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Vintage Hitchcock a Live Radio Play

  • Parker School Theatre 65-1225 Lindsey Road Kamuela, HI 96727 (map)

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Adults: $15 | Seniors/Students: $13 | Children: $10


Written by Joe Landry, the play provides a behind-the-scenes look at a live radio broadcast of three of Hitchcock’s stories.  Fans of Alfred Hitchcock’s suspenseful tales will get a glimpse at what went into producing the distinctive auteur’s early works on radio.

The show will feature spies, murder, love, a train chase, and other thrilling storytelling elements that have become synonymous with Hitchcock.  On stage at Parker Theater in Waimea for two weekends and most probably a third weekend at the People’s Theater in Honokaa.

Here is a little more of what the audience can expect.

Q:  What’s the premise of the show?

Vintage Hitchcock features three of Hitchcock’s earlier films adapted to a 1940s’ style radio broadcast with thematic music, dramatic performances, live sound effects and even commercials.

Q:  One of the great things about radio dramas, and radio in general, is that you aren’t required to physically perform because no one sees you.  But this show will have a theater audience.  How does this show gain and keep the attention of a visual audience?

This is a backstage look at a radio broadcast filled with comedy from the actors, filled with many harried moments that come with a live broadcast.  Audiences can expect to see live sound effects created on stage, actors playing multiple roles against type, and the general melodrama that produces nothing but laughter.  We have women lowering their voices to play men, adults playing children and many more surprises in store for the audience.

The show is filled with dramatic underscoring and theatrical lighting that keeps an audience at the edge of their seat.  Also, having a well-adapted script by award-winning playwright Joe Landry helps.  Landry has cleverly adapted these classic works from Hitchcock, including “The Lodger,” “Sabotage,” and “The 39 Steps” into radio plays that are designed to thrill a live audience.

Q:  What makes storyteller Alfred Hitchcock’s early plays ideal for this entertainment format, as opposed to other works?

The mystery or thriller broadcasts of the ’30s and ’40s were very popular with listeners and Hitchcock’s suspense thrillers are a perfect representation of this genre. There are many other works, including “War of the Worlds,” that work well as a live radio play. Most theatergoers are more connected and familiar with Hitchcock’s work, and that connection helps the material translate on stage more effectively to a modern audience.
Later Event: October 16
Vintage Hitchcock a Live Radio Play