Up with the Arts - Final Act Ensemble Radio Theatre

1:30 PM - 3:00 PM
Urbandale Public Library
Meeting Room A/B

Event Details

Vintage Radio Is Back!

Ready for some good old-timey radio fun? Then join the Final Act Ensemble on Sunday, January 13 at 1:30 PM when the group brings you some great moments from the Golden Age of Radio. For starters, there’ll be a visit from “Easy Aces”—the grandparent of “I Love Lucy,” with logic-challenged Jane Ace trying to wangle a mink coat out of her beleaguered husband. Then there’ll be a trip to 79 Wistful Vista, where “Fibber Magee and Molly” find themselves caught up in another nutty mix-up that’ll keep you laughing from start to finish.

Along the way, there’ll be a crazy commercial and some favorite winter-time songs. So settle back and prepare for a good time.

Afterwards, members of the group will present a discussion of the rise of radio as an entertainment and information medium.

Meet the Group

A group of performers 65 and older, The Final Act Ensemble has been bringing the Golden Age of Radio back to life since 2007, when it started out as a class in radio production at the Des Moines Community Playhouse. Students liked the class so much they took it on the road. Since then, they’ve performed vintage radio scripts for retirement communities, nursing homes, churches, and schools all over the Des Moines Area—not to mention the Iowa State Fair, the Okoboji Performing Arts Center, Terrible’s Casino, the casino at Meskwaki, the Des Moines Community Playhouse, and the Iowa Historical Museum.

Shows feature actual scripts and songs from the era, snappy Announcer repartee, dizzy commercials, and live sound effects. Anyone who recognizes “The Shadow knows!” “A little dab’ll do ya!’”  “What a revoltin’ development this is!” or “Tain’t funny, Magee” is in for a good time—and some great memories—with The Final Act Ensemble.

No Registration.



Event Type(s): Special Event
Age Group(s): All Ages