This holiday season in Round Rock, Penfold Theatre Company is presenting a new but still pretty old-fashioned take on Charles Dickens' classic A Christmas Carol.
This version of the story (adapted by Penfolds's Nathan Jerkins) takes place in a the fictional KPNF radio station sometime in the 1930s or '40s, where a group of actors are presenting a radio drama version of the familiar holiday tale. In keeping with radio play tradition, the actors will be playing multiple roles and creating their own sound effects live on stage.
Ryan Crowder, Penfold's artistic director and an actor in this production, loves the radio play format. "The format allows to get away with some things that would be much harder to do in a traditional stage production," he says. "The right sound effect, the right piece of narration, the right reading of a line can be absolutely transportive.