Miracle on 34th Street: A Live Musical Radio Play
Adapted from the 1947 Lux Radio Broadcast by LANCE ARTHUR SMITH
Original Songs and Arrangements by JON LORENZ
Show dates: December 1, 2, 3, 8, 9, 10
Show times: Fridays and Saturday at 8pm, Sundays at 2pm
Recommended for ages 8+ | Sponsored by PNC Bank
Directed by ANDREW JOHN MITCHELL, Music Direction by ARIANNA COSTANTINI, Foley Work by KYLE HERMAN, Stage Management by EMILY MCALLISTER, Lighting Design by WYATT THOMPSON, Audio Engineering by JEN SCORZIELLO, Set Design by BRANDON GORIN, Costumes & Props by DANIEL COMBS
Starring JUSTINE QUIRK, CHRISTOPHER CASADONTI, HEATHER BOUNDS, BOB GATCHEL, MARLEY TILLINGHAST, MATT WILSON and GEORGE JANAVEL
When a department store Santa claims he’s the real Kris Kringle, his case gets taken all the way to the Supreme Court, and a little girl’s belief makes the difference in the ‘miracle.’ With live Foley effects and a score of holiday carols, Miracle on 34th Street is a beloved musical that will melt even the most cynical of hearts.
Miracle on 34th Street: A Live Musical Radio Play is presented through special arrangement by Broadway Licensing
WHAT IS A “LIVE RADIO PLAY?”
The basic premise is that the actors you see on stage are “radio actors” who portray the characters using their voice and facial expressions.
It is similar to a staged reading where the actors have the scripts in front of them, for reference, but still deliver fully nuanced performances. They stand at podiums in front of microphones, rather than moving around on a set.
They dress in costumes to represent each character. When an actor is playing more than one character, they will make slight changes to their appearance (in addition to altering their voice and physicality) to indicate the new persona. This can be as simple as removing glasses, switching coats, or donning a hat.
We also have a foley artist who creates live sound effects right before your eyes. He will turn household objects like bubble wrap, cellophane, breakfast cereal, and shoes into roaring fires, footsteps in the snow, and dancing feet. While these shows are not actually recorded or broadcast over the radio waves, audience members watching and listening to the show are transported to a time when the whole family would gather around the radio to catch their favorite program and go on the next grand adventure.
The minimal staging suggests enough of the environment and tone to set a spark to fully realize the action in your imagination.