Meet the cast of “The WCTH Mystery Series”: Gloria Towns loves the “imagination” of radio dramas

The Community Theatre of Howell’s popular “WCTH Mystery Series” continues on Sunday, April 11, with a performance of two radio-style mystery dramas: “Sherlock Holmes: The Case of the Dead Adventuress” and “Ellery Queen: Mr. Short and Mr. Long.”

The audience will get to journey back in time to the golden age of radio, as the WCTH cast acts out the dramas. All performances take place at the Howell High School Freshman Campus, 1400 W. Grand River Ave., Howell.

Admission is free for all shows. Masks must be worn in the audience and social distancing will be observed.

From now through Sunday, the Livingston Post will be introducing you to members of the “WCTH Mystery Series” cast.

In today’s story, we meet Gloria Towns of Fowlerville. She and her husband Gary have two daughters (Jennifer and Emily) and two granddaughters (Juliet and Olivia). A retiree, Gloria loves to flower garden, draw and quilt.

How did you first become involved with CTH? How many shows have you been involved with?

Gloria Towns

Prior to retirement, I worked in Detroit and, although I was interested in getting involved with CTH, the drive to and from Fowlerville to Detroit each day made it impossible for me to commit to any CTH production. However, shortly after I retired, I saw that CTH was holding auditions for “Steel Magnolias,” which has some parts for “more mature” women. I’m old and a woman, so  I thought, “What the heck?” I threw my hat in the ring for a role and, miracle of miracles, I got a part. This is the eighth CTH production I’ve been in.

What are some favorite roles or theater experiences from the past, either with CTH or other groups?

I’ve been really lucky to have been cast in some great parts in CTH plays and now the radio show, but I do love the big musicals. Golde in CTH’s “Fiddler on the Roof” and Hannah in “Spitfite Grill” have been a couple of my favorite parts.

What do you like most about being involved with CTH?

Without question, the people. With each production, I not only get to catch up with old friends, but I get to meet new, talented, people of all ages. Theatre is such a wonderful mix of creative minds and personalities. Sometimes during rehearsals, I just sit back and listen in amazement to the diversity of conversations going on around me. It makes me appreciate the opportunity to be there and to be a part of it. It makes me smile.

Tell us about the WCTH Radio Hour shows and why you like these shows.

This is totally new for me. In the past, I’ve relied so much on facial expression and gestures to relay an emotion. Now I have to challenge the voice. It’s great.

I also like the nature of the radio show material. So innocent. It really takes you back to a gentler time in our history, when people gathered around the radio as a family and allowed their imaginations to be swept away.

What can the audience expect with these productions?

It starts with some great mysteries that challenge your deductive thinking, while taking you back in time. Add to that some very talented vocalists who can make the script come alive and sound effects people who work their tails off trying to keep up with the dialogue, and you’re in for a fun afternoon of good, old-fashioned entertainment.

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