5/1/88-‘Madame Bovary’ Moving Ahead

VICTOR STREDICKE May 1, 1988 -The Globe Repertory Theater’s adaptation of “Madame Bovary” is progressing. The Seattle-based group just ended 13 days in the production studio. It matched the budgeted chapter-a-day.
The production blends the excitement of “live” radio drama, but with frequent stops that tape makes possible – to hone French pronunciations and mix background sounds and music.

One day last week, the group was working on Episode 5 – a sizzling romantic interlude, but which cuts back to conversations of farmers talking about fences and manure.

“And that’s Flaubert’s concept,” John Siscoe said. “It really must have been scandalous at the time.”

Gustave Flaubert’s famous novel has been adapted by the group, lead by Jean Sherrard and John Siscoe, with the support of a $20,000 scripting grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Globe Radio Repertory has been praised for its adaptations of Cervantes’ “Don Quixote” (Part I in 1985, Part II in 1986) and Gogol’s “Dead Souls” (1987). “Madam Bovary” will air in the fall on KUOW and NPR-member stations.

Drama to be rerun

The Globe Repertory’s version of “Dead Souls” returns in reruns May 18, becoming a Wednesday feature at 10:30 p.m. on KUOW.

New-age music shuffle

“Musical Starstreams,” the dreamy Sunday-morning music program moves from KEZX to KNUA, 106.9 mhz. today. It had been a nurtured mainstay on KEZX for four years.

“It’s the best of the acoustic, new-age programs,” Maureen Matthews, KNUA program director said. “And once the two-hour show is over, we offer similar music all day.”

Another syndicated audio-environment program, “Portraits in Sound,” expands two hours, from 9 to 11 a.m. on KEZX-AM-FM, 1150 and 98.1. And “Audio Impressions,” a local program with Carol Handley, airs at 11 a.m. on KEZX.

How to stay legal

“News In Spanish,” the weekly feature on KUOW, 94.9 mHz., presents a Latin focus on the new immigration law – and how to become legal before Thursday’s deadline, at 6 p.m. today.

Twisting the dial

— Seattle International Film Festival features run through the month on KUOW, 94.9 mHz.

— Ken Boynton, master of ceremonies at the recent Puget Sound Broadcasters Association “Soundies” Awards, describes radio as a natural outlet for the “10,000 people inside me.” His talents for commercials and voiceovers include imitations of Presidents Nixon and Reagan and, of course, the late Ed Sullivan. Perhaps more evident, he is the voice of “Lady Di,” on Gary Lockwood’s KJR feature, “News From Abroad.”

— Now that the Met opera season is complete, KING-FM, switches to recorded performances from the Lyric Opera of Chicago, with “Il Trovatore.” by Verdi, beginning 7 p.m. Saturday on 98.1 mHz.

— A series of tributes to Vilem Sokol, for 28 years conductor of the Seattle Youth Symphony, are planned on radio. At 6:30 p.m. today, KUOW will do the honors; KING-FM, has scheduled “Vilem Sokol Day” May 9, with all major selections from concert recordings and records by the Seattle Youth Symphony. And “Showcase Northwest,” regularly scheduled local-concert feature, will include the May 9 concert, his last as the orchestra’s music director, at 9 p.m. May 13 on KUOW.

— The new book on “Radio Reader” will be “Dancing at the Rascal Fair,” by Ivan Doig, beginning 10 p.m. Friday on KUOW. It is a chronicle of the American experience, from a Montana homesteader’s point of view. Dick Estell reads the book in 42 installments.

— On May 27, another international radio event, “Calling Moscow,” connects U.S. and Soviet Union listeners, on KUOW. The program is designed as a monthly event, produced by KPBS, San Diego.

The first topic will be Soviet-American relations (airing two days before the Soviet-American Summit).

— Next Sunday’s “A Prairie Home Companion” is one of the more adventurous repeats, fleshing out details of life in Lake Wobegon, and including a re-creation of a turn-of-the-century concert celebrating the completion of a train depot in the town. Harp, hammer dulcimer and pennywhistle music, too. At 10 a.m. on KUOW.

Author: Victor Stredicke

Former radio columnist for the Seattle Times (1964-1989). --- View other articles by Victor Stredicke

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