ROCKLAND — The community is invited to be a part of a live studio audience for Strand on the Air - Holiday Special, an authentic, original live radio variety show. Presented on Sunday, Dec. 8, at 5 p.m., at the Strand Theatre, the show will be broadcast live on local station WRFR (93.3).
Doors open at 4:30 p.m., and the audience warm-up starts at 4:45 p.m. Admission is free.
Strand On The Air will be presented in the style of radio programs like A Prairie Home Companion and Live From Here. This 90-minute show will include music, comedy, drama, and special guests, all performed in front of a live audience.
Written and directed by Strand House Manager Liz McLeod, this season’s holiday-themed installment of Strand on the Air will feature announcer Dan Bookham, music by Brittany Parker and the Blake Rosso Band, skits performed by the Strand Family Players, and special guests Playin’ Possum Band, a bluegrass quartet.
Program host and scriptwriter Liz McLeod enjoyed a fifteen-year radio career in the 1980s and 90s, mixing character comedy with straight news reporting, and is well-known as a historian of broadcasting who has written extensively on the personalities and programs of the 1930s and 1940s, many of which contributed to the development of her own comic style. She has appeared twice on the PBS documentary series “History Detectives.”
Admission to the performance is free, and donations will be accepted to support the Strand Theatre’s education and community programs.
“Don’t miss your chance to experience all of the fun and excitement of being part of our LIVE studio audience – you never know what might happen next!” said Strand, in a news release.