Those of us who were born a little too late to experience the  good old days of OTR (Old Time Radio) first hand will still be familiar with the movie ‘A Christmas Story’ and Ralphie’s  ongoing quest for his much anticipated Little Orphan Annie decoder ring. During the Orphan Annie show the announcer would read the mystery code and if you were a member of her secret club and had her decoder ring you could decipher the secret message for the evening. What fun!

Well…Twilight Radio Theatre is ALL ABOUT fun! And just to take it one-step-of-fun further we have thrown in a prize as well! So…during all Twilight Radio Theatre LIVE shows our announcer will be reading the TRT mystery code and those audience members with a TRT Secret Decoder Wheel can decipher the message for a chance to win 2 Season Passes to see Twilight Radio Theatre at The Surf Lodge on Gabriola.

Now…how do you get this TRT Secret Decoder Wheel you ask? Become a member of the TRT Fan Club by sending a self-addressed, stamped envelope to TRT. It is that easy! Twilight Radio Theatre will then send you the entire membership kit: the TRT secret decoder wheel, cartoon fridge magnet and official membership certificate.

Watch our TRT Fan Club Video for the address and a free bonus code.

Remember…our first shows of the 2018/2019 season will be October 24th and 25th at the Surf Lodge. Be sure to send in for your TRT Fan Club membership today in order to have your TRT Secret Decoder Wheel in hand. Each show is a chance to win!

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!Twilight Radio Theatre 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.

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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.

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As the months flew by we purchased and built many new sound effects and props to make the show all-that-much-more fun. sfx-011 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!

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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 offe15665711_1094813410627133_1497119664619214255_nrs 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

 

That moment when the lights go down, a hush falls…and we are transported to a magical time when radio drama ruled the airwaves! Twilight Radio Theatre delivers the goods! Can’t wait for the next show! – Donna Deacon

Who would have thought radio could be so visually rich. Twilight Radio Theatre is a uniquely entertaining experience. The superb acting, along with wonderful costume and set detail, truly brings the historical time and characters of their story to life,
with much laughter and an occasional emotional sniffle as well. – Shannon Gresham

Thoroughly enjoyed last night’s Twilight Radio Theatre production. I could have closed my eyes more often and listened as though it was only the radio, but then I would have missed the action on the stage! It was great entertainment and we really enjoyed ourselves. – Lynne Young

What a professional fun gang!! To see them up close and personal! I laugh every time when I go to see this gang’s radio show. They are truly uplifting. Everyone needs…and I mean NEEDS to see them share their amazing gifts of Live Stage Arts!! – Sharma Ray Goldman

This amazing group of peeps are awesome entertainment and a super fun night out! We always have the BEST time when we go to the Twilight Radio Theatre shows. All four performers are talented individuals and when you put them all together it’s MAGIC! – Tammy Hudgeon

What is Twilight Radio Theatre?

In a time before computers, cell phones and wifi…before the concept of television had even been born; the ringleader of the nation’s imagination was a little box, the centerpiece of every home – the wireless radio. And at the end of every day, just as twilight approached, families would settle in their chairs and listen in awe as fiction came to life on programs like Suspense, Escape and The Shadow. This was the Golden Age of Radio.

The mind’s eye was all that was needed, as the listeners were magically transported – absolutely anywhere – simply by using props and shoes to create the right background sound effects. This painting with sound – the reproduction of breaking glass, footsteps and creaking doors – came to be named the Art of Foley (named after its pioneer, Jack Foley.) It was this inventive artistry that inspired the audience members to be drawn in, to create their own unique experience and to become an integral part of the show.

Now…imagine that you are a fly on the wall, in a live radio sound stage of yesteryear, not only listening as the actors perform multiple voices but also bearing witness as the cast, dressed in period costume, simultaneously slam doors, crumple tissue and create footsteps, setting a grand stage for your imagination. This, Ladies and Gentlemen, is Twilight Radio Theatre!