The holiday season is full of familiar stories involving characters such as a bullied reindeer, a snowman who came to life, a jolly man slipping down the chimney and of course, the crabby uncle who learns how to enjoy life. The Driftwood Players next production involves Charles Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol,” but with a twist.
“A 1940s Radio Christmas Carol” is set in an era where entertainment radio was losing out to movies and television. A station, called WOV, gets kicked out of its studio during a production of “A Christmas Carol,” and ends up with a lead man with a famous background who feels he’s too good for radio.
Director Kathe Rowe has managed numerous plays for Driftwood, including the original “Christmas Carol” and chose this one for the holiday season.
“I grew up with Judy Garland and Mickey Rooney ‘Hey kids let’s do a show’ days,” Rowe said. “It does this with the camaraderie of the people involved with this story mixed with the time period during World War II for seriousness. This is stuff we can understand these days and it speaks to a lot of generations. Christmas, holidays and patriotism are all important during this time of year.”
During casting, Rowe said she looked for people who had potential over finding the perfect actor for every role.
That was especially true in this play, which is a performance with music but not a full-fledged musical.
“Of course, casting is the most difficult and if you have a good cast, that makes everything easier. And I have a good cast,” she said.
The show is open to all ages, although it does contain some 1940s humor, including an off-color joke about Groucho Marx’s cigar and some flirty moments between characters.
“But really, this is tame compared to today’s standards,” she added.
There are not any modifications to the original script and due to the production volume at Driftwood, they were able to find most props for the show in storage. However, volunteers had to put together microphones that looked like they were from the play’s era.
“That’s the beauty of how many Driftwood productions have been done,” Rowe said. “When I try to do any show we just have to find it because there’s a good chance it’s there, somewhere.”
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• Friday, Saturday showings, curtain time at 7:30 p.m.: Nov. 23, 29, 30, Dec. 6, 7, 13, 14.
• Sunday matinee on Dec. 15 starts at 1:30 p.m.
Tickets are $15 and are available online at AberdeenDriftwood.com. Tickets are available in person at Valu Drug in Montesano, Top Foods and City Center Drug in Aberdeen, Harbor Drug in Hoquiam and Dolores’ and Fay’s in Ocean Shores.