Save the Dates :
TRT’s 2018/2019 Season at the Surf Lodge
October 24th & 25th, 2018 – Halloween Show
December 12th & 13th, 2018 – Christmas Show
February 6th & 7th, 2019 – Valentine’s Show
April 10th & 11th, 2019 – Spring Show
April 4th & 5th 2018
Twilight Radio Theatre’s Spring Show 2018
If you are a fan of Old Time Radio you will be holding your breath as the bell tolls midnight, awaiting the greatest horror series on the airwaves: Lights out…everybody! On April 4th and 5th, at The Surf Lodge, Twilight Radio Theatre will breathe life into one of the creepiest episodes of the series, “It Happened”; an unbelievable tale of a spoiled brat who is kidnapped and finds herself in the long-forgotten sewer tunnels of Paris. What happens next will make you shudder!
But fret not; there will be no nightmares for you, as T.R.T. always likes to go out with a giggle. The second act features a side-splitting episode of Duffy’s Tavern that has Archie embracing a new medium: Television, by writing a TV script for Mickey Rooney. Flinging phrases around with a cheerful disregard for grammar, “Cecile B. DeArchie” manages to insult the Hollywood star at every turn.
April’s show marks the end of Twilight Radio Theatre’s 3rd season and is therefore your last chance to win Season passes for next year. Simply send a self-addressed, stamped envelope to T.R.T. at 694 Dogwood Cres., Gabriola, V0R 1X4 to receive your fan club kit with secret decoder wheel. Then… come to the show!
Showtime is 7:30pm, tickets are $20 and are available from North Road Sports and The Surf Lodge. Ticket-holders may call 250-247-9231 for pre-show dinner reservations.
February 7th & 8th 2018
Twilight Radio Theatre’s Valentine’s Show 2018
For The Love of Old Time Radio
The Twilight Radio Theatre gang is chomping at the bit to get back to the Surf Sound Stage! With their full complement of Foley sound effects, musical instruments, and of course their vast array of vocal talents, Chris Jans, David Botten, Adam Kerby and Tina Jones will bring you a Valentine’s O.T.R. triple feature.
First up: The Whistler – “Phone Call from Death”. It’s an intriguing tale of a “love triangle” punctuated by…murder. The second segment will be an epic adventure show: Challenge of the Yukon; in which Sergeant Preston of the Northwest Mounted Police, along with his wonder-dog King, set out to determine if love can prevail in “Her Weight in Gold”. Wrapping up our triple-feature, TRT brings you a comedic and heart-warming story from The Life of Riley – “A Valentine Locket”. Add in some classic commercials and of course the occasional blooper and you’re in for a full evening of top-drawer entertainment!
There are only 2 shows left in the season, so be sure to get your TRT Fan Club membership and secret decoder wheel for a chance to win 2 season passes! Just send a self-addressed, stamped envelope to 694 Dogwood Crescent, Gabriola BC, V0R-1X4 to receive your fan-club package!
Shows are at the Surf Lodge, Feb. 7th and 8th, 7:30 PM. Tickets $20, available at North Road Sports or The Surf. Please call (250) 247-9231 for pre-show dinner reservations.
December 5th, 6th and 7th 2017
Twilight Radio Theatre’s Christmas Show
Great Bouncing Icebergs!
T.R.T. Presents Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer!
“Could it be that some of you are not acquainted with the story of Rudolph? Well, pull up an ice block and lend an ear” to Twilight Radio Theatre. Just as sure as Kris Kringle is the king of jing-ga-ling, this timeless tale of a little misfit who transforms into a beloved hero will warm your heart and fill you with Holiday cheer.
Prepare yourself for a holly-jolly evening as Chris Jans, Kathy McIntyre, David Botten, Adam Kerby and special guest Tina Jones bring you a live, musical, Old-Time-Radio adaptation of the classic television special that has made The-Most-Famous-Reindeer-of-All a household name.
Show-times are 7:30pm December 5th, 6th and 7th at The Surf Lodge on Gabriola and Tickets are $20-. So while you are out at the Village getting all of your “life-sustaining supplies: cornmeal and gun powder and ham-hocks and guitar strings,” be sure to “mush…don’t y’ understand North Pole talk? Mush!” to The Surf or North Road Sports to get your Twilight Radio tickets; because there’ll be “a pile-up a mile wide behind you!”
