November 16 through the 19, Southwestern students have the opportunity to come experience mid-century America re-created in our theatre department’s production of “The 1940’s Radio Hour”.
“If you don’t like having fun, you shouldn’t come,” junior Robert Frost said.
Frost is serving as the musical director for the production. He said that audiences are sure to enjoy the authentic look and feel of the play, which is set, as the title might imply, at a radio station in New York during the year 1942.
“Audiences will have the chance to see us re-create an era in a very accurate and realistic way,” Frost continued.
The process of putting on this play has included many accommodations to historical accuracy. Efforts to help audiences feel as if they are living during another decade include a live band which will be playing during the show.
“It’s been a blast,” Frost said, “We’re actually working with someone who played on Broadway during the 1940s and 50s, and who has worked with many shows like ours.”
The band and cast will be performing many of the musical numbers that make up the Dec. 23 holiday broadcast of the New York radio station WOV, the main focus of the plot. The story follows the station’s attempts to put together a live broadcast which will be heard by audiences at home and by the troops fighting overseas.
“This show is mainly character driven, as people see we’re putting on a radio show as soon as they walk in the door,” assistant stage manager Kristen Samuelson said.
“I think what’s really interesting about the show is the fact that it’s mainly focused on relationships between characters and not on the plot. These relationships are really interesting to watch.”
The play will be showing in the Jones Theater, beginning Wednesday, Nov. 16. Wednesday and Thursday there are showings at 7 p.m. and Friday Saturday the show starts at 8 p.m.
Saturday and Sunday there will be afternoon matinee performances at 3 p.m.
Students are entitled to one free ticket each, which can be collected at the box office in the FAB.