A Radio Christmas Carol

A Radio Christmas Carol

Re-Imagined Radio has, since 2013, offered a radio adaptation of A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens. First published in December 1834 and never out of print since, the novel is no doubt familiar. Ebenezer Scrooge, a miser cold of heart and spirit, is tranformed by Ghosts of Christmas into a kind, generous, and compassionate man. He gives Bob Cratchit a raise and becomes a second father to Tiny Tim. The point: humanity outweighs riches, and brings redemption.

Public demand convinced us to reprise our performance the following year. We drew additional inspiration from the 24 December 1939 Campbell Playhouse radio dramatization narrated by Orson Welles and starring Lionel Barrymore as Ebenezer Scrooge. Welles voiced the part of Scrooge in an earlier Mercury Theatre on the Air performance, 23 December 1938. We renamed our adapation A Radio Christmas Carol and have provided some iteration of this classic story every holiday season since. We like to think that our performance has become a community tradition, bringing joy and festivities to the seasonal holidays.

2021 Episode

A Radio Christmas Sampler 2021
20 December 2021

Program Guide for A Radio Christmas Sampler
This year we thought to try something different. Rather than an adaptation of A Christmas Carol, Re-Imagined Radio presents A Radio Christmas Sampler featuring selections from Christmas episodes of radio programs like Suspense, Rocky Fortune, The Damon Runyon Theatre, The Jack Benny Program, Bing Crosby and The Kraft Music Hall, Vic and Sade, and the 2020 recorded performance of "A Radio Christmas Carol" by Metropolitan Performing Arts.

Initial broadcast and live streams by KXRW-FM, Vancouver, WA, and KXRY-FM, Portland, OR. Further broadcasts and streams by our local, regional, and international partners. Archival recordings available for on demand listening.

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Credits

"A Radio Christmas Carol" by Metropolitan Performing Arts," 2020
"Vic’s Christmas Card List," from Vic and Sade, 1939
"Dancing Dan’s Christmas," from The Damon Runyon Theatre, 1949
"Decorating the Christmas Tree," from The Jack Benny Program, 1951
"Department Store Santa," from Rocky Fortune, 1953
"A Korean Christmas Carol," from Suspense, 1959
And Bing Crosby and The Kraft Music Hall, December 12, 1944

Sound Design by John Barber
Post Production by Marc Rose of Fuse Audio Design
Social Media by Regina Carol Social Media Management
Graphics by Holly Slocum Design
Produced and Hosted by John Barber

Background

A scene with Scrooge begins "A Radio Christmas Sampler." Jeffrey Puukka voices Scrooge. Another scene with Tiny Tim closes the episode. Greg Shilling voices Tiny Tim. Both are sampled from the 2020 Re-Imagined Radio broadcast of "A Radio Christmas Carol" with Metropolitan Performing Arts.

Selections from "Vic’s Christmas Card List," from the radio series Vic and Sade, created and written by Paul Rhymer and broadcast five days a week from 1932-1944, feature Rhymer’s unique comedic style and outrageous character names. In this sample from a December 1939 episode, Victor Gook, a bookkeeper for Plant 14 of the Consolidated Kitchenware Company, Sade, his homebody wife, and Rush, their adopted son discuss why Vic has to send Christmas cards to people he rarely, if ever, meets.

Our sampling of "Dancing Dan’s Christmas," speaks to how, at Christmas, we may chart a new course for our lives. It’s from the March 13, 1949 episode of The Damon Runyon Theatre, a year long series featuring dramatizations of stories by the author Damon Runyon set against the backdrop of New York City. John Brown narrates as Broadway, a small time criminal with a heart of gold. His story has warmth and appeal.

"Decorating the Christmas Tree," proves a shocking experience for Jack Benny, host of the 23 December 1951 Christmas episode of The Jack Benny Program.

