Tuesday, July 14, 2020


Moab, UT

79.8 F

    ‘Wormhole! The Musical,’ plays March 7-8

    Featured Stories

    Tales of Trails: Savor spectacular views from thrilling Shafer Trail

    In the 1890s, Moab pioneer brothers Frank M. And John S. Shafer developed the route from what had been a Native American pathway connecting what is now Canyonlands National Park to the river below.

    At 99, Moab man is knighted by France

    “The French people will never forget his courage and devotion to the great cause of freedom,”

    Leaving Guatemala, Part 4: ‘A year in the land of eternal spring’

    Though I planned to return someday, whether as a Peace Corps volunteer or not, this experience proved that even the best-laid plans go awry.

    Leaving Guatemala, Part 3: Sudden departure came with painful goodbyes

    Men donned wooden masks and numerous layers of sweatshirts and ponchos then proceeded to hit each other with whips as they danced around the town square.

    Leaving Guatemala Part 2: There wasn’t enough time to say goodbye

    To say I woke up on the Monday morning of the evacuation...
    Doug McMurdo
    Doug McMurdo
    Editor Doug McMurdo reports on news out of the Moab City Center, tourism, courts, change of government and more.

    Don’t miss KZMU’s annual radio play fundraiser

    Image courtesy of KZMU

    KZMU is proud to present “Wormhole! The Musical,” the fifth annual live radio play at 7 p.m. March 7 and 2 p.m. March 8 at Star Hall. Tickets are $15 and available at Canyonlands Copy Center, WabiSabi, and Back of Beyond Books. They’ll be available at the door as long as seats are still available.

    This year’s radio play is special for many reasons. For the past four years, KZMU’s annual theatrical offering has been written and directed by former Station Manager Marty Durlin. Through a grant from the Utah Division of Arts and Museums, KZMU has been able create a residency program that provides a stipend for people to create and direct an original radio play.

    This year’s production is written and directed by Jenna Whetzel, local writer, activist, and program manager at the Housing Authority of Southern Utah. Whetzel performed in the past two KZMU radio plays as Lottie Funk in “Beautiful Radiant Things” and Dicketta Privott in “Uranium! The Musical.”

    Working tirelessly alongside Jenna, we are lucky to have the talented pianist and composer Jessica Retka. Jessica has been part of the radio play family from practically the beginning, bringing her musical prowess and positive energy.

    The cast is made up of Jimmy Ferro, Nicole Fox, Sam Newman, Paige Kannor, Steve Proskauer, Lisa Grady, Robin Dahm and Doni Kiffmeyer (who also operates Foley with Katie Lloyd). Miriam Graham, Jeff Gutierrez, Bobby Hollahan, Josie Kovash, and Scott Clabby are the orchestra. Joanne Savoie has joined the team again as stage manager and costume designer.

    Another notable change to this year’s production is an exciting partnership with the BEACON Afterschool Program. Lead by KZMU DJ and Moab Charter School teacher Casey Bateman, local fifth and sixth graders are learning about the art of Foley, live sound effects, and building the BEACON Wormhole Sound Effect Machine, which will be featured on stage and operated by our Foley artists.


    “Wormhole! The Musical” takes place in Anytown, USA in the not too far future. In the first scene we meet Bob Starshine; a sunny, optimistic morning news anchor in Anytown. Though Bob is strident, eager to find the truth and help the world in any way he can, the world’s problems were becoming too heavy for one person to bear. World leaders decide to employ artificial intelligence “Leader Bots” to take over every government agency on earth.

    As Bob becomes aware of the dark intentions of these Leader Bots, so begins the saga featuring Bob and his trusty, yet unexpected team: Athena Applegarden, a rocket scientist; Anna Hunsaker, a noted historian; and Nelson Nargle, a bitter maintenance worker. With Athena’s understanding of nuclear physics, Anna’s historical smarts, Bob’s determinism, and Nelson’s bad attitude they have everything they need to create a wormhole, travel through time, and attempt to save the present by tinkering with the past.

    About the director

    Originally from Virginia, Jenna Whetzel performed in her first musical, “Fiddler on the Roof”, at age 10 and was hooked. Since then she has acted, written, produced and directed in both theater and film. Here in Moab, Jenna has rediscovered her passion for creating oddball characters, ruthlessly searching for truth in fiction, and that deep meditative state you enter while sketching new worlds with words.

    Jenna says, “Radio makes people do part of the work in creating a story. When we don’t have pictures to help create setting, plot, and characters; we can do it for ourselves.”

    “Wormhole! The Musical” is made possible in part by the Utah Division of Arts and Museums, the George S. and Dolores Dore Eccles Foundation, the Val A. Browning Foundation, WabiSabi, and listeners like you. Learn more at KZMU.org/wormhole

    Mead is the KZMU station manager.

    Share this!

    - Advertisement -

    Latest News

    County: Mask mandate is official

    Southeast Utah Health Department Director Bradon Bradford modeled the local order after those in Salt Lake and Summit counties.

    Lionsback Resort project begins on Sand Flats Road

    The City of Moab will have oversight of the project, which was not something that was always on the table because state law allows SITLA to develop projects without input from local authorities.

    Drought conditions grip Utah; stats are grim

    It’s unlikely things will improve this late in the water year.

    State provides 75,000 more facemasks for Moab businesses, visitors

    Local businesses may pick up free face coverings at the Canyonlands Copy Center, 375 S. Main St., in Moab.

    County approves letter opposing September gas lease sales

    The oppositional letter asserts that the lease sale “threatens the core of our tourism economy by locking in long-term oil and gas leases on and around popular recreation areas that are vital to our local economy.”