Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Opening Soon!
Watch your email for Opening Date! 
The Theory of Silence from the playwrights of Eclectic Voices: 
Jeff Folschinsky, Sean Kozma, and Chelsea Sutton 
What happened to the Johnson family?
One day they just up and disappeared,.... without a trace?
Watch your email for Opening Date! 

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

The Unique  & Always Innovative
Thistle Dew Theatre &
KTDT Digital Radio 
1901 P Street, Downtown Sacramento
 ------------Item One:  "Opportunity of a Lifetime"---------------

Listen!  Let us rule your imaginations with the original play... 
"Opportunity of a Lifetime" 
by Jeanne Beckwith 
Presented by 
KTDT DRama-dy & the KTDT Players
Remaining performances are January 24th and 25th.
Tickets are $10.00ea. including your choice of luscious desserts, coffee and or tea.  Yes!  
Tickets by Reservation Only (BEST).
Or 457-6286
-------------------Item Two: Radio Playwright Class-------------------
 Ladies and Gentlemen!  You can "Return with us now... to those thrilling days of yesteryear when imagination ruled the airwaves and the family gathered in the living room to listen to the drama, the comedy, the talent of Major Bowes Amateur Hour, the CBS Radio Mystery Theatre, The Green Hornet, The Lone Ranger, The Jack Benny Show, et cetera," and now,... KTDT Digital Radio. 
Now your friends and family could be listening to your radio drama or comedy.  
Yes!   If  you would like to write for radio, join our Saturday morning KTDT Radio Playwright Group.  The cost is $10.00 per each Saturday three hour session.  
Writing for theatre "is cheap therapy!".*
* Charlie Holliday, Mosaic Acting Academy & Media Casting Group
  • When you agree to become a member of our KTDT Digital Radio Playwright Group, 
  • you submit your work to constructive criticism, 
  • believe in my playwright rule, "writing is re-writing", 
  • make a commitment to adhere to the concept of playwright and actor collaboration, and 
  • dedicate quality time to the art of playwriting to write a credible radio play. 
  • When your Radio Play is ready, it will be produced on our KTDT Digital Radio Stage.  
  • Your Radio Production will then be streamed on our KTDT Digital Radio Blog Site:
Attendance for the Saturday morning sessions are small, maximum six members to allow the writers to focus on the practical aspects of dramatic and comedic writing.
KTDT Digital Radio produces only original scripts.  If you have a script ready for reading and critique, please submit it to Tom at  .
Mission: How do words on the page become a living, breathing theatrical experience?   The goal of the Radio Playwright Group is to crack open the germ of the writer's words and to dissect it: tear it apart.  One of the best ways to investigate, discover, and analyze text is the dramatist/director's table talk session held prior to a good  play's rehearsals.   By taking the text into their hands, actors explore the elements of the writer's drama to discover characters, conflicts, chaos and confusions.  
Borrowing this technique through readings and critique we will explore your work and challenge you to find a closer, more integrated and lively relationship to your narrative and dialogue.   
As a writer, you will discover how your writing is best able to convey action, character essence, concept gist and conflict.   At the end of your encounter with this analytic process, as you are now a writer of vocal action, you will have created your own original writings, impulses, inspirations, dreams and visions.
Do you have a story to tell?    "Return with us now... "  Please email me at    for your reservation for a seat at the KTDT Radio Playwright Group table.
--- Item Three: The KTDT Radio Players ---
We are a radio/stage group that produces not only original plays but we have the blessing of not having the burden of memorizing lines or stage blocking, because we are a Radio Stage: we read the Radio Plays from hand carried scripts. If you are good at interpretive reading, enjoy good story telling and great fun, come join our group.  If you want to find new and interesting friends, who are supportive of you in your efforts to diversify your existence, enhance your life, show off to friends and family, et cetera... come join our radio players  and be a part of our radio.
 (Yes, our radio, a real life-size radio!) 
It's fun, rewarding, educational and life enhancing.  
 Come... gather your friends and family to listen and watch while you rule their imaginations with your talents by reading original plays for KTDT Digital Radio.  
If you are curious as to what we do and how we operate so casually, stop by any Monday or Thursday evening at 7:00 or Saturday afternoon from 1 - 4.  
And maybe even start writing a Radio Play while you're here! 
 "Hi, yo, Silver.  Away!"

