Holiday Radio Extravaganza
Old-time radio meets live theatre once again as Oldcastle Theatre and WBTN once again broadcast a holiday variety show in front of a live audience from Bennington’s downtown theatre on Saturday, December 19, at 7:30 p.m. The show will feature seasonal music and holiday silliness, along with a re-creation of the radio version of ‘Miracle on 34th Street.’ (The classic film was presented live on the Lux Radio Theatre in December 1948, with many of the film’s cast members.)
“Last year we had a wonderful time presenting radio programs of yesteryear and look forward to bringing this classic back to live radio 67 years after it premiered,” said Eric Peterson, Oldcastle’s producing artistic director. “Putting the show together reminded me of the television variety shows of the fifties and sixties – Perry Como, Andy Williams, Carol Burnett and others. And that tradition, of course, began on radio with Bing Crosby and Bob Hope. This is a great way for the community to get together – either at the theatre or listening at home – to have a fun and nostalgic trip back to simpler times when families huddled around the radio or the TV to listen to great music and comedy.” Lynn Sweet, music teacher at Mount Anthony Union High School, will again serve as music director and pianist, with Oldcastle’s long-time percussionist Mike Chapman on drums. The cast will include many Oldcastle favorites including Richard Howe, Christine Decker, Willy Jones, Ana Anderson, Peter Langstaff, Jody Schade and Paul Romero, with the Mount Anthony Union School Chorus. Tickets are $15 for adults and $10 for students, and can be purchased at 802-447-0564 or oldcastletheatre.org. Proceeds will benefit WBTN and Oldcastle Theatre.