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My radio drama scripts and pre-recorded musical scores are available for others to conduct their own workshops and productions.  I charge a traditional performance royalty to perform my plays. That fee differs depending upon the use--educational, broadcast, stage, etc.

I deliver the scripts as PDF format files via e-mail. They can be viewed and printed on any Mac or PC, using the free, downloadable Acrobat reader program.

You can view a sample script of my "Life's Little Ups & Downs" soap opera demo in PDF format.

The pre-recorded musical scores are available as downloadable MP3 files of the music cues, and at some later date, MP3s of the sound effects too. In addition to getting the scripts and scores, I also provide special instructional materials to explain how to mount these plays using my unique "Good, Fast, Cheap & Fun" production style. 

While I do sell "packages" consisting of scripts and pre-recorded music cues, I do not sell the mechanical sound effects devices I employ. However, I can instruct you in what to buy and build for your own sound effects kit. Please note that each script contains an SFX "cookbook," explaining what to use and how to "play it."

Here's a sample of a SFX cookbook listing--but the script you buy will contain exactly the effects for the specific program.

Also, I am available to conduct full radio drama workshops in person. While I'm based in Los Angeles, I do travel a good deal, doing radio workshops and shows. I do hire out to conduct workshops anywhere. If you've purchased the rights to one of my plays, perhaps a workshop can help get your troupe up to speed in producing your own shows.

 Official PayPal SealCONTACT INFO: If you wish to produce my plays or hire me for a workshop, contact me at   Performance rights vary according to the venue and length of the run. I accept credit cards via the free and secure www.Paypal.com service.  You can have the script, music and sound effects in your hands within hours.


Tony Palermo's Radio Workshop Repertoire

    My radio drama workshops offer programs in a variety of genres, demonstrating radio’s dramatic spectrum. The scripts  are specifically written to feature classic radio drama conventions and techniques. However, actual old time radio scripts used very few actors and perhaps two sound effects artists. My special workshop scripts employ from nine to twenty participants, including as many as four to ten sound effects artists. This makes them especially well suited for small troupes, educational workshops, and family programs. The scripts are also written to distribute the lines between many characters, because it's not much fun to be "spear carrier" on radio. Also, note that these scripts are suitable for ages 9 to 99. They have not been "dumbed down" for students.

    These scripts and scores have been used by the Museum of Television & Radio in Los Angeles and New York, the United Nations FPA program around the world, by high schools, colleges, libraries, community theaters, and also produced professionally in Hollywood. They were created by me, Tony Palermo, and I retain all rights, including the right to grant use of them for a royalty fee--based upon the venue and use. 

    These programs generally run about 12-27 minutes (except where noted). However several shows run from 60-100 minutes.


A Christmas Carol is Tony Palermo's very faithful adaptation of Charles Dickens’ classic story of  Christmas, memory, and redemption. This radio drama adaptation has been performed and recorded by Hollywood professionals, community theatre troupes, colleges, high schools and elementary students also. This script is very true to Dickens language and theme. It also boasts an authentic score of Victorian Christmas Carols and spooky ghost music. I offer three radio versions--30-minutes, 40-minutes and 60-minutes (in addition to a stage play version.) For valuable information about how I've approached this adaptation and suggestions for how you handle your production, see my program notes. (RUNNING TIMES: 30-minutes, 40-minutes, 60-minutes)

    CAST & CREW - Total: 22-30 (10-14 actors. 5-8 sound effects artists, 1 sound effects chief, 1 engineer, 1 director)

A Christmas Carol script & score for radio - Details about how you can produce my radio adaptation of Charles Dickens' classic.

  • You can listen to Scrooge & Marley, a 4-minute MP3 demo clip from my adaptation of  A Christmas Carol. [2 Mb]

Also: Visit my Christmas Carol stage play webpage for information on performance rights and downloadable PDF samples.

