The Virgin Valley Theatre Group, in association with the Watermark Players, has chosen Radio Gals, a boisterous, goofy, and genuinely funny musical, to kick off its 2019-2020 theatre season. Radio Gals, a musical by Mike Carver and Mark Hardwich, is guaranteed to transport Mesquite theatergoers back in time to 1920’s Cedar Ridge, Arkansas. Hazel Hunt, the small town’s retired music teacher, has set up a 500 watt radio station in her living room and is broadcasting under the call letters WGAL. Hazel, her oddly assorted troupe of performers called the Hazelnuts, and lovesick fortune teller, Gladys Fritts, sing, dance, chat, and squabble their way through each day. But Hazel runs afoul of Federal Radio Inspector O.B. Abbott for being an airwave pirate, and what ensues can only be described as zany hilarity.
Radio Gals is directed by Larry LeMieux and features a talented cast drawn from the Mesquite area. Hazel Hunt is played by Cathy Petrus, Karen Ransdell is Miss Gladys Fritts, Brian Wursten as O.B. Abbott, Diana McKinney as Miss Rennabelle, Marie Palmer portrays America and last, but not least, the infamous Swindel Sisters – John Sadler as Miss Azilee and Ted Ung as Miss Mabel. Under the musical direction of Rita Hermie, the Watermark Players sing, dance, and entertain the audience with songs such as “Dear Mister Gershwin,” “Buster He’s a Hotdog Now,” “Edna Jones, the Elephant Girl,” and the truly rollicking “That Wicky Wacky Hula Hula Honka Wonka Honolulu Hawaiian Honey of Mine,” among others.
Radio Gals will continue its run at the Mesquite Community Theater, 150 N. Yucca Street, Mesquite on November 22 and 23 at 7:00 p.m. and November 24 at 2:00 p.m. Tickets are $18 each and are available at the Virgin Valley Art Gallery, the Mesquite Veterinary Clinic, Front Porch Flowers and Gifts, online at MCTNV.com, and at the theater box office before each performance. For more information call (702) 345-4499.