NOVEMBER 17 - DECEMBER 23, 2016
Miracle on 34th Street: A Live Radio Play
Adapted by Stephen Frankenfield from the Lux Radio Theatre Original 1947 Radio Broadcast
Directed by Stephen Frankenfield
Featuring Michael F. Woodson, Cliff Madison, Bree Boyd, Josh Parra, Shanna Brock, and Missie Scheffman
ABOUT THE PLAY
Watch as the stage is transformed into a 1940s radio studio, where Live Theatre Workshop puts its stamp on this classic story through dozens of character voices and live Foley sound effects. You'll be reintroduced to Kris Kringle, the charming Macy's mascot put on trial for claiming to be real Santa Claus. Don't miss our special Holiday Miracle!
November 17 - December 23, 2016
Previews: November 17 and 18 at 7:30 PM
Opening Night: Saturday, November 19 at 7:30 PM
Thursday, Friday and Saturday Nights at 7:30 PM
Sunday Matinees at 3:00 PM
Special Saturday Matinee: December 17 at 3:00 PM
Previews & Thursday Tickets: $15
General Admission: $20
Students, Seniors 62+, & Military: $18
It’s time, once again, for the holiday season. Time to relax and enjoy the company of your family and friends, share in fond memories and believe in miracles...of course, first you need to finish that never-ending Christmas list, navigate the crowded stores for your last minute shopping, pull together your favorite holiday recipes, send out those Christmas cards, and the list of to-do’s go on and on.
Yes, it’s back! Christmas (insert dramatic music here)! With everything that goes into this wonderful, but very busy time of year, it’s nice to take a break from all the hustle and bustle to enjoy some live holiday entertainment. The story of Miracle on 34th Street will give you a chance to take a breath from the holiday madness as we laugh, cry, feel nostalgic, root for the good guy to win and remember to hold dear all the joy that makes us love this time of year so much.
I love the era of old-time radio: Abbott and Costello, Burns and Allen, and The Adventures of Phillip Marlow, just to name a few. So, when I got the opportunity to adapt Miracle on 34th Street, I jumped at the chance. So much work went into those classic radio programs. I was always fascinated by the sounds that helped bring the story to life. Who was responsible for all those sounds? And what did they use to make them? I loved the idea of providing a glimpse into that world by having audiences see it all happen live. I hope your sense of intrigue is tickled tonight as you become part of a world that was originally meant to be heard and not seen, and I hope you are entertained as this story of faith and kindness will help us all remember the true spirit of Christmas.
- Stephen Frankenfield, Director
ABOUT THE ARTISTS
Bree Boyd (Shirley Durant) is so happy to be back on the Live Theatre Workshop stage after maternity hiatus. Bree was last seen at LTW in LAUGHTER ON THE 23rd FLOOR, and in the ATT production of PRINCESS AND THE PEA. She earned BA degrees in Speech Communication, Psychology, and Fine Arts in Acting in Louisiana. Now a proud Mommy and local entrepreneur, she continues to follow her passion for acting here in the metro-Tucson area with an exciting career in theatre, radio, film, websites, and television.
Josh Parra (James Drexel) is a native Tucsonan, and studied acting at Pima Community College. Past roles include Judge Brack in HEDDA GABLER (Beowulf Alley), Man Ray in INTERROGATING THE NUDE (Beowulf Alley) and Happy in DEATH OF A SALESMAN (Winding Road), along with several original works. This is his first show with LTW.
Stephen Frankenfield (Director) is the Assistant Director of Children’s Programming here at LTW. He was most recently seen on LTW’s mainstage in RAPTURE, BLISTER, BURN and LAUGHTER ON THE 23RD FLOOR. Other notable acting credits include: THE GAME'S AFOOT OR, HOLMES FOR THE HOLIDAY, THE COLUMNIST, IT’S A WONDERFUL LIFE, BAREFOOT IN THE PARK, ARSENIC AND OLD LACE, I HATE HAMLET, DEARLY DEPARTED, FUNNY MONEY, THE MYSTERY OF IRMA VEP, and TUNA CHRISTMAS. His directing credits include: ONE SLIGHT HITCH, SOUVENIR, MOON OVER BUFFALO and MOVE OVER MRS. MARKHAM. He has written and directed for LTW's Family Theatre, as well as the Education Department. His two most recent plays, AN OUTLAW'S TALE: A STORY ABOUT THE GOOD, THE BAD, AND THE DOWN-RIGHT LAZY and THE MISADVENTURES OF ROMEO AND JULIET (A REHEARSAL NIGHTMARE) were just published this fall by Heuer Publishing. He has been nominated for 6 Arizona Daily Star Mac Awards, four times for acting and twice for directing. Stephen is a graduate of The American Academy Of Musical and Dramatic Arts in New York City.