Ticket holders can make pre-show dinner reservations by calling The Surf Lodge at 250-247-9321.
October 25th and 26th 2017
Twilight Radio Theatre’s Halloween Show
Hold On To Your Hat! Twilight Radio Theatre is at it Again!
Those of us who were born a little too late to experience the good old days of 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 Fan Club Membership and the decoder ring that came with it. Oh what fun they had in the old days!
Well…Twilight Radio Theatre is ALL ABOUT fun and now we have our very own T.R.T. Fan Club as well! Starting this season, during all our T.R.T. LIVE shows our announcer will read the T.R.T. mystery code and T.R.T. Fan Club members, with their Secret T.R.T. Decoder Wheel, can decipher the message for a chance to win 2 Season Passes! Just send a self-addressed, stamped envelope to:
Twilight Radio Theatre
694 Dogwood Crescent
For Halloween we present two live radio dramas. The Castle Lavoca is a macabre tale rife with spine-chilling live sound effects and…back by popular demand – The Great Gildersleeve in a heap of Halloween hi-jinks.
Our first shows of the season will be at 7:30pm October 25th and 26th at the Surf Lodge. Tickets are $20 and available at North Road Sports and The Surf Lodge and Pub. Call 250-247-9231 for pre-show dinner reservations.
April 19th and 20th 2017
Twilight Radio Theatre’s Spring Show
Calling all Detectives! There will be a murder!
Twilight Radio Theatre presents its tribute to the hard-boiled detectives of Old Time Radio. Of all the genres of radio drama nothing is quite so memorable as the cracking-wise of the ground-breaking sleuths of the wireless. The slang of those gritty gumshoes is legendary; spitting out more metaphors and similes than a fledgling poet at a Shakespeare convention.
April 19th and 20th T.R.T. will perform 3 back-to-back mysteries. Candy Matson and Pat Novak will whet your appetite for intrigue like a dark alley begs for a crime; but Murder Will Out will draw the audience in like a barker at a carnival side-show. Each night, 3 members of our studio audience will be invited to try to unravel the clues as they watch the show; ultimately matching wits with their fellow contestants to compete for prizes!
And just when you thought things couldn’t get any more exciting…Twilight Radio Theatre is thrilled to announce the debut of our newest cast member, the incomparable Adam Kerby. Although Adam is new to Gabriola; by now, most islanders know him as one half of Mad For Joy. What you didn’t know is that he is a graduate of both the Vancouver Film School and the VCC School of music. Adam is not only an exceptional voice over artist, but a gifted singer, multi-instrumentalist and music teacher as well! So there! TRT is over-the-moon to have him.
With all of this fun afoot, the Surf Lodge is bound to be packed like Robert’s Place during a power-outage; so we urge you to race to get your tickets like you are trying to catch a Monday-morning-ferry on a summer long weekend.
Tickets are $20 and are available at The Surf and North Road Sports. Show-time is 7:30pm. Ticket-holders please call 250-247-9231 for pre-show dinner reservations.
February 8th & 9th 2017
Twilight Radio Theatre’s Valentine’s Show
Twilight Radio Theatre Wishes Gabriola a Happy New Year!
What is our New Year’s resolution you ask? Why…to introduce the art of Old Time Radio Theatre to a whole new generation of listeners…of course.
By now there will be very few Gabriolans who are unaware of what Radio Theatre is. But just in-case, here is the skinny. Twilight Radio Theatre offers you a chance to play “the audience” in a live recreation of a 1940s radio sound-stage. Period costumes, live sound effects and quirky vintage commercials are all part of this keen retro package. You may even see cast members talk to themselves as they play multiple character voices. Brother, it’s a situation ripe for bloopers…and an absolute gas!
Thanks to all the faithful Gabriolans who have been keeping radio theatre alive and to those daring guys and gals who come to the show decked out in period costume. You make us flip our lid!
February’s production begins with Ozzie Nelson trying desperately to find an unusual Valentine’s gift for Harriet and is wrapped up by the detective duo, Nick and Nora, in Adventures of the Thin Man, a series filled with dry wit and mystery.
