Charles Pembroke (aka Timothy Carter*) as The Monster
Charles Pembroke was born in 1902 in Worcestershire. Orphaned and destitute, the boy’s only means of survival was as an anchovy boy in the famous sauce factory, where he worked until the age of seven. He was rescued by the kind attentions of the leading actor-manager of the day, Sir Reginald Thrumpbottom, who, while on a tour of the factory, was impressed by the boy’s sturdy build. Desperate to escape the kind attentions of Sir Reginald, the fourteen-year old Charles enlisted in the British Army and served as an infantryman in the Great War, where he had the first taste of the camaraderie that would become such an important part of his adult life. Following his discharge, he acted in various stock companies, appearing in more than 50,000 parts. His first great London successes were The Captain’s Men (among his favorite roles), A Comrade’s Comfort (also among his favorite roles), and The Smell of the Sweat (definitely among his favorite roles). Last year, Pembroke purchased a country estate, Dickington House, where he entertains his friends on the weekends.
Johnny Vanmore (aka Matt McDonald) as Victor Frankenstein
Johnny Vanmore grew up in an orphanage in Newport, RI. His father is the famous Shakespearean actor John Barrymore. His mother is socialite Muriel Vanderbilt, the great-great granddaughter of millionaire Cornelius "Commodore" Vanderbilt. Johnny was the result of a fleeting romance after Muriel saw Barrymore's performance of 'Hamlet' at the Sam H. Harris Theater in 1922. 9 months later, when Johnny was born, Barrymore refused to see the boy, and Muriel sent the boy to the orphanage. He was named John, for his father, and given a new last name to avoid connection with the two wealthy families. Growing up, Johnny had a vivid imagination and would dream of seeing the world and living a life of adventure. He got his chance in 1942, when he joined the Army and made his way through North Africa, Italy, and Germany. In North Africa, Johnny received a letter saying his father, John Barrymore, had passed away and left him his 1922 rehearsal copy of 'Hamlet'. His big break came in 1945 while performing Hamlet for some of the troops in Germany. Six months later he was starring on Broadway in the 1945 revival of Hamlet. The striking resemblance he bore to his famous father ensured a stream of offers and he is delighted to be working with Gotham Radio Theater!
Gerty Giggles (aka Ronit Aranoff*) as Elizabeth
Gerty began her career at the ripe old age of 4. Her charming smile and signature giggles secured her a spot on RKO Pictures' Stars of the Future List for 4 years straight. Gerty has been the spokesperson for Maytag, Coppertone, Quaker Oats and Colgate. Gerty would like to thank her cat Snuggles and her parents for their support.
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Louie Gugliano (aka Vince Trani*) in Multiple Roles and as our Composer/Pianist
Born in Brooklyn in 1886, the son of an immigrant bread baker from Genoa, Louie’s career began in vaudeville, singing beside a young George Burns in the Pee Wee Quartet. He then went solo as Little Louie, boy crooner. A promising songwriter, Louie often brought the crowd to tears with his heartrending rendition of Your Mother Is Your Best Friend After All, which Irving Berlin himself has called “the worst song I ever heard.” Louie also appeared in silent films, most notably as the bratty kid Charley Chase dropped down the well in Who’s Your Daddy? Louie started in radio playing spooky organ for Inner Sanctum and belting out bloodcurdling screams whenever anybody was murdered. Today Louie is best known for playing a score of memorable bit parts in obscure films, and is affectionately referred to in the business as “you know…what’shisname.”
Directed and Adapted by Sydnie Gale (Sydnie Grosberg Ronga)
Sydnie Gale began her career as a stage manager, most notably for Sarah Bernhardt's American tour. Miss Bernhardt brought her back to France, but not knowing the language Miss Gale moved to London. She spent the next few years touring with plays by Shaw and Wilde. While working with the Gaiety Players she was asked to direct Shaw's The Philanderer. The tour was a great success and she became the company's regular director bringing some American plays into their repertoire. In 1928 the Gaiety Players toured the United States and Miss Gale decided to stay. She directed for The Theatre Guild bringing the works of Shaw, Molnar and Pirandello to the American Stage. As radio became more popular she often adapted her productions for broadcast. Miss Gale has been the primary director for Gotham Radio Theatre and is delighted to be continuing her work with this adaptation of 'Frankenstein'.