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Sam Penrod, Deseret News
A small-town theater in central Utah is trying to revive the Golden Age of Radio with a show called “Life Under the Horseshoe,” performed live on stage with a new musical act every week at the century-old Victory Hall theater in Spring City, Sanpete County.
It gives your mind the opportunity to open up and expand and listen to what is happening. We can provide the voices, the story, the sound effects, but you get to provide yourself with the picture of what you are looking at. —Mark Allen, host

SPRING CITY, Sanpete County — A Saturday evening in Spring City will take people back in time, especially when they step into the century-old Victory Hall theater.

This is a town that time has forgotten, a place where the old West meets the new.

They call the show “Life Under the Horseshoe,” and it’s performed live on stage with a new musical act every week.

Listeners look forward to a dramatic reading, some comedic relief and sound effects that are also produced live. Even the commercials are part of the show.

Mark and Vicki Allen came up with the idea and then took it to their neighbors, Lana and Lawrence Gardner.

“He came over one night and said, 'I need a writer and a director.' And I said, 'What for?' And he said, 'Because I want to start a radio show in your theater,'” Lawrence Gardner recalled.

Lawrence Gardner is also the narrator and uses an old-fashioned clock to keep the live show on time.

“You are going to hear the beginning of radio and what it was like and your imagination runs,” host Mark Allen said.

Now in its third season, the show is gaining a loyal following.

“I love music. I love plays, and I love the old history of Spring City,” said resident Rick Dyches.

But the show is not just for locals. People from all over are coming to Spring City on Saturday nights to hear what entertainment was really like in those early days of broadcasting.

“It gives your mind the opportunity to open up and expand and listen to what is happening,” Allen said. “We can provide the voices, the story, the sound effects, but you get to provide yourself with the picture of what you are looking at.”

That’s a picture that looks different to everyone as they imagine “Life Under the Horseshoe.”

There is a new show each week, and you can attend a live recording of “Life Under the Horseshoe” Saturdays at 7 p.m. for $10 a seat. A live stream of the show is also available on KMGR. The season runs through July 25.