BERKELEY SPRINGS, W.Va. — The Ice House Theater Project is presenting “Christmas Thieves: A Small Town Radio Play” by Greg Oliver Dec. 6, 7 and 8 at 7:30 p.m., with a 2 p.m. matinee on Dec. 8.

Margi Griffiths is the director.

Abbie Brown plays radio host Greta Gundlarrsen, who is preparing for a Christmas Eve telethon performance that will keep her tiny polka station afloat in the American heartland. The evening starts out well with local radio station talent performing Samual Clements’ “A Visit by Saint Nicolas” and Dylan Thomas’s “A Child’s Christmas in Wales.” Unfortunately, the prize troupe of British actors Greta’s hired for the big finale, Thomas Hardings’ The Thieves Who Couldn’t Stop Sneezing, have all fallen ill due to a combination of indigestible foreign meats. With time running out, will Greta be able to replace them in time and save the show? After all, it’s not like Christmas is known for miracles…

The show is part live theater and part radio drama. “The part the audiences of our past radio dramas liked best were the back stage antics, the creation of the sound effects, that sort of thing,” said Griffiths.

While the script contains three classic short Christmas stories that are performed “on air” the audience also gets a glimpse of the local DJ recruiting the mayor and a local waitress to fill in at the last minute.

This program is presented with additional financial assistance from the West Virginia Department of Arts, Culture and History and the National Endowment for the Arts, with approval from the West Virginia Commission on the Arts and local hotel/motel taxes.

The Ice House is at the corner of Independence and Mercer streets. For more information, call 304-258-2300 or visit www.macicehouse.org.

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