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SCC to Offer Three Nights of Radio Suspense Theatre

Radio Suspense Theatre - The next episodeTickets for Somerset Community College (SCC) Theatres fall production Radio Suspense Theatre: The Next Episode go on sale Monday, November 7, 2016 at noon. An additional performance has been added to this seasons run of the popular series due to high demand for tickets. The play will take place in SCCs Stoner Little Theatre on Thursday, Friday and Saturday; November 17, 18 and 19. Curtain time for all performances is 8 p.m. Stoner Little Theatre is located in Stoner Hall on the SCC Somerset North Campus at 808 Monticello Street, Somerset.

Before the performances of Radio Suspense Theatre, audiences can view the student exhibit on display in East End Gallery in the Stoner building. The exhibit is titled The Picture Show and will be on display from November 10 through December 20. A reception for the student artists will be held on November 17 from 5:30 to 7 p.m. and is free and open to all.

Tickets for Radio Suspense Theatre: The Next Episode are $5 when purchased in advance at SCCs box office, which is located on the first floor of the Stoner Building just down the hall from the Little Theatre, or by calling (606) 451-6766. General admission is $7 at the door. Tickets will go on sale on Monday, November 7. The box office is open Monday through Friday from noon to 3 p.m. Cash, check or credit cards are accepted for all advance sales. Door sales are cash or check only.

You will be able to enjoy Radio Suspense Theatres next episode even if you didn't see last seasons storyline opener, explains SCC Theatre Director and author of the play series, Steve Cleberg. In fact, last years Radio Suspense Theatre: The First Episode was the last play that was written for the series.

Cleberg penned the first episode of his popular play series as a prequel to the series that he began writing in 1998.

About 25 years ago, I was working in the theatre building a set for an upcoming production of Three Men on a Horse. As I worked, I listened to various recordings from the 1930s to help me get a feel for the time period of the play, said Cleberg. I was struck by an old LP (record) I found in the college library entitled The Golden Age of Radio.

Cleberg said he listened to many of the old radio dramas of the period and was fascinated by how these old recordings stuck inside his head. He couldn't help but wonder if there wasn't a way that this could be translated to the live stage. That summer, Cleberg wrote a play that included two radio dramas from the golden age of radio drama and incorporated a back story that revealed the lives of the actors who performed the radio drama.

My actors became my material, Cleberg said of the writing process. I put together a backstage story that ran through the radio program itself. Actual events of the people with whom I worked were woven into the action. There was a fine line between the actors and the roles they played.

The audience witnesses the characters prepare for the performance. They come to know these characters before they go on the air. The unique style of storytelling became coupled with a revelation of how actors use themselves and their technique to create the illusion of radio theatre, explained Cleberg.

In all, Cleberg has written seven episodes of Radio Suspense Theatre. Two episodes are published with Playscripts, Inc. The publications have met with broad popularity and the series is now produced in theatres across the United States.

For further information regarding tickets for Radio Suspense Theatre, contact SCC Theatre assistant Sommer Schoch at 451-6766 or by email at Sommer.Schoch@kctcs.edu.

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