Redwood Curtain’s eighth annual radio show, Leaps & ZOUNDS! takes place January 24 at the Blue Lake Casino’s Sapphire Room. We end our series spotlighting the cast/writers with Peggy Metzger, Redwood Curtain’s Executive Director, and Clint Rebik, RCT’s Artistic Director.
About Leaps & ZOUNDS!
Leaps & ZOUNDS! is coming Saturday, January 24! This year’s live radio show promises to be new and more hilarious than ever before. Single tickets are $55, or you can buy a table of eight for $400. Ticket price includes the show, hors d’oeuvres, and a catered buffet dinner. Doors open at 5pm, dinner is at 6:15pm followed by the show at 8pm. It’s all live from Sapphire Palace at the Blue Lake Casino. You can read more about the show on our blog. Tickets are on sale now and must be purchased before January 16.
This event is SOLD OUT
You both work to run the theatre, but leaving that aside for now, tell us what keeps you coming back to writing and performing in the ZOUNDS! shows.
Peggy: I’ve been in all eight of them. The night of the event is my favorite night of the year because all of the loveies are there—on stage and in the audience. All of the people who come are fans of Redwood Curtain and there’s already so much love in the room. Then the process itself is really fun because of the crazy people that we’ve been working with (even the year Bonnie and Ron missed because of the Grammys). We eat, we laugh, we throw out ideas and somehow, miraculously it turns into a script. The process is good for the soul.
Writing started in December, just before Christmas and the script gets locked about fifteen minutes before eight on show night. We get a final, typed script that afternoon and there’s little pencil changes. Terry might wander off into a different scene.
Clint: I can’t think of anything else do to in December and January. [Laughs]
It’s a fun event to put together. We all like spending time with each other socially, so if you’re not going to have a game night, why not get together have food, have wine and make each other laugh. That’s kind of the goal and it’s fun. It’s completely the social aspect of it that I like.
You’re also the director of the show. What does that entail?
Clint: More like the coordinator, sort of an orchestrator. I take what is hopefully the best of what’s thrown out and piece it all together. It’s everyone’s input to make the show great.
How would you describe the evening for those new to ZOUNDS!?
Peggy: It’s really indescribable. There’s no event like it. The people that are in the Sapphire Palace audience have dinner and wine and do the auction and there’s lots of schmoozing and laughing. At eight we start the performance and they are part of the show. We do a thing called “buy a line” where anyone can buy a line in the show that we’ll throw in, so the audience also participates.
Clint: I often describe the show as Prairie Home Companion crashing into Saturday Night Live with a Humboldt County twist. Just like Prairie Home Companion, there are song elements, little ads, we try to do a bit of a serial and sketches with a live audience. And we never met a double-entendre we didn’t like! We also know we’re playing to a Humboldt audience, so we incorporate that collective understanding of how life is here.
What are you looking forward to this year?
Peggy: Some new energy and ideas with our two new people [Julie and Charlie]. I’m looking forward to having a nice tribute to Pamela [Lyall], who passed away in November. She was with us for seven ZOUNDS! It’s different every year. Every year I think it’s the last of the crazy ideas we’ll have, and then the next year we have another one. Silly songs, funny sketches.
Clint: January 25 [the day after the show].
What’s different for you between this show and doing a play?
Peggy: It’s a lot less stressful because of the script and it’s really all about having fun. You don’t have to do it right. There’s no such thing as right. You’re just there to entertain the folks in the audience and have them have a lovely time. And hopefully that translates for the audience listening on KHUM.
Clint: There’s a lot more audience interaction with the radio show. You definitely feed off people when doing a play, but it’s more with this. There’s a symbiotic energy that whole hour.