Thursday, September 8, 2016

Last Weekend For ‘The Lone Ranger Rides Again’ Radio Drama

gem radio theatre lone ranger rehersalThere are only two chances left to see the Gem*Radio Theatre Company’s latest production of The Lone Ranger Rides Again – this weekend at the Adirondack Lake Center for the Arts in Blue Mountain Lake and at the Indian Lake Theatre. According to Director Hannah Jay the newly formed production company branched off from GemBoy Productions last year and their first radio play was a success.

“We performed It’s A Wonderful Life last year for the first time,” says Jay. “We are a small group and so far we are focusing on one production a year. There is something about a classic that appeals to all ages.”

The cast of nine includes two Foley artists that worked to perfect the sounds that replicate a radio production. The full production consists of four full-length episodes including the first and last of the original radio broadcasts.

“The first Lone Ranger episode was [on the radio] in 1933 and the last was in 1954,” says Jay. “This production shows how the show evolved over the course of 20 years while staying true to the characters. We have also tailored each production to include a local twist. We wrote local commercials for each business sponsoring the show. People can come and hear about the businesses they know while connecting the past to the present.”

The Lone Ranger follows a masked Texas Ranger fighting outlaws in the Wild West. With sidekick Tonto and trusty stead Silver, The Lone Ranger spawned almost 3,000 radio episodes, a book series, comic strip, TV show, animated cartoon, films, toys and even a video game.

“There was a young boy all dressed in costume during our first performance,” says Jay. “We’ve had people in the audience that listened to The Lone Ranger on the radio as well as a younger generation that is attracted to the cowboy genre. There is something here that gets in touch with every generation. That is where the magic comes alive.”

The Lone Ranger Rides Again is performed live with full sets and costumes. Join Gem*Radio Theatre on Friday, September 9, at the Adirondack Lakes Center for the Arts in Blue Mountain Lake as well as Sunday, September 11, at the Indian Lake Theatre. Tickets are $15/adults, $8/children (12 and under).

The Lone Ranger Rides Again photo provided.

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Diane Chase is the author of the Adirondack Family Activities guidebook series, Adirondack Family Time. She writes about ways to foster imaginative play through fun-filled events and activities in the Adirondack region.

From her home in Saranac Lake, Diane also writes a weekly family-oriented newspaper column for the Adirondack Daily Enterprise and keeps her own blog Adirondack Family Time. Her writing and photography has appeared in numerous newspapers, magazines, marketing companies and advertising agencies.

She even finds time to assist her husband with Adirondack Expeditions guiding families and young adults in the High Peaks.

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