Kmas Radio, Christmas on the Homefront

Book By: Dave Tippett
Play #: 8342
Pages: 64 pgs
Cast: Lead roles for 7 m, 7 w, 1 boy and 2 girls.

It's December, 1944. K-M-A-S Radio station manager Arthur Kensington hopes a special show will raise the ratings and advertising dollars, but his staff is in disarray. There's a dyslexic sound man, a poetry/drama queen, and pompous crew of actors, including one who has written a new radio play retelling the Nativity as a hard-boiled detective story. On top of that, everyone's hopes are dashed when an anticipated visit from the famous singing Andrews Sisters turns out to be the not-so-famous Epstein Cousins. Oh, and did we mention the orphans, the rival radio station's gang of hoods, and an Army hero who makes an impression on a young man dreaming of war's glory? Mix them all together, and see the wonderful results when K-M-A-S finally goes on the air for the biggest Christmas Eve show ever! Full evening.

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Productions

P.A.G.E.S. 3 Performance(s)
SAFETY HARBOR, FL 11/17/2017
P.A.G.E.S. 1 Performance(s)
SAFETY HARBOR, FL 11/16/2017
MID-CAROLINA HIGH SCHOOL 1 Performance(s)
PROSPERITY, SC 12/15/2013
NELSON COUNTY HIGH SCHOOL 3 Performance(s)
BARDSTOWN, KY 12/14/2013
WOODLAND COUNTRY DAY SCHOOL 1 Performance(s)
BRIDGETON, NJ 12/15/2011
RICHMOND ACADEMY 1 Performance(s)
RICHMOND, IN 12/8/2011
FIRST BAPTIST CHURCH 1 Performance(s)
MANCHESTER, TN 12/19/2010
HANNAN JR.SR. HIGH DRAMA 1 Performance(s)
ASHTON, WV 12/16/2010
MIDWEST HOMESCHOOL FINE ARTS 1 Performance(s)
MANHATTAN, IL 11/30/2010
AKRON HIGH SCHOOL 2 Performance(s)
AKRON, CO 12/7/2009
TURLOCK CHRISTIAN HIGH 5 Performance(s)
TURLOCK, CA 12/8/2008
P.A.G.E.S. 4 Performance(s)
SAFETY HARBOR, FL 11/21/2008
HAVANA HIGH SCHOOL DRAMA CLUB 2 Performance(s)
HAVANA, IL 11/8/2008
CULDESAC JOINT SCHOOLS 1 Performance(s)
CULDESAC, ID 12/14/2007
VAIL CHRISTIAN HIGH SCH 1 Performance(s)
EDWARDS, CO 12/10/2007

Behind The Scenes

PLAYWRIGHT DAVE TIPPETT

TALKS ABOUT "K-M-A-S RADIO,

CHRISTMAS ON THE HOMEFRONT"

 

Q.: WHAT INSPIRED YOU TO WRITE THIS PLAY?

A.: I have always been a fan of old- time radio, especially radio drama and how they were produced. I am also a bit of a World War Two history buff, so it seemed like a logical mix. My friend and occasional producer, Thom Sneed, and I brainstormed on how the two could be put together, while instilling a sense of hope and redemption. Hopefully, that's what folks will take away from this work.

 

Q.: WHAT'S YOUR FAVORITE PART OR LINE IN THE PLAY? WHY?

A.: On the comedy side, it would be when the "Epstein Cousins" are first introduced. It was fun to write and then see come to life on stage-our audiences just roared. On the serious side, perhaps it's when Jimmy salutes John at the very end. Hopefully, that says much more about John's redemption and Jimmy's growth than a whole page of dialogue could.

 

Q.: WHERE DO THE CHARACTERS COME FROM? ARE THEY BASED ON PEOPLE YOU KNOW?

A.: They are all purely figments from my overactive imagination. I did some extensive research into things like rationing, gas coupons, and the war situation at that specific time, but the characters are from the mind of Dave. A scary place, trust me.

 

Q.: WHAT DID YOU TRY TO ACHIEVE WITH THIS PLAY?

A. To help take folks back to a time when sacrifice and reliance on each other seemed more keen.and to shine a light on the hope of Christmas. And, of course, to allow the audience (and cast) to have a hoot.

 

Q.: ANYTHING ELSE YOU'D LIKE TO SAY ABOUT IT?

A.: Just to once again thank all those who worked hard in rehearsing and then performing the show. I hope those efforts have only made the script better, and that new audiences will enjoy this show just as much, and walk away feeling a bit redeemed themselves (along with the a smile on their face).