Shanna Brock (Betty O’Neal) is thrilled to be performing at Live Theater Workshop once again. Some of her stage credits include Catherine in RAPTURE,BLISTER,BURN, Haley in BAD DATES, Mrs. Markham in MOVE OVER MRS MARKHAM, Aggie in THE GAME’S AFOOT, WIFE BEGINS AT FORTY, A THOUSAND CLOWNS, THE DINNER PARTY, TAKING STEPS, THE COCKTAIL HOUR with Live Theatre Workshop, Brooke in NOISES OFF with The Fine Arts Center of Colorado Springs, War Propaganda in ROBOTS VS FAKE ROBOTS and MR MARMALADE with Etcetera, THE ALTRUIST with Winding Road Theatre Ensemble, RAPUNZEL with All Together Theatre, THE MARVELOUS WONDERETTES with Arizona Onstage Productions, FAT PIG with Studio Connections, BURIED CHILD and THE THREEPENNY OPERA with Pistarckle Theater in the Virgin Islands. She can also be seen on the stage at The Gaslight Theater or traveling with The Manhattan Dolls. Shanna also has an extensive film resume, both in front of and behind the camera, including work with The Discovery Channel, The Sundance Channel and the Sci-Fi Channel. I would like to thank my biggest fan, my Mom.
Missie Scheffman (Natalie Day) is so excited to be back on the LTW stage after last year directing the holiday show, EVERY CHRISTMAS STORY EVER TOLD. Missie loved her last role as Daria Chase in THE GAME'S AFOOT and has appeared in many shows over the past several years including TWO INTO ONE, IT’S A WONDERFUL LIFE, THE SISTERS ROSENSWEIG, THE SEVEN YEAR ITCH, THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING EARNEST, SPIDER’S WEB, THE MISS FIRECRACKER CONTEST and DESIGN FOR LIVING. Missie also enjoyed the opportunity to direct LTW shows TWO INTO ONE, HALF AND HALF, A THOUSAND CLOWNS and the musical I DO, I DO. Missie has performed on the ATT stage, most recently as Sprinkle, the Cookie Fairy! Missie has a BFA in Theatre Production: Acting from the U of A. Missie thanks her family for their love and support.
Michael F. Woodson (Freddie Furlong) is excited to be back at LTW. His favorite past roles at LTW were George Hay in MOON OVER BUFFALO, Ansel in KILLER JOE, Dr. Charles in THE CLEAN HOUSE and Leo in A THOUSAND CLOWNS. He has also appeared at Arizona Theatre Company, The Invisible Theatre, The Wilde Playhouse and the Stray Theatre. A member of the Screen Actors Guild, he was seen in the television series Legend and The Young Riders, television movies Gunsmoke III, To the Last Man, and Geronimo, and commercials for Rawlings Radar Ball, The Arizona Lottery and Bulls Eye BBQ Sauce. He spends his off hours with his lovely wife, Kitty, gardening and taking care of their 2 Welsh Corgi dogs, 2 black cats, and other assorted wildlife that happen by their home.
Cliff Madison (Edward Gordon) hails from Mesa, Arizona and grew up in Casa Grande before coming to Tucson to study theatre at Pima Community College. He was last seen on the mainstage at Live Theatre Workshop in THE CHOSEN, FALLEN ANGELS, DEATH AND THE MAIDEN, RECKLESS, THE DINNER PARTY, A THOUSAND CLOWNS, THE UNEXPECTED GUEST and THE MYSTERY OF IRMA VEP, to name a few. Cliff also recently performed in the Winding Road Theater Ensemble production of TALLEY’S FOLLY and Borderlands’ 26 MILES.