Rogue Playhouse News
October 13, 2021
Old time Radio shows in production
Another trilogy, triple feature of those wonderful radio plays from yester year. Again directed by Val MacGillivary. From the Lights Out series from 1937, we have “Ghost Party” featuring Gigi Hodges, Chip Weinert, Lisa Calvet-Smith and her husband Ty Smith, and Karil Fedoroff, all in a séance party gone wrong.
Trilogy of radio plays
From the Black Museum series of 1952 we have “Four Small Bottles” with a host of actors. Among them Lisa and Ty Smith, Mykel Smith, Michael Hall, Chip Weinert, Evald (whose full name eludes me at the moment), and newcomer Frank Jerome. When I popped in at rehearsal to drop off some script copies, there were other people seated who may be stage crew. I’ll know more as we go along.
The third play is “The Musgrave Ritual” from the Sherlock Holmes series of 1939. This features Chip Weinert, Mykel Smith, Evald, Michael Hall, Ty Smith, and yours truly.
Live before a studio audience
You can close your eyes and listen as the voices take you into the heart of the story as it did for radio listeners in days of yore. But at the theater you’ll also see the performers take the set of the radio station as they arrive in costume and props of the era, as they portray actors playing a part in a play. Live sound effects done on stage complete the performance. Some sound effects will be handled by our tech person to round out the magic of not only the visual, but also the audio entertainment. We hope you’ll be there.
Performances are the 2nd and 3rd weekends of November, Friday and Saturday, November 12 , 13, 19 & 20 at 7:00 p.m. and Sunday matinees November 14 and 21 at 2:00 p.m. Tickets will be $10 for this trilogy of old time radio shows.
That’s just a month from now and right before Thanksgiving weekend. Where has the time gone?! Mark your calendars so you’ll be sure to be there.
Cemetery Tour thank-you’s
It’s already been a month since Meryl Boice’s traditional cemetery tour play. This year the lucky non-profit charity to be in receipt of proceeds was Ellensburg Theater and we thank you, Meryl. There are many thank-you’s needed for those who helped make that event possible at Rogue River Cemetery this year, from actors portraying well-known families of the area, to guides and a time keeper, plus those who manned coffee, and those who provided home baked cookies. Like any fundraiser event there are always so many who lend a hand to make the event successful, none the least of which is Meryl herself. Kudos everyone and thank you, Meryl.
Not a lot to report this week. Hopefully board members will be back soon who are out of town or have been ill. Hard to conduct theater business this way, but at least the production is in full swing.
It’s our 1st anniversary as I’m writing this. Hard to realize a year has gone by already. If I have more time being (semi-) retired, why does there seem like less and it goes by so quickly?
Maynard hasn’t noticed any difference. He seems clueless about the whole time thing. Although he still wakes me up at 6:30 a.m. to get ready for work. Guess he didn’t get the memo.
The handy man and the maiden
The fish pond at the end of the deck is coming along. A lot more to it than just dig a hole and add water. There’s a lovely old lions-head fountain at the far end from an estate sale (I’ll think of you Don Woods every time I look out there). And the pool designer (my hubby) has been mounting decorative stone work around it to lend an air of antiquity. It’ll be beautiful when it’s done. He’s been discovered and is busier and busier as time goes by. Before dinner tonight he just jacked up a slumped section of the carport driveway, formed it in, and cemented it. Eventually the whole driveway will be resurfaced, and I’ll be able to walk out there bare foot again – on an area that feels like walking on rubble, This one area has been like that probably since I moved here. I’ve seen re-surfacing work he’s done and I can hardly wait.
Well, it’s a school night, and tomorrow’s work and then rehearsal. Thank goodness I’m retired, sort of.
See you at Theater!