Seattle Radio Theater returns to Edmonds for Dec. 20 holiday performance

Seattle Radio Theatre
Seattle Radio Theatre

Seattle Radio Theatre returns to Edmonds Center for the Arts with their Northwest take on the 1947 classic holiday film, “It Happened on Fifth Avenue,” a topsy-turvy farce about a charming hobo who shows a wealthy family the true riches of the season.

The comedy, “Fa-La-La HA HA! It Happened on Fifth Avenue” opens at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 20 in the Edmonds Theater for the Arts, 410 4th Ave. N.

The play is headlined by Northwest media personalities, stalwarts of the radio theatre troupe. This year’s cast will feature KING 5 Evening Magazine’s Jim Dever; TV’s Almost Live alums Pat Cashman, Tracey Conway and Steve Wilson; and also includes a special guest — gardening expert and TV personality Ciscoe Morris.

SRT’s Chris Topping’s rewrite of the classic movie and Lux Radio play transplants the setting of Manhattan’s Fifth Avenue closer to home – where almost every city has a Fifth Avenue – even Edmonds (just not as super-rich).

The twisted tale follows a homeless fellow who moves into an empty, elegant mansion boarded up for the winter, who invites his war veteran buddies and families to share the rooms, while the moneybags billionaire owner is snow-birding at his estate in southern California. When the daughter, Trudy, runs away home from Stanford, she falls in love with one of the house vets but doesn’t tell him she’s wealthy. When the mansion owner – the second richest man in the world – hears his daughter has fallen in love with one of the vets and returns home early, he wants to know the vet’s true intentions, so he reluctantly agrees to enter his own estate posing as a drifter. When her father becomes fed up with the guests in his house, the daughter sends in mom from Oregon as reinforcements, who divorced her husband because he put his business ahead of her. Happy endings abound for everyone, including the veterans.

This is the SRT’s third year in Edmonds.

“We just have so much fun at the Edmonds theater, and the local audience from Edmonds and around Snohomish County is always amazing and welcoming,” says Curtis Takahashi, who provides live sound effects and shares in scriptwriting.

Celebrating its 16th year, nonprofit Seattle Radio Theatre is unique for broadcasting their onstage plays live to radio audiences. Productions feature music, old-time sound effects and vibrant vocal talent.

The first SRT performance in 2000 offered a holiday show featuring Chris Wedes, longtime Edmonds resident and revered as the iconic J.P. Patches. SRT regulars include Dolores Rogers, Chris Topping and Lisa Foster, with live sound effects from Takahashi and music by Rob Jones and Tomo Nakayama.

Seattle Radio Theatre offers affordable family-friendly entertainment. All seats are $12, and tickets are on sale now. For tickets available through the ECA Box Office at 425-275-9505 or online at www.edmondscenterforthearts.org.

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