Cast members of two one-act radio dramas are preparing to recreate the golden age of radio when stories were commonly heard and told thru only the voices of the actors and many sound effects. Pictured in front are Rachel Storlie and Mark Schroeder, behind them are Mary Deters and Rob Gross.
Cast members of two one-act radio dramas are preparing to recreate the golden age of radio when stories were commonly heard and told thru only the voices of the actors and many sound effects. Pictured in front are Rachel Storlie and Mark Schroeder, behind them are Mary Deters and Rob Gross.
Step back in time during the golden age of radio when dramas were commonly heard on the air. Through unique and lively sound effects, the stories came to life without needing to see the actors.

Ye Olde Opera House in Spring Grove (YOOH) is excited to present two one-act plays of this genre on Oct. 26, 27 and 28.

"Sorry, Wrong Number" and "The Hitch-Hiker" by Lucille Fletcher are both thrillers and appropriate for the season.

"This show is far different from the average YOOH play," remarked director, Sarah (Holland) Schroeder.

"There was no memorization needed as the cast is reading their parts in traditional radio drama style, and the characters were cast based on voice, not looks or age.

"The only set is a suggestion of a radio studio. Through all of these unique methods, we hope to transport you back to this golden era of the radio drama."

"Sorry, Wrong Number" is a mystery thriller that stars YOOH veteran, Mary Deters, as a neurotic invalid whose only contact with the outside world is her phone.

"Because of a crossed wire one night, she hears plans for a murder. Her frantic efforts to enlist help through the only means at her disposal (her phone). The play picks up personality vignettes of the outside world including gangsters, phone operators and a police sergeant."

"We have many faces that have not graced the YOOH stage in a while. It is exciting to get such a large group of actors together to create this type of performance."

The radio drama cast of "Sorry, Wrong Number" includes Deters as Mrs. Stevenson, Autumn Bornholdt as the First Operator, Abe Mendez as the First Man, David Storlie as Sergeant Duffy, Steve Kemp as George, Sara Kroshus as Chief Operator, Lindsay Mackie as Second Operator, Roxanne Finnesgard as the Hospital Receptionist, and Greta Goetting as the Third Operator.

The second radio drama, "The Hitch-Hiker" is a ghost thriller and stars Mark Schroeder as Ronald Adams, "an average motorist, who sets out to drive from Brooklyn to California, and early in his journey, he encounters a strange and inexplicable hitch-hiker.

"His efforts to explain, then avoid, and finally destroy the constantly appearing figure along the highway carry him through several episodes and many states until the adventure finally culminates in an amazing and terrifying climax in New Mexico."

The cast bringing you this thriller is Schroeder as Ronald Adams, Roxanne Finnesgard as Mrs. Adams, Steve Kemp as The Hitch-Hiker, Abe Mendez as the Filling Station Attendant, David Storlie as the Proprietor, Jan Lochner as the Proprietor's Wife, Kirsten Roble as the Girl Hitch-hiker, Lindsay Mackie as the Gallup Operator, Sara Kroshus as the Long Distance Operator, Autumn Bornholdt as the New York Operator, Jan Lochner as the Albuquerque Operator and Lori Wilhelmson as Mrs. Whitney.

The music for both one acts is by Rachel Storlie, and the sound effects making the dramas come alive are by Rob Gross.

Old-time radio dramas also had commercials throughout their broadcasts. YOOH will replicate this format.

"The play will be peppered with local commercials done in the style of radio commercials from days gone by. We want to recreate that feeling of the golden era of radio as best we can," said Schroeder.

The cast takes the stage to present these two one-act radio dramas on Friday, Oct. 26 and Saturday, Oct. 27 at 7 p.m. and Sunday, Oct. 28 at 2 p.m. Tickets are $5 at the door. During intermission, refreshments will be available for purchase including bars, coffee, punch and cider.