Theatre: 1940's Radio Hour

Augustana Theatre presents "The 1940's Radio Hour"

Event Details

Date: November 18 - November 22, 2015

Times: 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 18 - Saturday, Nov. 21 | 2:30 p.m. matinée Sunday, Nov. 22

Location: Edith Mortenson Center Theatre

Ticket Info: Tickets are $15 for adults; $10 for seniors (65+); free for students K-12 and those with a valid Augie ID.

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Augustana Performing and Visual Arts will present Walton Jones' “The 1940's Radio Hour" Nov. 18 - Nov. 22 in the Edith Mortenson Center Theatre. This fun and timeless musical is directed by Dan Workman, assistant professor of theatre.

Tickets are $15 for adults, $10 for seniors (65+), and are free for students K-12 and those with a valid Augie ID. Tickets can be purchased online at or by calling the Box Office at 605.274.5320.

About the Show

Date: December 21, 1942.

Setting: The live broadcast of "The Mutual Manhattan Variety Cavalcade" from the Hotel Astor's Algonquin Room.

Storyline: A different time is evoked in this marvelously theatrical and winning show about a struggling radio show in New York during the time of World War II. It takes place about a year into the U.S. involvement in World War II, and the company decides to record a broadcast for the troops overseas. "The 1940’s Radio Hour" features many hit songs from the era including “Strike Up the Band” and “Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy." The spirit is captured as the harassed producer copes with a drunk lead singer, a delivery boy who wants a chance in front of the microphone, a second banana who dreams of singing a ballad, and a band member who chooses a fighter plane over Glenn Miller.

The Cast

  • Kyle Marks '18 (Estherville, Iowa)
  • Tyler Raehsler '15 (Sauk Rapids, Minnesota)
  • Charlie Johnson '18 (St. Paul, Minnesota)
  • Eli Yackel-Juleen '17 (Elkader, Iowa)
  • Claire Avery '17 (Minneapolis, Minnesota)
  • Alessandra Abel '19 (Pembroke Pines, Florida)
  • Ben Borson '19 (Kingston, Washington)
  • Teresa Preuss '15 (Echo, Minnesota)
  • Ian Curtis '16 (Sioux City, Iowa)
  • Joscelyn Schipper '19 (Le Mars, Iowa)
  • Erik Friestad '16 (Sioux Falls)
  • Jeff Larsen '16 (Sioux Falls)
  • Derek Somnis '19 (Lakefield, Minnesota)