Mid-Carolina drama group readies for performance
K-M-A-S Radio: Christmas on the Homefront being staged Dec. 14
Natalie Netzel Staff Writer
PROSPERITY — The Mid-Carolina High Drama Club will present its gift for the community Dec. 14 with their rendition of K-M-A-S Radio: Christmas on the Homefront.
This is the club’s first performance of the year, said the club’s faculty sponsor Jessica McCartha.
“It’s set in the 1940s during World War II. It’s a mix of typical Christmas sentiment and lots of humor,” she said. “There’s definitely comedic players here.”
For example, she explains that one of the characters, Sam, tries to be a ventriloquist act on the radio. There’s also soldiers involved.
“The play is set in Falls Mountain in the Midwest,” said McCartha. The setting is a small town setting with a community radio station which is why some of the cast visited the WKDK radio station for a real life setting.
The students have been rehearsing for six weeks, going from a couple of rehearsals to every day rehearsing as the play approaches.
The play is set in December 1944 and K-M-A-S radio station manager Arthur Kensington hopes a special show on Christmas Eve will raise the ratings and advertising but the staff is disarrayed.
In the play, there’s a dyslexic sound man, a drama queen, and other actors including one who has written a new radio play retelling the Nativity as a hard-boiled detective story.
On top of that, everyone’s hopes are dashed when an anticipated visit from the famous singing Andrews Sisters turns out to be the not-so-famous Epstein Cousins. There are also orphans, the rival radio station’s gang of hoods, and an Army hero who makes an impression on a young man dreaming of war’s glory.
The cast includes Jordan Chase as Arthur Kensington; Julia Keppel as Katie Plummer; Grace Eldridge as Simone Beckwith; Walker Eldridge as John Thomas; Julian McCormick as Jimmy Harris; Jessica Culbreth as Charlene Harris; Ali Boland as Shirley Brown; Andrea Meetze as Martha Miller; Alexis Sodlink as Brenda; Charlie York as Dani Arnold; Patrick Craven as Sam #1; Shane Glass as Sam #2; Atiajah Wallace and Mary Grace Whitlock as the Epstein Cousins; and Grace Alger as Petunia.
The play is set for 7 p.m. Dec. 14 in the Mid-Carolina High cafeteria. Tickets are $7 at the door or $5 in advance. Call the school for more information.
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