Ho-Ho-Holiday Radio Plays

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Live on our stage with live sound effects!

directed by Daniella Marchese


For an audio taste of what’s to come, click HERE


1. ARCHIE ANDREWS

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Archie Andrews, 1947: Harlan Stone as Jughead Jones, Bob Hastings as Archie Andrews, Gloria Mann as Veronica Lodge

Archie Andrews was created in 1941 as a comic book character by artist Bob Montana, writer Vic Bloom, and publisher John L. Goldwater.

Along with Archie, we were introduced to his parents (Mary and Fred), his best friend (Jughead Jones), and his love-interests (Veronica Lodge and Betty Cooper) and a host of other characters. Their popularity spread to radio, daily newspapers, television, cartoons, film, and popular music.

The radio show ran from 1943 to 1953 – the Golden Age of Radio Drama. Our Christmas Show was originally broadcast on December 13, 1947, as “mass confusion results when Archie and his parents and all his friends go Christmas shopping at the same time in the same department store.”

2. MY FRIEND IRMA

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My Friend Irma: Marie Wilson and Cathy Lewis

My Friend Irma was broadcast on CBS Radio from 1947 to 1954. Its success spawned films, television, a comic strip and a comic book.  Irma was played by Marie Wilson throughout.

Each episode began with Irma’s 20-something level-headed roommate Jane relating another adventure/misadventure of the “scatterbrained stenographer from Minnesota.” They usually involved their Irish landlady, Irma’s deadbeat boyfriend Al, or the Russian professor who lived upstairs.

Our episode, originally produced on Christmas Day 1950, follows the misadventures of “everyone’s favorite, loveable blonde” as she prepares to throw a Christmas shindig, only to learn that the only guest is her!

 

3. FATHER KNOWS BEST

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Father Knows Best: Robert Young, Jean VanderPyl

Father Knows Best began as a radio show in 1949, following the lives of the Andersons, a middle-class family living in the American midwestern town of Springfield (hello, Simpsons!)

The radio show with a sarcastic tone ran during the Golden Age of Radio Drama until 1954, when it switched to television with all new cast members (except for Robert Young) and a more “wholesome” family attitude.

Our Christmas Show was first broadcast on Christmas eve, 1953, when the family has unique ideas to celebrate it. As Father says: “Margaret, believe me, this is going to be a Christmas none of us will ever forget.”

 


Live on our stage with live sound effects!

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Wartime Radio Sound effects, 1942

December 28, 2018 at 8:00pm

December 29, 2018 at 2:00pm

December 29, 2018 at 8:00pm

December 30, 2018 at 2:00pm

Call our reservation line at 416-767-7702

Tickets: $20

At the Village Playhouse
2190E Bloor Street West (just east of Runnymede Station)


 

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Laura Lawton, Matthew Taylor, Jess L. Callaghan, Trevor Marlatt,
Rob Candy, Debbie Krulicki, Susan Poole, Karen Drybrough


 

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