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Nov. 30, 2009

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 LA CROSSE, Wis. – Viterbo University will put audiences in the holiday spirit as it presents Christmas on the Air: A Radio Play of the 1940s at the Pump House Friday, Dec. 11 and Saturday, Dec. 12.

Audience members will take a trip back in time to the Golden Age of Radio by serving as the “studio audience” of the production, as they see the live sound effects being made. Part one of the show will be an on-stage reenactment of a typical radio show from the time period, with singing commercials, letters to and from GIs,  , jokes, public service announcements from the war years, and songs such as Accentuate the Positive, Baby, It’s Cold Outside, I’ll Be Seeing You, and White Christmas. 

The second part of the production will be a “radio” version of A Christmas Carol, with songs and commercials. Holiday refreshments will be served by the Pump House during intermission.

“Some of our most talented performers will take part in making this nostalgic and fun holiday entertainment,” said Viterbo theatre department faculty member David Gardiner, who is directing the production. He will be joined by fellow faculty member Karla Hughes, who is serving as music director, and Beth Lakmann, pianist for the production.

Performance times are 7:30 p.m. each night. Tickets are $18 for advance purchase and $21 the day of the show for the general public and $15 for Pump House members and Viterbo employees. Tickets are $7.50 for Viterbo students with a Viterbo ID. To purchase tickets, visit or call 608-785-1434.

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