’. Director James Osborne and assistant director/choreographer Talia Saraceno talk about staging this comedy that calls for a large cast of dancers and singers. http://wskg.org/audio/cage.mp3


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Ti-Ahwaga Community Players Present 'A Christmas Story'

Ti-Ahwaga Community Players present their annual production of the stage version of the holiday film ‘A Christmas Story’ adapted by Philip Grecian. It’s the fifteenth year for this hilarious classic.  Jamie Cornell, playing the narrator, the grown-up Ralphie, talks about his and his whole family’s involvement over the years. Executive Director Sonny DeWitt is also on hand to talk about new additions to the production alongside the flagpole, the slide, and the infamous leg lamp. http://wskg.org/audio/1202christmasstory.mp3


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History Repeats itself in a Major Drama

Ti-Ahwaga Community Players present Arthur Miller’s ‘The Crucible’. http://tiahwaga.com/  It’s a retelling of the story of the Salem Witch Trials, but it is famously a metaphor for the McCarthy Hearings during the Red Scare of the 1950’s that pulled Miller himself into its vortex.  We hear about the history of the play, and the historical events the play is based on from director James Osborne. “Based on the infamous witch trials that took place in Salem, Massachusetts, from 1692 to 1693, a deeply tragic yet captivating thriller emerges as a social and psychological play. Through the unfolding action of the events, situations arise that brings with it hysteria and a definite us or them mentality. This captivating 1949 Pulitzer Prize winning play maintains its relevancy to modern day events by demonstrating the electrifying intensity that is born out of the ideology of paranoia and mayhem.

Comedian Tommy Koenig is a Musical Tour Guide Through the Baby Boom Generation

Ti-Ahwaga Performing Arts Center is presenting comedian Tommy Koenig in his one-man show ‘Baby Boom Baby’. The show charts the journey of the Baby Boom Generation through the sound-track of their life. Koenig is a veteran of National Lampoon and a Baby Boomer himself. His song parodies reflect the times that the generation was living through. http://wskg.org/audio/koenigmix.mp3


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The Play is a Disaster, but the Play About the Play is All Laughs

The Ti-Ahwaga Community Players are presenting Michael Frayn’s comedy ‘Noises Off’, a quirky look at the cast of a not-very-successful play, whose backstage inter-relationships are much more entertaining than the play they are performing. Ti-Ahwaga produced it last not that long ago, but demand for its revival has been so strong that it is back.  Actors Shawn Yetter and Jamie Cornell tell about the joys and terrors of doing fast-paced comedy. http://wskg.org/audio/noisesmix.mp3


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Ti-Ahawaga Community Players have the leg lamp turned on for you!

Ti-Ahwaga Community Players offer their annual production of A Christmas Story.  The flag pole, Santa, the Old Man, the leg lamp, Lifebuoy soap, the Ovaltine decoder ring, and the Red Ryder BB gun all make their appearance. Todd Smith, who plays the narrator, the grown-up Ralphie, talks about this perennial favorite. http://wskg.org/audio/toddsmithmix.mp3


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Ti-Ahwaga Community Players stage Harper Lee's classic story

Ti-Ahwaga Community Players present a stage version of To Kill a Mockingbird, Harper Lee’s novel that was turned into a memorable film.  The play centers on the trial and how the father, Atticus Finch, and his daughter, Scout, support each other during a difficult time. American History professor Joseph Crespino has said, “In the twentieth century, To Kill a Mockingbird is probably the most widely read book dealing with race in America, and its protagonist, Atticus Finch, the most enduring fictional image of racial heroism.” We hear from the actors playing father and daughter, Greg Fusare and Nadia Murphy. http://wskg.org/audio/mockingbirdmix.mp3


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Ti-Ahwaga Community Players present "Frost/Nixon"

Director James Osborne speaks with WSKG’s Sam Goodyear about Ti-Ahwaga Community Players production of Frost/Nixon. Peter Morgan’s play pits the disgraced former president against the light-weight entertainment interviewer.  One is trying to redeem his image; the other is trying to maintain his playboy lifestyle. Only one can succeed. http://stream.publicbroadcasting.net/production/mp3/national/local-national-1036498.mp3


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