Old Time Radio

OTA is auditioning! Be a part of the “Twilight Zone” of Old Time Radio: “QUIET, PLEASE” OTA’s Old Time Radio season will continue with episodes from “Quiet, Please,” a radio program from the 1940s. Similar to anthology series like “The Twilight Zone,” the episodes are each stand-alone radio plays with different stories, characters, themes, etc. The program, also similar in feel to The Twilight Zone, has a cult following with fans all over who have curated the surviving recordings and transcribed scripts (click HERE for the fan site).

Perhaps most importantly for actors is that this is readers’ theatre – actors do not need to memorize lines! Also, age and appearance of actors is irrelevant – it’s the voice characterization that counts. Open auditions will be held via Zoom on Tuesday, September 15th at 6:30 p.m. Auditioners not able to make those dates are welcome to set up alternative dates with the production team.

Interested auditioners should contact OTA at volunteers@olympictheatrearts.org for more information, zoom link, and to receive script samples in advance.

The first few shows are planned to be recorded preferably before Halloween with the rest running into mid-November. Shows would most likely be recorded as they are ready on OTA’s main stage, with social distancing and health safety measures in place. Performance and recording conditions are subject to change according to instructions from public health officials.

OTA is casting for the following:
“Nothing behind the door” – The original first episode and a good introduction to the series style and tone, it’s a story of a bank robber who underestimates the truth of a scientist’s statement about what’s behind a locked door.
Ross: Adult Male or Female. Recounting an incident as he would to warn someone of something horrible. Average intellect.
Astronomer: Adult Male or Female. Think Neil DeGrasse Tyson or Carl Sagan. Very intelligent, but not superior in attitude.
Aldo Manucci: Adult Male – possible Brooklyn accent. Not very bright. Can read, but it doesn’t come easy to him. Follower.
Hugh Grant: Adult Male (Not THAT Hugh Grant.) – Thuggish tough guy. Not very bright. Leader.

“A ribbon of Lincoln green” – Timed for Veterans Day, a story about WWII with a great mythological twist about an English officer who receives some super-natural help in holding down a position so others can be saved.
Captain Hood: Adult Male – American accent. He was a soldier fighting with the British in the early days of World War II. He is remembering an incident that happened during the battle of Calais, possibly recounting the incident as he would to a psychiatrist. In the flashbacks, he is tired and somewhat injured.
Marion: Adult Female – English accent. She is the Maid Marion of the story of Robin Hood, brought forth in the flesh to help the British fight against the Germans. She is in love with Capt. Hood.
Alan-a-Dale: Adult Male – English accent. Also of the Robin Hood legend. He is a minstrel, so his voice should be pleasant, almost musical. In the same battle against the Germans.
Major Forsythe: Adult Male – English Accent. British Officer who has been gravely injured in the battle.
Man 1, 2, and 3: Adult Males – 1 and 2 have American accents, 3 is English/Scottish/Irish. To be voiced by (in no particular order) Alan, Forsythe and the Foley Artist.
Nothing Behind the Door and A Ribbon of Lincoln Green will be directed by Ron Graham.

“Three Sides to a Story” explores each character’s view of a noir-ish “love” triangle that ends tragically for all three.
The roles: Victor: a retired doctor confined to a wheelchair
Frances: his young wife
Clyde: the young handyman

“I Have Been Looking For You” follows a Man and Woman who have loved each other from afar, never meeting until . . . .
The roles: Man: a veteran and business man who has lived his solitary life in search of his boyhood love
Woman: a dream-like presence who has guided Man’s fortunes from afar until fate brings them together
Three Side of a Story and I Have Been Looking for You will be directed by Steve Rodeman.

“Don’t tell me about Halloween” – Themed for the holiday and more light-hearted, the story is a comedy about a man who marries one of the original Salem witches and is given eternal life so long as he remains married to her, and she only shows up once a year on Halloween, so how hard can that be?

“The man who knew everything” – Another quirky episode – a comedy about a man who, literally, knows everything, including the unfortunate circumstances that are awaiting you, the listener, if he’d only get around to telling you how to save yourself in time.
Here’s what director Dan DePrez says about these two shows: “I was a big fan of old-time radio when I was a kid I still love the idea of a movie in my mind that only I can see; that’s what radio drama is about to me. I wasn’t familiar with “Quiet Please” before OTA found it. Radio, to me, is perfect for horror and suspense. The Halloween script is standard radio drama but it has a nasty bite that I hope we can bring out.
“Of the main characters, Craig should sound experienced, world-weary and anxious, while Candace should be both unmovable and sexy. The contrast between her “loving” comments and her domination of others should be as striking as possible. The only special talent Alicia requires is to sound good sobbing uncontrollably in the background. I’m planning on using the same actor as both “Announcer” and as the Forest Ranger, so I’ll ask to hear each actor’s “announcer” voice.”