“A Christmas Carol: A Live Radio Play”
Live On Stage in Quogue December 15-17
The Hampton Theatre Company will offer a three-day holiday presentation of “A Christmas Carol: A Live Radio Play” on the stage of the Quogue Community Hall for one weekend only, December 15-17.
Adapted from the timeless novel by Charles Dickens by playwright Joe Landry, with music by Kevin Connors, this family-friendly version (approximately 45-60 minutes) will recreate for live audiences the high-wire, high-spirited energy of a ‘40s-era radio troupe, complete with music and sound effects generated onstage and in the booth.
Actors from the HTC family of players—including Matthew Conlon, Rosemary Cline, Andrew Botsford, Rebecca Edana, George A. Loizides, Amanda Griemsmann, Terrance Fiore and Roger Moley, among others—will each take on multiple roles in period costumes on a set depicting the studio of the fictional “WBFR” radio station in 1940s New York City.
This year’s presentation follows in the footsteps of two earlier holiday live radio play productions presented at the Quogue Community Hall: 2020’s Covid-impacted video of “Miracle on 34th Street” and 2022’s “It’s a Wonderful Life.”
Presented as a Christmas Eve installment of WBFR’s weekly “Playhouse of the Air” series, “A Christmas Carol” serves up the timeless story of Ebenezer Scrooge, the inveterate miser from London who learns the meaning of charity and kindness over the course of one miraculous Christmas Eve, complete with visitations by three Ghosts of Christmas (Past, Present and Future), a heartwarming reconciliation with his nephew Fred and, of course, a surprise gift and visit to the Cratchits, where he’s welcomed by his longtime clerk Bob and his resilient and irrepressible son, the one and only Tiny Tim. The production is directed by Andrew Botsford and Roger Moley, with lighting by Sebastian Paczynski and costumes by Teresa Lebrun.
“A Christmas Carol: A Live Radio Play” will be performed at the Quogue Community Hall (125 Jessup Avenue in Quogue) on Friday, December 15, at 7; Saturday, December 16, at 2:30; and Sunday, December 17, also at 2:30. Patrons are encouraged to arrive early to enjoy complimentary hot cider, hot chocolate, and cookies served before the show. All tickets are $18, available at the Hampton Theatre Company website at hamptontheatre.org or by calling 631-653-8955.
Coming up in 2024: The 39th HTC season continues with two more full-length productions: “Strictly Murder” (March 7-24) and “A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum” (May 23-June 9). For more information and tickets, visit www.hamptontheatre.org or call 631-653-8955.