‘A Christmas Carol, A Live Radio Play’ opens Dec. 5 at AE

Stephen F. Vrtol III in “A Christmas Carol, A Live Radio Play” at Artists’ Ensemble Theater, opening Dec. 5. (Photo by Margaret Raether)
Stephen F. Vrtol III in “A Christmas Carol, A Live Radio Play” at Artists’ Ensemble Theater, opening Dec. 5. (Photo by Margaret Raether)

• Artists’ Ensemble to premiere new adaptation written by Margaret and Richard Raether, running through Dec. 21

Staff Report

The harried staff at radio station WBFR is thrilled to welcome legendary actor Everett Kane (played by Stephen F. Vrtol III) to their studio. Kane will bring his famed portrayal of Ebenezer Scrooge to their holiday broadcast. Sure, there are a lot of wild rumors about Kane’s temper, his erratic behavior, and that time he punched his announcer. But those are just rumors, right?

Artists’ Ensemble Theater (AET) continues its love affair with vintage radio with their production of A Christmas Carol, A Live Radio Play, running Dec. 5-21 in the Cheek Theatre at Rockford University. This is the premiere of a new adaptation written by Margaret and Richard Raether.

Joining Vrtol in the cast are actors Stanton Davis, Darren Hill, Kahla Conley and Andrew Harth. Five actors, plus elaborate sound effects, will recreate the beloved Charles Dickens classic as a 1938 radio broadcast.

What makes this show especially fun is the back story,” said Artistic Director Richard Raether. “We witness the staff of this tiny station scramble to get on the air, despite a host of problems, including an irate star and a missing sound effects guy.”

A Christmas Carol performs Thursdays at 7:30 p.m., Fridays at 8 p.m., Saturdays at 4 and 8 p.m., and Sundays at 2 p.m. Thursday tickets are $19. All other performances are $30, $28 for seniors, and $10 for students. Purchase tickets at www.artistsensemble.org or call the box office at (815) 394-5004.

Artists’ Ensemble is an Equity professional theater performing at Rockford University.

From the Dec. 3-9, 2014, issue

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