It’s here! It’s here! The day is finally here! Welcome one and all to our family Christmas, to every family Christmas that ever was or ever will be…
But we’re getting ahead of ourselves. Those are the words you’ll hear tonight at the opening of this year’s An Atlanta Christmas, just as we’ve said them every year for the last 16. But every show is different. We mix and match our series of vignettes into something unique and then, of course, there’s the excitement of live theatre – you never know what’s going to happen.
And so tonight, after a scant three weeks of prep time, we welcome you into our family for a night or two. We’re glad you’re coming. We’re so looking forward to seeing each and every one of you.
As we get closer and closer to the performance date, we’d like to take a moment to thank everyone for the last 31 years (and counting!). For listening. For attending. For giving. For telling their friends and family. Audio drama is, by its very nature, an interactive art form. It’s a direct communication from the writers and actors and sound effects folks directly into the hearts and minds of our listeners.
We feel so loved by all the generosity that you’ve shown us, but we’d like to give you the opportunity to show a little more, if you’re so inclined. ARTC is a 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation and, as we’re approaching the end of the year, you might consider whether a tax-deductable donation is right for you.
There’s lots of other ways to support ARTC financially. Check out a few of these and find one that fits your budget and your level of enjoyment of what we do.
It takes a lot of people to get audio drama into the ears of our audiences. Foley artists, audio engineers, floor managers, and a bunch of other people that we’re not sure what they do. Oh! They’re actors! Yes, those wonderful voices that are ultimately the focal point for telling the story.
This year we’ve got at least ten of those talented folks for you. Come meet them! Ask them questions! Get their autographs (unless you’re planning to forge their signatures, in which case skip the autograph)!
To create a truly immersive environment, you don’t just need Foley sound effects. You really need some good recordings, too. General ambiance, automobiles, aircraft, gunshots, and certain kinds of watery effects are just some of the examples of sounds that are better left in the digital realm, rather than trying to re-create them on the stage or even in the studio. What recorded SFX do we have for this year’s show? How about Atlanta drivers trying to get around in the snow?
ARTC is pleased and proud to have the Center for the Visually Impaired as our Partner in Imagination again this year. Since 2006, CVI has been the beneficiary of this annual gift that we give to our audiences, receiving 25% of total ticket sales. Audio drama is a wonderful art form for the visually impaired, but we don’t just want to provide entertainment. It’s important that we all contribute towards a total quality of life for our fellows in this world.
What’s An Atlanta Christmas all about, you ask? At its root, it’s about memories. Memories of Christmases past, our city’s past, and our own past. And who doesn’t wax nostalgic at this time of year? For good or bad, the season often causes us to reflect on the highs and lows throughout our lives, often accompanied by a yearning to return to the good times and a wish for things to be better or promises to improve.
At this year’s performance we will offer seven of our own favorite memories. Here’s the lineup for this year’s show (subject to change)!
Opening – Welcome one and all to our family Christmas! Cut-Out Christmas – A young couple living through the Great Depression find a unique way to lift themselves up through the spirit of giving. Are You Lonely Tonight? – The office Christmas party doesn’t always create the best memories. But sometimes it does. The Legend of the Poinsettia – How did the poinsettia become a symbol of Christmas? Find out in this hilarious audio drama that tells the story of the fourth wise man who didn’t make the trip to Bethlehem. The Experts – The thing you don’t often get in the South at Christmastime is snow. More often we get ice. And that’s a totally different thing to try to drive on. Davy Crockett and Me – What does television have to do with Christmas in the 1950s? A lot, actually. Blue Hannukchristmas Carol – This fan (and cast!) favorite returns again to tell the story of three spirits trying to overcome a case of mistaken identity to bring the true joy of Hannukah back into a young Jew’s life.
Microphones are, of course, essential to audio drama. Here at ARTC we like to color-code them to make sure the actors know where to go. Because, y’know, actors. If you’ve ever seen us live before the pattern will look very familiar. And if you haven’t, now’s your chance!
The CD may not be as popular as it once was, but we’ve still got ’em and, let’s face it, it’s nice to have something tangible to put under the tree. Yes, we can all wrap up an empty box or put gift cards in an envelope, but think back to when you were a kid. Which presents were the most intriguing? The big ones! What could it possibly be??
(Incidentally, just as a matter of trivia, if you stacked every ARTC CD available up and wrapped them as a group, they’d be about 13.5″ tall by 5.25″ wide by 7.5″ deep. Give or take. Just sayin’.)
Also, today’s the last day for our 10% off sale! Check us out on Facebook and Twitter to get the discount code, but hurry! It expires today (12/5)!!
It ain’t audio drama without sound effects, and just like Christmas presents the best sound effects are the ones you make yourself! That’s why ARTC prides itself on creating live Foley sound effects at most of our shows. Come see for yourself what goes into making our unique soundscape at An Atlanta Christmas!
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.)