The Gem*Radio production of The Lone Ranger radio drama took to the stage at the Indian Lake Theater last Sunday.
Actors stepped up to the microphone and then whirled around to change clothes and character. Foley artists made sounds to go along with the script – from coconuts clashing together to sound like hoofs of horses, to bb’s in a balloon to simulate the sound of an avalanche.
According to Hannah Jay the Director “It was a lot of fun to put together. It was a lot of fun picking out the different episodes and which ones we were going to do,” she said.
Hi Yo Silver reverberated from the walls several times as the masked rider solved another crime with his cast of local performers. According to Jay “It’s amazing how long the Lone Ranger was on – from 1933 until the last episode we did here, which was 1954.”
How did Jay find actors to participate? “Part of it was just seeing who I could get. In this area, everyone has their own lives and they’re busy, but you find people who are interested in it and passionate about it and that you also know can do it,” Jay said.
Sue Montgomery Corey, Executive Director of the Indian Lake Theatre said “we were absolutely thrilled to have the Lone Ranger Rides Again with us today. It’s always fun to show movies here, but we love the live theatrical productions and the Gem*Radio Theater always does such a great job. To have them do a show like the Lone Ranger which was based in the 1930’s in a theatre that was built in the 1930’s is an incredible thing and a tribute to the Indian Lake community that has kept the theater open all these years,” she stated.
It was all great fun and well done – if you leaned back in your chair and closed your eyes for just a minute and listened – you were taken back to the 1930’s, 40’s and early 50’s when you sat in front of your radio and were transported to another place and time.