To experience this “theatre of the mind” for yourself and enjoy all it’s fun its magic, join us February 8th & 9th at The Surf Lodge and let your imagination run wild as you journey back in time with Twilight Radio Theatre. Both shows start at 7:30 pm. Tickets are $20, available at North Road Sports and the Surf Lodge and Pub. Call 250-247-9231 for pre-show dinner reservations. See you in the funny papers, kids.
Dec 16 & 17, 23 & 24
A White Christmas at The Oak Bay Beach Hotel
Dinner Show: Twilight Radio Theatre – A White Christmas
Join us as we experience a heartwarming radio play adaptation of the movie musical “White Christmas” go “live on air” to the radio sound-stage of the 1950s. This festive show includes live sound effects and songs from the movie, plus another seasonal radio play comedy classic: Sleigh Ride.
With your full Dinner Show experience, enjoy a three course dinner consisting of a starter, entree and dessert served at your table in the Oak Bay Beach Hotel’s beautifully appointed David Foster Foundation Theatre. After dinner, it is time to sit back and enjoy the show.
Roast winter squash and cranberry salad with young greens, shaved apple and cider vinaigrette
Traditional roast turkey with bread stuffing and garlic whipped potatoes, brussels sprouts sautéed with bacon, thyme gravy and cranberry sauce
Christmas pudding with vanilla and brandy hard sauce
Tickets are $94 per person + taxes.
For more information visit TRT at Oak Bay Beach Hotel or to make a reservation call 250.598.4556.
December 7th and 8th 2016
TRT’s Christmas Show at The Surf Lodge
Twilight Radio Theatre presents White Christmas, with music by Irving Berlin.
Twilight Radio Theatre kicks off the Holiday season with two heartwarming radio plays. To get you all warmed up for the main event, TRT brings you the jolly comedy classic: The Sleigh Ride. This episode of My Favorite Husband brings back some of our favourite characters and introduces hilarious new ones; as Liz Cooper strives to create some holiday cheer by gathering carollers for a trip to fetch a yule log.
And then, with the warm glow of yule-tide in your hearts, you can sit back and listen to a wonderful radio adaptation of the 1954 musical romantic-comedy, White Christmas. This festive show will include live sound effects, songs from the movie and maybe a feather fan or two! What better way to feature the vocal (and fan-dance) talents of TRT’s fabulous cast of characters, Kathy McIntyre, Tina Jones, David Botten and Chris Jans?
The beloved and historic Surf Lodge is the perfect place to recreate the ambiance of a rustic ski lodge; where two successful song and dance men and a couple of talented sisters, create a grand Christmas show, as a big-hearted goodwill gesture, to help out the fella’s favorite commanding officer.
Dinner reservations for Cabaret Seating prior to the performance at The Surf will be at a premium. Best to get your tickets early and then call 250-247-9231 to reserve your seat for this spectacular seasonal TRT event!
Save the dates: Wednesday, Dec 7th and Thursday, December 8th. Both shows start at 7:30 PM. Tickets are $20, available at North Road Sports and the Surf Lodge and Pub.
October 26th and 27th 2016
TRT’s Halloween Show at The Surf Lodge
Halloween is just around the corner, and the gang at Twilight Radio Theatre are gearing up for it, as usual. If you haven’t seen this talented troupe perform, now’s your chance to take in their performancesof classic radio shows from the days before television ruled the airwaves. This time TRT will be mounting a triple-bill, presenting three vintage old-time radio plays from the Golden Age of Radio.
From “Suspense”comes a tale of cryptic carnival carnage that features a ventriloquist and his sinister side-kick. “The Inner Sanctum” provides us with a macabre story of a man haunted by something in his past…or is it someone? To lighten up the mood, “Ozzie and Harriet” will bring home their own version of a “Haunted House” – with laughs galore, and not a speck of gore.
The Surf Lodge will once again be the backdrop for TRT’s Halloween hi-jinks, so save the dates: October 26th and 27th, shows start at 7:30pm, tickets are $20 available in advance from North Road Sports and the Surf Lodge and Pub. Make sure you get your tickets early, as Twilight Radio Theatre’s Halloween productions are a perennial favourite!
October 2nd and 3rd 2016
October Ferries to Gabriola
The cast of Twilight Radio Theatre will be joining Drew Staniland to perform October Ferries to Gabriola, a radio play written, produced and directed by Charlotte Cameron.
This special presentation is in celebration of the 70th Anniversary of Malcolm Lowry’s Visit to Gabriola. It will be performed at The Surf Lodge – the very Lodge where Lowry stayed all those years ago (then called Anderson Lodge.)
