MVC Division of Fine Arts to Present “A Christmas Carol: A Radio Musical Farce”

November 5, 2019
Missouri Valley College

The Division of Fine Arts will present “A Christmas Carol: A Radio Musical Farce” December 5-7 at 7:30 p.m. nightly in the Eckilson-Mabee Theatre.

This original musical will serve as the MVC holiday show this year and will feature members of the Music Theatre Ensemble as well as cast members from outside the ensemble. This jukebox musical was conceived, written and directed by MVC Professor of Theatre, Harold Hynick, and features music and humor from the mid forties.

Diana Malan, director of the music theatre ensemble, will serve as the musical director; Jay Rozema, professor of theatre, will oversee scenic, lighting, and sound design; and Dyann Rozema, adjunct instructor, is in charge of costume design.

This performance takes place on Christmas Eve 1944 inside the studios of radio station WBAH as they prepare to perform their annual holiday broadcast featuring a performance of Charles Dickens’ classic, “A Christmas Carol.” The studio is pumped with energy as a network scout, looking for new talent, is expected to pay a visit. Unfortunately, the excitement creates backstage rivalries, a blizzard creates complications, and everything starts to unravel.

“It’s a show with music, laughs and a little holiday sentimentality,” said Hynick. “These characters seemed to leap out of the classic movie musicals and onto the page. I’ve had a blast working with these talented young actors to bring the characters to life. We are sure the audience will have as much fun as we do.”

Tickets for the performance are free, donations are welcome.

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