Golden age of radio

Fraser Valley Stage presents the Starlight Radio Theatre Christmas Show in Abbotsford, starting Dec. 5.

Local performers (from left) Pauline Harskamp (Barbara)

Local performers (from left) Pauline Harskamp (Barbara)

Take a nostalgic step back in time before the days of YouTube, cellphones or even television, when folks gathered together in their homes to get their news and entertainment by tuning in to the radio.

Fraser Valley Stage is presenting the Starlight Radio Theatre Christmas Show – A Glimpse Into Christmas Past.

The cast will give audience members a behind-the-scenes look into radio shows as they prepare for their Christmas show, with no lack of personal drama and interaction.

In the second act, the live on-air show takes place. The show must go on, no matter what is developing in the personal lives of the characters.

With songs like Someone to Watch Over Me, and I’ve Got My Love to Keep Me Warm, this comedy adventure provides the audience with music from the golden age of swing and jazz to Broadway, and distinctive arrangements for this seasonal story.

There are also some original and highly entertaining radio jingles reminiscent of the era, a film noir radio drama, gossip columnist and the performers put their unique spin on several Christmas traditions – including a special telling of The Very First Christmas Story.

Guest dancers from Suburban Swing bring their singular brand of energy to the show.

This original story is written and directed by Faith Toronchuk and produced by Fraser Valley Stage. It is designed to take you back to the late 1940s.

Local performers featured include Charles Wiebe, Fiona Brett, Jeret Unger, Tiffany King, Willis Taylor and Adrienne Joiner.

Fraser Valley Stage will also be auctioning the Christmas trees used in the show, with proceeds going to Abbotsford Community Services. A silent auction will take place before and after each performance. Successful bidders will be able to claim their fully lit tree after Dec. 10.

The show runs Dec. 5-8 at 7:30 p.m. with a 2 p.m. matinee on Dec. 8.

All performances take place at the Abbotsford Arts Centre, 2329 Crescent Way.

Tickets are $20 for adults; $18 for seniors and students and are available at Prospera Credit Union – West Oaks Branch,  The Reach Gallery (32388 Veterans Way) online at FraserValleyStage.com or by calling 1-888-467-8810.

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