The Big Broadcast of 1946 – PMRP Live in Somerville, MA!

The Post-Meridian Radio Players present The Big Broadcast of 1946!

The Post-Meridian Radio Players, the folks who do The Mask of Inanna, present The Big Broadcast of 1946, a live Halloween tribute to the Golden Age of Radio! Featuring The Sirens of War, a short play by the author of The Mask of Inanna herself!

Location: The Somerville Theatre in Somerville, MA (Directions)

October 28-30, 2010 @ 7:30
October 31st, 2010 @ 2: PM

The Big Broadcast of 1946 showcases local actors and artists performing an old-time radio-style show featuring two programs:  The Frank Cyrano Byfar Hour and Tomes of Terror. Presented first is the October 27th, 1946 episode of The Frank Cyrano Byfar Hour, a Boston-based comedy/variety series from the 1930s and 40s, directed by Somerville resident Rob Noyes. This “rediscovered Boston radio classic” features a colorful cast of local characters including a crimson-dyed-in-the-wool Harvard man and a rootin’ tootin’ cowgirl from the Old West End. The program, performed in the style of radio comedians Jack Benny and Fred Allen, will feature a “Special Guest Appearance” by Hollywood horror legend Boris Karloff, played by Somerville’s own Tom Champion.

An episode of the chilling radio horror series Tomes of Terror will follow, hosted by the charming-yet-creepy character, The Bookkeeper, and her beleaguered assistant, Giles. Set in the mysterious Library, the program features two macabre tales. The first is But Oh, What Happened to Hutchings!, a dark tale of Victorian medical malpractice, written by Canadian playwright Roy Sallows and directed by Somerville resident Gilly Rosenthol.  The second tale is The Sirens of War, a wartime thriller set on the Missouri River, written by Franklin resident Alicia E. Goranson and directed by Jess Viator, another Somerville resident.

Live music for the show will be provided by members of the well-known Somerville troupe, Emperor Norton’s Stationary Marching Band and others, including an occasional appearance by a Theremin and other electronic instruments.

“We are thrilled to have been asked back to the Somerville Theatre this year.” said Neil Marsh, Founder and Artistic Director of PMRP. “Last year’s show, which featured a Boston-based adaptation of Orson Welles’ War of the Worlds broadcast, was a huge success, bringing in over 1100 people. The folks at the Somerville were delighted!”

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