Radio on the Lake Theatre is dedicated to the preservation, creative development and educational outreach of the radio theater genre.
Through performances of classic scripts, new play development, educational initiatives and outreach to visually impaired children and adults, Radio on the Lake Theatre seeks to become a guiding light for radio drama in the Northeast Ohio region and beyond.
Radio on the Lake Theatre came to life as the Arts Radio Network Theatre Project in 2002. It was initially developed as an outreach program for NPR member station WXEL in Boynton Beach, FL. In 2015, ARNTP partnered with Miami-based NPR member station WLRN to create WLRN Radio Theatre, a series of classic radio plays performed in venues throughout South Florida, including the Broward Center for the Performing Arts in Ft. Lauderdale, Arts Garage in Delray Beach, and the Studios of Key West. Those performances were recorded and broadcast on WLRN once a month. The company received a challenge grant from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation to create the Inspired By… series with WLRN, and the inaugural Creative Endeavor grant from the Cultural Council of Palm Beach County. ARNTP, now Radio on the Lake Theatre, relocated in 2017 to Shaker Heights, Ohio. Our programs include:
Classic Radio Plays
Radio on the Lake Theatre has performed numerous plays from the golden age of radio, utilizing scripts from the collections of the Lux Radio Theatre and Mercury Theatre On the Air, among others. Those scripts include:
A Star is Born
A Tale of Two Cities
The Day the Earth Stood Still
I Remember Mama
It Happened One Night
It’s a Wonderful Life
Miracle on 34th Street
Strangers on a Train
The Thin Man
Treasure of the Sierra Madre
War of the Worlds
You Can’t Take It With You
Wizard of Oz
New Play Program Development
This program grew out of a John S. and James L. Knight Foundation’s Knight Arts challenge grant to give an extended life to public radio news stories, and give emerging playwrights the opportunity to hone their skills by writing a ten-minute audio-only play. Radio on the Lake partners with a local public radio station’s news department, works with local playwrights to develop short radio play adaptations of selected news stories, and records for broadcast and podcasting.
The Beacon Program
The Beacon Program is designed for adult and student audiences who are blind and visually-impaired. The program guides students through writing and performing an original play, bringing their unique perspective to the subject matter and sound design. Blind and visually-impaired audience members participate in “touch tours” (exploring the stage and sound effect devices with their hands) on set prior to the performance.
Radio on the Lake’s Educational component provides students with an opportunity to perform onstage with their peers in a safe and nurturing environment:
• Residency with a local elementary, middle or high school.
• Radio on the Lake team works with students to bring one classic radio play to life.
• Study guides are provided to teachers.
• Adaptable to your school’s curriculum and reading list.
Here is a podcast of The Noisy Night Visitors, a children’s radio theater presentation performed by students of Radio on the Lake Theatre. To listen to clips from other productions, please visit our Podcast and Clips page.