Auntie Scrooge - a BACKWARDS Christmas Carol   A modern-day sequel to Charles Dickens' classic. Auntie Scrooge runs an ice creamery in New London, CT and is a very nice old gal who loves Christmas. However, she's being pressured by her money-grubbing underlings to be more crass and commercial, exploiting the Christmas season. The spirit world conspires to teach Auntie to be cynical and cold--but ultimately fails. In a series of strangely-familiar-but-odd visitations, Auntie encounters Marley's Ghost, ( BOB Marley, not Jacob), the Ghost of Christmas Past-Due, Ghost of Christmas Presents and the chillingly cheery tech-support Ghost of Christmas version 3.0. Throw in an ukulele playing, falsetto-singing Tiny Tim, a choir of cow-carolers and a disastrous Christmas party and you get a topsy-turvy take on Dickens--that winds up being as warm and sincere as the original. This is not a snarky parody of Christmas Carol, it's an update. (RUNNING TIME: 60 minutes)

    CAST & CREW - Total: 13-25 (8-18 actors. 2-4 sound effects artists, 1 sound effects chief, 1 engineer, 1 director) 

   Auntie Scrooge - a BACKWARDS Christmas Carol script & score for radio - Details about how you can produce my comic, but heartwarming sequel to Dickens' classic tale.

About that Ark... is a short comedy where a certain 600 year-old animal lover/amateur sailor seeks a mass "pet adoption" to take aboard his "cruise ship" before the weather changes--but must first undergo a "Home Inspection" by the local pet orphanage. This show was written for Peter Falk as the Skipper, with Monty Python's Eric Idle as the suspicious home inspector ("What is this? A houseboat?"), JoAnne Worley as the zany loose-cannon wife, Joan--of Ark, and Jane Russell as the cruise ships' Entertainment Director. Sound effects include building the Ark, thunder, a stampede, rain, doors, and a variety of animal "voices."  This short program--about 12 minutes long--plays like a Monty Python sketch, with a ridiculous twist ending.  The musical score sounds kind of Biblical, but religion takes a back seat to comedy here. (There's nothing sacrilegious though.)  (RUNNING TIME: 12 minutes)

    CAST & CREW - Total: 9-12 (4-5 actors. 2-4 sound effects artists, 1 sound effects chief, 1 engineer, 1 director) 
    SCRIPT SAMPLE - About That Ark in PDF format (63 Kb).

Blast-Off! is an 1957-style science fiction anthology series similar to Dimension X. This story, “Greetings from the Planet Killer”  takes place 40,000 years in the future where women have evolved into fierce space warriors.  The show features a spy mission to "Planet X," evil blob creatures, a doomsday machine, a space battle and startling twist ending. The electronic musical score features classic 1950s synthesizer sounds. See program notes for more While our heroine resembles Xena, the warrior princess, there are plenty of good male roles including evil aliens, a robot, and an ambitious minister of alien-tology. (RUNNING TIME: 23 minutes)

    CAST & CREW - Total: 15-21 (7-10 actors. 5-8 sound effects artists, 1 sound effects chief, 1 engineer, 1 director) 
    SCRIPT SAMPLE - Blast Off! - Greetings From The Planet Killer in PDF format (90 Kb)

A 10-minute version of this story is available under the title "Tales of Outer Space," below.

Colonel Frothingham, Intrepid Antiquitist is a comic adventure following the British know-it-all, Colonel Cuthbert T. Frothingham as he seeks ancient treasures across the world to add to the collection of the British Museum. In "Egypped Again!",  the Colonel, heiress/patron Harriet Nittlebee and Murgatroyd, the latest in a long string of ill-fated aides to the Colonel, stumble upon the tomb of the first Egyptian Pharaoh, Amen Ra and run smack into the Colonel's dastardly nemesis, Leslie Slewmarten--as well as booby traps, a gibberish-spouting pastry chef, a mis-translated ancient tale, a pit of vipers, and Sekhmet, the Sphinx-monster that guards the tomb. This short program--about 12 minutes long--plays like a Monty Python sketch, with a cliffhanger ending. (RUNNING TIME: 12 minutes)

    CAST & CREW - Total: 13-16 (6-7 actors. 4-6 sound effects artists, 1 sound effects chief, 1 engineer, 1 director) 
    SCRIPT SAMPLE - Egypped Again! in PDF format (346 Kb).

Grim Scary Tales is a horror anthology series similar to Lights Out or the Inner Sanctum Mysteries. The series itself is set in 1955, so the horror is not as gruesome as contemporary horror films or fiction. We offer two different episodes;  Both include humorous ads at the very end--to leaven the horror.

