OKC's Carpenter Square Theatre live-streaming old-fashioned holiday radio show
As it has for six months, Oklahoma City's Carpenter Square Theatre is still working to entertain and enrich the community by producing online shows.
The theater will present the seventh edition of “CST LiveOnline!” by airing another episode of the "Fibber McGee and Molly Show" titled “Fibber Paints a Christmas Tree White” at 7 p.m. today and Saturday.
Director Rhonda Clark has gathered a cast of metro area actors to bring to life the 1945 radio script, which she considers a lighthearted choice to usher in the holiday season. Mike Waugh and Lilli Bassett return once again as Fibber McGee and his wife Molly. The community of Wistful Vista will be represented by David Patterson, Terry Veal, Jessica Vanek and C.W. Bardsher. Bardsher will also produce live sound effects, according to the news release.
Carpenter Square broadcasts their radio-with-video shows live from the studio of RK-1 Productions near Scissortail Park in downtown Oklahoma City, and the shows can be viewed on the Carpenter Square Theatre YouTube channel.
Viewing is free, but the nonprofit theater appreciates donations, as well as donations for RK-1 Studios, which is providing its services for free.
“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 who 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 some are included in this episode, such as Doc, Wilcox, Mrs. Carstairs and Teeny. Fibber’s infamous over-stuffed closet will also be featured.
Having produced two previous Fibber shows, Carpenter Square is now producing a holiday-inspired episode of the beloved radio series that was inducted into the National Radio Hall of Fame in 1989.
“CST LiveOnline!” has aired monthly while the theater's physical location is closed during the COVID-19 pandemic. To tune in, visit the theater’s website at carpentersquare.com. On the home page, look for the purple box on the right and click on the “Fibber McGee and Molly” 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. Past radio shows and other CST videos are posted there for the public’s enjoyment. Archive video is always posted on the theater’s YouTube channel after the live event, so the public can tune in at their convenience.
For more information, go to www.facebook.com/carpentersquare.