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Family RadioThe “Golden Age of Radio” began in the early 1920s and lasted until the advent of television in the 1950s, with entire families gathering around the radio every day to listen to their favorite programs. Mysteries, adventure and detective stories, situation comedies, and soap operas were all very popular, as were quiz shows and variety hours. Hit shows included Gunsmoke, Inner Sanctum Mysteries, The Shadow, Little Orphan Annie, Dick Tracy and Fibber McGee and Molly.

Many of these programs were performed before live audiences. Actors gathered around standing microphones, scripts in hand, and often played several characters. Mistakes were inevitable—an actor dropping the pages of his script, for instance—and ad libs were all a part of the fun. Commercials were incorporated into the action. Live sound effects helped the home audience visualize the setting and the action.old-time-radio-show-1

Tales from the Grave is based on three classic stories by 19th century literary masters. In “The Signalman” by Charles Dickens, a hiker encounters a mentally unstable railway worker, whose sightings of “ghosts” may imperil the lives of the passengers. In “The Cask of Amontillado” by Edgar Allan Poe, a meek man seeks vengeance by luring his pompous enemy into a terrible trap. In “The Body-Snatcher” by Robert Louis Stevenson, two medical students turn to grave-robbing to supply cadavers for the dissecting room—until they dig up more than they bargained for.

Public Performances

Thurs., Oct. 15 at 8 PM

The Clintonville Woman’s Club
3951 North High Street
Columbus OH 43214

Fri. & Sat., Oct. 16–17 at 8 PM

The Abbey Theater of Dublin
Dublin Community Recreation Center
5600 Post Road
Dublin OH 43017

Click here for directions to the Abbey Theater

Sun., Oct. 18 at 3 PM

St. Andrew Presbyterian Church
1450 E. Dublin-Granville Rd
Columbus OH 43229

Thurs.—Sat., Oct. 29—31 at 8 pm

Columbus Dance Theatre
592 E. Main St.
Columbus OH 43215

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