Wednesday, January 8, 2014

The Unique  & Always Innovative

Thistle Dew Dessert Theatre 

1901 P Street, Downtown Sacramento
 ---------------------Item One-----------------------
 You can "Return with us now... to those thrilling days of yesteryear when imagination ruled the airwaves and the family gathered in the living room to listen to the drama, the comedy, the talent of Major Bowes Amateur Hour, the CBS Radio Mystery Theatre, The Green Hornet, The Lone Ranger, The Jack Benny Show, et cetera," by becoming a member of the KTDT Players.  
We are a stage group that produces only original plays and we don't have the burden of memorizing lines.   
Come gather your friends and family before our radio, or be a part of our radio players.  It's fun, educational, and enhancing.  
Yes, our radio.  Listen and watch while we rule your imaginations with the original play... 
"Opportunity of a Lifetime" 
by Jeanne Beckwith 
Opening Friday, January 10, 2014 
At the Unique and always Innovative 
Thistle Dew Dessert Theatre 
Presented by 
KTDT DRama-dy & the KTDT Players
Performances are January 10, 11, 12, 17, 18, 24 and 25.
Tickets are $10.00ea. including your choice of 
luscious desserts, coffee and or tea.
Tickets by Reservation Only 457-6286
Or (BEST).
 --------------------Item Two--------------------
Are you ready for ....
Dialects for Actors and Voice Over Actors 
Saturday, Jan. 18th, 11-2pm
Thistle Dew Theater, 1901 P Street, Downtown Sacramento?
DIALECTS FOR VOICE OVER ACTORS is offered by our instructor:  Sacramento’s Premier Character Voice and Impressionist:  ED GYLES JR.  
Ed has been active in Northern California theatre for over twenty years.  He is an award-winning director and thrice-nominated actor.   His experience as a performer includes stage, film, television, radio and improvisation.
"Maybe you won't come out of the workshop sounding like Antonio Banderas or Julie Andrews....
But, you’ll amaze everyone at the auditions with your ability to impress them!"
Learn the basic accents: British, Spanish, New York et cetera! 
Be personally directed by Ed Gyles Jr.!
Your takes will be recorded and played back for the workshop (available on an .mp3 for $15)!
This is the first step in preparing for accent and dialect work, It will take many hours of practice for any one accent to come naturally.  But this class is a great start!
Topic: Dialects for Actors and Voice Over Actors 
What: .mp3: Each attendee’s read will be recorded and will be available on an .mp3 for $15. 
Level: Beginners/Intermediates
When: Saturday, January 14th 11-2pm
Where: Thistle Dew Dessert Theater, 1901 P Street, 
downtown Sacramento.
Tuition: $50.00
No Refunds as Seating is Limited for this Event. 
For Reservations email Ray:
To confirm your reservation, please go to and make your payment to:
-------------------Item Three-------------------
If you have written a play, for theatre or radio, please submit it to Tom at  .    All submissions are welcome.
------------------Item Four------------------- 
You are encouraged to audition or if you'd like to attend a rehearsal to find out what working in digital radio is all about attend Monday and Thursday (7 - 9), or Saturday from I - 4 at the  Thistle Dew, 1901 P Street, Sacramento.
------------------Item Five---------------------
Saturday morning, at 10:00, Thistle Dew Playwrights Workshop.  If you have written a play, for theatre or radio, please submit it to Tom at  .    All submissions are welcome. 
Readers are needed for Play Readings.  If you would like to read and critique new plays or if you have a play or monologue to be read and critiqued by the workshop, email Tom at   .
Bring one copy for each of your characters. 
--------------------------Item Six--------------------------
Tom has created informative and highly successful 'blogs' 
to capture your interest and 
to tell you what is going on at the "Dew":
The Thistle Dew Theatre:
 KTDT DRama-dy:
The Thistle Dew Center For Literary Art: Poetry and Narrative Inquiry:
Social and Political Comment "Word on the Street":
Super PAC: Political Action Comedy:
Playwright Opportunities:
The Complete Play Works of Thomas M. Kelly:
Digital Internet Radio Theatre for KIDS
Thistle Dew Theatre Playwright Workshop Blog
"Click" on them and "voila",... "ta-da",... and "presto" there you are.  
If you have any questions, give us a call

Thanks, Tom, Ellie and KTDT Players
Ps: You, too, can be a KTDT Player.  
---------------Item Seven---------------
A psychologist walked around a room while teaching stress management to an audience. As she raised a glass of water, everyone expected they’d be asked the “half empty or half full” question. Instead, with a smile on her face, she inquired: “How heavy is this glass of water?”

