This yearâ€™s HALLOWEEN SHOW focuses on two classics of both the horror genre and Old Time Radio. The Monkeyâ€™s Paw by W.W. Jacobs is a story we have either read or heard or saw in some form or another. The story is the perfect â€œBe careful what you wish forâ€ type of tale. It has a story book feel but still carries a modern urban vibe at the same time. Our version is adapted by Written by W. W Jacobs for the long running Canadian Broadcast series Nightfall. An old family friend returns from the war carrying a wizened relic from another time. A monkeyâ€™s paw with magic powers from the Far East. The story sounds too strange to be real, but the lure of three wishes has held the imagination of mankind for as long as they have looked into a night sky searching for the answers to all lifeâ€™s mysteries. The Monkeyâ€™s Paw is a perfect tale for audio theater. The images you create, the paw itself and what is on the other side of the door will leave you breathless.
Our second show needs no introduction, The Pit and the Pendulum by Edgar Alan Poe. The master of horror, the inventor of the modern detective novel, the poet of pain and sorrow without peer. This is another tale that lives so well in the imagination that you would think Poe was writing for radio scores of years before it was dreamt of. The Spanish Inquisition, scorching a path across Spain puts one of Bonaparteâ€™s Captains on trail. His destruction of a church serving as an ammo dump leads the Grand Inquisitor to sentence him to a death so unimaginable, that the auto de fait seems like a charitable end.
Dramatized by John Dixon Carr (an amazing writer) for one of the greatest radio programs of all time, Suspense. The show delves into the mind of a man pushed to the brink of madness and beyond, tortured by rats, fire, starvation and of course The Pit and the Pendulum.
Come see these 2 mighty tales, together for one night and one night only. Halloween at McMenaminâ€™s Kennedy School 5736 N.E. 33rd Ave. Portland, OR, October 31st at 5:00 and 6:30 pm. FREE and open to ALL AGES (kids must have an adult with them). Free treats for the kids from 4:30 pm until 7 pm. The subject matter might be too intense for younger listeners. Use your discretion.
The cast and crew includes: Marty Gallagher, David Ian, Marc Rose, Jan MacDonald, Autumn Lawrence, Linda Goertz, Mark Homayoun, Toni Lima, Curt Hanson and Sam A. Mowry.
The award winning Willamette Radio Workshop has been creating live and studio productions for over 7 years. We have been broadcast on stations around the world and perform live through out the McMenaminâ€™s Empire. Find out more about us at
Special thanks to Cindy McGean, Atticus Welles Mowry, Robert Kowal, Mary Kowal, Claudine Hemmingway and Liz.