Amplify: The Great Train Robbery: A 1940s Radio Theater Show

“This show is designed to leave you in….Suspense!” Radio listeners from the 1940s and 1950s will remember hearing this famous show introduction, and now, you too can experience the riveting old-time radio broadcast first hand during this live performance.

Edmond’s 1940s Radio Theater presents: The Great Train Robbery on Saturday, February 4th @ 4:00-5:15 pm. The show, presented in partnership with the Oklahoma Railway Museum, features comedy, suspense, and an original melodrama—all themed around trains.

Details about the Show

The Great Train Robbery is a suspenseful episode in which Walter, an ordinary factory worker, decides to change his life’s fortune by robbing a train. In addition, the variety-style performance includes a comedy skit called The Electric Train, in which the Ozzie and Harriet family experience growing pains as the children outgrow their electric train set, but Dad isn’t ready to let it go. And no train show is complete without a screaming heroine tied to the train tracks, in an original Edmond-themed drama by Barrett Huddleston.

The 1940s Radio Theater is a national award-winning performance series hosted by the Edmond History Museum and directed by Barrett Huddleston. The one-hour and twenty minute show features live local actors reading from historic radio scripts, with the addition of original material.

Tickets to The Great Train Robbery are $15 each, children under five are free. Purchase tickets at EdmondHistory.org. The show will be performed live at the Edmond History Museum, 431 S. Boulevard in Edmond.

John and Joan Spall of the local Toy Training club will be hosting a train display before and after the show. Train-themed merchandise is available at the Museum Gift Shop.

Train Exhibit

The show’s train theme was selected to compliment the “Trains of Oklahoma and Edmond” exhibit including “Smoke Over Oklahoma: The Railroad Photographs of Preseton George,” a traveling exhibit created by the Oklahoma Historical Society. These exhibits will be on display until February 25, 2023.

Museum Information: Edmond History Museum hours are 10:00-5:00 Tuesday – Friday, and 1:00-4:00 Saturday. Please visit the museum website at www.edmondhistory.org or by calling the museum at 405-340-0078 to learn more.

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