Tickets are $20- and can be purchased at The Surf, The Hive Emporium and North Road Sports on Gabriola. Show time is 7:30. To enjoy a pre-show dinner please call 250-247-9231 for a dinner reservation.
September 17th 2016
Retro to Electro
Vintage Swing Retro Revue & Dance Hall Party
A FUNdraiser for Twilight Radio Theatre and Crimson Coast Dance Society
The One And Only For One Night Only Party Of The Year
Join us September 17, 2016 at the Nanaimo Entertainment Centre at 46 Nicol Street, for an evening of Old Time Radio Theatre and swing dancing!
This fundraiser for The Crimson Coast Dance Society and Twilight Radio Theatre features the amazing talents of
Twilight Radio Theatre – performing live with a broadcast going out on CHLY as well!
Dinah D & The Contraband Swingclub – playing vintage swing
DJ Daniel Trump – playing speakeasy electro swing
Vesta Entertainment LED circus performance
And your wonderful host, the one and only for one night only, GLORIA, aka Kat Single-Dain.
Join us for all of this and more. Pick up your tickets for $35 at any of these retailers:
Delicados – South
North Road Sports
Or from www.crimsoncoastdance.org
Don’t be a flat tire. Get all dolled up and dappered out. MC, GLORIA, will provide some dancing coaching sos you kin grandstand at the competition:
Most Spiffy Dresser/s
….and bring a lot of lettuce for a little giggle water, some killer diller tasties, or to send a singing telegram to someones you drugstore cowboys are carrying a torch for. There will be plenty to do aside from dancing just watch for the shady dealing on the side.
September 11th 2016
Twilight Radio Theatre at the Charlie White Theatre
Twilight Radio Theatre Presents
Live 1940’s Radio Show Classics from “Suspense!” “Lights Out” & “My Favorite Husband” at the Charlie White Theatre in Sidney, BC.
Vancouver Island’s own Twilight Radio Theatre faithfully recreates the live radio soundstage of the 1940s. Full of great voice characters, vintage commercials, live sound effects and swinging songs from a by-gone era. This show presents: a thrilling drama from the series “Suspense”; a snippet of horror from “Lights Out” and a madcap comedy from the series “My Favorite Husband”.
The Thing in the Window is possibly one of the most disturbing dramas Suspense ever aired. It is the tale of a man convinced that he sees a dead body in an apartment across the street. Try as he might, he can’t get anyone to believe him. Obsessed with finding the phantom body, he hounds and terrifies his neighbours; but still no-one else can see it. Is it an illusion…a premonition…or a diabolic plot to kill?
From Lights out T.R.T. brings you The Dark. Perhaps the most horrifying of the Arch Obeler plays; two men come upon an hysterical woman and witness a terrifying, creeping mist that has the power to turn a person inside-out!
My Favorite Husband is the show that started it all…the radio sit-com that gave birth to the TV mega-hit “I Love Lucy” and introduced Lucille Ball into countless living rooms week after week. In The Quiz Show Liz Cooper wins $500-…but only if she can cash the cheque within 25 minutes, after the banks have already closed. Well…let the hilarious hi-jinks ensue! This play is a wonderful romp; and because it is a play within a play “the audience” gets to star in the show!
Be sure to bring your imagination as Twilight Radio Theatre spins its golden radio magic right before your eyes! Who knew that radio could be so much fun to watch!
April 19th and 20th 2016
TRT’s Spring Show at The Surf Lodge
Twilight Radio Theatre presents The Thing In The Window, written for Suspense by Lucille Fletcher and Our Miss Brooks in Spring Cleaning.
Save the dates: Tuesday, April 19th and Wednesday, April 20th. Both shows start at 7:30 PM. Tickets are $20, available at the Surf Lodge and Pub and the Hive Emporium.
Spring has sprung, the grass is riz, and that means the kids at Twilight Radio Theatre are itching to dust out the ol’ barn and put on a show!! If you have yet to take in one of TRT’s productions, this is your opportunity to see (and hear) what the buzz is all about! Join us in celebrating Spring with our brand of Old-Time Radio Shows, complete with live Foley sound effects, period costumes, and of course, the occasional hilarious blooper.
