2009 Live Radio Shows
  Directed by Geoff Maxfield
Assistant Director Lawrence Nepodahl
Sunday, April 5, 2009 at 6:30 PM
at Stage Coach Players Theater in DeKalb
 

Stage Coach will be continuing its live broadcast on WLBK of radio classics this Spring with two of the best known radio dramas from the radio era. One episode from "The Lone Ranger" and one from "The Green Hornet", will be broadcast from our newly renovated theatre on Sunday, April 5 at 6:30 PM, with Geoff Maxfield directing assisted by Lawrence Nepodahl.

THE LONE RANGER is an American, long-running, old-time radio and early television show created by George W. Trendle (with considerable input from station staff members), and developed by writer Fran Striker.

The eponymous character is a masked Texas Ranger in the American Old West, originally played by Paul Halliwell, who gallops about righting injustices with the aid of his clever, laconic Potawatomi Native American assistant, Tonto. Departing on his white horse Silver, the Ranger would famously say "Hi-yo, Silver, away!" as the horse galloped toward the setting sun.

On the radio and TV-series, the usual opening announcement was: "A fiery horse with the speed of light, a cloud of dust, and a hearty "Hi-yo, Silver!", The Lone Ranger!"

 

THE GREEN HORNET (also referred to as simply Green Hornet) is a masked fictional crime fighter. Originally created by George W. Trendle and Fran Striker for an American radio program in the 1930s, the character has appeared in other media as well, including film serials in the 1940s, a network television program in the 1960s, and multiple comic book series from the 1940s to the 1990s. Though various incarnations sometimes change details, in most incarnations the Green Hornet is Britt Reid, a newspaper publisher by day who by night goes out in his masked "Green Hornet" identity to fight crime as a vigilante, accompanied by his similarly masked Asian manservant Kato and driving a car, equipped with advanced technology, called "Black Beauty". The Green Hornet is often portrayed as a fair-to-above average hand-to-hand combatant and is often armed with a gun that sprays knock-out gas (an electric stun weapon called the "hornet's sting" was added to his arsenal in the TV series).

Originally, the show was to be called The Hornet, but the name was changed to The Green Hornet so that it could be more easily trademarked. The color was chosen because green hornets were reputed to be the angriest.

 

One relatively minor aspect of the character which tends to be given limited exposure in the actual productions is his blood relationship to The Lone Ranger, another character created by Striker. The Lone Ranger's nephew was Dan Reid. In the Green Hornet radio shows, the Hornet's father was likewise named Dan Reid, making the hero the Ranger's grand-nephew.

 

Cast Members

Ross Floyd * Melody Germain * Tim Germain * Brian Maxfield * Jacob Maxfield * John Mehalic * Lawrence Nepodahl * Bert Simpson * Doug Treckenbrock * Bobbie Van Hiel * Bob White * Julia Woodward * Steve Wright

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