The Arts Partnership of Greater Hancock County is pleased to present The Red, White and Blue Radio Hour, featuring Youtheatre’s production of “Sam Spade — The Flopsy Mopsy and the Cottontail Caper.”
The performance is at 7 p.m. on Thursday, June 12 at the Fort Findlay Playhouse. Admission is $5 at the door. In addition, a Youtheatre Alumni Night, an opportunity for current and former Youtheatre members to gather for an evening of fellowship and improvisation activities, will follow the performance.
The following local youth in grades 4 through 12 are involved as cast and technical crew: Shelby Blair, Landon Bott, Mason Clouse, Jonah Crafts, Jack Detmer, Paige Eisaman, Jenny Fleck, Jeremy Gobrogge, Trey Hall, Lily Keller, Mya Lunguy, Shea McMaster, Andrew Pueschel, Courtney Rinesmith, Lauren Selhorst, Kirsten Selhorst, Landon Smith and Suzi Zuver.
Julie Lane and Craig VanRenterghem are the directors of the production. Merv Schrock is technical director, Zach Thomas is accompanist, Cathy Williams is costumer, Denis Rodriguez is sound technician, and Peggy Grandbois is producer.
“Sam Spade — The Flopsy Mopsy and the Cottontail Caper” tells a humorous tale involving Dashiell Hammett’s classic detective, Sam Spade. This time reluctantly paired with another detective, Fritz Crockett, Sam attempts to solve his next case involving eccentric clients, a rabbit costume and, as always, his trusty secretary, Effie.
This production is being performed in the style of readers’ theatre. The actors and actresses read from their scripts, thus emphasizing the spoken words which are enhanced by incorporating live sound effects also performed on stage. Those attending the performance will experience a time gone by when imagination was key to the radio shows of the 1930s and 1940s. This unique project provides the Youtheatre students involved an opportunity to learn how old-time radio shows were produced, including how to make and incorporate live sound effects.
The performance will be before a live audience and also aired live on WFIN.
The Red, White and Blue Radio Hour is produced in conjunction with WFIN and the Fort Findlay Playhouse. In addition, the program received support from the Charles J. Younger Fund & the Allan H. Davis Fund of the Findlay-Hancock County Community Foundation.
All current Youtheatre members, as well as alumni members are encouraged to attend, as an “Alumni Night” will follow the performance, featuring improv games and activities, snacks and opportunity for fellowship and to reminisce.
The Arts Partnership is located at 618 S. Main St., Findlay. Summer office hours are 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday.
For more information, contact The Arts Partnership Box Office by calling 419-422-4624 or visit www.artspartnership.com.
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