Twilight Radio Theatre’s usual cast of characters, Kathy McIntyre, Tina Jones, David Botten and Chris Jans will be joined by their friend and most intrepid thespian Mr. Garry Davey. His portrayal of Santa Claus at TRT’s Christmas show was outstanding, and this Spring show promises more of the same!
Cabaret seating dinner reservations prior to the performance at The Surf will be at a premium. Best to get your tickets early and then call 250-247-9231 to reserve your seat for another spectacular TRT event!
Check out the historical Surf Lodge here!
February 9th and 10th 2016
TRT’s Valentine’s Show at The Surf Lodge
Twilight Radio Theatre presents The Night Reveals – A Tale well calculated to keep you in Suspense! and The Great Gildersleeve in The Mayor’s Valentine’s Party
Save the dates: Tuesday, February 9th and Wednesday, February 10th. Both shows start at 7:30 PM. Tickets are $20, available at the Surf Lodge and Pub and the Hive Emporium.
The gang at Twilight Radio Theatre are once again preparing to bring their brand of Old-Time Radio Shows to the Surf Lodge on Gabriola! The classic radio shows of yesteryear are recreated by this talented troupe LIVE on stage, complete with live Foley sound effects, period costumes, and of course the occasional hilarious blooper!
This time around TRT will be presenting some gems, from the Golden Age of Radio, with a Valentine’s Day motif. The Great Gildersleeve – Mayor’s Valentine’s Party is a comedic caper that puts Gildy in the uncomfortable position of having two dates. The other feature is The Night Reveals, a fiery tale of intrigue that is “well calculated to keep you in…..Suspense!”
The Surf Lodge is the perfect backdrop for Twilight Radio Theatre’s performances, and as has been proven at the last four sold-out shows, dinner reservations prior to the performance will be at a premium. Best to get your tickets early and then call 250-247-9231 to reserve your seat for another spectacular TRT event!
Check out the historical Surf Lodge here!
December 14th and 15th 2015
TRT’s Christmas Show at The Surf Lodge
Twilight Radio Theatre is proud to present the seasonal favourite, Miracle on 34th Street! This timeless classic will leave you feeling the glow of the Christmas season with laughter and light. As we continue our premier season of classic radio dramas, the Twilight Radio Theatre cast (Kathy McIntyre, Chris Jans, David Botten and Tina Jones) is thrilled to announce that the talented Garry Davey will be featured as a very special guest performer. Fans of old-time radio dramas will not be disappointed as we whisk the audience back to a time when radio was king, in a live performance setting complete with sound effects, timeless characters and holiday cheer. And, of course, laughs!
Join Twilight Radio Theatre as we relive the holiday tale with all it’s charm and hilarity! The Surf Lodge is the perfect location to enjoy a cozy night out to sit by the fire and enjoy the show. Two sold out October shows are a testament to the fact that Gabriolans are glad Live Radio Dramas are back!
October 28 2015
TRT’s Halloween Show
Twilight Radio Theatre welcomes Gabriolans to its premiere season of Live Radio Dramas! Oh sure…live radio dramas are nothing new to Gabriolans. For over 10 years the cast of Radio After Dark has been transporting audiences back in time to a radio sound stage of yesteryear. Is this the same? Well…yes and no.
Sadly, Radio After Dark had to wave goodbye to two of its cast members as they moved to Nanaimo and on to original projects. The cast that remained, Tina Jones, Chris Jans and Kathy McIntyre, asked their multi-talented pal, David Botten, to join them and happily, the new cast of Twilight Radio Theatre was born.
T.R.T. is very excited about unveiling the creative ideas of this new incarnation. But fret not…die-hard R.A.D. fans will still get their fill of live Foley sound effects, period costumes and the occasional hilarious blooper!
Considering it has been a place where Gabriolans and visitors alike have gathered for a good time – since the Golden Age of Radio itself – the beloved and historic Surf Lodge is the perfect place to recreate the ambiance and suspense that once had the world riveted to their radios.
Twilight Radio Theatre dares you to join us at 7:30pm, Wednesday, October 28th for an extraordinary evening of tricks and treats. Advance tickets are $18- and can be purchased at The Hive Emporium and the Surf Dining Room. Tickets at the door will be $20-. To enjoy an exceptional pre-show dinner, with cabaret seating, please call 250-247-9231 to make a reservation.