For two years, the Holiday Season has seen the re-telling of the Dickens’ classic Christmas story in Silverthorne Theater Company’s 1930s radio adaptation of the familiar tale. A Christmas Carol: A Radio Play, was a terrific hit in 2016 and 2018, and this year will once again be playing in three different Franklin County locations the weekend of December 13-15.
Director John Reese and actor Michael Haley have revised the 2018 script that was adapted from a full-length version of the story. This 2018 version presents the recreation of a 1930s live production being broadcast live from the radio studio. It is complete with six actors in period costume, gathered around standing microphones and voicing multiple characters. Haley anchors the performance as Scrooge, joined by Joan Haley, David Rowland, Kimberly Salditt-Poulin, Ann Steinhauser and John Reese, with Marvin Shedd providing narration.
Sound effects genius John Iverson recreate the excitement of the early days of live sound production with an assortment of weird-looking and -sounding machines which he wields in full view of the audience during the course of the show. Period commercials spice up the station identification breaks!
As Reese says, “A Christmas Carol is a perfect theater piece for a holiday revival because it not only entertains an audience but it directly addresses the meaning of being human.  It engages and delights the youngest to the oldest member of an audience.”
Tickets are $15 general admission; $10 for students/seniors. Tickets may be ordered online at Eventbrite.com or by calling 413-768-7514. 
Next year, Silverthorne plans to present a fully staged Holiday production in December as part of its regular 2020-2021 Season. Details will be forthcoming in January, 2020.
The 2019 production of A Christmas Carol is partially sponsored by Hawks & Reed Performing Arts Center and Centennial House Bed & Breakfast.


The Plays in Context Series

Want to know more about the shows before you go? Silverthorne personnel discuss salient points about each season show in hour-long sessions at local community centers. Participants read from the script, learn about playwrights and story-lines, and get a glimpse of the production process. All sessions are free and open to the public.



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