Independence Day Weekend: July 3rd +4th

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We wanted to take a moment to thank everyone for coming out so far to this fantastic 5th season run of shows! We will be taking this coming weekend, July 3rd + 4th,  off to celebrate Independence Day with friends and family, but will be back for three more weeks starting July 10th.  Plus, a performance of two of our fifth season favorites at The Sweet Pea Festival in August, and a mini-run at Live from the Divide recording studios starting in October! Lots of fun things in store in the weeks and months to come, so stay tuned and have a happy and safe 4th of July!

Tickets still available for the remainder of the summer Verge run at the link below:

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“Old Glory vs. The World of Tomorrow!” — June 26+27 at 8:00 p.m.!

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In 1932 Commander American Flag and the Freedom Squadron of America were the greatest superheros in the world…

But by 1964 times had changed. Super-Villains were no more, there was a New Freedom Squadron keeping the city of Megalopolis safe, and television was replacing radio as the dominant for of entertainment.  What is there left for a retired crime fighter with a bad back and a heart problem?  Not much…until a mysterious millionaire decides to tear down their old Freedom Lair to put in a TV tower…Is some nefarious plan at work, or has the world just forgotten about the golden age of superheros? Find out in this week’s thrilling story…”Old Glory vs. The World of Tomorrow!

Friday and Saturday, June 26th & 27th! Reserve your seats at the link below!

 

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“Jimmy Ackerman: Monsterologist!” — June 19+20 at 8:00 p.m.!

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It’s 1944 – with his Dad fighting in Europe and his Mom, Shelley, working double shifts on the tank assembly line, Jimmy tries to fill his Dad’s shoes as superintendent of their tenement building.  When he isn’t obsessed with monsters that is – reading about them, watching movies, and listening to his favorite radio program:  “The Further Adventures of Doctor Aberrant!”  His friend (and definitely NOT babysitter) Cordelia (who is probably not a werewolf) and he pass the time debating and discussing scary stuff…  Until the day tenants begin to die.  But monsters aren’t real – right?

Keith here — I wanted to reassure any parents wondering about next week’s show that, if we do our job right, it will be a little intense at times.  It will be fine for any youngster who made it through “Coraline.”  Everything ends happily.  Probably.

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“Lady Victoria Ramsey and the King of Skull Island” – June 12+13 at 8:00PM

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Join us at the Verge Theater, Friday and Saturday night,  for this week’s thrilling adventure tale: “Lady Victoria Ramsey and the King of Skull Island”

The year is 1898 —

A decade after falsely reporting her own demise,  explorer Lady Victoria Ramsey is reluctantly pressed into one last adventure.  Along with her colleagues, she must locate the missing Prince Leopold on the mysterious Farou Island before the prince can be sacrificed to the island’s mighty ape king!

Staring: Sadie Cassavaugh, Richard Dunbar, Leyla Osman Kirschner, and Ryan Lawrence Flynn.  With sound effects by Wren Goodman and Kyle Suta, and original music from Deborah Schuer.

A tale of high adventure brought to you by The Hickory-Chicory Condiment Company’s  new Chiefly Chutney, the surprisingly edible chutney substitute!

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The Not-So Great Zambronski! – June 5+6 at 8:00 p.m.

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Our FIFTH Season Nears!

DCYE Summer2015-8.5x11-page-001June 5th and 6th we will be presenting the first of seven new radio shows at Bozeman’s Verge Theater!  Through the generous sponsorship of Murdoch’s we’ll be presenting another summer of fun and original entertainment, filled with humor, silly voices, and amazing analog sound effects!  Make sure to get your tickets soon, and you can RSVP to our Facebook event here!  We’ll see you there!

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We’re holding our first ever OPEN AUDITIONS!

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Have you ever wanted to be a part of of Montana’s longest running live radio theatre? Don’t Close Your Eyes: Live Radio Theatre is holding open auditions on Thursday, May 21st at 7pm at the Verge Theater. We are looking for potential actors, sound effect performers, and musical accompanists for our upcoming fifth season, and beyond.

