Tune in to Old Time Radio Saturday @ Manchester

Members of the WREP players present a recreation of a live old-time radio show during a program held on Dec. 15 at the Toms River branch of the Ocean County Library.

Members of the WREP players present a recreation of a live old-time radio show during a program held on Dec. 15 at the Toms River branch of the Ocean County Library.

 

TOMS RIVER If you remember the days when radio was the center of home entertainment, or if you wish you had experienced those days, you will probably enjoy a program by the WREP Players set for 2 p.m. Saturday at the Manchester branch of the Ocean County Library.

WREP are a group of performers who bring a recreation of what live radio play drama was all about. The group provides a glimpse back into the world of live radio through original scripts written during the heyday of radio shows.

More than 40 people enjoyed their program on the afternoon of Dec. 15 at Mancini Hall at the Toms River branch of the Ocean County Library.

WREP Players said that their group pays homage to many shows that define the era when radio was the most powerful media going.

Eight members of the group of breathed life back into classic comedies and dramas and took the Mancini Hall stage. 

The first adventure they presented was “The Green Hornet” in the case of “The Corpse That Wasn’t a Corpse.’’

Other dramas in the two hour program included a holiday themed episode of the crime drama “Dragnet” and the comedy “Baby Snooks and Daddy.’’

In addition to providing voices, performers also handled the special sound effects including a miniature door for a door slam, popping a balloon for a gun shot and a spray can was used to replicate the sound of the Green Hornet’s signature gas gun.

Other radio programs that WREP recreates include “The Lone Ranger,” “Life of Riley,” and “Easy Aces.”

Ocean County Library Special Events Coordinator Scott Rodas said that WREP visits the library several times a year and that they always draw a large crowd at any branch they are present at.

Rodas said that during the fall their recreation of Orson Welles 1938 version of “War of The Worlds” that scared the nation was a big hit.

“A lot of people enjoyed that program,’’ Rodas said.

Saturday’s program will feature “The Green Hornet”, “Dragnet” and “Baby Snooks and Daddy” the same show as Dec. 15, so for those who missed it, you have another chance to see how old radio shows were done. For those that would like to see it again, you’ll have a second chance.

Members of the WREP players present a recreation of a live old-time radio show. Re-enactments for a program to be held at 2 pm at the Manchester branch of the Ocean County Library include “The Green Hornet,’’ “Dragnet,’’ and “Baby Snooks and Daddy.’’

Members of the WREP players present a recreation of a live old-time radio show. Re-enactments for a program to be held at 2 pm at the Manchester branch of the Ocean County Library include “The Green Hornet,’’ “Dragnet,’’ and “Baby Snooks and Daddy.’’

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