RADIO REDUX SPREADS HOLIDAY CHEER
A feast of family-friendly holiday favorites awaits in The Radio Redux Christmas Special at 7:30 p.m. Friday (Dec. 20) and 2 p.m. Saturday (Dec. 21) and Sunday (Dec. 22) in the Hult Center’s Soreng Theater.
Show tickets—$23 (adults), $20 (seniors 65+), $16 (college/youth), and $16 each for a group of 5+—and a three-show season ticket package—$55.20 (adults), $49.20 (Seniors 65+) and $45 (youth)—are available by going to the Radio Redux website (www.radioreduxusa.com), by calling the Hult Center box office (541-682-5000), or by visiting the ticket office in the Hult Center lobby (12-5 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and 11 a.m.- 3 p.m. Saturday).
“The Radio Redux Christmas Special is a stroll down Memory Lane to revisit favorite hit songs and stories that radio employed in the 1940s to shape how Americans now view the holidays,” says Radio Redux founder/director Fred Crafts. “You’ll hear songs like O Holy Night, The Christmas Song and White Christmas and stories like The Cinnamon Bear, A Christmas Carol and The Gift of the Magi.”
Crafts adds, “Podcast and audiobook fans say Radio Redux is like watching a podcast or audiobook production live on stage, able to see in person how sound effects are created.”
An added treat is the premier of Crafts’ adaptation of The Greatest Gift, a short story that was expanded into the classic 1946 holiday film It’s a Wonderful Life.
“Radio Redux performs historical radio programs the old-fashioned way, using only vocal prowess, live sound effects, period-appropriate music, minimal sets and vintage costumes, but also with new touches,” says Crafts. “Not only do we provide fascinating sounds to listen to but we also show the audience how we do it. That’s why we say that Radio Redux is ‘radio worth watching.’ ”
Performing in The Radio Redux Christmas Special are storytellers Peter van de Graaff, Achilles Massahos, Dan Pegoda, Judi Weinkauf, Al Villanueva and Bill Barrett as well as teenaged singers Adriana Ripley and Oshen Parris-Austin of South Eugene High School.
Pre-show and intermission music is by the 1940s-style jazz group The Redux Rhythmaires, comprised of Michael Anderson (guitar/leader), Matt Treder (piano), Dean Livelybrooks (bass), Rob Neidig (drums), and Kirstin Parmeter-Nusser (vocals).
In addition to an entertaining production, suitable for all ages, patrons can experience:
A free, illustrated behind-the-show talk by radio-film historian Patrick Lucanio 60 minutes before show time in the Hult Center’s Soreng Theatre—at 6:30 p.m. Friday and 1 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.
A lobby exhibition of radio collectibles by curator Dennis Wright of the Radio Days Theater of the Mind Museum in Sutherlin.
An informal meet-the-cast encounter in the Hult Center lobby after the show.
Remaining in Radio Redux’s 2019-20 season are:
Sunset Boulevard - A silent-screen star’s old desires clash with modern Hollywood’s new ways. (February 7-9, 2020)
Stagecoach - A stagecoach full of frontier misfits rolls to one of the best Westerns ever. (April 3-5, 2020)
Information: website www.radioreduxusa.com or call 541-343-4251.