Kirkland Performance Center presents...

Imagination Theater - July 2014

  • Monday, July 14, 2014, 7:30PM

All Seats: $10



A delightful evening of fun on the radio for the whole family! Five times each season Jim French’s radio dramas are recorded live on the KPC stage. Whether it is a Sherlock Holmes adaptation or an episode of Harry Nile, you can always expect a double-bill with Imagination Theater—suspense, adventure, and of course, mystery!

America’s favorite Private Detective and the grandmaster of them all will be doing their best to solve two new cases in front of a live audience complete with music, sound effects and actors standing in front of several microphones holding scripts. Just the way it was done in the golden age of radio only it’s not old time radio. These will be brand new adventures written or adapted especially for this evening.

To begin the fun we have Harry Nile, as played by Larry Albert, getting involved in an unusual case of murder. Why is it unusual? Because Harry isn’t sure he wasn’t the original target or his old school friend who’s back in town Rosie O’Grady, and Rosie doesn’t like being shot at so she’s on the warpath in “Rosie Rides Again.” Guest starring Richard Sanders from TV’s “WKRP” in Cincinnati.”

Then it’s again time to take you back to the fog shrouded streets of Victorian London for a brand new adaptation of one of the most beloved tales of Sherlock Holmes from the pen of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, ”The Adventure of the Red-Headed League.” This story is listed as Sir Arthur’s second favorite adventure, and; with John Patrick Lowrie as Holmes and Lawrence Albert as Watson we’ll do our best to make one of your favorites as well. 

Artist Bio

Born in Seattle in 1929, Jim French has written, directed, and produced radio dramas for listeners since 1965.

Jim French Productions produces Imagination Theatre--American radio's premiere drama series, now heard coast to coast on well over a hundred radio stations in North America and by satellite on XM Radio. These hour-long weekly broadcasts feature mystery, suspense, fantasy and adventure, produced before live audiences on a state-of-the-art recording stage. 

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Jim French was born in 1929 in Seattle, USA. At the age of eight he knew he wanted to be a radio announcer. During WWII Jim got a job as an announcer on a radio station called KPAS. He entered the Army a few years later and, after being sent to Japan with other troops, was assigned to an Armed Forces Radio Service where he started writing weekly radio shows.

In 1948, he returned to Seattle where he wrote more radio dramas, including the famous "Harry Nile" series and "The Further Adventures of Sherlock Holmes".

Having written and performed hundreds of radio shows, Jim's unique, booming voice caught the attention of Valve, a video game developer. Gamers can hear his voice in Valve's Half-Life 2, in which he voiced Father Grigori and in Left 4 Dead, also by Valve, in which he voiced Bill. Jim is still a Seattle-based radio presenter today and has most recently voiced the Elder Titan in Valve's Dota 2.

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