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Curtain Call Company presents ‘Miracle on 34th Street, a Live Radio Play’

 

Last updated 12/15/2017 at Noon

Practicing their roles in “Miracle on 34th Street, a Live Radio Play” are, from left, Cassidy Mitchell, Don Foulks, Isabella Hollcroft and Cianna Garrison. Courtesy photo

Elizabeth Youngman-Westphal

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The Curtain Call Company’s production of a holiday classic “Miracle on 34th Street, a Live Radio Play” will present the quintessential Christmas story about Santa Claus 2 p.m. Sundays, Dec. 10 and 17 and 7:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 15, and Saturday, Dec. 16, at the Fallbrook Woman’s Club, 238 W. Mission Road, in Fallbrook.

linkThe local cast is filled with neighbors and friends, ages of 10 to 95, who will be performing the production only four times this season. Billy Clebeck, Diana Fink, Don Foulkes, Cari Garrison, Cianna Garrison, Art Gilbert, Isabella Hollcraft, Nancy Kreie, Kathy Miller, Cassidy Mitchell, Luis Nunez, Becky Schmad and Kathy Simmons are some of the local talent enlisted in the play. Mary Fry is the director and producer.

“Miracle on 34th Street, a Live Radio Play” is about a little girl who doesn’t believe in Santa Claus. The Lux Radio Theatre broadcast this play live from their New York City studio between 1946 and 1949 before switching over to television. The production takes place between Thanksgiving and Christmas in 1948.

From left, Kathy Simmons, Luis Nunez, Cari Garrison and Kathy Miller read through the script for “Miracle on 34th Street, a Live Radio Play.” Courtesy photo

The stars of the original cast included Maureen O’Hara and John Payne, who went on to star in the movie together, and Ed Gwenn. Fans of the Christmas classic likely also recall other live radio programs like “The Lone Ranger” and “The Green Hornet” with fondness.

As in all radio shows, the actors read from scripts, playing multiple characters and even making their own sound effects and providing any general ambiance needed throughout the production. Lux was a flaky brand of laundry detergent, which was even touted to be used as a substitute for making artificial snow for Christmas trees.

“Miracle on 34th Street, a Live Radio Play” is ideal for all ages. Tickets can be purchased for $10 at Major market, at www.curtaincallcompany.org or by calling (760) 468-6302.

 

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