CwACT will perform ‘Christmas miracle’
The Central Wisconsin Area Community Theater (cwACT) will perform “Miracle on 34th Street – A Radio Show,” at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 18, and at 2 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 19, at Sentry’s [email protected], 1800 North Point Drive, Stevens Point.
Tickets will be $5 per person or $20 per family. Tickets will be available at the door before each show.
This play is based on the novel by Valentine Davies and is about a girl who is taught fairy tales are not true, until an old man comes along who claims to be Kris Kringle.
For the past four years, cwACT has performed a show in December with a Christmas theme. In the past they have performed “It’s a Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play” and “A Christmas Carol: A Radio Play.”
Most of cwACT’s performances have only one director, but this one has two, Anna Fehring and Diane Kranig. Fehring said they work well together, and their views and skills balance each other.
“What one of us doesn’t do, the other does,” Fehring said.
Each Christmas performance is also a radio play, meaning the performers read from a script and there are no scene or costume changes.
“It’s done as though they are performing a radio broadcast.” Fehring said.
This is similar to their previous Christmas performances and is done because it is more cost effective and it is easier to welcome the community to audition because there is no memorization, which makes people more comfortable.
Fehring believes community members should come and watch this Christmas show as it is good for the community to support their members’ performance and build Christmas spirit. This year there are three different girls playing Susan, one for each performance since everyone who auditions gets a part, even if the play needs to be tweaked in order to allow this.
“It is a very wonderful story, it was a very wonderful movie and it is very similar as the radio play,” Fehring said.
With about 25 cast and crew, some of the performers are returning from past years and productions.
In the past cwACT has put on other productions, most recently “Shrek: the Musical” and “My Cousin Lino.”