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Gordon Productions and WUIS/WIPA Radio presented a radio readers' theater version of Charles Dickens’ A CHRISTMAS CAROL at the Springfield Theatre Centre on December 19-21.

Taking a cue from the classic dramas of radio’s golden age, the show was presented live on stage, as if it were an actual 1940's radio show. The actors were dressed in 1940's era costumes, reading from scripts in front of period microphones, while sound men provided all of the appropriate sound effects. The show transported the audience back in time to an era when radio greats like Orson Welles and Lionel Barrymore would entertain studio audiences and home listeners alike with this classic tale of redemption.

The cast featured many popular Central Illinois performers including Don Schneider as Scrooge, Chris McDonald as the Narrator, Leigh Steiner as the Ghost of Christmas Past, Ken Bradbury as the Ghost of Christmas Present, Gus Gordon as Fred, Pat Foster as the Ghost of Jacob Marley, Claire Gordon as Belle, Eric and Missy Thibodeaux-Thompson as Mr. and Mrs. Bob Cratchit, and Brett Rutherford, Dennis Rendleman, Linda Schneider, Kelsi Frost, Anna Dowling, Geoffrey Leathers, Greg Floyd, Ann Collins, John Sivak, Mac Warren and Mary Young in supporting roles.

Gordon Productions was founded in 1999 by Gus and Claire Gordon with the goal of producing quality small-scale theatrical productions in Central Illinois. They have staged successful productions of FOREVER PLAID, MY WAY - A MUSICAL TRIBUTE TO FRANK SINATRA, GREATER TUNA and many others.

A CHRISTMAS CAROL was presented at STC on December 19 and 20 at 8:00pm and on Sunday, December 21 at 2:00pm. Local NPR radio station, WUIS, was our "media sponsor" and recorded the show for broadcast over the holidays (6:30pm on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day)! The Springfield Theatre Centre is located at 101 East Lawrence Avenue in Springfield, Illinois.

Don Schneider as Scrooge