Kitchen Radio

Written by:

Marion de Vries, David Archibald

Cast Size:
8

Roles For:

  • Men: 3
  • Women: 5

Genre:

Comedy
Musical/Opera

Themes:

Feminism

Length:

145 min.

Year Written:

2014

Synopsis:

“It’s September 1968 in a small farming town and Eleanor, the lonely young wife of a bank manager, listens to her kitchen radio as she unpacks boxes yet again. She imagines the female country music stars are her best friends and she is one of them, singing on the Opry. But then Elly gets tangled up with local women Sophie, Maggie, Helen and Angela as they turn their lives upside down in this bra-burnin’ country musical comedy.” (From the CPO Website)

Characters:

* All the Women characters also sing as BACKUP GALS (BGs).

Woman 1
— ELLY (ELEANOR), early 20’s. Lonely wife of bank manager DAN, new in town. Plays piano. Mixed Indo-Dutch heritage.

Woman 2
— SOPHIE, 35. Blond/blond wig, busty, outgoing free-spirit. Single. Hair Dresser/Esthetician. Plays guitar.

Woman 3                                                                                                                                     — MAGGIE, late 20’s / early 30’s. Widow. Dry-witted hard-working Farmer / Truck Driver. Plays hand percussion. Native.

Woman 4
— HELEN, 35. Uptight society wife of wealthy businessman JOHN, controlling mother of ANGELA. (Plays guitar, possibly ).

Woman 5
— ANGELA, 16. Trying-to-be-good daughter of HELEN and JOHN. Plays violin / fiddle, learns guitar.

Man 1
— BANDLEADER (Music Director). 30’s – 50’s. (non-speaking). Plays various instruments.
— RADIO BROADCASTER
— DWAYNE (non-speaking)

Man 2
— DAN, late 20’s/early 30’s. Bank manager, husband of ELLY.
— BAND MEMBER. Plays various instruments.

Man 3
— JOHN. mid to late 30’s. Wealthy businessman. Husband of HELEN, father of ANGELA.
— BAND MEMBER. Plays various instruments.

First Produced:

2014, Blyth Festival

Resources:

Available through the CPO Website.

Notes:

Age range: general audience

Music by Marion de Vries and David Archibald