(Cast: Karen Carroll, Connie Penick, Penny Cox, Dee Dee Royale, Alisa Nickel, Steve Morgan, Kristina Morgan and Becky Matticks)
RADIO GALS is a musical by Mike Craver and Mark Hardwick, set in the late l920’s, and concerning an enterprising woman, Hazel Hunt, of Cedar Ridge, Arkansas who, upon her retirement as the town music teacher, receives a Western Electric 500 watt radio transmitter and begins broadcasting as radio station “WGAL”. What comes out over the local airwaves is a small town diary, calendar, and stream of consciousness — sort of a Molly Bloom crossed with the Farmers’ Almanac — with generous dollops of singing and playing by Hazel’s “all-girl” orchestra, “the Hazelnuts”, and that lovesick flapper Gladys Fritts. However, due to Hazel’s habit of “channel wandering”, her broadcasts are not always so local. And listeners as far away as Montreal and Manhattan can testify. Enter O. B. Abbott, Federal Radio Inspector, intent on rescuing the airwaves from gypsies like Hazel Hunt. However, Mr. Abbott soon falls prey to the blandishments of the Hazelnuts, and the Shangri-La that is Cedar Ridge. Inspector Abbott, it turns out, also has a fine tenor voice, plays a mean accordion, and in the course of things falls for the flapper. This performance ran in Dodge City from April 17 – May 10, 1997.