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Original ‘Wartime Radio’ shows at Hope United Church will resonate with Remembrance Day

Hope United 035In commemoration of Remembrance Day, an original play, “The War Time Radio Show” will run at East York’s Hope United Church auditorium over the weekend of November 10, 11 and 12 again this year.

Presented by The Hope United Players, the historical drama was written and directed by Brian Stevens, the student minister at Hope United.  It will run at 7:30 pm on the Friday and on Remembrance Day and there will be a Sunday matinee at 2 p.m. on the 12th.

Mr. Stevens wrote the show in 1999 based on the history CFCY Radio in Charlottetown PEI but he has since adapted it to include East Toronto references.  Set in 1944, the performance showing how radio was produced and utilized during the Second World War era features jingles, comedy sketches, news reports, a Salada Tea contest, and “Letters Across Waves” composed for loved ones fighting overseas.

All of the names of the characters in the show are real people who worked in radio in the 1940’s.  As part of the production you will hear familiar songs such as “We’ll Meet Again”, “Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy” and “White Cliffs of Dover” and including sing-along tunes such as “Bless ‘Em All”, “Pack Up Your Troubles” and “Lilli Marlene”.

Ticket price are $15 for adults, $12 for Seniors and students or $40 for a family of four. Tickets are available in advance through www.HopeUnited.ca or by calling 416-691-9682 and should also still be available at the door.

(This article also appears in our  Remembrance Day Salute section  with a guide to Remembrance Day ceremonies and more!)

 

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