Main Street Players Presents: The 1940’s Radio Hour
Main Street Players invites you to take a journey back to the Golden Age of Radio with their delightful holiday production The 1940’s Radio Hour. Featuring memorable music of the era, hilarious comedy sketches and moments of captivating drama, this show is a wonderful snapshot of what life and radio were like during the WWII era.
Walton Jones’ cleverly-constructed musical is set within the confines of WOV, a modest New York radio station that is preparing for a special holiday broadcast of their weekly variety show. The year is 1942, and the show is tasked with lifting the audience’s spirits in the midst of global turmoil. Audience members get to watch the show as it unfolds, but are also given a look at what happens behind the scenes as the assorted radio station employees prepare for the broadcast. Anchoring the story around a series of popular musical numbers from the era (“That Old Black Magic,” “Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy,” “You Go to My Head,” “I’ll Never Smile Again” and many more), Jones gives us a work that feels authentic and transporting.
The ensemble cast brings a wide variety of characters to life: you’ll meet perpetually stressed-out station manager Clifton Feddington (Gary Alexander), golden-voiced Ann Collier (Sophie Decker), boozy featured singer Johnny Cantone (Clark Douglas), eccentric waitress-turned-singer Ginger Brooks (Heather Shepherd), the eternally underappreciated Neal Tilden (Curtis Brown), young up-and-comers B.J. Gibson (Emory Schroeter) and Connie Miller (Elise Wright), energetic youngster Wally Ferguson (Ben Brown), crotchety old Pops (Floyd Walker) and sound effects guru Lou Cohn (Brad Jester). Additionally, Jessica Davis, Tristan Kneringer, Nicolas Richards and Russell Camp appear on stage to provide live musical accompaniment.
The play is directed by Marian Sorensen, a Main Street veteran who has helmed many well-regarded productions over the years. Music direction is provided by Kelly Jackson, while Virginia Church and Jenna Snidemiller respectively serve as assistant director and stage manager. The complex set is designed by B.J. Hughes, while period-appropriate costumes have been selected by Norma Richardson (who is also Main Street’s artistic director).
Tickets for this production are expected to sell quickly, so advance reservations are recommended. You can reserve your seats by calling the theatre at 770-229-9916, but tickets will also be available at the box office the evening of the performance. Tickets are $20 for adults, $15 for seniors and $10 for students. The play runs December 1-11, with Thursday, Friday and Saturday performances at 7:30 PM
Main Street Players is sponsored in part by the generosity of Primerica, The Ingram Foundation, Griffin Area Arts Alliance, Griffin Daily News, Central Georgia EMC Corporation and the Grassroots Arts Program of the Georgia Council for the Arts. These companies and our local audiences help bring first-class theater to the Griffin-Spalding County area for over ten years.