    "The Pirate's Curse"  is set  in 1720, where pirates, lost in the Sargasso Sea, find the fountain of youth... and its horrid curse! This classic-style radio drama features a swashbuckling naval battle, a mysterious sea of lost ships, a ghostly survivor of Columbus' first voyage, a raging tempest, and terrifying twist ending--all wrapped in a spooky orchestral score. (RUNNING TIME: 23 minutes)

        CAST & CREW - Total: 16-24 (8-12 actors. 5-8 sound effects artists, 1 sound effects chief, 1 engineer, 1 director)
        SCRIPT SAMPLE - Pirate's Curse in PDF format (94 Kb).

    Crusade of Terror! takes place in Turkey in 1205 A.D. with a crusader army conquering a city, but finding something truly terrifying in the caverns below. The story serves as a subtle allegory for the political “witch-hunts” of the McCarthy-era. See program notes for more information. (RUNNING TIME: 23 minutes)

        CAST & CREW - Total: 15-23 (7-12 actors. 5-8 sound effects artists, 1 sound effects chief, 1 engineer, 1 director)
        SCRIPT SAMPLE - Crusade of Terror in PDF format (98 Kb).

Hare Dryer is a comic telling of an urban legend. Here, the family dog brings a neighbor's dead bunny rabbit home as a trophy. The dog's owners try to clean up the dead bunny and drop it off on the neighbor's doorstep--as if the animal had died of natural causes. However, a twist ending delivers a marvelous payback to the sneaks. This 10 minute program  has been enjoyed by workshops--and broadcast audiences--around the world. It employs an authentic soap opera organ score and simple sound effects. Teenagers especially enjoy performing this short play. (RUNNING TIME: 12 minutes)

    CAST & CREW - Total: 10-12 (5-6 actors. 2-3 sound effects artists, 1 sound effects chief, 1 engineer, 1 director)
    SCRIPT SAMPLE - Hare Dryer in PDF format (57 Kb).

Hawk of the West is a western, similar to The Lone Ranger or Gunsmoke. In this original episode, "Injuns at Coyote Creek," deadly night-time raids threaten to start an Indian war!  Here, our mysterious lawman, The Hawk, is caught in a buffalo stampede while his Indian companion, Uzumati, is captured by an angry posse! Only Prairie Rose, the tough lady rancher, and Chief Thundercloud, can help our heroes survive this slam-bam action adventure. And far from stereotype, in this western, the Indians ride to the rescue! This show is actually a re-write of our Lone Ranger episode. Due to trademark issues, some venues cannot risk using the Lone Ranger character, but since our script was original, we're able to present this program with our new hero and sidekick.  Please note, even though this is a horse-opera, girls have plenty to do in this show. (RUNNING TIME: 23 minutes)

    CAST & CREW - Total: 19-26 (11-15 actors. 5-8 sound effects artists, 1 sound effects chief, 1 engineer, 1 director)
    SCRIPT SAMPLE - Hawk of the West - Injuns At Coyote Creek in PDF format (91 Kb)
 

The Headless Horseman of Sleepy Hollow dramatizes Washington Irving’s classic short-story, bringing to life scenes and characters that were merely described in the original, including the one-room schoolhouse, the Van Tassel household, the country damsels, the townsfolk’s ghost stories, singing-master Ichabod’s terrible choir, the quilting frolic, and the climatic chase by the Headless Horseman. The treatment is both spooky and funny, with a poetry duel, rained-out pie-contest and several are-they-or-aren’t-they dream sequences with the Horseman. As with my adaptations of Dickens’ Christmas Carol and Capra’s It’s A Wonderful Life!, the show is suitable for all audiences, yet performable by students. However, it is not dumbed-down for kiddies. I remain true to Washington Irving’s short story, bringing plenty of authentic 1789 elements—from Major Andre, to Isaac Watts to Jonathan Edwards to Hudson Valley folktales. (RUNNING TIME: 60 minutes)

    CAST & CREW - Total: 9-12 (4-5 actors. 2-4 sound effects artists, 1 sound effects chief, 1 engineer, 1 director) 

   The Headless Horseman of Sleepy Hollow script & score for radio - Details about how you can produce this comic, but frightening Washington Irving classic.

