F.A.C.T. production opens Thursday
Fairfield Area Community Theatre’s production of “The 1940s Radio Hour” by Walton Jones opens at 7:30 p.m. Thursday at the Fairfield Arts & Convention Center’s Stephen Sondheim Center for the Performing Arts.
The show continues at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday and at 2 p.m. Sunday.
“The 1940s Radio Hour” will transport the audience back in time with a big band, vocalists and actual 1940s radio commercials.
The show is about a live radio broadcast of “The Mutual Manhattan Variety Cavalcade” on Dec. 21, 1942, from the Hotel Astor’s Algonquin Room. The spirit of that bygone era when the world was at war and pop music meant “Strike Up the Band” and “Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy” is accurately captured as the harassed producer copes with a drunk lead singer, the delivery boy who wants a chance in front of the microphone, the second banana who dreams of singing a ballad, and the trumpet playing sound effects man who chooses a fighter plane over Glenn Miller.
The cast includes Dee Ann Lantz as Ann Collier; Fred Hucke as Johnny Cantone; Mary Rose Kitch as Geneva Lee Browne; Michael Gookin as Biff Baker;
Heather Wiges as Connie Miller; David Owen as B.J. Gibson, Sam Spicer at Neal Tilden, Coren Hucke as Wally Fergusson; Tom Voorhees as Clifton A. Feddington;
Bill Grunwald as Pops Bailey; Julie Wietrich as Lavern; Betty Mayer as Betty; Joe Phipps as Stanley and Erin Shriver as Shirley.
Local radio personalities will have cameo appearances.
The artistic directors are Tim Lantz and John Grunwald. The musical director is Jim Edgeton.
Tickets for the show are $15; $12 for students and are available at the convention center box office or the website www.fairfieldacc.com.