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Second Stage Players present unearthed scripts



The Golden Age of radio returns to Oklahoma for one night. The Second Stage Players, a senior theater group at Performing Arts Studio, will take the stage at 7 p.m. Friday at the Santa Fe Depot, 200 S. Jones in Norman. The group has unearthed three scripts from "Old Time Radio Mystery Theater" and will re-broadcast the suspenseful shows for live audiences.

The Second Stage Players formed in 2005, and specialize in radio scripts, interpretive readings and single-act plays. What began as five seniors has grown into a larger group, and all the members are over the age of 60.

The evening of suspense will include "The Hitchhiker," "The House in Cypress Canyon" and "Zero Hour." Director Ina St. John said the entertainment value mixed with a sense of nostalgia make the show a unique experience.

"People just love to be reminded of the days when they were huddled in their kitchens listening to the radio and all the shows they loved," she said.

But even if listeners weren't alive during the radio era, St. John said last year's Halloween performance reached out to all generations. Since mystery and suspense are the primary elements of these radio scripts, audiences of all ages can develop a more personal connection with the stories.

"The Hitchhiker" is about a man who is drives down a remote road and sees a hitchhiker near an overpass. Somehow, the driver sees the same hitchhiker every few miles ahead, even when he stops for gas. When the driver learns his mother is in trouble, he discovers the hitchhiker might be more than just a homeless man in need of a ride.

"The House in Cypress Canyon" tells the story of a couple's experiences in their new home. Following the lines of a classic horror tale, the narrative leads the listener through a discovery of the old house's secrets.

In "Zero Hour," a little girl discovers an alien in her mother's rose garden, and wishes to follow the creature's every demand. Mom finds out when the daughter expresses the alien's wish to destroy every adult on the planet.

Adult tickets are $7 in advance or $10 at the door. Senior tickets are $7, children's are $3. For more information, call 307-9320.

"?Paige Lawler


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