"Department Store Santa" samples a performance by Frank Sinatra, the singer and musical artist from the 22 December 1953 episode of his little-known radio series, Rocky Fortune. Sinatra plays Rocky Fortune, a footloose young gentleman who accepts odd jobs. Here he is a part-time Santa Claus in a downtown department store. Sinatra is street wise and hep talkin’ but he’s just the man to deal with the robberies and help out a young girl who wants a particular Christmas gift, and her older, attractive sister.

"Korean Christmas Carol" considers, from a paranormal perspective, being away from family and friends at Christmas, in our sample from the 20 December 1959 episode of Suspense. Bill Lipton narrates.

"A Radio Christmas Sampler" closes with a joyful rendition of "Jingle Bells" by Bing Crosby and others sampled from the 12 December 1944 episode of Bing Crosby and The Kraft Music Hall.

Metropolitan Performing Arts, of Vancouver, WA, provide Christmas songs throughout.

Promotion

A Radio Christmas Sampler web poster by Holly Slocum, Holly Slocum Design (240 x 356)
Radio Christmas Sampler web poster 2021

A Radio Christmas Sampler cover poster by Holly Slocum, Holly Slocum Design (820 x 356)
Radio Christmas Sampler cover poster 2021

A Radio Christmas Sampler social media poster by Holly Slocum, Holly Slocum Design (2000 x 2000)
Radio Christmas Sampler social media poster 2021

A Radio Christmas Sampler full poster by Holly Slocum, Holly Slocum Design (2000 x 3000)
Radio Christmas Sampler poster 2021

2020 Episode

A Radio Christmas Carol 2020
24 December 2020

Re-Imagined Radio presented a recorded performance by Metropolitan Performing Arts actors and other community volunteers. Broadcasts and streams by our local, regional, and international partners. Archival recordings available for on demand listening.

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Part 1
Part 2
Cast

Julie Steinbrenner as Narrator
Jeffrey Puukka as Ebenezer Scrooge
Will Johnson as Bob Cratchit and 2nd Man
Kristen Heller as Charity Gentleman
Greg Shilling as Nephew Fred and Tiny Tim
Jason Weed as Ghost of Marley, Ghost of Christmas Present, Fezziwig, Man on Street, and 1st Man
Barbara Richardson as Ghost of Christmas Past and Goose Person
Kristin Heller as Belle, Kristin Heller, and Begger on Street
Will Johnson as Young Scrooge
Barbara Richardson as Martha Cratchit
Ghost of Christmas Future (a non-speaking part)

Credits

Directed by Barbara Richardson
Sound Design by John Barber
Post Production by Martin John Gallagher
Social Media and Graphic Design by Holly Slocum
Produced and Directed by John Barber

Promotion

WSU Vancouver Partners with Re-Imagined Radio for Holiday Tradition, The Reflector, 18 Dec. 2020.
Re-Imagined Radio Performances, Visit Vancouver USA, 11 Dec. 2020.
Hewitt, Scott. For Clark County Performing Groups, The Show Must Go On(line). The Columbian, 3 Dec. 2020, pp. B1, B5.

A Radio Christmas Carol 2020

2019 Episode

A Christmas Carol 2019
18 December 2019

Re-Imagined Radio presented a live performance by Metropolitan Performing Arts actors and other community volunteers at Kiggins Theatre in downtown Vancouver, Washington. Audience count: 250. Broadcast and streamed on KXRW.FM (Vancouver, Washington) and KXRY.FM (XRAY.FM, Portland, Oregon). No recording available.

Cast

John Barber as Narrator, Fezziwig, and Begger on Street
Jeffrey Puukka as Ebenezer Scrooge
Greg Shilling as Bob Chartchit
Derek Nolan as Charity Gentlemen
Ethan Radcliff as Nephew Fred and 1st Man
Bob Meek as Ghost of Marley and 2nd Man
Arianna Dorenbosch as Ghost of Christmas Past and Young Girl with Cratchit family
Rebekah Hetrick as Belle and Martha Cratchit
Derek Nolan as Young Scrooge
Larry Taylor as Ghost of Christmas Present and Man on Street
Laura Hankins as Mrs. Cratcit
Rylan Lewis as Tiny Tim and Goose Person

Credits

Directed and Produced by John Barber
Sound Design by John Barber
Promotional Graphics by Laura Evancich

Photo Gallery

Photography by Steve Hart

2018 Episode

A Radio Christmas Carol 2018
20 December 2018

Re-Imagined Radio presented a live performance by Metropolitan Performing Arts actors and other community volunteers at Kiggins Theatre in downtown Vancouver, Washington. Audience count: 270. Streamed live on KXRW-FM, Vancouver's community radio. Archival recording available for on demand listening.

