Auburn University Theatre presenting O. Henry holiday podcast production

AUBURN – The Auburn University Radio Flyer Theatre Company will present two of O. Henry’s short stories, “The Gift of the Magi” and “The Last Leaf,” in its first holiday podcast radio theatre production. Both stories are written in classic O. Henry style with his trademark twist at the end.

The works were prerecorded and will be accessible Dec. 8 through Jan. 3 by going to the theater’s Web site at www.auburnuniversitytheatre.org and clicking on the radio dial.

A special community broadcast of the production will be held Dec. 15, at 6:30 p.m. at The Gnu’s Room, 414 S. Gay St. Auburn University Theatre’s Kelly Walker and Dan LaRocque will be on hand to answer questions after this performance.

“The idea for the productions sprang from a long-time desire I’ve had to produce Auburn University Theatre holiday fare for our audiences in spite of the fact that most of our faculty and students are on holiday break,” said Dan LaRocque, chair of Auburn University Theatre. “I have also long been an admirer of O. Henry’s short stories, these two in particular. The stories are popular subjects for stage and screen adaptations and while I’ve eagerly attended as many of these theatrical adaptations as I could find, they almost always fall short of the magic I experience when I read the stories themselves and let my imagination provide all of the theatrical details.”

Produced by Auburn University Theatre in the College of Liberal Arts, the holiday broadcast of O. Henry stories features a cast of Auburn University Theatre professors and students. The presentation is reminiscent of “audio theater” popular from the 1930s into the early 1950s, the Golden Age of Radio, and heard on programs such as Orson Welles’ Mercury Theatre on the Air and the Lux Radio Theater.

The production is under the direction of LaRocque and has been engineered for podcast by Kelly Walker. The cast includes Auburn University Theatre professors Daydrie Hague and Christopher Qualls and students Marcus Clement, Kristin Hopkins, Bridget Knapik, Mallory Porter, Becky Sheehan and Ben Young.

For more information, call the Auburn University Theatre box office at (334) 844-4154.

(Contributed by Vicky Santos.)

Contact: Linda Bell, (334) 844-6617 (belllin@auburn.edu) or
Mike Clardy, (334) 844-9999 (clardch@auburn.edu)