For six weeks this fall, the Administration Building’s Fenway Room took a trip back to the 1930s with the Department of Performing Arts’ “Mystery Radio Theater” series. The troupe presented six classic radio drama performances, including “The Lost World,” “The Time Machine” and “A Journey to the Center of the Earth.” Each show was fully costumed and staged in the ’30’s style and included original music by members of the department.
Assistant Professor of Performing Arts and Director of Theater Programs Scott Gagnon worked with close to 30 students on the program. As part of the productions, students utilized genuine Foley sound effects to create the true radio show feel. Performances took place in front of a live audience in the Fenway Room, with seating available on a first-come, first-served basis. Each show was also broadcast live on EC Radio, allowing a wider audience to tune in to the authentic radio dramas throughout the semester.
The performance was recently recognized by the Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival as one of the “Outstanding College Theater Productions of 2012” for the New England region. This is the second-straight year Emmanuel’s Department of Performing Arts has been recognized by the Kennedy Center; it presented its performance of “25th Annual Putnam Country Spelling Bee” last spring. The group is invited to broadcast an encore presentation of “Mystery Radio” at this year’s regional festival in Hyannis, Mass.