BUCKHANNON, West Virginia – The West Virginia Wesleyan College Department of Theatre and Dance presents the Walton Jones, David Wohl and Faye Greenburg play, “A 1940s Radio Christmas Carol.”
“A 1940s Radio Christmas Carol” will run December 1,2 and 3 at 8 p.m. with a Saturday matinee at 2 p.m. in the Colonial Theatre. Tickets are $10 for adults, $7 for seniors, and $5 for students and the WVWC community.
A sequel of “The 1940s Radio Hour,” the play is set during Christmas Eve 1943, and the Feddington Players are now broadcasting from a hole-in-the-wall studio in Newark, New Jersey. They are to present their contemporary “take” on Dickens’s “A Christmas Carol.” Whether it’s the noisy plumbing, missed cues, electrical blackouts or the over-the-top theatrics of veteran actor, but radio novice, William St. Claire, this radio show is an entertaining excursion into the mayhem and madness of a live radio show. The acting will show you a simultaneously comedic and heart-wrenching dramatic climax.
“A 1940s Radio Christmas Carol” is directed by Gregory Mach, with musical direction by Dr. Dan Hughes, set and lighting design by Keith Saine, and costume design by Elizabeth Tweel ‘23.
The cast of “A 1940s Radio Christmas Carol” includes Anna Zurbuch ‘25 from Charleston, West Virginia, as Toots Navarre; Owen Hess ‘24 from Bridgeport, West Virginia, as Isadore “Buzz” Crenshaw; Ashton Cork ‘23 from Salem, West Virginia, as Esther Lewis Purnie; Ashton Nardella ‘26 from Bridgeport, West Virginia, as Harold J. Mullins; Jackson Johnson ‘22 from Charleston, West Virginia, as Fritz Canigliaro; Timothy Walker ‘23 from Clarksburg, West Virginia, as Clifton Feddington; Anthony Damcott ‘23 from Akron, Ohio, Charles “Cholly” Butts; Chelyan Smith ‘23 from Cross Lanes, West Virginia, as Margie O’Brien; Sydney Stewart ‘25 from Barboursville, West Virginia, as Judith Davenport; Iris Kolenich ‘23 from Buckhannon, West Virginia, as Sally Simpson; Ben Long ‘25 from Buckhannon, West Virginia, as “Little” Jackie Sparks; and Derek Hess ’23 from Bridgeport, West Virginia, as William St. Claire.
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West Virginia Wesleyan College (WVWC) is a private, four-year residential liberal arts college in Buckhannon, West Virginia. A tradition of excellence for more than 130 years, West Virginia Wesleyan is home to 14 Fulbright Scholars. The Princeton Review ranked Wesleyan one of its 2022 Best Colleges in the Southeastern Region of the United States. U.S. News & World Report’s 2022 Best College Rankings designated Wesleyan a “Top 20” Best Value – Regional Universities (South) and one of the “Top 75” Regional Universities (South). WVWC offers students more than 40 majors and 40 minors; graduate programs in athletic training, business administration, creative writing, and nursing; 22 NCAA Division II athletic programs; multiple performing arts groups; and more than 70 organizations. Founded in 1890, the College is closely affiliated with the United Methodist Church and abides by the Wesley doctrine that emphasizes service to others. For more information, visit wvwc.edu.