Oak Park Arms
Those Thrilling Days of Yesteryear Old Time Radio Recreations Troop

Radio Reenactment: Dark and Swarmy Night

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Oak Park Arms

Ben Dooley of Those Thrilling Days of Yesteryear Old Time RadioThose Thrilling Days of Yesteryear Old Time Radio Recreations Troop presents “It was a Dark and Swarmy Night” at 2 p.m. Sunday, October 22, at the Oak Park Arms retirement community, 408 S. Oak Park Ave. The public is invited to the free performance.

“Escape” was radio’s leading anthology series of high-adventure radio dramas, airing on CBS from 1947 to 1954. The programs enthralled many listeners during its seven-year run.

Participants will get the chills hearing one of its shows, set on a plantation with millions of swarming ants covering the landscape and destroying everything.

The second show is set at a small lighthouse. A ship is travelling towards it, showing no signs of stopping. When the vessel crashes on the rocks, thousands of hungry rats come pouring out onto the island. With nowhere else to go, their only direction is into the lighthouse and up the steps.

On old radio shows like “Escape,” there was nothing to see, only music, actors and amazing sound effects to create horrifying images.

“What you could imagine was ten times more terrifying than anything that could be created on the screen,” said Desi Vasquez, social director at the Oak Park Arms. “That was the power of ‘Old Time Radio’. We hope people will join us as we are attacked by thousands of rats and millions of ants on ‘A Dark and Swarmy Night.’”

A reception with coffee and cookies follows the performance.

About Those Thrilling Days of Yesteryear

The free radio recreation shows are very popular with Oak Park Arms’ residents and people from the community. Some guests bring their children and grandchildren to show them what entertainment was like before television.

Those Thrilling Days of Yesteryear features actors and voice over artists who share a common interest – performing old time radio programs for the community. Each actor and technician donates talent and time.

Sound effects were an important part of live radio shows, and the group performs them live. They have a real door for slamming, doorbells, buzzers, a sound board and shoes for footsteps.

The Oak Park Arms is a rental retirement community which provides independent and assisted living apartments and a full schedule of activities and services. Furnished apartments are also available for a short-term stay – a weekend, a week, a month or longer.

Again, the radio shows are free and open to the public. For more information call 708-386-4040.