December 4, 2015

BY TERI CAMPBELL
Logan Media Services

CARTERVILLE - Step back in time for a holiday celebration that commemorates an era when radio was king.  “A 1940s Radio Christmas,” a musical production by the John A. Logan College Choral Ensemble and the Logan singers, will be held on Friday, Dec. 11, and Saturday, Dec. 12, at 7 p.m. in Logan’s O’Neil Auditorium.  Tickets are $15 for general admission and $10 for JALC students and children 12 and under. 

Nathan Arnett, a music instructor at Logan, is directing the show. 

“This is the third opportunity we’ve had to produce ‘A 1940s Radio Christmas,’” Arnett said.  “It’s a show I originally wrote with (local radio personality) Ryan Patrick and he will be back to serve as the host again this year.  The show takes place in the fictional town of Lake Logan, and Ryan plays a DJ at a local radio station.  When the show begins, the audience members will be transported with Ryan back in time and they’ll become the live studio audience of his radio broadcast in the early 1940s.”  

Arnett said the show will feature a variety entertainment. 

“The Choral Ensemble and the Logan Singers will perform wonderful music from the 1940s, including well-known holiday classics,” Arnett said.  “We’ll be doing some fun original skits, and we’re happy to have Logan alumni Jeremy and Allison Weaver back to do a skit from ‘Fibber McGee and Molly,’ a radio series that was very popular in that era.  We’ll have an address by President Franklin Roosevelt from one of his Fireside Chats, and some other neat surprises for the audience.”

Arnett said the show is being sponsored by the SIU Credit Union and will actually be aired on the radio.

“The SIU Credit Union purchased airtime from Withers Broadcasting so we will record the show while it’s happening and that recording will be played on US 97.7 FM at 7 p.m. on Christmas Eve and again at 9 p.m. on Christmas night,” Arnett said.  “We really appreciate SIU Credit Union’s support.  It will allow a larger audience to experience the show, which is great because it’s kid-friendly and something the whole family can enjoy.”    

Adrienne Barkley Giffin, director of student activities and cultural events at JALC, said tickets for the show are selling quickly.

“Ticket sales for this production are going really well, and we expect it to sell out,” Giffin said.  “Anyone who wants to attend should order tickets as soon as possible.” 

For more information about “A 1940s Radio Christmas” or to order advance tickets, contact the Office of Student Activities and Cultural Events at Logan at 618-985-2828 or 618-457-7676, Ext. 8287, or go online to www.jalc.edu/activities/performing-arts.

 

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If you would like more information about this topic, please contact Dr. Steve O’Keefe at 618-985-2828 ext. 8569 or email at steveokeefe@jalc.edu.