Tickets are on sale now for the Union Street Players’ March production of Vintage Hitchcock: A Live Radio Play. It promises to be thrilling and fun for the whole family. Spies, murder, love, and other trademarks of Alfred Hitchcock’s classic thrillers come to life in the style of a 1940s radio broadcast. A triple feature of the master of suspense’s early films, The Lodger, Sabotage and The 39 Steps, Vintage Hitchcock: A Live Radio Play comes complete with vintage commercials, a daring train chase, a serial killer’s ominous presence, and a devastating explosion through the magic of live sound effects and musical underscoring.
As the show’s director, Pat Moriarity, explains, “This is going to be fun show for our audience members. They will see some of the best actors in the area on stage using different voices for their characters. Plus you will see all of the sound personnel on stage creating the live sound effects. There are squeaking doors, birds, donkeys, an explosion, telephones and a lot more. Nothing is recorded. This will beckon back to the days of yesteryear when radio shows were the sole form of entertainment. It is similar to the live radio plays heard on public radio’s popular show A Prairie Home Companion.”
Performances will be; Thursday March 10 at 7:00 p.m, Friday, March 11 at 7:00 p.m., Saturday, March 12 at 7:00 p.m. and a Sunday matinee on March 13 at 2:00 p.m. Tickets may be purchased in person at the Pella Community Services Office in the Pella Community Center M-F 7:30-11:30 a.m. and 1:30-4:30 p.m. Tickets may also be purchased by phone using a valid credit card (Visa, Master Card, Discover) by calling Tom or Wendy Vander Well at 641-620-9107.
In the cast are Kelly Anderson, Jana De Zwarte, Beverly Graves, Jonathon Gregg, Phil Hoole, Mark Moreland, Nancy Moreland, Lisa Morgan, Sandy Olsthoorn, Tyler Rezapour, Jacob Rosdail, Paul Scott, Michael Still, Tom Vander Well, Wendy Vander Well, Arvin Van Zante, Spence Ver Meer , and Alexander Wei.
The show is directed by Pat Moriarity with assistance from Marty Feeney. Assisting on the production team are Arvin Van Zante, Cody Kooi, Peggy Moriarity, Nancy Moreland, Anne McCullough Kelly and Mat Kelly. The Union Street Players are sponsored by the Pella Community Center.