KZMU radio play to broadcast March 18
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The cast of Beautiful Radiant Things is, from left, Laurel Hagen, Kya Marienfeld, Melissa Graciosa, Michele Johnson, Jenna Whetzel, Ellen Hutto and Haley Austin.           				      Courtesy photo
The cast of Beautiful Radiant Things is, from left, Laurel Hagen, Kya Marienfeld, Melissa Graciosa, Michele Johnson, Jenna Whetzel, Ellen Hutto and Haley Austin. Courtesy photo
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KZMU’s original musical radio drama Beautiful Radiant Things, performed at Star Hall in February, will be aired on Sunday, March 18 at 5 pm. Beautiful Radiant Things is the story of the anarchist Emma Goldman’s birthday in prison nearly one hundred years ago. With more than 30 pieces of music, the play tells a story of early 20th century life in the Missouri State Penitentiary for Women, and tells much of the story of Emma Goldman’s life (she lived from 1869 to 1940).

Written and directed by KZMU manager Marty Durlin, Beautiful Radiant Things features a local cast, orchestra and crew. Laurel Hagen stars as Emma Goldman and Kya Marienfeld portrays the socialist Kate O’Hare; the two clash over politics and personality while trying to sway their sister inmates: Haley Austin as prostitute Hester Campbell; Jenna Whetzel as drug addict Lottie Funk; Michele Johnson as thief Lulu Bibbs; Ellen Hutto as counterfeiter Minnie Eddy; and Melissa Graciosa as “Aggie the Lifer.”

The orchestra is led by Jessica Retka on piano, with Bobby Hollahan on trombone and tuba; Jeff Gutierrez on saxophone; Miriam Graham on concertina and whistle; Josie Kovash on bass, and Doni Kiffmeyer on snare drum.

Marlene Mody and Doni Kiffmeyer performed sound effects on Foley Box, and Joanne Savoie served as assistant director and stage manager. Sound is by Dave Montgomery.

Beautiful Radiant Things is the third original musical radio play KZMU has produced in the past two years.

For more information, call Durlin at 435-259-8824.

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