This year’s season is going to look different as a result of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Rather than a traditional fall stage show production, we’ll be producing three smaller live radio plays, which we hope will be able to welcome small audiences, or at least find a way to broadcast.

Our spring musical is up in the air; we cannot guarantee it will happen, as it largely depends on the state of the pandemic throughout the fall. But we will be creating art one way or another this year!

OCTOBER 23 & 24: Vintage Hitchcock: A Live Radio Play by Joe Landry

“Spies, murder, love, and other trademarks of Alfred Hitchcock come to life in the style of a 1940s radio broadcast of the master of suspense’s earlier films. With The Lodger, Sabotage and The 39 Steps, Vintage Hitchcock: A Live Radio Play is a triple feature, complete with vintage commercials, that recreates a daring train chase, a serial killer’s ominous presence, and a devastating explosion through the magic of live sound effects and musical underscoring.”

Performances: October 23 & 24 at 7:30 PM in the South Milwaukee Performing Arts Center.

Tickets: Tickets are available now at

Seating will be limited to abide by City of South Milwaukee and South Milwaukee PAC safety regulations. All guests are required to wear masks and keep appropriate distance between groups.

NOVEMBER 13 & 14: An Evening With Sherlock Holmes

This original live radio play features three classic Holmes and Watson short stories told in radio play format, as broadcast by CBS Radio in the 1930s and 1940s: “The Musgrave Ritual,” “The Case of the Dead Adventuress” and “The Adventure of the Tolling Bell.” Selected from the public domain and tied together into a single performance by SMHS theatre director Tim Backes, these stories showcase the variety and cleverness found in radio-edition Holmes tales.

Performances: November 13 & 14 at 7:30 PM in the SMPAC.

DECEMBER: It’s a Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play by Joe Landry

“This beloved American holiday classic comes to captivating life as a live 1940s radio broadcast. With the help of an ensemble that brings a few dozen characters to the stage, the story of idealistic George Bailey unfolds as he considers ending his life one fateful Christmas Eve.”

Based on the classic Frank Capra film, this is a great way to get into the holiday spirit!


Performances: December, dates TBD in the SMPAC.