In Old California depicts California history through the lives of ordinary people. Our episode, "Golden Dreams, Golden Nightmares," recreates one man's adventures in the gold fields of 1849-1850. Our hero pans for gold, meets other fortune hunters, tours the crowded camps and booming cities, and gets caught up in gold fever--with all its enterprise, greed, and hardships. This historical fiction is a dramatic and rollicking western that features an authentic folk music score chock full of banjo, mandolin, guitar, autoharp, dulcimer, harmonica and more.  (RUNNING TIME: 25 minutes)  

    CAST & CREW - Total: 19-44 (11-36 actors. 6-8 sound effects artists, 1 sound effects chief, 1 engineer, 1 director)

  Inspector Rufflethorpe is a 1938-style detective program similar to The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes. This program is a classic British-style whodunit, with an English manor and a fresh corpse. In this episode, "The Twitshyre Murder Case," Inspector Rufflethorpe, of Scotland Yard, and his assistant, Everett Frimly are called to a country manor in Margate to investigate the mysterious locked-room murder of  Lord Archibald Farquhar-Bensington. The list of suspects includes Lady Margaret Bensington, Colonel Cuthbert T. Frothingham, the mysterious Countess Valeska, Gretchen Laytherly--a West End ingénue, her beau, Ralph Stellsmore; the rakish personal secretary, Reginald Sklemsdale, and the family solicitor, Kirwood Crumpton, Esq. There's a ghostly séance, a series of baffling murders and a monument to deductive logic when the culprit is finally unmasked. See the program notes for background info. A snippet/parody of this story appears in Part One of our Rick Lowell - Private Eye series. This "jolly-good show" features a classic 1930s-style organ score. (RUNNING TIME: 23 minutes)

    CAST & CREW - Total: 18-23 (11-14 actors. 4-6 sound effects artists, 1 sound effects chief, 1 engineer, 1 director)
    SCRIPT SAMPLE - Inspector Rufflethorpe - The Twitshyre Murder Case in PDF format (125 Kb)

 Life’s Little Ups & Downs is a 1953-style soap-opera similar to The Guiding Light and Young Widder Brown. In this episode, Barbara Jones copes with her brother Raymond’s strange illness. In a clever use of radio, we venture inside Raymond’s head to re-live his Safari plane crash and jungle ordeal. Meanwhile, Barbara’s arch-nemesis, Audrey Snead, plots revenge, and a strange package arrives. Our lively show features classic soap-opera organ and several commercials for “Klenso--the modern way to clean.” See program notes for more. Please note, even though this is a soap-opera, boys have plenty to do in this show  (RUNNING TIME: 20 minutes)

    CAST & CREW - Total: 14-19 (7-11 actors. 4-6 sound effects artists, 1 sound effects chief, 1 engineer, 1 director)

NOTE: You can view/print the "Life" demo script in PDF format. You'll need the free Acrobat reader program to open the file.

  The Lone Ranger program (an original script) is also available in a no-problem-with- trademarks version titled "Hawk of the West"  (RUNNING TIME: 22 minutes)

    CAST & CREW - Total: 19-26 (11-15 actors. 5-8 sound effects artists, 1 sound effects chief, 1 engineer, 1 director)

  The Nativity Play This retelling of the story of the first Christmas takes verbatim accounts from the Gospels of Matthew and Luke and infuses it with drama, pathos and some humor. Mary and Joseph are depicted as humble humans who must journey through a grim landscape to bring the light of salvation to he world.   (RUNNING TIME: 70-minutes, 30-minutes, 15-minutes & 10-minute Pageant versions)

    CAST & CREW - Total: 6-38 (6-34 actors. 2 sound effects artists, 1 engineer, 1 director)

   The Nativity Play - script for radio and stage - For radio-on-stage or broadcast productions (no memorization, sets, etc.)

   The Nativity Play - stage-play - For troupes wanting sets, props, full costumes, memorization, etc.

