Final Act Ensemble
The Final Act Ensemble is a troupe of performers ages 60 and older that perform classic and original radio plays, including commercials and sound effects. Programs are available for youth, adult, and multi-generational audiences.
Shows are approximately 50 minutes in length and can be performed on-site at retirement communities, banquet facilities, churches, and schools.
Below is a sampling of past performances:
- The Casablancan Maltese Moroccan Goldfinch
- A Christmas Carol
- Easy Aces: Jane Thinks Mink
- Easy Aces: Jane Visits the Psychiatrist
- The Frumples
- Gift of the Magi
- Life of Riley
- My Friend Irma
- Mystery Loves Company
- Party Line
- The Shadow: The Blind Beggar Dies
- Sound Effects on Parade
- WWII Broadcast to the Troops in 1943
- Fairy Tale Corner youth/multi-generational shows
- The Red Balloon youth/multi-generational shows
- The Titanic youth/multi-generational shows
- The Wizard of Oz youth/multi-generational shows
- Company Members:
- Barbara Alvord
- Jim Arthur
- Mary Jane Brittain
- Katie Brooks
- Joanne Brown
- Victoria Christian
- Al Downey
- Ruth Downey
- Jerry Eisenhour
- Barbara Keck
- Molly Ketchum
- Elysa Koss
- Melinda Leseney
- Hu Lundberg
- R.J. Lundgren
- Susie McCauley
- Sharrie Millner
- Mark Pullen
- Mary Gill Reeves
- Ruth Schanke
- William Slicker
- Lester Small
- Marsha Szymczuk
- Ed Truslow
- Nancy Waldman
- John Wetherell
- Phyllis Wolfe
Des Moines Playhouse Press Release
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Kill Date: Dec. 15, 2015
Subject: Des Moines Community Playhouse Final Act Ensemble Presents “Holiday Victory Broadcast, 1945”
Contact: Lee Ann Bakros, Playhouse Public Relations Director, 515-974-5358
The Des Moines Community Playhouse’s Final Act Ensemble presents “Holiday Victory Broadcast, 1945,” an evening of nostalgic radio, 7:00 PM, Tuesday, Dec. 15. Tickets are $10 for all ages and available online at dmplayhouse.com and at the Playhouse ticket office, 515-277-6261.
“Holiday Victory Broadcast, 1945” presents a program of nostalgic radio that takes the audience back to the first holiday season after World War II ended. The program includes “sneak previews” of “The Shadow,” “Suspense,” and “My Friend Irma,” along with period songs and full episodes of “Fibber McGee and Molly” and “Easy Aces” (a sort of early “I Love Lucy”). There’ll also be plenty of banter between announcers to keep things lively and to give the show a period flavor.
The Final Act Ensemble is a troupe of performers ages 60 and older that perform classic and original radio plays, including commercials and live and recorded sound effects. Programs are available for youth, adult, and multi-generational audiences.
The Playhouse is one of the oldest and largest community theatres in the US. Located at the 42nd Street exit of I-235, the theatre has presented a full season of shows since 1919 and also offers a wide variety of educational experiences including classes for ages 4 to adult, theatre trips to New York, and volunteer opportunities onstage and backstage.
For more information on “Holiday Victory Broadcast 1945” and the Final Act Ensemble, contact the Des Moines Community Playhouse ticket office at 515-277-6261 or visit dmplayhouse.com.
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