The stage is set for radio studio play production. Sound effects, live music, and animated characters will bring two scripts to life! Are you ready?

A double feature radio drama and a comedy will be coming to life on the FiftyNorth Stage again this winter!  Mark your calendars for performances of this celebration of Old Time Radio to be given Saturday, March 9 at 7 p.m., Sunday, March 10 at 2 p.m., and
Friday, March 15 at 7 p.m.  




Leading off will be The Strange Sisters, an actual Whistler radio play first aired on radio in 1946. If you listened to radio-theater in years past, you likely heard the Whistler. Do you remember? The eerie ‘whistle’ will bring to mind the dramatic series, no doubt.  Patsy Dew, who brought the genre of radio “dramedy” to FiftyNorth in 2012, will direct this suspenseful drama, full of sibling rivalry, villainous plotting and a surprise ending.  There are eleven characters in the play, to be performed by as few as six, or as many as eleven different actors.  Dew also seeks an on-stage sound-effects performer.

The second radio-play is a rollicking satire of 20th Century New York gang warfare where the women talk like a slithery—why don’t you come up and see me sometime–Mae West, and the men like rough and tough gangsters from da Bronx. Competing gangs are the Creeps and the Crumbs, reminding us of the Jets and the Sharks, or maybe the Crips and the Bloods. But nobody gets hurt—permanently at least, and we dare you not to smile and chuckle all the way to the surprise ending.

Local FiftyNorth member Paul Kluge will direct Solly and Da Goils, which he may take credit for writing, but only if all goes well. This is the premier production! Are your memorization skills a little less than they once were? This cast consists of three male and three female reading actors. All lines are rehearsed but not memorized; scripts remain in hand throughout each show. Please consider our audition, January . . . and . . . 2019. This is an opportunity to be someone you are not, and doing that is a genuine joy.

What is the dialogue like, you ask? How’s this for Bugsy’s opening line: “It’s da Feds, Solly. They is breathing down our throats. Ain’t that so, Bruno?” And then there’s Denise, the cohort of Angelina and Philomine. One of Denise’s early lines goes: “You is my kind a man, Bruno—all tough and . . . lookin’ like wore out shoe leather.” If you appreciate brilliance, all six characters believe they are that. If you welcome the opportunity to legitimately talk funny, you are the audition candidate needed. Step right up. Auditions are always fun; new people to talk funny with is a treat.