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Holly’s ‘Radio Gals’ a throwback to yesteryear

POSTED: March 15, 2012 12:30 a.m.

Today's home may be ruled by what's on the TV screen, but the latest production at the Historic Holly takes folks back to a time when the radio reigned supreme.

"Radio Gals" is a musical written by Mike Carver and Mark Hardwick that is set in the late 1920s. The production opens 8 p.m. Friday at the Holly, 69 West Main St. in Dahlonega.

Tickets are $15 per person.

The show centers around Hazel Hunt, a retired music teacher who launches a new career after receiving a Western Electric 500-watt radio transmitter.

Hunt takes to the airwaves under the call letters WGAL. Her shows are equal parts social calendar, stream of consciousness and small-town happenings. Since Hunt can't seem to stick to her own frequency, she catches the attention of federal radio inspector O.B. Abbot.

Although he arrives in Cedar Ridge, Arkansas intent on shutting Hunt down, Abbot ends up performing a few tunes with the "all-girl" orchestra, The Hazelnuts, and falling for flapper Gladys Fritts.

"Radio Gals" debuted in 1993 and since then has been performed in theaters nationwide, including: the Pasadena Playhouse in California, the Coconut Grove Playhouse in Miami and the Depot Theatre in New York.

The musical will be gracing the Holly's stage on weekends through April 1. Shows on Fridays and Saturdays will begin at 8 p.m., while the Sunday matinees start at 2 p.m.



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