November is here and that means it's time for regional theatre's to start on their holiday productions. Marietta, Georgia's Theatre in the Square has two holiday productions: The Sanders Family Christmas and the 19th annual running of The 1940's Radio Hour. Christmas begins Nov. 8 with a run through Dec. 24 on the Alley Stage, while Radio Hour plays Nov. 21-Dec. 31 on the Mainstage.
Sanders Family Christmas is the sequel to the popular Smoke on the Mountain, which features a rural gospel-singing Baptist family in wartime North Carolina. They are loving father Burl, the Bible-quoting mother Vera, Army-bound twin brother Dennis and his star-struck twin sister Denise, the former black sheep and cowboy Stanley, the non-singing June and Reverend Mervin Oglethorpe, head of the Mt. Pleasant Baptist Church.
Scott DePoy directs. Reprising their roles from last year's production are John P. Peterson (Burl), Karen Howell (Vera), Mike Masters (Dennis), DePoy (Stanley) and Alan Kirkpatrick (Oglethorpe). New to the cast are Suzanne Roush (June) and Amber Brooke (Denise).
Set at the live broadcast of "The Mutual Manhattan Variety Cavalcade," The 1940's Radio Hour gives a backstage look at radio production in 1941, when the war is heating up in Europe and everyone knows someone in the armed services. While the show's young trumpet player readies himself for war, the torchy jingle singer waits tables and a young delivery boy hangs out at the station with hopes for stardom, Clifton A. Feddington, the band leader, announcer and general manager tries to keep the show running. Songs in the score include classic favorites "Chattanooga Choo Choo," "I've Got a Gal in Kalamazoo" "That Old Black Magic" "Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy from Company B" and the Duke Ellington tune "I Got It Bad and That Ain't Good."
Tickets are $30-$17. The Theatre in the Square is located at 11 Whitlock Avenue. For reservations, call (770) 422-8369. Theatre in the Square is on the web at http://www.theatreinthesquare.com. — By Christine Ehren