Enumclaw Courier-Herald


Stage Door brings live 'Christmas Carol' radio show to the stage this weekend

November 21, 2012 · 11:56 AM

Coming to the stage once again is the nostalgic “radio show” of Charles Dickens’s heartfelt tale:  A Christmas Carol.

The story of the spiteful Scrooge and the three frightful Ghosts who warn the miserable old miser to change his ways; and the struggles of kind hearted Bob Cratchit and his ailing son, Tiny Tim, will touch your heart and rouse your Christmas spirit.

This annual production by Stage Door Productions is being co-hosted with the Chalet Arts Showcase Theater (C.A.S.T.) at 1 p.m. Saturda and Sunday at the Chalet Theatre.

Complete with music and sound effects a true visual is created in the audience’s mind of Dickens’s classic story set in 1843 London.  Instead of broadcasting over the air, this script is read on stage by actors speaking the exact lines as done in 1939 on the once famous Campbell’s Playhouse radio show.

This modernized “radio show” is a reminiscent of a simpler time, before television and the internet, when whole families sat absorbed and attentive around their radios to hear stories spoken in dramatic style. This was a major form of entertainment and families often set out bowls of popcorn or plates of cookies, especially when neighbors dropped in to join in the listening.

“I’ve seen audience members at our radio shows close their eyes and concentrate on the story being told to their great satisfaction,” said director, Trudy D’Armond.  “I am honored to be directing this radio show for Stage Door Productions. The cast, mostly local actors, are bringing their very best to the stage.”

The goal of C.A.S.T. is to bring a variety of performing arts to the Chalet Theatre throughout the year while movies continue to be shown.

Admission is $8.  Bring a non perishable food item for the food bank and get $2.00 off admission.

The Chalet Theatre is located at 1721 Wells Street in Enumclaw. For information call 253-261-4889.

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