The Post-Meridian Radio Players have been performing live radio plays for Halloween since 2005. This year in their “Tomes of Terror II” they’ll be performing three stories: “Halloween Party,” “Carmilla” and “The Stone Ship.” Alli helps me figure out why I shouldn’t listen to radio stories and just use my imagination.
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SO, UHH, WHY ACT OUT RADIO?
There are plenty of great stories from old radio that people haven’t really listened to. We want to bring some of these back. It’s something different and we have a lot of fun.
IF PEOPLE DON’T LIKE THE SHOW CAN THEY MAKE STATIC NOISES INSTEAD OF BOOING?
That would be very appropriate! Kchhhh-kachhkkkkk. [We share in making the effects]
WHAT ABOUT ORSON WELLES? HE THREW EVERYONE INTO A STATE OF PANIC!
He was a genius! The War of the Worlds was great! Well, it was great until Tom Cruise was brought into the picture.
SO YOU WON’T BE FOOLING PEOPLE INTO BELIEVING THEIR LIVES ARE IN DANGER?
No, no we won’t.
WHO DO YOU FEEL IS TRULY THE INVENTOR OF THE RADIO, NIKOLA TESLA OR GUGLIELMO MARCONI?
What? Who are they? Are you reading this directly off Wikipedia?
I TOOK RADIO CLASS IN HIGH SCHOOL, AND OUR TEACHER ALWAYS SAID IT WAS A HOT DEBATE WITH RADIO HISTORIANS.
Hmm, well I’d have to say Tesla. I like his name better anyway.
THIS SOUNDS FUN, BUT WHAT ABOUT PERFORMING SOMETHING LIKE CASEY KASEM’S TOP 40?
What? Oh my god, no.
IT COULD BE A WHOLE PERFORMANCE ART THING WITH PEOPLE ACTING OUT “I THINK WE’RE ALONE NOW’ IN BLACK UNITARDS.
You might be on to something. We should totally do that!
[Tomes of Terror II, Monday, 10.29.07-Wednesday, 10.31.07, at the First Congregational Church of Somerville, 89 College Ave., Somerville. 7:30pm/$12 adults/$10 students and seniors. pmrp.org]