Another major challenge is finding shows with lasting appeal among modern audiences. Bagley has tried for years to incorporate 1940s star Fanny Brice’s beloved “The Baby Snooks Show” into the program, only to be thwarted by an antiquated family dynamic between the titular Baby Snooks and her father.
“I think he’d be arrested today!” Bagley said with a laugh. “There are times when you listen, and you cringe. You say, ‘Wow, this is like child abuse, the way they talk to the kid!’ So we’ve shied away from doing that.”
And the actors themselves got a big upgrade as they practiced with the group.
“At the beginning, we had people who hadn’t done it before,” Bagley said. “Some of them became really good actors, they got into it. ... The last two years have been really exciting, we’ve had people who’ve acted at other theaters come in.”
At least one amateur member, Michael Carpenter, has turned his beginning with the Radio Players into a series of professional roles. And more practice meant a major upgrade for the show, according to Ferreira.
“We used to just stand there ... we would always have the script in our hand,” Ferreira said. “A lot of times, now, people would memorize things, because a lot of it is fast, you have to come back quickly. So now, we memorize.”
If you go
What: Seabrook Old-Time Radio Players’ 10th anniversary show
When: Wednesday, 3:30 and 6:30 p.m. Doors open a half-hour before each performance.
Where: Seabrook Library, 25 Liberty Lane
How much: Free. Donations accepted.
More information: 603-474-2044