June 24-25, 2022 - 7 p.m.
McGEE & MOLLY:
McGEE THE WRESTLER
Carpenter Square Theatre
continues in June with more Old-Time Radio shows in its series known as “CST
LiveOnline!” At 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday, June 24-25, the theater, in
cooperation with RK-1 Studios, will present another episode of The Fibber McGee
and Molly show from 1939 titled “McGee the Wrestler.” Director Rhonda Clark has
reunited actors who have performed in the series previously, along one newcomer.
Mike Waugh, Lilli Bassett, Terry Veal, Don Reece, Albert Bostick and Kelley Riha,
will be joined by newcomer Robert Burch whom viewers may know from the “OETA
Carpenter Square broadcasts
their radio-with-video shows live from RK-1 Studios, located near Scissortail
Park in downtown Oklahoma City. The shows can be viewed on the Carpenter Square
Theatre YouTube channel. To find it easily, visit carpentersquare.com, and on
the home page click on the link “CST LiveOnline! FIBBER McGEE AND MOLLY.”
Viewing is free, but the theater certainly appreciates donations, as well as
donations for RK-1 Studios who are providing their services for free.
Click Here to
visit the CST YouTube Channel
The new episode originally
aired in June 1939. “Fibber McGee and Molly” was a radio comedy series that ran
from 1930-1959. It was one of the most popular and enduring radio series of its
time and ran on NBC radio for most of those years. Later, the characters were
featured in several films. The title characters were created by Jim and Marian
Jordan, a real-life husband and wife team that had met in their hometown of
Peoria, Illinois, and began working in radio in the 1920s. “Fibber McGee and
Molly” followed the adventures of a working-class couple, a habitual storyteller
and his sometimes terse, but always loving wife, Molly, who live in the mythical
community of Wistful Vista. The show included several recurring characters –
townspeople of Wistful Vista – and several are included in this June episode,
such as Mr. Wilcox, Mrs. Uppington, and Mr. Old Timer. Having produced four
Fibber shows previously, the theater is excited to return to the beloved radio
series that was a model for the modern-day sitcom, and was inducted into the
National Radio Hall of Fame in 1989. Carpenter Square’s broadcasts include live
sound effects that one would have heard on the radio with special care for
Fibber’s infamous over-stuffed closet, along with the added bonus of
period-style costumes for the cast.
Carpenter Square’s “CST
LiveOnline!” first aired for seven months in 2020 while the theater itself was
closed during the COVID-19 shutdown, but the theater recently returned to
Old-Time Radio broadcasts this year in March. The theater is currently closed
due to construction delays at its new venue, but still wants to offer
entertainment to the community. As mentioned above, to tune into the latest
radio broadcast, visit the theater’s website at carpentersquare.com. On the home
page, click on the “CST LiveOnline! McGee the Wrestler” link. This takes viewers
directly to Carpenter Square Theatre’s YouTube channel. Also, folks may visit
YouTube, search for Carpenter Square Theatre, and subscribe to the theater’s
channel, which is free. All past radio shows and other CST videos are posted
there for the public’s enjoyment. If someone must miss the live-stream
performances, an archive video is always posted on the theater’s YouTube channel
shortly after the live event, so the public can tune in at their convenience.
Carpenter Square Theatre is
supported in part by the Oklahoma Arts Council, National Endowment for the Arts,
Kirkpatrick Family Fund, Inasmuch Foundation, and Allied Arts.
For more information, email
firstname.lastname@example.org or call 405-232-6500.