Answers called out ranged from 8 oz. to 20 oz.

She replied, “The absolute weight doesn’t matter. It depends on how long I hold it. If I hold it for a minute, it’s not a problem. If I hold it for an hour, I’ll have an ache in my arm. If I hold it for a day, my arm will feel numb and paralyzed. In each case, the weight of the glass doesn't change, but the longer I hold it, the heavier it becomes.”

She continued, “The stresses and worries in life are like that glass of water. Think about them for a while and nothing happens. Think about them a bit longer and they begin to hurt. And if you think about them all day long, you will feel paralyzed – incapable of doing anything.”

Remember to put the glass down.

Thursday, November 7, 2013

The Unique & Innovative
Thistle Dew Dessert Theatre 
E-Newsletter: November 7, 2013 

Item One: A Special presentation: November 8 & 9, 2013 
The Natomas Charter School Students of the Performing & Fine Arts Academy
Nicci Justice's Senior Entertainment Project
Friday, November 8 at 7:00pm & 
Saturday afternoon, November 9 at 2:00pm
Here at the 'Dew'
Your $10.00 Ticket always includes 
Your choice of luscious desserts, Sacramento's best coffee and a large selection of Tea
At the Thistle Dew Dessert Theatre

Item Two: November 9, 2013 
KTDT-DRama-dy & the KTDT Players

Present a Radio Studio Theatre production of Jeanne Beckwith's "Opportunity of a Lifetime"
Directed by Tory Scroggins
Featuring Our KTDT Players
Ted has arrived on the island residence of Mr. Solomon
to be interviewed for a job he desperately needs; however, as the interview progresses and he becomes acquainted with the bizarre residents of the island, he becomes increasingly aware that something is not quite right on the island, 
and concludes that he doesn’t need this job.   The problem?  The job needs him

Come, be a part of an Original Thistle Dew Dessert Theatre radio/stage production.  
Be a part of the live studio audience and enjoy the fun of creating a radio comedy as
KTDT-DRama-dy records for Internet Digital Streaming on it's blog-site

PRE-Production radio/stage performance schedule:

You are invited to FREE! OPEN REHEARSAL 
SECOND SATURDAY ART WALK:  Saturday, November 9 at 7:00  Presentation of Jeanne Beckwith's  "Opportunity of a Lifetime" 

From Apple Hill Growers Association Bakers


If you attend THIS OPEN REHEARSAL SECOND SATURDAY, you can SEE the full production of "Opportunity of a Lifetime" AGAIN for only $5.00during it's General Production Schedule!  AND enjoy your choice of several Luscious Desserts, including Apple Hill pies, the best Coffee in Sacramento and a selection of fine Teas.   
Such a deal, Aunt Gertie! 
General Admission Tickets: NOW! $15.00

Box Office 457-6286 or 
With your ticket purchase you become a Lifetime Sponsor of KTDT-DRama-dy &/or KWOS Kids Digital Radio Theatre

Item Three: ANY Monday OR Thursday between 7 - 9 
OR  Saturday between 1 - 4

The Unique and Innovative Thistle Dew Dessert Theatre & 
KTDT-DRama-dy is bringing the Vaudeville Variety/Comedy/Drama/Farce 
“Frankie and Johnny Were Schweethawts” 
by Thomas M. Kelly to the 
(39 Comfortable Seats)

The Play:  The finest local speakeasy in Sacramento, "Johnny's"... next to a handy hotel... next to a convenient and cheap pawn shop... next to ....  a... hanging... gallows?  Johnny needs Stage Actors.... Voice Over Actors.... For his "Vaudeville Show of Shows".  Come Aboard the Thistle Dew River Boat en route to any river town, be it Sacramento,... St. Louis,... Astoria, Oregon... or Muscatine, Iowa.  Johnny needs hazy harlots, floozies, dandies and fancies to sing, dance, brawl in his dime-a-dance haunt honky-tonk hook-shop hotel.
Johnny: dandy dressed pimp, not to be trusted.
Frankie: one of "Ma's girls", fancy showgirl dress, sucker for 'Johnny' types.
Madam ("Ma"): , Johnny's mother, runs a brothel next door to his speakeasy.
Bartender: street wise, friend to all until you cross him, typical 1920's costume. 
Sheriff: greasy, capable of anything legal or not, typical sheriff's costume.
Pianoplayer: fancy white shirt, straw hat, red vested showman.
Prizefighter: gym tights, wife beater t-shirt, typical drunk, seeking bar fights.
Nelly Bly: a drunken chippy, one of 'Ma's girls', fancy showgirl dress.
Lila: a drunken chippy, one of 'Ma's girls', fancy showgirl dress. 
EMAIL TOM @ for more info

