Theatre CBS is back with our holiday staple – a radio drama version of the classic story Miracle on 34th Street, adapted by John Cook from the novel by Valentine Daves.
The story of the real Kris Kringle, working at Macy’s store in New York and making the dreams of little Susan Walker come true, is faithfully retold in this adaptation that includes all your favourite characters.
“This is our third holiday radio drama, and our audiences look forward to this special event every year,” explains director Gordon Billard. “We just love bringing these stories to life using the radio drama approach, transporting audiences back to a 1940s radio studio – with actors voicing the roles and sound effects performed live from the stage.”
From doors being slammed to bags being rustled, the show is a treat for audiences to see how sound effects were created for the radio. “We’re having a lot of fun with it,” says Billard.
The show features actors and crew from the region with a special twist this year; there are three family pairs, including father and son Greg and Gabriel White; mother and son Bridget Russell and Josh Rodgers; and mother and daughter Brenda Hynes and Camille Christian.
Greg White is a theatre teacher at St. Kevin’s High School in the Goulds and a veteran performer, but this show has the added thrill of being the first time he has gotten to perform with his son Gabriel.
“Being raised by a drama teacher, Gabriel attended his share of rehearsals and production meetings before he learned to walk,” says Greg. “Ironically, though, he’s the one who brought me to Theatre CBS, as this is his second year appearing with the company.”
Bridget Russell has also appeared with Theatre CBS before, but having the opportunity to work with her son Josh is beyond thrilling. “He’s just so talented and funny,” she says of Josh. “I can’t express what it feels like to stand next to him on the stage.”
Camille Christian plays Susan Walker. A ten-year-old student at St. George’s Elementary School, Camille has been watching both her mom and her dad act and expressed interest in trying out for the role. “I was so excited to get the part. It’s fun, and I like sharing the stage with my mom,” says Camile. “This definitely won’t be my last play!”
In the words of Susan Walker: “I believe...I believe…It’s silly, but I believe.” We believe you’ll love this show, December 15 and 16 at All Saints Parish Hall in Foxtrap. Tickets are presale only, and available through Eventbrite.