2016 was a keen year for the kids at T.R.T. Along with our successful season of sold-out home-shows, at the historical Surf Lodge here on Gabriola, we also built a website, made a promo video, got ourselves our own TRT jingle, finally bought the coveted ring generator to make that ol’ 1940’s phone ring right on stage and…David turned us into a cartoon!
Throughout the summer we worked up our road show and were delighted to perform it for the very first time in the posh Charlie White Theatre at the Mary Winspear Centre in Sidney, B.C.
In the fall we collaborated with Crimson Coast Dance Society and many generous and hard-working volunteers to put on a retro themed joint fundraiser, the likes of which Nanaimo had never seen! It was a wonderful evening full of radio theatre, swing dancing, and all sorts of 40’s themed fun. Check out these photos from our photo booth. Kudos to David Botten for creating this wonderful Packard convertible facade.
As the months flew by we purchased and built many new sound effects and props to make the show all-that-much-more fun. And as if we weren’t blessed enough, many of our friends gave us glorious vintage gifts: an actual vintage radio, incredibly classic and classy costume pieces, a whole set of Old Time Radio cassette tapes and a well-loved retro suitcase to haul all our FX from town to town. T.R.T. has the best friends! We are incredibly lucky…and very grateful for your generosity!
We capped off the year by playing 4 sold out shows at the 5-star Oak Bay Beach Hotel over the Christmas season, performing our last show on Christmas Eve! This hotel offers the ultimate in luxury and service, folks and the cast of TRT can attest to that and more. They created such a beautiful festive ambiance for their guests and treated us so well we never wanted to leave.
So…what are our New Year’s resolutions you ask?
Why…to cherish our friends, to keep the entertainment coming and to introduce the art of Old Time Radio Theatre to a whole new generation of listeners.
Thanks to all the radio theatre fans for giving us such a wonderful year. All the best for a healthy and joyful 2017!
Kath, Chris, David and Tina