Radio theater meets Dickens classic
Published 2:58 pm Friday, November 26, 2010
The Four Flags Players’ holiday radio theater production will bring a lot of firsts this year.
Besides being first time the group will perform the holiday classic “A Christmas Carol,” it will be Martha Branson-Banks’ debut as a director. Branson-Banks, who has been a regular in Four Flags Players productions and serves as the group’s secretary, has enjoyed watching the production come together.
“They’re a fun group to work with,” she said. “We have a number of people who have not acted in years and a few older people who have never acted in their lives.”
Branson-Banks said the newcomers have been “fantastic.”
The production will run Dec. 3 and 4 at 7 p.m. and Dec. 5 at 2 p.m. at St. Mary’s Elementary School in Niles.
There are 18 local actors and actresses in the cast, who will all dress in 1940s garb.
“The cast ranges in age from 8 to 79,” Branson-Banks said. “I think that is really fun and unique.”
The performance will be done in a 1940s radio theater-style, complete with radio commercial jingles from that time period.
“It brings some nostalgia for some,” Branson-Banks said. “The children had no idea what radio theater was so it was fun to try to explain it to them.”
Ticket prices are $10 for adults; $8 for seniors; $5 students and children; $5 for groups of 10 or more. Audience members are also encouraged to dress in 1940s style.