Western Radio program coming to PIX on Friday
LAPEER — The PIX Theatre will hold a special western radio program on Friday at 7:30 p.m. in what promises to be a blast from the past. Local actors will use their voices and handmade sound effects to reproduce the very first episodes of The Lone Ranger, Gunsmoke and other classic radio programs.
This will be the second in the PIX Theatre’s old time radio series. Last year local actors performed a night of classic radio mystery dramas. This Friday’s show will be all western programs, including The Lone Ranger, Gunsmoke and Sergeant Preston of the Yukon.
PIX Theatre executive director Craig Martin obtained scripts of the original programs from the 1930s and ‘40s, and a group of talented local actors will reproduce those original shows, along with the sound effects used in classic radio programs.
Guests at the PIX Theatre on Friday will not only be able to listen to the classic radio programs, but will also get a behind-the-scenes look at how all the sound effects were made. The actors will be on stage with nothing but scripts, microphones and the sound effects table for everyone to see.
This show is perfect for local residents of all ages, from seniors who remember listening to the programs as children to younger kids in the area who may be hearing them for the first time, and everyone in between.
“I hope people really enjoy the stories, that is the main thing about these shows. It is fun to see the old effects, but is really about the classic stories,” Martin said.
The cast includes Richard Hingst, Bruce Stockman, Karissa Bombe, Faye Preston, James Alt, Mike Roberts, Kevin Hartzman, Marty Snarski, Robyn Parton, Ethan Parton and Don and Claudia Swindell.
The western radio show will take place Friday starting at 7:30 p.m. at the PIX Theatre in downtown Lapeer. Tickets purchased in advance cost $12 for adults or $10 for students and seniors. At the door tickets will cost $16 for adults or $14 for students and seniors.
For more information or tickets, call the PIX Box Office at 810-664- 4824 or go online to www.pixlapeer.org/radiowestern.
— Jacob Hunsanger