Scrooge’s grumpy, miserly voice cries “Bah humbug!”
Jacob Marley’s chains jangle as he visits his old business partner.
And Tiny Tim contributes in childish treble, “God bless us, everyone!”
If your holiday season wouldn’t be complete without hearing all those sounds of “A Christmas Carol,” you may be interested in a visit to the Dietrich Theater in Tunkhannock, where two radio plays will be presented on Tuesday.
The Golden Days of Radio Players will present Anthony Palermo’s “heartwarming, not quite so dark” adaptation of Charles Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol” as well as “My Favorite Wife,” another show with a Christmas setting.
Some may remember a film version of the latter show, which starred Cary Grant as Nick, a man whose wife has been missing for seven years.
He’s had her declared dead, and he’s married a second wife. Then his first wife shows up. Not dead at all, she’s been shipwrecked on an island all this time.
When the radio version of the story first came out in 1950s, local director Hoyt Keiser said, audiences may have assumed her ship had been damaged by German or Japanese forces during World War II.
Anyway, she’s been on an island with a man for seven years, so who will end up with whom?
In true screwball-comedy fashion, Keiser said, Bianca, the second wife, doesn’t even realize Ellen, the first wife, exists for at least half the show, and Nick tries to keep it that way.
Performing the two shows as radio dramas gives people a chance to use their imaginations, Keiser said. “Everyone can imagine it a little bit differently. It is indeed theater of the mind.”