The public is invited to step back to the days when television wasn't yet dreamed of.
The national touring company of Five by Design will present “Radio Days,” a musical presentation of big band memories at 7:30 p.m. Friday at the Coleman Theatre as part of its '07 Centennial Series.
Tickets are $25 premium, $20 adults, $18 seniors and $12 students, 18 and younger.
“We've had Five by Design here before doing the program called ‘Club Swing,'” said Barbara Smith, manager of the Coleman Theatre. “They were wonderful and everyone is looking forward to seeing them again.”
The musical group Five by Design began in the 1980s while several of the members studied music at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire.
It was originally composed of brothers Kurt Niska, tenor, and Terrence Niska, bass; childhood friend Michael Swedberg, baritone, and Kurt Nisha's wife, Lorie Carpenter-Niska, soprano.
Added to the group since are Sheridan Zuther, alto; Alton Accola and Catherine Scott, artists' representatives; Phil Henrickson, sound engineer, and Daniel Ellis, technical director.
“Radio Days” reflects the big band music of the 1940s when the radio brought the music into every household.
Five by Design recreates a time capsule of American life during the war years. Playing tribute to the vocal groups, which fronted the big bands, “Radio Days” weaves music from well-known performers such as Glenn Miller and Tommy Dorsey with segments from vintage serials, comedies and quiz shows.
Theme songs and commercials include “The Lone Ranger,” “The Shadow,” “Superman,” Wheaties and Pepsi-Cola.
The program opens with the old favorite “Sentimental Journey” and is surrounded by the sounds of the 1940s such as “The Three Little Fishies,” “I'll Be Seeing You,” “I'll Never Smile Again” and “Chattanooga Choo-Choo.”