Original, whimsical, funny, and wise, the motto of Air Pirates Radio Theater is “Eliminating Another Boring Night of TV”.
When you hear those famous words “Live from New York it’s Saturday Night Live” you know your chance of being in an SNL sketch is zero, but when you hear “Live from New York it’s the Air Pirates.” you’re guaranteed to be part of the Air Pirates broadcast.
Here’s how it works …
The Hudson Valley’s finest homegrown ensemble begins with four actors portraying all the characters in original radio scripts and audiences making all the sound effects, crowd noise and any other noise we need. Prior to the performance the audience is auditioned and given all the necessary props and a review of what they are to do. The Cue Card Girl lets the audience know when it’s time to slam a door, make the footsteps and even shoot the guns (props, thank you) during the shows. The audience also supplies sound effects for the commercials in the broadcast.
What it is …
A unique mash-up of old-time radio and stoner humor the Air Pirates have been called “A Prairie Home Companion with a bong”. The Air Pirates Radio Theater was voted the Best Theater Troupe in the Hudson Valley by the Times Herald Record Readers’ Poll for an unprecedented six years in a row. The Air Pirates Radio Theater cast includes MaryLee Shorr, Brian Nieves, Alan Andrews, Kate Brannan, & Lindsey Graham – and of course the audience.
The Air Pirate’s flagship station is WTBQ at 93.5FM broadcasts the performances live. Listeners can also go to the website http://www.airpirateradio.com to listen live or download the episodes. “We are heard in exotic places like England, Turkey and Texas,” said Paul Ellis Producer/Director. “If you’re looking for something different and are not afraid to be part of the action, The Air Pirates are ready for you to join the show.”