You might have noticed that April 24th’s performance of Sorry, Wrong Number was delayed by about five minutes. Sorry, I had the wrong place and showed up late. Luckily, I am good friends with several members of the theater and was in contact with one active usher, Elise Kelly, who was kind enough to harass John Musall into keeping the door open for thirty extra seconds.
Barely after we snuck in, the performance began. A hush fell over the crowd, and, as Quasar Weiss and Mabel McPhee entered stage right, we were transported into a 1940s-esque world. It was amazing. It was magnificent.
From the first words uttered the stage fell away. There was no theater, there was no Simon’s Rock; we were truly following Mrs. Elbert Stevenson’s journey. Granted, the first lines from Dorissa Tyndall had little to do with her (though they provided an adequate warning for the horrors that lay ahead), but we got there eventually.
Lucille Fletcher’s radio drama is unparalleled when it comes to sending shivers down an audience’s spines. With every word from Mrs. Stevenson (portrayed by freshman Bella Heyer) the plot grew thicker. That being said, it wasn’t without due jests. Haley Morelli, who played the telephone operator, put on a nasal voice I couldn’t even recognize as hers, despite the fact that we are good friends and were in the previous semester’s performance together. The combination of both tones kept a balance of mood while maintaining a captivating plot and nail-biting thrill.
The presentation of the story and the voice acting were incredible. The tones that the actresses were able to portray were fantastical, and gave the performance a soul. They somehow were able to improve their portrayal as the show went on, eventually becoming so familiar that every word conveyed the emotions of the characters wonderfully.
If you missed the radio broadcast and wish you could have heard it some other time, you’re in luck! The Simon’s Rock Archives has published the show online, and I highly recommend you check it out.
Sorry, Wrong Number is posted on the Alumni Library & Simon’s Rock Archives YouTube channel.