Long before there were smartphones or even television, families would find entertainment by gathering around their coveted Philco radio and listening to stories dramatized and performed with sound effects.
To raise money for their nonprofit theatrical endeavor, the Nutz-n-Boltz Theater Co. in Boring will perform a live radio play called "In Front of the Philco," at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Jan. 31, in the Grange Hall.
The play will feature pieces from classic radio talents like Fibber McGee and Molly, which played from the 1930s through the 1950s, during the Golden Age of Radio, and other greats like "The Bickersons," "Captain Midnight," "Nick and Nora Charles" and "Phillip Marlowe, Private Eye."
"We're trying our best to recreate the radio play experience," said company director Kelly Lazenby.
Though the audience will have the advantage of seeing the actors perform, the play will be very auditory, with live sound effects, advertisements and jingles.
The play is appropriate for all ages.
The performance runs for three days, with shows at 7:30 p.m. both Friday, Jan. 31, and Saturday, Feb. 1, and at 3 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 2. The production is a fundraiser for the company's spring musical, "Once Upon a Mattress" which is scheduled to open May 15.
Besides the show, the company will also offer raffles, refreshments and games during the weekend. Raffle tickets are three for $5, with prizes that include some gift baskets, movie tickets, wine, gift cards and more.
"We only do a musical every other year because we have to hire musicians and the rights to musicals are also more expensive," Lazenby said. "But I think people like musicals and it's a good part of theater to offer. We've brought new fans to Nutz-n-Boltz through musicals. The radio show was very popular last time."
"In Front of the Philco" is set to feature a variety of comedy, suspense and thrills.
"There's a little bit of everything to dip people's toes into radio," Lazenby said. "The scripts are really well written. They're really good stories and at the end of the day, that's what theater's about is telling really good stories."
For more information, visit nnbtheater.com.
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