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Sat, November 22, 2014

Dress rehearsal is here!

Yes, it's a rare SATURDAY blog posting here from me.
I'm up early on a Saturday in late November, and it's not because I'm heading into the woods in an attempt to shoot a trophy buck on this, the opening of the gun deer hunting season.

Nope.

I'm hunting pulling off a huge bucket list project of mine on my PhilCast radio show.
Today it's dress rehearsal day for "It's a Wonderful Life" live on the show on Friday, Dec. 12th.

Coordinating this project has been a massive undertaking.
Script...Actors...Venue...Promotion...Sales...Sound effects...Technical...and the list goes on. I've been working on this for months now.

But it's really starting to come together. Today will be a big step toward the finished product when we will hopefully not only pull off a fun old-time live radio show in front of a live audience, but raise plenty of donations for St. Joe's Food Program in the process.


We have actors driving up from Milwaukee today to take part in the Saturday rehearsal, including Pack Yak co-host Rich Ratay, who does a mean Jimmy Stewart as our lead, George Bailey.

His son Rainer will be playing the part of George's son Petey in the play as well.

An old radio pal of mine, Steve Barber will be here playing the role of the voice of God, coaching Clarance the angel. Steve is coming up from his home in Austin, Texas just to perform in this.

See us old radio guys have a true respect for the golden days of radio when performances like this were the norm over the airwaves.

Appleton's mayor and country exec. will be in the production. You'll see my friends Erin Davisson and Luke Sampe from Local 5 in the production as well. Many of the voices you hear every day on WHBY have parts in the play too. Dave Edwards as the announcer...Carol Patrizi as Mary Bailey...Justin Hull as young George Bailey...The Good Neighbor Kathy as Violet...Bob Salm as Uncle Billy...Clark Howard as the bank examiner (of course)... Reggie the Executive Producer making live sound effects...the WHBY news guys and more.

Mary Rhode from the FCCVB will be there as Zuzu. Pippa and her husband, who plays a squawking bird, have roles. Rick McNeal from WAPL plays a mean (and drunk) Mr. Gower. Handy Andy has been waiting for months to deliver his line as the impatient neighbor perfectly...."Why don't you just kiss her?"...and Frank O'Dwyer and his Irish accent plays the perfect Clarence the Angel, earning his wings the hard way.

New Voices will be singing live on stage with us.
We have a couple volunteers, Desi and Noah from UW-Oshkosh helping us out with sound effects and music. Some students from Kaukauna High School will be acting out background scenes for us on stage.

When I asked, my friends all said count me in.
See, it really is a wonderful life.

I'll post some pictures from the rehearsal shortly afterward.

Remember:
A donation of cash, check or credit....or non-perishable food items gets you in to watch us do the live on FRIDAY, DEC. 12th
3:00 to 5:00
Outer Edge Stage, Appleton, WI
303 Oneida St.
Lets help St. Joe's Food Program and have a good time in the process!


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Phil Cianciola's Bio
Birthplace: Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Education: University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee

Family: Wife, Sandy and our little rescue dog Gabby who looks like Toto from the Wizard of Oz.

What I Like About My Job: Mostly that I have one.

Favorite Activities and Interests: Cycling, eating and the Green Bay Packers.

Favorite Music: 60's

Favorite Movies: Slingblade, Tucker, Easter Parade and anything with Audrey Hepburn in it.

Favorite TV Shows: Restaurant Impossible, American Pickers, Chasing Classic Cars, Wheeler Dealers, Rehab Addict.

Favorite Books: Anything by Wisconsin's own Michael Perry.

Little Known Fact About You: If I listed something here it would hardly remain a little-known fact about me.

Favorite Moment In Radio: Still to come. When I buy my own station on Sanibel Island and host a sea shelling show.

Anything Else You Think We Should Know: Plenty. Listen to the PhilCast daily to find out.
Reggie Risseeuw's Bio
Birthplace: Clinton, Wisconsin

Education: University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh

Family: Wife, Amy and our two chihuahua dogs, Gus and Bongo

What I Like About My Job: It beats doing hard labor. Did that for a few years and that was more than enough.

Favorite Activities and Interests: I watch way too much TV. I also enjoy movies and video games. I also enjoy watching sports especially the Packers.

Favorite Music: I enjoy most music except country and rap. I tend to listen to Classic Rock and current Hard Rock the most.

Favorite Movies: I enjoy most movies, but tend to watch Superhero movies, comedies and Zombie movies the most.

Favorite TV Shows: I like a lot of the shows on the USA network (Burn Notice, Psych, etc.). I also enjoy Community, Modern Family, South Park, and Walking Dead.

Favorite Books: I've been enjoying the Robert Jordan books (Wheel of Time) for years. I also have been reading the George R. R. Martin books (now and HBO TV show).

Little Known Fact About You: I've actually been working at WHBY for many years before the PhilCast started.

Favorite Moment In Radio: I really enjoyed being involved in College radio (mostly because I was Station Manager, which means I was in charge).

Anything Else You Think We Should Know: I miss my afternoon naps that I use to take at 3pm.
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