A Night of Old Time Radio

Friday, October 12, 2007

The Marshall County Community Theatre's fall production is well under way and marks a new style of show for the Dixie.  A Night of Old Time Radio, under the direction of Mickey J. Smith, is a reader's theatre production of three of radio's classic series and episodes.  The show consists of Sorry Wrong Number, a classic tale from the series Suspense, The Image from the eerie show The Witch's Tale, and The Silent Avenger featuring the Shadow.  The play will be performed Oct. 19 and 20 at 7:30 p.m. and Oct. 21 at 2 p.m. at the Dixie.

 Sorry Wrong Number is the story of an invalid that accidentally overhears a murder being plotted.  Confined to her bed, she uses her telephone to find help.  Unfortunately, no one will listen.  The cast includes Daniel August, Harold August, Robert Barker, Mitchell Byrd, Betsy Craig, Cindy Caldwell, Vivian Hall, Karen McNutt, and Kim Ann Owen.

 The Image is the scariest of the three shows and centers on a researcher that discovers an ancient artifact that begins to affect him in strange ways.  His niece and assistant begin to notice the changes, but will it be in time?  The cast features Amy Biggerstaff, Eric G. Blackmore, Mitchell Byrd, Angela Lackey, Robby Reasonover, Marjorie Rickard, Ron Rickard, and Christopher Taylor.

 The Shadow episode, The Silent Avenger, focuses on a young man scarred from his experiences in World War I and how he is used by his brother on death row.  Even the Shadow may not be able to keep the governor alive.  The cast for The Shadow includes members of the other two shows. 

 "These old shows are so great to listen to.  When you think about the power of radio in its historical context -- I mean these were the Law and Orders, C.S.I's, and Heroes of the past," said director Mickey J Smith.  If you remember listening to those great old time radio shows or if you want to enjoy a riveting night at the theatre and be introduced to a new old entertainment the plan on being at the Dixie Theatre Oct. 19 and 20 at 7:30 p.m. or Oct. 21 at 2 p.m. Tickets are $8.00 and will be on sale at the Dixie Monday, Oct. 15 through Thursday, Oct. 18 from 3:30-5:30 p.m.