Music is an integral part of the holiday season. It nearly always comes up on everyone’s list of things they think of when they think of this time of year. Whether it’s a favorite old carol, a new classic, or an obnoxious earworm that you’ll never get rid of, the music of the season is inescapable and we’ve been privileged to have a number of extremely talented guests at our live performances over the years.
This year’s performance of An Atlanta Christmas will feature Spectrum, Atlanta’s Trans Community Choir! Several ARTC members are a part of this all-inclusive singing group, and we’re looking forward to hearing what they have to bring to the show! (There’s probably going to be more than 3 of them.)
That’s right, two shows at the Academy Theatre in Stockbridge! December 12 at 8:00pm and December 13 at 2:30pm. In its 16th year, this Southern tradition just keeps going strong!
And the Stockbridge Community Arts Center is the perfect venue. This intimate space will let you enjoy the sounds of the show and give you a chance to mingle with the actors during the intermission and after the show!
This being our 30th anniversary, we thought we’d dip back into the past and recap some of our previous performances, triumphs and tragedies, in a series of posts. And don’t forget our Chronology! It’s not as detailed, but it really shows the growth of ARTC over the years. You can see all of the photos in their full size on our Flickr album!
Welcome to the first installment of photos from our performances of An Atlanta Christmas. 2014’s performance will mark the 15th consecutive year of this heartwarming show about Christmas in the south. Originally conceived by Thomas E. Fuller as a series of vignettes that focused specifically on Atlanta and the history of the holidays, the ARTC writers have expanded it to include many of our serials, including Rory Rammer, Space Marshal, Unresolved Mysteries: Solved While U Wait, and Bumpers Crossroads. We’ve got Thomas’s original vision on CD for you (or through our digital distributors) and the expanded edition will be coming out of ARTC Studio in due time.
More photos of these performances will be coming in this series as we go along. You can watch the kids grow up, just as we did!
Music is a huge part of the Christmas holiday tradition, and we work hard to integrate it into our performance each year. Alton Leonard composed the theme song for the set, Old Atlanta Christmas, and provides carols whenever he can. Brad Weage also brought the classics along with him every year. Combine that with our talented vocalists and it creates that warm holiday atmosphere that’s a trademark of this performance.
The original version of An Atlanta Christmas was framed by a family gathered around in the living room reminiscing about holidays long past. Finding talented children to play those roles, as well as the roles of the children in the individual stories, isn’t necessarily difficult. The hard part is keeping them from growing up and out of the roles! Each year the producers have to look at the kids from the previous years and determine if it’s time to replace them with the next crop of budding audio dramatists!
Dressing up for the holidays is always a festive part of the performance. We’ve tried several different things to make the visual part of our medium more interesting for our live performances, but for Christmas it’s never really that difficult. Everyone breaks out the reds and greens and we throw a great big holiday audio party on the stage!
Plush animals, Santa Claus hats, coonskin caps, and jingle bells traditionally adorn the Foley table. Our usual fare of horror and science fiction often has a mix of recorded and practical Foley sound effects. After all, how do you cast a space ship from the skies of Earth to the orbit of the moon with a table full of sound effects? Sure we could do it, but it adds to the immersive depth of our performance to mix in a recorded effect from time to time. But at Christmas there aren’t as many Martians, there are fewer Elder Gods, and that thing clattering on the roof isn’t a faceless monster, and so we’re able to put the focus on what traditionally sets audio drama apart from other art forms.
And what holiday would be complete without the poinsettia. Not sure why the poinsettia is significant? Come see this year’s performance of An Atlanta Christmas and we’ll be glad to tell you all about it. More details coming soon!
Welcome again to the ARTC Podcast! This month we bring you a piece we thought we had brought you a while back, but after going through the archives we discovered we’d overlooked it! This piece is so good that we couldn’t just let that slide, so here it is: Blue Hanukchristmas Carol by Sketch MacQuinor.
Well, here we are. The end of another year of podcasting for ARTC. Ok, fine, we didn’t exactly podcast for the whole year, but the point is that we took some needed time off and came back with a better situation than we had before. We’re looking forward to podcasting at least monthly and more often when we can.
This week we bring you Christmas Rose by Kelley S. Ceccato, performed live at the Academy Theatre in Avondale Estates, GA, on December 6 and 7, 2008.
This story is one of my personal favorites of Kelley’s. She’s written lots of stuff for us and continues to improve in her craft and we are very lucky to have her. We hope you enjoy it.
As we move into the New Year we at ARTC hope that all of you enjoy all of the magic that your imaginations can provide. Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to everyone and we’ll see you next year!
[esplayer url = “http://traffic.libsyn.com/artc/ARTC70-Xmas07.mp3” width = “80” height = “20” title = “An Atlanta Christmas part 7”]
Welcome everyone to the last Christmas podcast of the year. We conclude the season with another very recent show, Sunday, December 23 to be exact. And we are proud to bring you a segment of An Atlanta Christmas that has never been presented before. “Civil War Triptych”, written by Thomas E. Fuller, follows the Christmas stories of three characters, each with an entirely different situation and take on the season.
Again, technical reasons prevented me from including the performer’s names in the audio, but they are Clair W. Kiernan, Veronica Byrd, and Jeff Montgomery. Assisting with the song at the end are Dawn Marie and Sarah Taylor. Special thanks to our performance coach, Doug Kaye.
We hope you’ve enjoyed our annual presentation of An Atlanta Christmas. We look forward to doing it again next year.
[esplayer url = “http://traffic.libsyn.com/artc/ARTC68-Xmas06.mp3” width = “80” height = “20” title = “An Atlanta Christmas part 6”]
Hey, folks, technical difficulties are forcing me to post this week’s installment without intro or outro crediting information. Hopefully this is just temporary, but we’ll see.
This week’s episode is from an extremely recent show. Like this past weekend. Yes, from December 8, 2007 at 4pm to be exact, we present “Cut-Out Christmas” by Thomas E. Fuller, adapted for audio by Daniel Taylor and featuring the voices of Veronica Byrd and Burt Tanner. Foley effects created by Sonya with Caran Wilbanks. Music by Brad Weage.