Salem residents to bring old TV shows to radio

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WGTD Radio Theater will air new productions of TV shows on the ends of the entertainment spectrum – “The Donna Reed Show,” and “The Addams Family” before a live studio audience 11:15 a.m. Nov. 6 at Gateway’s Center for Bioscience and Information Technology, 3520-30th Ave. Kenosha.

The radio theater also welcomes Paul Petersen, who played Jeff Stone on the Donna Reed Show. Petersen’s part will be delivered during the WGTD Radio Theater production through a recorded segment, singing a snippet from his two big hit songs from the early 1960s, “She Can’t Find Her Keys,” and “My Dad.”

Audience members are welcome and admission is free. The audience should arrive by 10:45 a.m. In addition to being aired over WGTD, the program will also be streamed live online at WGTD can be heard in Racine and Kenosha counties at 91.1 FM, in the Elkhorn area at 101.7 FM, and in the Lake Geneva area at 103.3 FM.

The comedy episodes are written by co-executive producers and Salem residents Steve Brown and Michael Ullstrup, and the director is Terry Lawler.

“The Donna Reed Show” aired on ABC Television from 1958 to 1966. Its premise focused on middle class couple Donna Stone (Reed), a housewife to pediatrician Alex Stone, played by Carl Betz. The couple had two children together, Mary (Shelley Fabares) and Jeff (Petersen).

In the radio theater original episode, Mary has a date with Scotty, and Jeff, as usual, is trying to ditch his math and English homework for a game of basketball with his friend Smitty. Donna and Alex have their hands full trying to keep “those kids” under control.

The production then moves into a macabre episode of “The Addams Family,” with Gomez and Morticia keeping the whole family in “stitches.” In this episode, young Pugsley has an “explosive” aptitude for chemistry, while Gomez goes “ga-ga” over Morticia’s mastery of the French language.

The 91.1 Players in these comedy classics are headed by Rene Thomas, Terry Lawler, Cameron Spencer, Jill Jensen, Vittoria DuMez and Andrew Potter.

Food and beverages will be available at Café 91.1, a full-service coffeehouse located in the atrium of the building. For more information, contact Steve Brown, (262) 813-0144, or David Cole, (262) 564-3030.


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