Time travel back with the Otherworld Players to earlier days, before podcasts and Iphones, to a time when families gathered in front of radios, to listen to stories, plays, comedies, and mysteries, using only the screen between their ears to see the pictures in their heads. Using live sound effects, music, and the magic of voice-acting, our theatre of the mind troupe will take the audience to the land of enchantment with the classic children’s radio series, “Let’s Pretend.” This program entertained child audiences from 1934 to 1954— over twenty years, in the height of radio’s popularity. Their format using a live studio audience interactively while enacting adaptations of fairy and folk tales from near and far made a unique contribution to radio history as a medium of family entertainment. We will pay tribute to Let’s Pretend and other classic storytellers of the Golden Age of Radio.
Otherworld Media has been producing award-winning programs for children and families since 1979. Their audio production for the Centennial of The Wonderful Wizard of Oz featured an all-star cast and won a Parent’s Choice Gold Medal. Their 50th Anniversary of the War of the Worlds was Grammy-nominated and heard on thousands of radio stations around the world. The company is currently working on an audio-driven site for children’s media which fosters imaginative development and multiple literacies.
Judith Walcutt is the Executive Producer and Artistic Director of Otherworld Media. She has worked for and with the child-audience for over 40 years—developing programs in schools and libraries, teaching in classrooms, and producing radio, TV, and stage programs at a national and international level.
David Ossman is a writer, performer, and radio personality who has been working in the audio theatre, comedy, and stage realm for the duration of his career with and without the Firesign Theatre, dubbed The Beatles of Comedy by the Library of Congress which houses his archive.