Golden Days of Radio Players bring holiday fun to Tunkhannock

The Dietrich Theater Golden Days of Radio Players will present a free holiday Performance at 7 p.m. Dec. 5. At last year’s show, from left, are Hoyt Keiser, Roxana Cameron and Owen Frazier. - Submitted photo

TUNKHANNOCK — The Dietrich Theater Golden Days of Radio Players invite everyone to an evening of the “theater of the mind” at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 5 at the theater.

This free performance features 17 volunteer actors, performing two authentic radio plays from the 1930s and 1940s: “Station KUKU” and “Sherlock Holmes and the Night Before Christmas.” The popular barbershop quartet Vocal Accord will provide the pre-show. All are welcome to the show and the reception following it.

Free tickets are available at the door and reservations are available by calling 570-996-1500.

The Cuckoo Hour was a musical variety radio program in the 1930s. “Station KUKU” is one episode from it, sure to delight the audience.

The next play is a light mystery, a Christmas caper involving too many Santas and too many toy sacks. “Sherlock Holmes and the Night Before Christmas,” from the 1940s, is the story of one Christmas Eve when Sherlock Holmes is persuaded to solve this perplexing mystery.

Esther Harmatz, Radio Players Director, works hard to bring these radio plays to life on stage at the Dietrich Theater. She not only chooses, casts and directs the plays, but she also creates the sound effects for them.

Seventeen actors, ages 13 to 70, make up this year’s cast. Four are new to the group and 13 are returning players. New this year, two teenage members, relatives of experienced members, have joined in the fun.

The actors dress up, not as the characters, but in period dress, as the radio actors in the 1930s and 1940s would have done. Millie Ryczak, costume helper, helps the actors pick their appropriate outfits.

The Dietrich Theater Golden Days of Radio Players will present a free holiday Performance at 7 p.m. Dec. 5. At last year’s show, from left, are Hoyt Keiser, Roxana Cameron and Owen Frazier.
https://www.theabingtonjournal.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/11/web1_ABJ-DT-Radio.jpgThe Dietrich Theater Golden Days of Radio Players will present a free holiday Performance at 7 p.m. Dec. 5. At last year’s show, from left, are Hoyt Keiser, Roxana Cameron and Owen Frazier. Submitted photo