  The Nativity Play - Christmas Pageant  - For churches seeking a simple presentation of narration and songs

  The Nativity Play family versions - For home-productions

Radio Ranger is a contemporary super hero with radio-like powers--he can turn invisible, fly through the air and has a sonic ray blaster, but his powers fade when he goes under a bridge! This episode,  “Invaders from Earth,"  pits Radio Ranger and his scientist cohort, Betsy Blake, against the invading mole-ites of the subterranean warlord, Zorg, who seeks to steal Los Angeles landmarks including a certain famous mountain-top museum to use as his underworld palace. It features a techno-synthesizer score.  (RUNNING TIME: 22 minutes)

    CAST & CREW - Total: 18-23 (10-13 actors. 5-7 sound effects artists, 1 sound effects chief, 1 engineer, 1 director)
    SCRIPT SAMPLE - Invaders from Earth! in PDF format (72 Kb).

Rick Lowell - Private Eye is a1940s-style detective drama series similar to The Adventures of Sam Spade or Philip Marlowe. We currently produce a three part series called, “The Stuff That Dreams are Made Of.”  Here, Rick Lowell searches for a movie-prop from The Maltese Falcon and runs into Nazi agents, crooked dames, snooty art dealers, actors playing English detectives, and dangerous gangsters. This exciting and often humorous show is packed with classic 1940s Los Angeles settings, “hard-boiled” dialogue, and colorful characters. It is especially popular with adults, but kids get a kick out of it too. Please note that it's not necessary to do the series in order--each show is a complete thrill. See program notes for more.

    Part 1 - CAST & CREW - Total: 14-27 (7-18 actors. 4-6 sound effects artists, 1 sound effects chief, 1 engineer, 1 director) (RUNNING TIME: 23 minutes)
    Part 2 - CAST & CREW - Total: 13-18 (7-11 actors. 3-5 sound effects artists, 1 sound effects chief, 1 engineer, 1 director) (RUNNING TIME: 23 minutes)
    Part 3 - CAST & CREW - Total: 16-18 (8-14 actors. 5-6 sound effects artists, 1 sound effects chief, 1 engineer, 1 director) (RUNNING TIME: 23 minutes)
    SCRIPT SAMPLE - Rick Lowell, Private Eye - The Stuff That Dreams Are Made Of - Part 1 in PDF format (115 Kb)

 Shakespeare's Macbeth is a radio adaptation of just Act 4, Scene 1, where the ambitious warlord, Macbeth visits the three witches and receives the baffling prophecies that will spell his doom. It is rendered with music and sound effects and William Shakespeare's dialogue intact. This show was used for a workshop for high school teachers and runs only about 10 minutes in length, making it suitable for production within a single classroom period. (RUNNING TIME: 12 minutes)

CAST & CREW - Total: 10 (5 actors. 2 sound effects artists, 1 sound effects chief, 1 engineer, 1 director)

  Shakespeare's Richard III is a radio adaptation of Act 5, Scenes 3-5, where the usurper, Richard III battles the Earl of Richmond and his army. There are plenty of inspiring speeches and a terrific battle sequence here. It is rendered with music and sound effects and William Shakespeare's dialogue intact. This show was used for a workshop for high school teachers and runs only about 10 minutes in length, making it suitable for production within a single classroom period (RUNNING TIME: 12 minutes)

    CAST & CREW - Total: 12-16 (6-8 actors. 3-5 sound effects artists, 1 sound effects chief, 1 engineer, 1 director)

Tales of Outer Space is the shortened workshop version of our Blast-Off! program--an original 1957-style science fiction anthology series similar to Dimension X. This story, “Greetings from the Planet Killer,”  takes place 40,000 years in the future where women have evolved into fierce space warriors.  The show features a spy mission to "Planet X," evil blob creatures, a doomsday machine, a space battle and startling twist ending. The electronic musical score is done entirely using 1950s-style synthesizers. (RUNNING TIME: 12 minutes)

    CAST & CREW - Total: 21-25 (7-10 actors. 12 sound effects artists, 1 sound effects chief, 1 engineer, 1 director)
    SCRIPT SAMPLE - Tales of Outer Space in PDF format (96 Kb).

    This shortened version of the full Blast Off! show listed above, was used for a JPL-sponsored teacher workshop. It runs only about 10 minutes in length, making it suitable for production within a single classroom period


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