A Penny Earned

We're back! Season two begins Halloween night with our one-hour musical rock special "A Penny Earned," written by Don Roff, featuring original music by Forbidden Dimension. Don't miss the exciting launch of season two!

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The Cast

Chandler Kerr

Chandler Kerr - "Lance Wunder"

Chandler Kerr made his radio theatre debut with Darkside Drive. He is best known for playing the lead, “Tommy”, in Lewis John Carlino’s famous play, “The Brick & the Rose”. He sung the lead in “Benjamin Calypso” for “Joseph & the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat” in Drumheller where he went to high school. He has studied at Studio 7, 6 Degrees, ToonVox, Actor’s Training Centre and the Company of Rogues. He acted in some local independent projects such as “How To Survive a Zombie Apocalypse in Retail” before landing a part in the popular TV series “Fargo” and “Hell on Wheels.” He recently composed a piano theme for an indie and hopes to use his talent for theatre and film. When not acting, Chandler spends his time helping people earn more income, become debt free and achieve financial independence. He thanks his agent and his audience for a wonderful experience living his major purpose in life.

Lara Schmitz

Lara Schmitz - "Abby Wunder"

Lara is a Calgarian actor, director, and writer. This is her second time with Calgary Radio Playhouse after The Raggedy Man Cometh last season. She lent her voice to the Calgary Municipal Space Station's introduction video and hibernation simulators this fall for Beakerhead, in addition to directing the performers and managing the operations of the project. Select theatre acting credits include: Sextet (Verb Theatre), The Hollow (Vertigo Theatre), Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike (Alberta Theatre Projects), and Time Present (Lunchbox Theatre). This year she is acting in It’s a Wonderful Life for Theatre Northwest and The Lonely Diner for Vertigo Theatre, while continuing to work on a commissioned script with Matt McKinney for Verb Theatre, alongside the early stages of the Bottle Picker Monologues with Downstage and a few other scripts.

Stuart Bentley - "Rockin' Rex Penny"

Deborah Ferguson

Deborah Ferguson - "Sydney Sanders"

Deborah Ferguson is a Calgary actor, educator and director. She has recently been seen in Steel Magnolias as Clairee and in Family Tear as a Mom with 5 stages of Alzheimers. She holds a diploma in Performing Arts from MacEwan and a BMus, BEd from Calgary. Education took her to Ontario where she worked in that artisitic community. Deborah sends kudos to Justin Guild for his passion and hard work to create Darkside Drive.

Wendy Froberg

Wendy Froberg - "Wenda"

Selected credits: The Only Good Boy (Theatre BSMT); Under Milkwood, It’s a Wonderful Life, Death of a Salesman (Morpheus); The Trojan Women (Urban Curvz); The Savannah Disputation (Fire Exit); A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Romeo and Juliet (Full Circle); Julius Caesar and Love’s Labour’s Lost (Prime Stock); Summer on Fire (Scorpio). Wendy’s solo show, A Woman of a Certain Age™ won “Best Original Script” at the 2013 Calgary One-Act Play Festival, “Best of Fest” at the 2015 Calgary Fringe Festival, and played to sold-out audiences at the 2016 Edmonton Fringe. She thanks Justin for his creativity and hard work in breathing new life into radio plays; and her kids for their undying support.

The Writer

Don Roff

Don Roff

Don Roff is no stranger to short and scary fiction. Over the past 10 years, his frightening yarns have been published under the Scholastic banner with titles like SCARY STORIES, WEREWOLF TALES, and TERRIFYING TALES. In adult fiction, he has produced two bestselling works—ZOMBIES: A RECORD OF THE YEAR OF INFECTION, published by Chronicle Books/Simon & Schuster UK, as well as the supernatural thriller, SNOWBLIND, published by Brambleberry Books. SNOWBLIND is currently in development as a major motion picture. A former US Army Ranger, Don resides in the Pacific Northwest.

Composition and Music

Forbidden Dimesion

Forbidden Dimension was started out in 1988, just as Jackson Phibes's (aka Aleister Hexxx) previous combo, Color Me Psycho, was calling it quits. It was initially conceived as a one-man/one-off recording project, the result being a 7" EP released on Raging Records. 26+ years later, J.P. and his cronies are still stranded in the Forbidden Dimension with no escape in sight.

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