Actors must be able to perform a number of characters/voices, read well from the page, and be comfortable working in a fast-paced production environment. Sound effect performers will similarly be required to follow along with the story, trigger/create analog sound effects on cue, be fast learners, and work well at a quick production pace. Musicians will be tasked with composing and live performing themes and short transitions based around the play’s styling — all instruments welcome!

We are not casting for specific roles or shows, but are looking for people to possibly enhance our creative team of actors and SFX performers. Actors and SFX techs would be on a per-show basis, with a very quick turnaround time. Scripts for each week’s shows are generally received on Sunday night with a readthrough the following evening. Performers have two days (Tuesday and Wednesday) to study the part/prepare sound effects. There is a dress rehearsal on Thursday and live performances Friday and Saturday. The summer series will run seven shows over eight weeks, June 5th-July 25th (taking off 4th of July weekend)! No preparation required for audition, scripts and SFX will be provided. Musicians please bring instruments and a sample of your work.

No preparation required for audition, scripts and SFX will be provided. Musicians please bring instruments and a sample of your work.

The Verge Theater is located on North 7th Avenue, across the street from Murdoch’s Ranch and Home Supply.

RSVP at this link –> DCYE Audition event

Mystery and Western double-header THIS weekend at Live from the Divide

We are back in the recording studios of Live from the Divide this weekend, Friday and Saturday, April 24th and 25th,  for a live radio double-header of the Sherlockian mystery “Strade & Holmes: Holmes to Rent” and the Adventure/Comedy/Western “True Adventures of the Old West“.

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Sarah, Keith, Shayna, Christian, Sadie and Ryan in “Rocket Red” – Nina Tucciarelli photo

Bring the whole family to be part of the live studio audience as we continue to record our first radio airplay “best of” season with Grammy Award winning producer Doc Wiley! You get two shows for one low price,  plus free snack, drinks,  and Bridger Brewing beer in the lobby. Tickets are available at Cactus Records in downtown bozeman, or online at the link below.

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New Studio Recording Series at Live From the Divide!

We  are very please,  and more than a little excited,  to announce the Don’t Close Your Eyes’s new spring series of  shows at Bozeman’s  Live from the Divide Studios!

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Reaching into our archive of  plays from the past four years, we will be staging live recordings of some of our best loved shows at the professional sound environs of the Live From The Divide Studios in collaboration with Grammy-award winning producer, Doc Wiley!

One weekend a month for the next three month we will be recording two full, hour-long,  episode each evening in front of a live studio audience,  with our usual full cast and live,  analog,  sound effects.

The upcoming series includes the boxing underdog tale: “The Hard-Luck Kid” and the spookily suspenseful “Dr. Jekyll and the Archaeopteryx Cure” on Friday and Saturday March 6th & 7th.

April 24th and 25th will feature two episodes of the exciting mystery series Strade & Holmes: “Holmes for Rent” and Holmes in the Country” 

On May 15th & 16th we will conclude the run with “Elmerworld” and “Bilgewater Downs,” two  favorites from “everyone’s favorite old-time dreamers,” Elmer and Verne,  and their hilarious hijinks in the small rural mountain town of Rocky Start, NC!

Shows begin at 7pm.  Free drinks and snacks provided for each show in the lobby

Come be a part of our first series of professionally recorded, live, radio plays!

Tickets are available at the link below.

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Don’t “Claus” Your Eyes Holiday Benefit Show 2014

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“Don’t ‘Claus’ Your Eyes: Live Radio Theater”  is back for its 3rd annual Holiday Cancer Benefit show: 8pm, Sat., Dec. 13 at Live from the Divide!

Keith and Ryan are churning out another spectacular holiday themed double feature with your favorite DCYE characters, voice actors and sound effects.

