Greenfield Historical Society hosting radio drama

  • The Greenfield Meeting House STAFF FILE PHOTO BY BEN CONANT

Monadnock Ledger-Transcript
Published: 10/11/2022 12:07:39 PM

The Greenfield Historical Society will host live, on-air radio drama Saturday at the Meeting House at 6 p.m, the first show since before the COVID-19 pandemic.

Bruce Dodge, a Historical Society member and one of the organizers for the event, said the idea for a live radio show was something he and a good friend from The Antrim Players, who have been doing murder mysteries as fundraisers, decided on several years ago.

Dodge, who has been involved in the local theater community for more than 30 years doing set design, said three old shows will be performed Saturday night. The first show will be a Halloween episode of “Father Knows Best.” The next show will be “The Case of the Black Cat,” originally performed by Candy Matson – the only female lead radio detective – in the 1940s. The final show is “Yours Truly, Johnny Dollar: Murder is a Merry-Go-Round.” 

“The first radio show we did before COVID was fun and we went to have another right before but weren’t able to,” Dodge said, adding that the actors have been rehearsing and are ready to go. “We’re hoping this one is a fun evening.”

A crew of actors from town will be performing live on stage as sound effects and music will fill the background. Dodge said the actors will be wearing 1940s and 1950s clothing, just as they would have at the time.

All of the scripts being used, Dodge explained, come from a public domain website containing thousands of radio shows and no royalties are charged, although most have needed to be retyped to make reading easier.

“The sound effects will bring in the ambiance just like in old radio shows,” Dodge said, adding that for the smaller parts, actors play all parts using different voices and that commercials for local businesses will be included as they were in the originals. “We’re trying to stay as truthful to spirit of old shows as we can.”

The Greenfield Inn, Belletetes and Harvester Market are sponsoring the show.

Between the shows, a lasagna dinner along with salad and dessert will be served. Tickets are $20, $35 per couple. They can be bought at door or people can call 603-547-3451 to make reservations. All money made from ticket sales will go to Greenfield Historical Society.


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