A holiday radio show from Elgin Old Tyme returns for the fifth year this weekend


Elgin Theater Company, for the fifth consecutive year, presents for your viewing and listening pleasure, three all-new original 1950s radio scripts centered around the upcoming Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays!

With the pandemic going on before, we had to provide these hilarious and heartwarming shows for just a few years as recordings on WRMN, the local radio station in Elgin.

But for the 2021 holiday season, you’ll once again have live radio studio type presentations here in Elgin. So grab your masks and proof of vaccinations or negative COVID-19 tests and come join these hilarious Golden Days of Radio events, a perfect way to get into the holiday spirit!

The three shows this year are:

• “Thanksgiving With Bernice” is another great episode of “Our Miss Brooks” that made Eve Arden famous from the late 1940s through the 1950s, when it finally became a television show. It’s Thanksgiving week and there’s only $5 cash available to buy a turkey for the holiday dinner. Most of the staff and teachers at Madison High have already put their plans into action, but Connie Brooks hasn’t even thought about it until now. The wonderful humor starts here and gets even funnier as the day goes on. Original advertisements provided by Colgate toothpaste and Luster-Creme shampoo.

• “The Christmas Gift” Lucille Ball first gained radio fame for her portrayal of the wife in My Favorite Husband. Her original thinking and actions are found here as in later episodes when she decided to find out what kind of present her husband, George, was actually giving her for Christmas. You’ll have a laugh for a minute in this offer. The show’s sponsor is Jell-O Pudding.

• “A Visit from St. Nick” is a heartwarming story about what happens on Christmas Eve when a human mother and a mouse mother each try to put their children to bed and fall asleep. Then Santa Claus might pay a visit. Included is a clip of how busy Santa and the Elves are at the North Pole getting ready for the big gift-filled sleigh ride!


“Elgin Old Tyme Holiday Radio Show 5”, directed by Julie Price, will be presented November 12-14 and 19-21 at the Elgin Art Showcase on the 8th floor of the Elgin Professional Building, 164 Division St. in downtown town of Elgin. Friday and Saturday performances start at 8 p.m. and Sunday performances at 2 p.m. Sunday performances will be interpreted for the hearing impaired.

Tickets are $20 and $18 for seniors and students. Group rates for Elgin Theater Company productions are also available.

To reserve or for more information, call (847) 741-0532, email [email protected] or visit www.elgin-theatre.org to purchase tickets online.

Some parking is located on Division Street, as well as plenty of parking in the City of Elgin parking lot at the corner of Division Street and Douglas Street and in the City of Elgin parking lot at the corner of Spring Street and Highland Avenue.

This program is supported in part by a grant from the Illinois Arts Council Agency.


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