Tickets for the one-night show are at Cactus Records,  or purchase them online by clicking the icon below.  All profits from the evening will benefit Lucy’s Light, supporting childhood cancer research.

Live from the Divide is located at 627 East Peach Street in Bozeman.

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E-L-M-R at the Sweet Pea Festival, August 2 at Noon!

What a magnificent season it has been!  We’ve loved playing for so many sold-out and nearly sold-out crowds this summer — everyone has worked to their fullest to make this our best season yet!  We’re pretty knackered, but not so much so that we won’t be staging an encore performance of everyone’s favorite old-time dreamers at Bozeman’s long-standing Sweet Pea Festival!
Once more into the breach, Sweet Verne!We’ll be performing at NOON on Saturday at the Cypress Stage, which is just to the east of the entrance and the art booths!  If you missed this year’s installment of Elmer & Verne, this is your golden opportunity to experience (or re-experience if you saw the show) the fun of Elmer & Verne starting their own radio station, complete with mules, an angry pianist, product placement, lightning, and Martian invaders from the Moon!

The Road to the Big T.O.P.! – July 25 + 26, 2014

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Keith and Ryan put their heads together to co-write and co-star in  this laugh-packed Season Finale!  In “The Road to the Big T.O.P.,” Keith and Ryan receive an unexpected inheritance in the form of the Ma and Pa Circus!  Together with Christian the Silent Clown they have to resurrect the show that once was and win the big Tournament of Performers or lose their circus to Malefactora Califf, the evil proprietress of every other circus from Poughkeepsie to Walla Walla!  Along they way they’ll recruit the Funambulist Family of acrobats; Ed and Edna, the half-man/half-lady; Sphyrynx, the strong man; and more!  It’s sure to be a show filled with hilarity, mayhem, and more fourth-wall breaking than  Carrie Nation and her hatchet!  Join us as we close out the season in high style!

8pm Friday, July 25

8pm Saturday, July 26

Elmer & Verne in “E-L-M-R” – July 18 + 19, 2014

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The penultimate show of the 2014 DCYE Live Radio Theatre season features everyone’s favorite old time dreamers Elmer and Vern in “E-L-M-R,” written and directed by Ryan Cassavaugh. In this episode, Elmer and Verne decide to start their own radio station in the attic of the Ityl Dew Hotel. Things soon get out of hand when they accidentally start an alien panic in the little town of Rocky Start!

8pm Friday, July 18

8pm Saturday, July 19

The Devil and Daniel English – July 11 + 12, 2014

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Financial “genius” Daniel English lost every last dime in the Great Crash of ‘29.  Now he’s got no option to get back on top of the world and his mother’s good graces other than by betting his soul against the Devil in a series of contests.  But Daniel has a sure-fire scheme: leverage his soul among the other deities of the underworld to become more powerful than Satan himself (after all, they can’t share an Eternity)!  What could possibly go wrong?  

8pm Friday, July 11

8pm Saturday, July 12

THE SISTERS OF ST. BARBARA’S AND THE MONA LISA LARCENY! — JUNE 27 + 28, 2014!

Nuns Vs. Nazis!

In 1939, the treasures of the Louvre Museum in Paris were evacuated and moved about the French countryside to avoid destruction and plunder at the hands of the Nazis.  St. Barbara’s Abbey was a silent order of isolation and contemplation — until the dark and stormy night that Rose Villard showed up at their door with a gunshot wound and a crate containing the Mona Lisa.   Soon the Sisters find themselves heaven-bent on helping Rose and her precious charge.  After all, how would they EVER get it back if it fell into the wrong hands?  Join the Don’t Close Your Eyes Theatre of the Air as they present a pious heist just barely based on historical events!

Tickets are available at the links below!  Don’t forget:  if you are a season pass holder, just use the promo code “RADIO” at check out to reserve your seats at no charge!

