Show Friday, Aug. 9 at the Molalla Public Library

Once upon a time in an older world, a box lit by vacuum tubes served as the gateway to information and entertainment. Nightly, families would gather, journeying along airwaves to other realms of adventure, suspense, comedy, and mystery.

During those days, actors and actresses, invisible to audiences, brought the shows alive with only their voices. Sound effects aided the auditory illusion by mimicking everything from pirate cannons to the landing of flying saucers.

Fascinated by this minimalist approach to entertainment, members of the Molalla River Radio Theater embarked on producing shows where once again the human voice brings alive the stories that enthralled earlier generations.

In August, the Molalla River Radio Theater will present light-hearted fare featuring murder most genteel with their production of “Arsenic and Old Lace.” Performances are set for Friday, August 9, and Saturday, August 10, both at 7:00 p.m. A matinee is scheduled for Sunday, August 11 at 1 p.m. All performances are in the conference room of the Molalla Public Library.

The ensemble company features a diverse group of ages and backgrounds volunteering their time and talents to recreate the golden age of radio for those who remember and those who have yet to discover its rich diversity.

Prior productions of the Molalla River Radio Theater have included “A Christmas Carol,” “The Maltese Falcon,” and most recently, “Sherlock Holmes and a Scandal in Bohemia,” which was performed at the Marion County Fair. Future productions include “Dracula” scheduled to bare its fangs in late October.

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