Archive for June, 2013

By Emily Sanderson Olsen

A new live radio show debuted to a full house in Spring City’s Victory Hall on Saturday night with screaming success. “Life Under the Horseshoe” aired at 7 p.m. on KMGR Radio’s 95.9 and 102.7 FM.

The sky is the limit for host Mark Allen and director Lawrence Gardner, who live along Main Street in Spring City and who are now seeing years of planning come to fruition. Allen is a professional singer and has been the member of a rock ‘n roll band, and Gardner spent his career in Hollywood working on films.

The show begins and ends with the music of Dave and Carla Eskelsen, a couple from Farmington who write and perform exquisite folk guitar duets. Their songs were stories about living in Farmington when the weather change in the fall, the harsh east wind and Carla’s experiences growing up in Native American communities where her father was a doctor.

Three skits were the main features of the evening including “Bummer Bench,” a true story about Charlie Beck, a local man who had suffered from typhoid fever in his youth and never walked without crutches again. He spent the rest of his days parked on a bench in the middle of town on a wooden pew whittling wooden toys for children and offering advice to teenagers and adults.

Charlie’s bench will remain as a cornerstone on the stage and will be where Allen will tell a story each week.

“Invasion of the G-Men,” is a humorous story from around the turn of the century about polygamous men who mistake a man in the local train station as a “government man” who had come to arrest polygamous men. They discover that they had nothing to fear when they learn that the young man, who was dressed like a man from the city, was coming home from an LDS mission in London.

The story was acted out by about 10 people, including two volunteers from the audience who provided a dog bark and baby cry sounds. A live organist provided old-radio accompaniment to the skits.

“Elmer’s Icy Plunge,” is humorous true story about a boy in the 1870s who got baptized in ice-cold water against his will. A young paperboy begins the skit with a yell from the audience, “I have a story!” he says. Allen then invites him onstage to tell the story about the boy who ran home after being forcefully dunked under the cold water, something that would never happen in the LDS Church today.

Allen and Gardner combined their performance talents with local resources to create the show. Snow College donated its used sound and lighting equipment from one of its old auditoriums, and local members of the community perform for free.

The radio show also relies on local sponsors, including Zions Bank, Terrel’s Thriftway, Krikorian Art Gallery, Horseshoe Mountain Pottery, Spring City Arts and Sanpete County Travel.

The show continues to look for additional sponsors and plans to syndicate the program on radio stations in Salt Lake City and beyond. They are also looking for family history stories and writers, and at some point plan to feature a live band. For more information, go to LifeUndertheHorseshoe.com.


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