Friday, June 27th

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Mystico the Magnificent Mentalist and the Scourge of the Swamp Demon: June 20 + 21, 2014

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Don’t Close Your Eyes is excited to present the thrilling, action packed return of Mystico, the Magnificent Mentalist. Using his magical amulet, former circus performer Garvman Goodrick travels the country as Mystico, the Magnificent Mentalist  fighting crime  and injustice with the help of his circus pals Athena, the strongest woman in the world, and Doc, the diminutive acrobat. In this week’s adventure Mystico and Doc battle a deranged scientist deep in the Louisiana swampland in an adventures we call “The Scourge of the Swamp Demon.”

Get your tickets at the links below. Remember, if you are a season pass holder, just use the promo code “RADIO” at check out to reserve your seats.

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Opening Weekend! Rocket Red and the Space Simians! June 13-14, 2014!

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Everyone’s favorite galactic heroine is back — along with her plucky pal, Andromeda, and their magnificent computerized chum, Bleepy!  Together they will face the return of a villain from their past, a horde of green-colored apes, one unruly pacifist, and the usual peril in “Rocket Red and the Space Simians!”  

Dr. Fang has once again reared her evil brain — she’s building herself an army of apes (long since extinct and rebuilt using DNA from fur coats and frogs — like you do) to take over the Central Order!  Rocket Red also has to deal with a pesky pacifist who wants to stop her from being violent at any given turn!  It’s high flying adventure with ten guaranteed Bob Dylan lyric references!

Help kick our season off by buying a multi-use Flexi-Pass good for $90 worth of admissions for only $50!  Individual tickets are also available on our ticket link above, in-person at Cactus Records, or at the door (but buying in advance is the only way to reserve a seat)!  We’ll see you Friday and Saturday, June 13 and 14 at the Verge Theater!

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Illustration by and copyright 2014 Bryan Kelly!  Check out his awesome site HERE!

Proudly Announcing our FOURTH Season!

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Get ready for another summer of thrills, chills, and high adventure as The Verge Theater proudly presents the return of Don’t Close Your Eyes: Live Radio Theatre!

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One of these could be yours today! On sale exclusively at Cactus Records in Bozeman!

To preserve the excitement, demands, challenges, and accompanying burst of creative energy that come with the format of a weekly radio broadcast—each week writers Keith Suta and Ryan Cassavaugh alternate scripting a brand-new, one-hour program, always in a different genre—everything from adventure, comedy, suspense, sci-fi, western, and more!

Each installment is presented for one weekend only by the talented and multi-voiced cast of DCYE actors and live sound effects performers! The next week the process begins again!

The run begins June 13-14 and continues seven weekends through July 25-26!  All showtimes are 8pm.

Tickets and new, money-saving multipasses are available at Cactus Records in Bozeman, and online at cactusrecords.net/verge/

As of summer 2014, Verge Theater can no longer take reservations via phone: To make a reservation, buy tickets online or in person at Cactus Records. (We thank Cactus wholeheartedly for being our ticket vendor these past four years without charging you or us a service fee—they are darn great folks at a darn great store!)

Don’t “Claus” Your Eyes – Holiday Cancer Benefit – Dec. 14, 2013

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Don’t Close Your Eyes: Live Radio Theatre presents its second annual “Don’t Claus Your Eyes”  holiday fundraiser Saturday, December 14th at 8pm at Peach Street Studios.

Enjoy an evening of great family entertainment while helping to defeat cancer! The evening will include two all-new original holiday-themed radio plays presented in the style of old-time radio with live actors and analog sound effects! 100% of proceeds from this special event will go directly to the Bozeman Deaconess Cancer Center.

This one-night only extravaganza starts at 8pm with the the thrilling Yule time mystery Strade & Holmes “Holmes for Christmas,” followed by the hilarious hillbilly antics of Elmer & Verne in “Rumer’s Christmas Carol” performed live by our DCYE cast and special guests!

Tickets for this benefit event are available for $20 at Cactus Records downtown, or on-line ($21) at cactusrecords.net.