SPEARFISH, SD – It’s radio you can see. The Matthews’ community theater presents “KMOH Variety Review: A Live Radio Play,” directed by Max G. Merchen. The performance runs May 3-6. The Thursday through Saturday shows start at 7:30 p.m. and the Sunday show starts at 2 p.m. Tickets are on sale for $15 adults, $10 subscribers, and $5 for youth (18 and under) and BHSU students. Tickets are available at The Matthews’ art gallery during business hours, Tuesday-Saturday, 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., or by phone at 605-642-7973. Buy tickets online at www.matthewsopera.com.
During the Golden Days of Radio, movie stars, radio actors, musicians, and sound effects men broadcast live in front of audiences on radio stations heard throughout America. “KMOH Variety: A Live Radio Play” turns The Matthews stage into the famous radio station — KMOH.
“Although each generation has its own pressures and exigencies. We tend to look back longingly at the generations that came before us and long for the good old days,” comments Max G. Merchen, director. “There will be no digital remastering, no computer-generated images, no tweets, no gigabytes, no smartphones, or Ipads. Get ready to enjoy some cornball humor and a lot of wholesome entertainment the entire family can enjoy.”
The cast will be playing several characters from different radio skits. The KMOH cast is comprised of Sandy Nauman, Roger O’Dea, Bart Willuweit, Mikayla Wetz, Dwight Myers, Lynn Pederson, Deb Brunette, John Eisenbraun, David Nickel, Grant Binkleman, Pam Wegner, Kathy Johnston, Max G. Merchen, and Pat Yanzik.
The cast takes on famous skits by Abbott and Costello, The Thin Man, Fibber McGee & Molly, and Burns & Allen. Between acts, the cast performs “on air” commercials promoting local Black Hills businesses that support The Matthews.
The radio play lineup features “Cleaning out the Closet” by Fibber McGee and Molly, “The Case of the Goofy Groom” from The Adventures of the Thin Man, “Gracie takes up Crime Solving” and “The Case of the Punctured Plumber” by Burns and Allen, and one of the most famous radio skits ever to be performed, “Who’s on First, by Abbott and Costello.
An added bonus will be live musical entertainment that changes every evening. The musicians featured are Gerry Bennett on May 3, Kaleb Carlin on May 4, Scott Simpson on May 5, and Lyle Barry on May 6.
The next event for The Matthews is the children’s theater production of “Little Mermaid, Jr.” June 22-24. Tickets on sale now. For additional information or to learn about upcoming events, visit www.MatthewsOpera.com.