KADS breaks new ground with “A 1940s Radio Christmas Carol”
Step back to 1940s New Jersey with sing-along carols, period radio commercials and audience participation!
Kineton Amateur Dramatic Society is busy rehearsing its next production, “A 1940s Radio Christmas Carol” which runs in the first week of December.* In a KADS first, the light-hearted production features sing-along carols and live music, punctuated with period radio commercials for everything from Lucky Strike cigarettes to war bonds ‘to support our men at the front.’
Following KADS’ highly successful spring production of “Suffragettes!”, director Sefton Steggalls decided to tackle something very different but equally challenging. Cut to Christmas Eve 1943 and the Feddington Players are performing their unique take on Charles Dickens' classic “A Christmas Carol”.
However, in cash-strapped wartime New Jersey not everything goes to plan, with noisy plumbing, power cuts and slowly-unravelling veteran stage actor William St. Claire forcing the company to improvise a new ending to the classic, featuring a hardboiled detective, a femme fatale and the daring rescue of Tiny Tim from the clutches of a suspiciously Hitler-esque villain named Rudolf!
“I’m really asking a lot of the cast and crew this time round,” said Sefton. “Singing is one thing but doing it in an American accent is another, plus we’re performing it all live, right down to the piano playing. The audience doesn’t get a free ride either, with period signs prompting them to laugh and applaud, just as they did back in the day. It’s a lot of fun and very different.”
Featuring delightful period songs and swing arrangements of many Christmas standards,
“A 1940's Radio Christmas Carol” is a trip down memory lane to America’s golden age of radio.
Thursday 6th to Sat 8th December at Kineton Village Hall.
Tickets available from Kineton Community Library or by contacting Jeremy on 01295 680487
or to email click here
Ticket Prices: Adults £7.50 Over 60’s & Under 16’s £6.00