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Ad Hoc Touring Company to present radio classic 'Our Miss Brooks' Feb. 10

Feb 01, 2013

The Ad Hoc Touring Company will present a performance of an old-time radio comedy, “Our Miss Brooks” at 2 p.m., Sunday, Feb. 10, at Possum Hall in Georgetown. The show will also include “The Will” and the famous “Who’s on First” baseball routine of Abbott and Costello.

The “Our Miss Brooks” radio show began in 1948 and continued until 1957. The show was adapted to television from 1952-56. Audiences will remember comedy star Eve Arden as Connie Brooks, a sardonic high school English teacher. Set at the fictional Madison High School, the show featured Gale Gordon as the blustery principal, Osgood Conklin.

A second comedy on the double bill is a 1950 episode of a popular radio show “My Favorite Husband,” which starred the iconic Lucille Ball. This program ran on CBS from 1948 until 1951 when it evolved into the beloved classic, “I Love Lucy.” Lucille Ball insisted that her real-life husband, Desi Arnaz, star with her in the show and thus a legend began.

Abott and Costello’s routine, “Who’s on First?” originated in turn-of-the-century vaudeville in England and was made famous on America’s stages by the 1930s. National audiences first heard the duo’s performance on “The Kate Smith Hour” radio program in 1938.

The Ad Hoc Reader Theater is comprised of local actors who have been presenting old-time radio shows in the area for 15 years.

Ad Hoc is a component of Possum Point Players. A donation of $5 at the door will be welcome. The theater is on Old Laurel Road in Georgetown. For more information, call 302-856-3460 or go to www.possumpointplayers.org.

 

 

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