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Golden Age of Radio performances for seniors at the Oak Park Arms

Radio Reenactment: YEEEAASSSS?

Oak Park Arms

Those Thrilling Days of Yesteryear Old Time Radio Recreations Troop presents “YEEEAASSSS?” an old time radio show featuring Jack Benny and the Magnificent Montague at 2 p.m. Sunday, February 19, 2017, at the Oak Park Arms retirement community, 408 S. Oak Park Ave.

YEEEAASSSS? is the single word that launched a million laughs depending on who says it. Take, for example, Jack Benny’s train travels. No matter where he’s going – Anaheim or Alaska – he runs into trouble. There’s the crazy train announcer, there’s the racetrack tout and the ticket seller that always begins with Jack asking for help. “Oh, mister? Mister?” He hears a smarmy, sarcastic reply, “Yeeeaasssssss?”

Then there’s the Magnificent Montague, one of the greatest Shakespeare actors of all time, at least to him. When the local school does a scene from Romeo and Juliet for a charity fundraiser, Monty finds a way to get himself cast as the Romeo. But Juliet steals the show with that single word.

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.

A reception with coffee and cookies follows the performance.

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.

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