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All Ears Theatre debuted in January 2002 as a collaboration of local artists organized by the Arts Council of Greater Kalamazoo. Twelve free performances (comedies and dramas) in the style of radio’s golden age are presented each season. Actors, musicians and sound effects artists perform on stage before a live audience at the First Baptist Church in Kalamazoo. The performances are recorded and broadcast at a later date on WMUK 102.1. See the Performance Calendar for dates and times.
Without theatrical sets, costumes or props, All Ears Theatre performances are nevertheless highly physical and very entertaining. Positive word of mouth about the performances has ensured that our audience grows every year. After watching the performance, audiences can make the experience complete by hearing the plays when they’re broadcast by WMUK 102.1-FM.
A season involves some 100 actors, musicians, directors, sound technicians, writers and administrators. Our productions involve experienced actors and crew as well as newbies. Children and high school students are encouraged to participate and to attend the performance and sound effects Workshops sponsored by All Ears Theatre.
Sound effects play a crucial role in All Ears Theatre radio shows. Everyday sounds are reproduced using fans, saws, sandbags — whatever it takes. When you come to an All Ears Theatre production, be sure to keep an eye on the sound effects crew to see how they help make these radio plays come alive.
All Ears Theatre is dedicated to fostering new talent behind the scenes as well as on the air. Each season features radio classics as well as works that are newly written or adapted for radio theatre. If you are interested in submitting a script or a script idea, email Charlie Tomlinson.