After a successful effort to bring old-fashioned programming back to the local airwaves, a Central Michigan University graduate student is preparing to launch the second season of his radio drama show.
Under the direction of Lucus Keppel of West Bloomfield, the fall 2006 season of "Central Audio Theatre" will premiere at 9 p.m. Sept. 28 on WMHW Modern Rock 91.5, CMU's student-run radio station. For those outside of the Mount Pleasant area, WMHW offers an online broadcast at www.bca.cmich.edu/wmhw. A podcast of each episode will be available for download at feeds.feedburner.com/centralaudio.
The 36-member cast of "Central Audio Theatre" includes CMU students, faculty and staff members, as well as local community members. The schedule includes:
* Directed by Keppel, "Molly Mevster: The Alchemist Murders" by broadcast and cinematic arts faculty member Will Anderson will air Sept. 28 and Oct. 5. It tells the story of a young university chemistry professor who must deal with a difficult dean, students who don't understand why Kitchen Chemistry is important, and the rising price of gasoline and oil.
* Directed by junior LeAnne Walker of Sandusky, Mich., "Tribulations" by Joel Pierson will air Oct. 12 and 19. In this mystery, a man is arrested for burning down a church and proclaims his innocence despite being the only possible arsonist. His case becomes stranger when he claims that the devil set fire to the church.
* Directed by sophomore Benjamin Ruetenik of Lansing, "Havencroft's Secret" by Michael Giorgio will air Oct. 26 and Nov. 2. The play, a science-fiction mystery, focuses on Havencroft, a town where the friendly citizens welcome people but never let them leave.
* Directed by senior Christopher Powell of Brighton, "Easy Terms" by Joel Pierson will air Nov. 9 and 16. In this thriller, a young woman struggles with her telemarketing job; she dislikes annoying people with her calls, but she enjoys her coworkers too much to leave. Things change when she makes one last call to a man who won't let her read her script and instead forces her to act as a person.
* Directed by Keppel, "Murder and Mistletoe" by Juliet Youngren will air Dec. 7 and 14. Combining murder, mystery, comedy and romance, this play features a newlywed couple visiting one spouse's parents. When the mother is found dead, the inheritance depends on exactly when the couple was married - and multiple wills are found.
For more information about Central Audio Theatre, visit its Web site at digielfproductions.com/AT.
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