MORLS Christmas Carol

A vintage radio draped in multi-colored lights and a red bow. At the center are black and white photos of four radio performers. In the background is a victorian holiday scene.

The Mysterious Old Radio Listening Society presents

The 1939 Mercury Theatre on the Air

Dec 11, 12 at 7:30 pm
Dec 13 at 2:00 pm
And streaming Dec 14 – Jan 3*

A re-creation of the 1939 broadcast of Charles Dickens’ beloved tale,
A Christmas Carol, adapted by Orson Welles.

Presented by Ghoulish Delights and Park Square Theatre

*Streaming version includes optional subtitles.

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Streaming access to A Christmas Carol expires on January 3, 2020. When purchasing a ticket for your household, January 3 will appear as the date on your ticket.

Three white men in Santa hats and Christmas sweaters holding vintage records.Gathering round the radio to hear this classic story was a treasured annual tradition from the 1930s to the 1950s and is a perfect one to share with family this year! The talented society cast will recreate the 1939 broadcast of this holiday masterpiece, this time told through Zoom. Dim the lights and join your loved ones, near or far, to tune in to the true meaning of Christmas.

Each Zoom performance will include live introductions and recorded performance. Plus, ask all your trivia questions and learn about the golden age of radio with a post-show conversation with the company members.

“We do all the characters and all the foley (sound effects) and then edit it together. You’ll be able to watch us perform it, not just hear the audio!”

— Eric Webster, company member


Join the party early for an interactive reading of ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas*

15 minutes before each broadcast. For kids from 1 to 92!
Watch the video below to learn how to make sound effects with objects you have around the house!
*Zoom Dates Dec 11-13 only.

Watch this video with Mysterious Old Radio Listening Society member Eric Webster to learn how to make amazing sound effects from “a clatter” to “reindeer on roof” using items you have around the house! Ticket holders will be emailed a script with cues in advance.

Then, 15 minutes before before each Zoom performance, the company will perform a live reading of ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas with prompts for you to use your new skills to create the sound effects.

Shanan Custer is half of the 2 Sugars Show (with Carolyn Pool) that includes their Ivey Award winning show 2 Sugars, Room for Cream, their Park Square 2018-2019 season opener hit Sometimes There’s Wine and — coming soon — Bad Things, Good Whiskey. Other original work includes the 2018 MN Fringe Golden Lanyard Winning musical Not Fair, May Lady! (with Colleen Somerville and Anita Ruth).

Joshua English Scrimshaw  is the co-founder of the Twin Cities-based all-ages theater company Comedy Suitcase, and the dance and physical comedy troupe English Scrimshaw Theatrical Novelties. Joshua has been called “a clever and inventive voice in Twin Cities comedy theater” by The Star Tribune, and “a modern day Buster Keaton” by When not making comedy, Joshua enjoys performing and listening to old-time radio with his Mysterious Old Radio Listening Society pals.

Tim Uren has been performing, writing, and directing theater at festivals and small venues in the Twin Cities for over 25 years. Along the way, has worked with companies such as Theater Pro Rata, the Brave New Workshop, and Theater in the Round. In 2013, he established Ghoulish Delights, a theater company dedicated to bringing tales of horror and suspense to Twin Cities stages. Additionally, Uren has written and designed for board games, including Arkham Horror and Eldritch Horror.

Eric Webster is an actor, producer and writer for stage, radio and television for 25 years. On stage credits include; Guthrie Theater, Park Square Theatre, Artistry Theater, Workhaus Collective, Paul Bunyan Playhouse, Pioneer Place Theater. He also directs Theater and Improv for the Centennial School District. He is the creator of the original radio theater drama Shades Brigade.

Dec 11, 12 | 7:30 pm
Dec 13 | 2:00 pm

Tickets are $30, intended for a single-household. Share this joyful tradition with your loved ones near and far by purchasing additional tickets for grandparents, grandchildren, aunts, uncles and friends so we can be together in spirit this holiday season!


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