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Radio Theater Project will mock your socks off Monday night

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The Radio Theater Project at The Studio @620 in downtown St. Pete is launching its seventh season Monday night with a special “All-Star Celebrity Episode of The Continuing Adventure of Noel Berlin.

Those celebrities would be the voice of St. Pete Mayor Rick Kriseman (he’s out of town for a conference and pre-recorded his lines,) St. Pete City Council member Steve Kornell, food writer Janet Keeler, former Tampa Mayor Dick Greco and, yours truly.

All of the characters play themselves and most of the time the lines reflect a completely satirical blast at the political process.

Expect every hiccup the city has experienced over the last several months — curbside recycling, raw sewage, the Pier — to be teased out in full on hilarity.

The plot is geared toward Halloween season with a spooky plot, winding mysteries, St. Pete landmarks and maybe a plot twist or two.

The Radio Theater Project is produced in front of a live studio audience with actors recording the performance to Soundcloud and Radio Soundstage.

Perhaps the most impressive part of the whole production are the live sound effects. This is where things get really creative. Sound props can include anything from dangling keys to slicing and dicing veggies.

The opening night act is also a fundraiser. Attendance is $25 at the door with other opportunities to donate to the project inside. The group will also be collecting non-perishable food items to donate to the St. Petersburg Free Clinic food bank. Food reserves go extra quickly during the holiday season.

The performance starts at 7 p.m. at 620 First Avenue South.

Janelle Irwin has been a professional journalist covering local news and politics in the Tampa Bay area since 2003. She also hosts a weekly political talk show on WMNF Community radio. Janelle formerly served as the sole staff reporter for WMNF News and previously covered news for Patch.com and various local neighborhood newsletters. Her work has been featured in the New York Daily News, Free Speech Radio News and Florida Public Radio and she's been interviewed by radio stations across the nation for her coverage of the 2012 Republican National Convention. Janelle is a diehard news junkie who isn't afraid to take on big names in local politics including Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn, the dirty business of trash and recycling in St. Pete and the ongoing Pier debacle. Her work as a reporter and radio host has earned her two WMNF awards including News Volunteer of the Year and Public Affairs Volunteer of the Year. Janelle is also the devoted mother to three brilliant and beautiful daughters who are a constant source of inspiration and occasional blogging fodder. To contact, email janelle@floridapolitics.com.

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