Asparagus Community Theatre enacts a live radio play of Bram Stoker's Dracula at Armstrong's Centennial Theatre Oct. 27 and 28.

Asparagus Community Theatre takes a bite of live radio play with Dracula

Armstrong’s Asparagus Community Theatre (ACT) brings the live radio thriller of Bram Stoker's Dracula to life in time for Halloween.

Before television, folks used to gather around the radio to hear dramas acted and read aloud.

Among those live radio plays were adventures such as Little Orphan Annie and science fiction tales such as H.G. Wells’ classic The War of the Worlds, which when  broadcast live by actor-director Orson Welles caused a national incident where Americans believed they were actually being attacked by aliens.

Welles was also responsible for a reading of Bram Stoker’s Dracula back in 1938.

Armstrong’s Asparagus Community Theatre (ACT) is about to do another version of Stoker’s Dracula when it brings the live radio thriller to life in time for Halloween.

“This version of the live, dramatized recording, performed by ACT actors, musicians and foley artists, first aired on CBC’s Stage 49 program in 1949 and was dramatized by the late George Salverson, a prolific Canadian playwright, documentarian and broadcaster,” said ACT president Maryke Simmonds.

“It starred, among others, Lorne Green and Lister Sinclair.”

ACT’s performance is directed by Phelan Gotto and features Mandy Penner, Brodie Muskett, Michael Thomas, Jennifer Blake, Risa Bissenden, Jim Ferguson, Ryan Murphy, Jeunesse Pearson and Mark Trussell.

Pianist Cameron Shook and violinist Roman Blain will provide the chilling score with live sound effects by foley artist Simmonds and the cast.

The Dracula event is a joint fundraiser with Salmon Arm community radio station, Voice of the Shuswap (CKVS), and is partially funded by a grant from the Community Radio Fund of Canada.

CKVS will record each performance for an edited re-broadcast at a later date.

All ages are welcome to attend and Halloween costumes are encouraged. Door prizes, goodies, and prizes for best costume will be available as will  ACT memberships for purchase.

Dracula, A Live Radio Thriller stages at Armstrong’s  Centennial Theatre Thursday, Oct. 27 and Friday, Oct. 28. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. with the show at 7:30 p.m. Admission is by donation (suggested $10) at the door. Visit asparaguscommunitytheatre.com for info.

 

Just Posted

Life’s work of talented Salmon Arm sculptor leads to leukemia

Former Salmon Arm resident warns of dangers of chemical contact

Shuswap PRIDE to hold picnic today at Blackburn Park

LGBTQ2S folk and friends and supporters invited to a community potluck this evening, June 18.

Salmon Arm car dealership wants unique stolen Jeep returned

The red 1989 four-by-four was taken from Salmon Arm GM’s lot early Monday morning.

Video: Shuswap Search and Rescue help injured mountain biker

North Vancouver woman falls on trail in North Shuswap

Police request public’s help after cat shot in North Shuswap

Chase RCMP seeking information, small calibre bullets lodged in shoulder of pet

Murray McLauchlan delights Okanagan crowd

Canadian music icon puts on wonderful two-hour show at Performing Arts Centre

Rose Valley Rd. fire in West Kelowna has now been extinguished

West Kelowna Fire Chief says first two grass fires Tuesday were human caused

College investigates Okanagan physiotherapist

Stephen Witvoet’s matters are currently before the courts

Horgan says he’ll still defend B.C. coast after second Trans Mountain approval

Meanwhile, one B.C. First Nation has announced plans for a legal challenge

Demonstrators on either side of Trans Mountain debate clash in Vancouver

Crowd heard from member of Indigenous-led coalition that hopes to buy 51% of expansion project

MPs hear retired South Okanagan nurse’s petition to change compensation for fatal medical errors

Teri McGrath wants provinces to implement no-fault system for medical errors

Public weighs in Okanagan rail trail parking development

“It was a great evening to interact with the community and hear the input for the property”

Grieving B.C. mom hopes Facebook message leads to new investigation into son’s Surrey homicide

Criminal Justice Branch didn’t lay charges, concluding no substantial likelihood of murder or manslaughter conviction

Okanagan library branch back in business after Monday closure

Discovery of unknown powdery substance in Vernon book return prompts evacuation, closure

Most Read