It’s Christmas Eve, 1943, and the Feddington Players are now broadcasting from a hole-in-the-wall studio in Newark, NJ, and set to present their contemporary “take” on Dickens’s A Christmas Carol.
Whether it’s the noisy plumbing, missed cues, electrical blackouts, or the over-the-top theatrics of veteran actor, but radio novice, William St. Claire, this radio show is an entertaining excursion into the mayhem and madness of a live radio show. St. Claire’s escalating foibles and acting missteps propel the show to a simultaneously comedic and heart-wrenching dramatic climax:
“St. Claire” has an on-air breakdown, and begins to connect his own life with that of the classic Dickens tale. In order to “save the show,” the company improvises an ending to Charles Dickens’ classic as a film noir mystery, featuring a hardboiled detective, a femme fatale, and an absurd rescue of “Tiny Tim” (and the Lindbergh baby) from the clutches of a Hitler-esque villain named “Rudolf”!
High School Musical lyricist Faye Greenberg and composer David Wohl have written four delightful period songs for the Feddington Players, and swing arrangements of many Christmas standards.
Seamlessly combining drama and comedy, heartbreak and hope, A 1940’s Radio Christmas Carol will sing its way into your heart. If you enjoyed 1940’s Radio Hour, step back in time once again with the Feddington Players, and get into the holiday spirit with A 1940’s Radio Christmas Carol.
CAST: CLIFTON FEDDINGTON – Joel Kutzke; WILLIAM ST. CLAIR – Rich Wiley; FRITZ CANIGLIARO – Hailey Quackenbush; CHARLES “Cholly” BUTTS – Chris Dawson; ISADORE “Buzz” CRENSHAW – Jesse Whitford; “Little” JACKIE SPARKS – Gabriel Dawson; MARGIE O’BRIEN – Lisa Peretti; JUDITH DAVENPORT- Shannon Flora; SALLY SIMPSON- Elise Morrill; ESTHER LEWIS PIRNIE – Dawn Dawson; TOOTS NAVARRE- Marita Ericksen; HARRIET MULLINS – Sue Denies.
1940’s Radio Christmas Carol is by: Walton Jones (book), David Wohl (music), Faye Greenberg (lyrics). PRODUCERS: Gaye Detzer + Sue Wiley. DIRECTORS: Marita Ericksen + Elise Ericksen
12/20 7pm, 12/21 7pm, 12/22 1pm
12/28 7pm, 12/29 1pm
$20 General; $18 Students/Srs; $10 youth under 12