The Hull High School Theatre Arts students will be streaming a broadcast of their version of Philip Grecian’s “A Christmas Carol: A Radio Play” on Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 19 and 20, at 8 p.m.
For the past two months, the students have been working on their voice acting skills as well as creating sound effects once used in classic radio broadcasts, as well as radio broadcasts of today, to bring the story of Ebenezer Scrooge to life for the holidays.
Director Charles Jodoin recommends seeing the show because “given that this is a streaming production [playgoers] will be able to listen to some great quality theater from the comfort of their homes … and truly be entertained by one of the greatest Christmas stories ever written.”
Jodoin said he chose “A Christmas Carol” because “we wanted something that would be able to translate into an audio version. This version was specifically written as a radio play, so it was perfect.”
He also believes that it is an appropriate selection for the season because “it’s a story of hope, it’s a story of redemption, it’s a story of the ultimate goodness in humanity. I thought it was kind of timely given everything going on, that we have a production that is of hope.”
Despite pandemic-imposed restrictions, putting together the show has not been a challenge, according to Jodoin. He has worked closely with high school music teacher Ian Barkon, who has been designing background music for the show.
“Because during this pandemic safety has always been our number one concern, up until this point we have been doing everything virtually online through Zoom, which has really worked out quite well,” Jodoin reports.
“It’s an absolute pleasure working with the cast and crew,” he says. “I’ve really come to admire, respect, and care about these kids of Hull and their commitment to performing arts.”
Contact Barkon at firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions about the show or to order your virtual tickets (code).
Tickets are available at Showtix4U at this link: https://www.showtix4u.com/event-details/43259
Victoria Dolan is school correspondent for The Hull Times.