ADA — An old-time radio show in the Halloween spirit will be presented by East Central University Theatre at 10 p.m. Oct. 31 in the Dorothy Summers Theatre. Admission is free and the audience is encouraged to come in costume.

The show, "Death Mask," written by Dr. Bret Jones, director of theatre at ECU, follows an archeological dig for an ancient mask with mysterious powers.

"ECU Theatre wants to offer this as an alternative, or in addition to, folks' Halloween plans," Jones said. "It will begin at 10 p.m. to go with the mood of Halloween. The show will be approximately one hour long in the style of old-time radio shows with live sound effects and the power of the actors' voices behind the microphone."

Jones said the trend for old-time radio shows has been on the rise across the country for the past few years. Other universities are giving their students the opportunity to do these shows.

"The power of radio performance," Jones said, "is that the audience has to let their imaginations go and create the world for themselves as the actors use their voices, and the sound effects and music help build the tone and mood of this imaginary place. Old-time radio used to be called 'theatre of the mind' for this very reason."

Actors performing the radio show will be Catie Caton, Sam Caton, Sherri Scott, BJ Echard, Amanda Tarver, Kim Wren, Crystal Johnson, Sawyer Holehan and Stephen Goodman.

Jones is co-founder of The Ancient Radio Players, a radio performance troupe based in Ada. The group has performed live and studio shows for a number of years and has been featured on radio, in The Oklahoman, Oklahoma Today magazine and Galen Culver's "Is This a Great State, or What?" segment on an Oklahoma City television station.

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