ELMIRA | This weekend, residents will have a chance to witness a time capsule into the past at the Community Arts of Elmira.
The Golden Age of Radio, a live stage re-creation of popular radio shows throughout the early-to-mid 20th century, will open tonight at the Community Arts and is slated to run through the weekend.
Several popular shows of the time will be featured, all including authentic radio sound effects and stage lighting.
The first adaptation will be an episode from “Lux Radio Theatre”, which at the time broadcasted radio variations of popular movies. The episode is titled “The Bishop’s Wife.”
“The Bishop's Wife” is based on the 1947 romantic comedy of the same name starring Cary Grant, Loretta Young and David Niven. This time, the starring roles will be played by Rev. Ted Rich as Dudley, the angel; Ken Corey as Bishop Henry Brougham and Jane Fastiggi in the title role as Julia Brougham, the Bishop’s wife.
Next in line is an episode of the comedy series “My Friend Irma,” titled “Irma Writes a Column.”
Kaylara Allington will star in the title role - originally played by actress Marie Wilson - with Sara Love as her best friend, Jane Stacy; JoAnn Smith as Mrs. O’Reilly, the landlady; Ken Corey as Professor Kropotkin, a fellow tenant; and David A. Scott, Jr. as Irma’s ne’er-do- well boyfriend, Al.
The cast also includes Graham Howard, Deannda Neufer, John M. Snyder and Alan Turner.
Concluding the presentation will be an episode of the radio/television sitcom “Father Knows Best,” titled “The Housekeeper.”
Actor Robert Young’s role as Jim Anderson will be recreated on stage by actor Michael Scullin. Anderson’s wife, Margaret, will be played by Laurie Scullin, with Sharon Decker as Mrs. Collins, the housekeeper.
The three Anderson children will be played by Kaylara Allington as Kathy, David A. Scott, Jr. as Bud and Sarah Schlueter-Eisman as Betty. Also appearing will be Christopher Denton, JoAnn Smith and Bill Christoffels.
In addition, the presentation will feature post-World War II era vocal performances by Sarah-Schlueter Eisman and Bill Christoffels, accompanied by Donna Christoffels.
This is the second year the group has put together a program, and hopes to make one annually.
"Last year, we did all Christmas stories," director Gary Yoggy said. "This year, we tried to mix it up more."
The Golden Age of Radio will open at 7:30 p.m. tonight at the Community Arts of Elmira, 413 Lake St., Elmira. It will run again at 7:30 p.m. Saturday. A matinee will begin at 2 p.m. Sunday.
Tickets are $15.00 General Admission, $10.00 for students and seniors. They are available in the Community Arts lobby or at www.communityartsofelmira.com.
For more information, call the Community Arts of Elmira at 607-846-2418.