Shakespeare Theatre Plans a Duo of Holiday Classics

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Originally a 1938 radio play by Norman Corwin, LBSC’s The Plot to Overthrow Christmas is a fully-costumed, staged version of that play, with colorful characters.

Originally a 1938 radio play by Norman Corwin, LBSC’s The Plot to Overthrow Christmas is a fully-costumed, staged version of that play, with colorful characters.

For the third year in a row, LBSC will present Orson Welles’ classic 1939 radio adaptation of A Christmas Carol. After all, what would Christmas be without the Spirits of Christmas and Scrooge? Mike Austin returns as the old miser, and a strong supporting cast perform all the beloved characters and the live music and sound effects.

The performances are webcast live from the stage of the Richard Goad Theatre, and performed before a live audience on Friday and Saturday, December 19th and 20th, at 8pm, and Sunday, December 21st, at 2pm. All tickets are only $10. 

However, in addition to this familiar classic, LBSC is presenting a fully-staged, costumed adaptation of Norman Corwin’s classic 1938 radio play, The Plot to Overthrow Christmas. Twenty five years before the Grinch stole Christmas, Corwin wrote this play in verse, in which the Devil summons some of his best executioners to plan a way to exterminate Christmas forever! Ivan the Terrible, Lucrezia Borgia, Simon Legree, the Roman Emperors Nero and Caligula, and the Biblical Haman meet with Mephistopheles to discuss the plot.

Mephisto:
“I’ve called you here from over sixty seas of boiling pitch
And blazing phosphorous
To stop what constitutes a loss for us…
We’ve left a very big job unfinished!
After all these years there is undiminished
Good will on Earth every late December
Because of Christmas!”

The performance will also include music by PDQ Bach and others, and poetry by A.A. Milne and Alfred Lord Tennyson. Holiday fun for the whole family!

The Plot to Overthrow Christmas plays Fridays and Saturdays at 8pm, Sundays at 2pm, from November 28th through December 14th.

At the Richard Goad Theatre, 4250 Atlantic Ave. Long Beach, 90807. Tickets are available at http://www.LBShakespeare.org, call 562-997-1494, or at the door.

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