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December 4, 2015

SVSU's holiday ‘Radio Show’-style production returns

Saginaw Valley State University student thespians and singers will collaborate this month for its annual live radio show-style production, “1940s Radio Show — Christmas on the Home Front!”


The production will capture the hope, determination, and the patriotic celebration of Christmas during WWII.


Showtimes are 7:30 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday, Dec. 9-10, in the Malcolm Field Theatre for Performing Arts. Tickets cost $13 for the general public, $10 for senior citizens and students, and $7 for children 12 and under.


Ric Roberts, professor of theatre, and David Rzeszutek, assistant professor of theatre, are co-directors.


The cast will include student actors and actresses along with students involved in SVSU’s Cardinal Singers group.


"This has been a fantastic relationship for both programs," Roberts said. "It's fun to watch the Cardinal Singers students act on stage in a way that is foreign to them.”


The SVSU production is a callback to the dark days of World War II, when Americans sat around the radios in their homes, waiting for information from the war front.


"We love the fact that the show is guaranteed to be fairly friendly,” Roberts said. “It is not uncommon to see young children with their grandparents in the audience.”


Among the cast is Jonah Conner, a theatre major from Warren, who is looking forward to participating in his 11th SVSU production.


“We don’t get the script until the day before the performance, to keep the reading fresh,” Conner said. “It’s a radio show, so we read the characters right from the script. So I’m excited to see what we get thrown into this year.”

For more information or to order tickets, contact the Box Office at (989) 964-4261 or visit


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