One of my favorite ways to ring in the holiday season is by seeing one of the many festively themed shows put on by one of Atlanta’s many superb theater groups.
I’m reserving tickets to take my dad to an evening showing at Act3 Productions of A 1940s Radio Christmas Carol. The play runs Nov. 30 – Dec. 16 at Act3 Playhouse in Sandy Springs Plaza, 6285-R Roswell Road in Sandy Springs.
Sprinkled with swing arrangements of Christmas standards and original songs in the period style, A 1940s Radio Christmas Carol is a festive comedy to sweeten the holiday season. Tickets are $15-$30 and may be purchased at www.act3productions.org.
A Little About the Show
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 Hitleresque villain named Rudolf!
The performance schedule is: November 30, December 1, 6, 7, 8, 4, 9, 13, 14, 15 at 8pm and December 2, 9, 16 at 3pm. Group rates are available by calling 770-241-1905.
About Act3 Productions
Act3 Productions offers a full repertoire of musicals, dramas, improvisation and original productions performed by professional and amateur actors of all ages on its home stage, Act3 Playhouse, located at 6285-R Roswell Road in Sandy Springs.
Since its inception in 2010, Act3 Productions recognitions include: 57 MAT(Metropolitan Atlanta Theater) awards, as well as the prestigious President’s Award.
Through its youth division, the Act3 Arts Academy, the company offers classes, workshops, camps and performance opportunities designed to expose young people to drama, dance, music, visual arts, technical production and more both onstage and behind the scenes.
The company has won four awards at the Junior Theatre Festival, as well as numerous individual awards. Act3 is a 501(c)(3) organization supported by corporate, foundation and individual donations. www.act3productions.org
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