Radio plays share the fun of old-time radio shows, the leading form of entertainment in the 1940s. These purely acoustic performances of dramatized stories were broadcast on the radio. Entire families would gather around the radio to catch their favorite program or go on a grand adventure. Who didn't love listening to the actors as they solved mysteries or told tales that made us laugh and sometimes cry?
Radio plays take the fun and drama of radio shows to the stage. On stage "radio actors" portray the characters in the story. Actors dress in costumes and, rather than moving around on a set, stand in front of microphones and/or podiums using their voice and facial expressions to tell the story. Sound effects and radio jingles add action, mood, and humor.
The Galena Center for the Arts presents radio plays a few times each year.