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Halloween tales get radio drama treatment

Staff report

The Good Humor Radio Hour will present Halloween-inspired tales for its next production.

“Haunted Youngstown — Ghastly Ghost Stories” features four stories directed by Youngstown State University adjunct faculty member Randall Brammer that are presented in the style of the radio dramas popular nearly a century ago. It features live actors on old-time radio microphones including live sound effects and music.

Performers include Kira Walker, Columbus; Zander Markman, Amherst, Wis.; Brenda Zyvith, Youngstown; Katie Gennaro, Youngstown; David Robich, Poland; David Leach, Poland Michael Hill, Canfield; Bill Ploskodniak, Niles; Tom Patton, Salem; Douglas Campbell, Ohioville, Pa.; Jay Lilley, Niles; Gary Rhamy, Youngstown; Aaron Graneto, Canfield; Michael Houy, Poland; Meredith Pallo, Sharpsville, Pa.; and Alex Marker.

The shows featured in this production are:

“Ghost Hunt” — Mrs. Thorpe is trying to flip a house she owns that no one wants to buy. As a marketing ploy, Realtor Mrs. MacDonald enlists radio DJ Smiley Smith and parapsychologist Dr. Reed to spend the night in the house to see if it really is haunted and broadcast their experience for the listeners. The results are terrifying when Mrs. Thorpe and Mrs. MacDonald come back the next morning to check on the men and see things have gone terribly wrong.

“The Ghost Who Came To Dinner” — Simona Templar has been invited to a dinner party at a house on the outskirts of Youngstown and has hired Louie to drive her out there. They become detective partners, of sorts, when they end up stumbling upon a murder in the very spooky looking house. The question is, was the murderer a human or a ghost?

“The Dark” — A doctor and paramedic are called to a house to help someone who has been hurt in some way. It is seemingly another routine night at work until they reach the very unsuspecting house. However, once they get inside, they discover horrors no one could have never imagined. The question is, will they be able to get out alive?

“Halloween Sound Story” — The sound effects crew and orchestra will take the audience on an auditory ride through one of the haunted houses. The audience will hear various sound effects from the array of characters and creatures that inhabit the house.

Performances are scheduled at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday at Butler North, 530 Wick Ave., Youngstown. Admission is free, but tickets are required and can be reserved by calling the YSU theater box office at 330-941-3105.

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