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A Christmas Carol Coming to a Phone Near You

By • Dec 10th, 2009 • Category: News

American Century Theater will be performing the Christmas classic A Christmas Carol on Sunday evening, December 13th, at 8:00pm, via a free teleconference. The equivalent of a radio drama, this is the second time ACT has performed the show. In 2007, “the response was overwhelming,” says Jack Marshall, the artistic director of the Arlington, Virginia,-based company. “Teleconference technology beautifully captures the sound and feel of the Golden Age of radio drama, when Campbell’s Soup presented an annual live broadcast of A Christmas Carol, starring Lionel Barrymore as Scrooge, to millions of families across the country on Christmas Eve. Our production–with each actor performing from his or her own home–is a wonderful showcase of the vocal talents of our professional acting company and also shows how modern technology can evoke classic entertainment. This is our gift to theatergoers in Arlington, the greater Washington area, and the country.”

The actors will not be in the same physical location, and instead will use their telephones as microphones, and sound designer Keith Bell mixes in sound effects and music live. “It’s true: the effect is exactly the same as old radio,” says Bell.

“This format gives us an opportunity to get the show to people who may not be able to travel, during a time of year that can be very stressful,” explained Rhonda Hill, producer. “We are bringing live theater directly into homes. And generations who have only heard their grandparents speak of the magic of radio can experience that magic first hand.”

The company is encouraging everyone to alert friends and family across the country to the production and to encourage call-in listeners from every state. “There will be something special in knowing that so many others are listening, too,” says Marshall. “Our company is dedicated to keeping live theater a community activity, with shared experiences and ideas. This is just one more way to tie us together.”

This year’s acting is led by Capitol Steps member Andy Clemence, whose uncanny evocation of Lionel Barrymore as Scrooge was a highlight of the
first production. Joining him are David Elias, Mary McGowan, Richard Rohan, Bruce Alan Rauscher, Suzanne Connors Nepi, Mary Nepi, John Tweel, Nan Savard, Glenn White, Chris Davenport, Kate Davenport, John Tremain May, Lauren May, Esther Covington, Joe Cronin, Kathryn Fuller, Tom Fuller, Alice Fuller, Michael Replogle, Tracy Krulik, Paul McLane, Tom Dillickrath, Paul McLane, and Rhonda Hill.

To hear the broadcast, a few minutes before 8 PM EST, on Sunday, December 13, dial the toll-free access number 1-800-244-5901, then dial the passcode 499244, followed by the # sign. There is no charge to the listening audience.

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started ShowBizRadio in August 2005 because they love live theater. They each have both performed in and worked behind the scenes in DC area productions, as well as earned a Career Studies Certificate in Theater from Northern Virginia Community College. Mike & Laura are each members of the American Theatre Critics Association, and Mike is a member of the Online News Association.

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