Radio Show Created Holiday Spirit
The Theatre Palisades Actors’ Troupe presented their fifth annual Christmas Radio Show, Charles Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol,” on December 12.
Actors performed the Orson Welles version that was originally broadcast over the Mercury Radio Theater December 23, 1938 (Orson Welles starred as Ebenezer Scrooge). Actor Manfred Hofer, who grew up in Pacific Palisades played Scrooge with confidence, arrogance and anguish—a good performance.
The hour-long free show was enjoyed by nearly 60 people. After entering the lobby, theater goers were treated with free cookies, wine, Smoked Bishops (mulled wine) and coffee.
If you’ve never been to a radio play, it’s fascinating watching the Foley artists produce the sounds of footsteps, coal being shoveled in a stove, coins falling and eerie wind sounds. It takes the audience back to a different era, before television—and internet.
At the beginning of the show, each audience member was entered into a raffle. This year lucky winners received: a wood-crafted lazy Susan, Harrods Christmas pudding, Sees candy fudge, three sets of tickets to upcoming plays at Theatre Palisades, three $20 gift certificates to the yogurt shoppe on Swarthmore (visit:theyogurtshoppe.com) and two over-sized Pez dispensers.