Editor's Note: The following is a press release from the Eagan Theater Company.
Imagine a simpler time as families gathered in the parlor, next to a roaring fire. They turned on the radio and listened to Lionel Barrymore, Orson Wells and the ‘Mercury Theater Group” perform the perennial holiday classic, “A Christmas Carol.”
Fast forward several decades as the Eagan Theater Company (ETC) preserves and presents this great holiday tradition once again on Friday, December 7 and Saturday, December 8, with their live theater performance of the Charles Dickens’ classic “A Christmas Carol” Radio Play.
Six local performers under the direction of Ken Coy, will bring 32 characters to life. A holiday chorus will provide carols before the performance, assist with radio sound effects and more as they transport the audience through the story of Ebenezer Scrooge and his Christmas Eve visitors, as performed by 1940s-era radio actors.
“In the days when radio was king,” says ETC Director Ken Coy, “people used their imaginations to bring a story to life. Imagination is becoming a bit of a lost art” he says. “We’re hoping to help folks recapture this magical skill, and what better time than at Christmas with a familiar seasonal classic.”
Two performances, the first at at 7 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 7 and the second at 7 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 8 will be held at Cedar Valley Center, 2024 Rahn Way, Eagan. Doors will open for each performance at 6 p.m. with caroling at 6:30 p.m. Tickets for the performance are $10 in advance and can be purchased through the ETC Web site at www.etc-mn.org or by calling 651-454-6755.