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Recorded live performance.

Credits

Promotional Graphics by Betsy Hanrahan

Promotion

"A Radio Christmas Carol." The Columbian, Weekend Section, 14 Dec. 2018, p. 26.

Photo Gallery

Photography by N.E.H. Photography

2017 Episode

A Radio Christmas Carol poster (2017)
20 Decemeber 2017

Re-Imagined Radio presented a live performance by Metropolitan Performing Arts actors, the Metropolitan Performing Arts Carolers, The Juleps, and other community volunteers at Kiggins Theatre in downtown Vancouver, Washington. Audience count: 320. Streamed live on American Senior Radio Network. Archival recording for on demand listening.

Listen

Recorded live performance.

Promotion
A Radio Christmas Carol poster (2017)

Hewitt, Scott. The Sound of Scrooge: Vancouver Group Steps Up To Keep "A Radio Christmas Carol" on the Air The Columbian, 15 Dec. 2017, pp. D1, 2.

Photo Gallery

Photography by N.E.H. Photography

2016 Episode

A Radio Christmas Carol 2016 poster
21 December 2016

Re-Imagined Radio presented a live performance by Willamette Radio Workshop actors and other community volunteers at Kiggins Theatre in downtown Vancouver, Washington. Audience count: 300+. Streamed live on American Senior Radio Network. Rather than paid admissions, audience members donated non-perishable food items for The Clark County Food Bank. Donations of 763 pounds of food and $325.00 provided 2,228 meals for hungry families in Clark County. Archival recording available for on demand listening.

Listen

Recorded live performance.

Credits

Directed by Sam A. Mowry
Promotional Graphics By Sam A. Mowry
Produced by John Barber

Promotion

Hewitt, Scott. Willamette Radio Workshop To Present 'A Christmas Carol' at Kiggins. The Columbian, 11 Dec. 2016.
Hewitt, Scott. The Sounds of Scrooge Come To Life. The Columbian, 17 Dec. 2016, pp. D1, D2.
A Radio Christmas Carol 2016 social media poster

2015 Episode

A Radio Christmas Carol 2015 poster
16 December 2015

Re-Imagined Radio presented a live performance by the Willamette Radio Workshop at Kiggins Theatre in downtown Vancouver, Washington.

Listen

Recorded live performance.

Credits

Directed by Sam A. Mowry
Promotional Graphics by Kate Palermini
Produced by John Barber

Promotion

Facebook page for this event.

Hewitt, Scott. Christmas on the Radio. The Columbian, 11 Dec. 2015.

2014 Episode

A Radio Christmas Carol 2014 poster
18 December 2014

Re-Imagined Radio presented a live performance by the Willamette Radio Workshop at Kiggins Theatre in downtown Vancouver, Washington. No recording available.

Cast

Curtis Hanson as Scrooge
with Cindy McGean, Chris Porter, Renne King, Alyson Ayn Osborn, and Sam A. Mowry

Credits

Live Sound by D. Neil Blake and Phillip Bursch
Projections by Joe Medina
Directed by Sam A. Mowry
Promotional Graphics by Sam Mowry

Preomotion

Facebook page for this event.
WSUV Brings Program, Artwork To Downtown. The Columbian, 13 Dec. 2014.

2013 Episode

A Radio Christmas Carol 2013 poster
19 December 2013

Re-Imagined Radio presented a live performance by the Willamette Radio Workshop at Kiggins Theatre in downtown Vancouver, Washington. No recording available.

Credits

Directed by Sam A. Mowry
Promotional Graphics by Sam A. Mowry