Item Four: every Tuesday 7:30 - 10pm
Come have fun with us at this drop-in class from 7:30 - 10pm every Tuesday at the Mosaic Acting Academy Studio in Rancho Cordova.   
Improvisation is one of the two most important audition skills an actor can develop.  It helps you to think quickly, concentrate, increase mental agility, eliminate "brain freeze" and learn to take risks.  It is a skill that absolutely must be learned, and it's fun! No previous experience required ... This workshop focuses on fun and laughter!

Tuition: Ten Bucks.... Cash.  Cheap Therapy!
For even cheaper therapy.... FIVE sessions per month for just $25.00. 
If you plan to attend and/or need directions, E-mail Charlie at: 

Item Five:  Wednesday, November 13..... IT’S HUMP DAY!!!
Our First Ever Character Voice Open Mic Contest!
Here’s your chance to showcase your 
Characters, Impressions, Dialects and Animation voices!
Just like performing for Sacramento's own KTDT DIGITAL RADIO You can read off your script!   No memorization required!
Here’s how the Competition will work….
HOUR ONE: 7-8pm   Rehearsal
Each contestant will get the opportunity to rehearse “Behind the Microphone”
Each contestant has a :60 time limit to perform characters, impressions, accents and animation voices.  Anything Goes!
Everyone receives a practice take with coaching.

3 Professional Media Judges arrive.
Everyone will receive “one take” behind the microphone and be recorded.
Judges will not comment on performances until after the competition is complete.
Judging will be based on:  Interpretation, Technical Skills and Style.
First Place:  Evaluation/Consultation at Nakamoto Productions. $85 value.
apply $100 to a Killer Demo or Animation/Character Demo

This is just like a local American Idol for Character Voices 
but…. “A Lot More Fun!!!”

When: Wednesday, November 13th, 7-9pm
Where: Thistle Dew Dessert Theater, 19th and P Streets, Sacramento
Entry Fee: $25.00

Or… How to voice in the style of Don LaFontaine
For men AND WOMEN!!!
Retail, Audio Books, Narrations, Soft Sell, Image, and virtually every genre of voice work!
Master this delivery and you can be in demand!!!!
Your Instructor: Jason Spyres
Jason attended our Movie Trailer Workshop taught by Don LaFontaine’s mentor, Don Morrow.
Jason was the only voice talent who mastered the Don LaFontaine
Style of announcing in that workshop.
Don’t believe me?
Take a listen for yourself:
The Movie Trailer delivery can transcend every genre of voice-over!  Listen to Kathleen Turner, Allison Janney of the Kaiser “Thrive” spots, leading men and women actors, documentary narrators, promo announcers and the list goes on.

TUITION:  Wow-- only $50.00!
RESERVATIONS AND DIRECTIONS:  916-361-0952  You may also register by sending your check for $50.00  to Mosaic Acting, PO Box 1142, Rancho Cordova CA 95741-1142.


Item Six:
Become a Lifetime Sponsor of  KTDT-DRama-dy: 
KWOS Kids Digital Radio Theatre: 
for just $12.00ea.

Item Seven: Every Saturday morning
The Thistle Dew Playwright &
Radio Play Workshop 
The doors will open Saturday mornings at 9:49... on the dot. 
The Terrible Trouble & Turbulence of playwriting will begin at 10:00!

If you have a play in the works?   Bring it!  We'll read it!  We'll critique it!

AUDITIONS for KTDT Thistle Dew Digital Radio Theatre are every time we meet: Saturday from 1:00 - 4:00, Children and Adults
Monday from 7pm - 9pm, Adults
Thursday from 7pm - 9pm, Adults.

Thank you!
Tom, Ellie and the KTDT Players

Check out and "Like" the YouTube video for our upcoming production of "Opportunity of  a Lifetime", directed by Tory Scroggins.  

