Current season

An Elgin Old Tyme Holiday Radio Show 2

Directed by Julie Price

November 9, 10, 11, 16, 17, and 18, 2018 

Bring the family to enjoy Elgin radio shows as they really were. ETC will present three different classic radio programs:

  • Jack Benny Buys Don Shoelaces for Christmas - Jack Benny in his normal stingy focus on things goes Christmas shopping with Mary and further shows the world how he can hardly ever even make a decision on what to buy when offered more than one choice in any situation. This will have you rolling in the aisles.

  • Our Miss Brooks - A Letter to Sandy Clawsss - Miss Brooks was delightful in weaving her way thru the various personalities in her life without making enemies of any of them. She has humerous bits with her landlady, Mrs. Davis, her school principal, Mr. Conklin, her part time beau and fellow teacher, Mr. Boynton and all the other characters that made this show the success it was. Again, great belly laughs here.

  • Father Knows Best Christmas 1953 - Father Knows Best is one of the classic shows that provides us with a full circle view of family life in the 1950's in the then new modern America. This particular episode deals with Father showing his family what the real meaning of Christmas is. You will enjoy this heartwarming story from the beginning to the very end.

A bit of nostalgic radio revisited for the holidays.

Over the River and Through the Woods

By Joe DiPietro

Directed by Richard Pahl

February 8, 9, 10, 15, 16, 17, 22, 23, and 24, 2019

Nick is a single, Italian-American guy from New Jersey. His parents retired and moved to Florida. That doesn't mean his family isn't still in Jersey. In fact, he sees both sets of his grandparents every Sunday for dinner. This is routine until he has to tell them that he's been offered a dream job. The job he's been waiting for—marketing executive—would take him away from his beloved, but annoying, grandparents. He tells them. The news doesn't sit so well. Thus begins a series of schemes to keep Nick around. How could he betray his family's love to move to Seattle, for a job, wonder his grandparents? Well, Frank, Aida, Nunzio and Emma do their level best, and that includes bringing to dinner the lovely—and single—Caitlin O'Hare as bait…we won't give the ending away here.

Over the River and Through the Woods is presented by special arrangement with Samuel French, Inc.

War of The the Worlds

By Howard E. Koch

Directed by Edward Duncan

April 26, 27, and 28, 2019

An alien invasion throws humanity into chaos in the classic sci-fi novel The War of the Worlds--but all it took to cause real-life panic in the streets was Orson Welles's 1938 radio adaptation, which listeners took for news. Now, ten years later, the WBFR radio ensemble recreates the colorful events surrounding the infamous evening, including the full original broadcast. Complete with vintage commercials and live sound effects, this radio-play-within-a-radio-play is a thrilling homage to the form's golden age and timely reminder of what fear can do to a society.

War of The the Worlds is presented by special arrangement with Playscripts, Inc.

Over the Tavern

By Tom Dudzick

Directed by Linda Collins

May 31, June 1, 2, 7, 8, 9, 14, 15, and 16, 2019

In that most idealized period of 20th-century America, the Eisenhower years of the 1950s, the Pazinski family has a lot going on in their cramped Buffalo apartment. The youngest of the bunch, 12-year-old Rudy, is a smart, wise-cracking kid who's starting to question family values and the Roman Catholic Church. When Rudy goes up against the ruler-wielding Sister Clarissa and announces that instead of being confirmed he'd rather shop around for a more "fun" religion, all hell breaks loose. A warm and hilarious look at family, growing up, and God.

Over the Tavern is presented by special arrangement with Playscripts, Inc.

Location and times

All performances will be held at the Elgin Art Showcase, 164 Division St., 8th Floor, Elgin, IL 60120.

Friday and Saturday performances start at 8:00 p.m. and Sunday performances start at 2:00 p.m.

The Elgin Theatre Company is funded in part by a grant from the Illinois Arts Council Agency.