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‘A Christmas Carol’ a Live Radio Play

authorStaff Writer on Nov 20, 2023

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 to 17.

Adapted from the timeless novel by Charles Dickens by playwright Joe Landry, with music by Kevin Connors, this family-friendly version runs approximately 45 to 60 minutes and will recreate for live audiences the high-wire, high-spirited energy of a 1940s-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-19-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 on Friday, December 15, at 7 p.m., and Saturday and Sunday, December 16 and 17, at 2:30 p.m. Patrons are encouraged to arrive early to enjoy complimentary hot cider, hot chocolate, and cookies served before the show.

All tickets are $18 at hamptontheatre.org or by calling 631-653-8955. Quogue Community Hall is at 125 Jessup Avenue in Quogue. Coming up in 2024, the 39th HTC season continues with two more full-length productions — “Strictly Murder” (March 7 to 24) and “A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum” (May 23 to June 9).

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