Thursday, August 22, 2013

Listen and/or watch "The Legend of Little Lump"

The Uniquely Innovative
Thistle Dew Dessert Theatre & 

Presents the Inauguration of KTDT-DRama-dy 
Radio Studio Theatre with the production of

An Hilarious Radio/Stage Adult Comedy by Jeff Folschinsky
"The Legend
  of Little Lump"
Watch & listen as the crew/cast create a radio comedy... with sound effects and stage antics of the citizens of Little Lump, Texas. 

KTDT-DRama-dy presents the 
Thistle Dew Dessert Theatre stage production 
here (below) and on it's blog-site   
Featuring:  BJ Nash, John Logsdon, Ronn Darwin, 
Pamela Finney, Salvador Turrubiartes, Stanley Nash, 
LaVone Dyer, Natatlie Newman Tory Scroggins & Nathan Marlow.  


Be a part of history in the re-making! 
Become a member of the live theatre audience!
Performance schedule: 
Opening Night Friday, September 6 at 7:00,
Saturday, September 7 at 7:00,
Sunday Matinee, September 8, at 2:00,
Friday, September 13, at 7:00, 
Saturday, September 14 at 7:00 and
Closing Matinee, Sunday, September 15th at 2:00.

Tickets: $30.00, includes Luscious Desserts, 
Coffee & Tea

Seating is limited, therefore 
Reservations are required!

Telephone 457-6286 Or e-Mail Tom at

Saturday, June 1, 2013

Put your monologue or play on the radio!

FREE Audio Streaming Opportunity 
Thistle Dew Digital Radio Theatre, KTDT-DR needs Playwrights with Self - Produced Audio (.mp3) of their;
  • One, two, and three minute monologues, and/or
  • Ten minute two character plays, and/or
  • Fifteen minute 3 - 5 character plays, and/or
  • Thirty minute 2 - 5 character plays.  
Gather your fellow playwrights, actors, friends, relatives, neighbors for readings.  
Record them.  Submit them.
All submissions are subject to the approval of Thomas M. Kelly, 
Artistic Director, Thistle Dew Theatre and KTDT-Digital Radio.
All Self - Produced Audio submissions must conform to Family Radio "Standards of Decency":

and to the KTDT-DR content policies, including but not limited to the following (remembering that this is family radio);
  1. No overt perverse sexual behavior, 
  2. No bathroom humor,
  3. No foul language,
  4. No pornography,
  5. No abusive, prejudicial or disparaging language against any race or minority,
  6. No sex, child, or adult abuse.
  7. No copyrighted music, (your un-copyrighted music is permitted, see sample on blog.*)
  8. All submissions must be accompanied by script in .doc format subject to Grammarly plagiarism check.  See.....

For sample format, (i.e.: introduction, credit(s), et cetera.).  visit audio streams at.........      
Submit .mp3 only (No cds) and script, to
Playwright maintains full rights to their submissions except for streaming permit to KTDT-DR:  Submissions to KTDT-DR are for the sole purpose of KTDT-DR streaming.

Submissions fully produced, compliant with the above content policies and ready for radio streaming, will stream for a duration of one month (30 days) FREE.  The fee/charge beyond one month is a limited time offer of $12.00 per six month period, paid in advance, upon submission, via PayPal, found on the KTDT-DR blog:  

Sunday, April 21, 2013

Rules for engagement!

The Thistle Dew Theatre seeks plays for our Stage and 
our Digital Radio 


Call for play submissions: 
monologues, short plays, one act or full-length plays 
for stage and radio. 

Rules for engagement: 
   Your play can be either a comedy or a drama. 
✍   Your play calls for one (1) to six (6) characters. 
  Your play exhibits freshness, sufficient conflict and engaging text. 
  Your play must be production ready. (Has it been workshopped?)
  Your play is in simple standard format, 14pt. Times or Times Roman font. 
"JANE:  (Interrupts.)
I prefer my script writing format: KISS."
  Your complete play is in .doc format or .pages with numbered pages.
  Page One: Your Title, contact information and 200 word biography. 
✍   Page Two: Your Character breakdown and 300 word synopsis. 
   The subject line of your email submission to reads 
"TDDT Play Submission".
  There is no submission fee. 
  The deadline for submissions is August 31, 2013. 
  Address your queries to Tom at