• Band and drama students will turn the dial back to a time when radio ruled and entertainment played out in the theater of the mind

MUSCATINE, Iowa — A Muscatine High School production is taking the form of an old-time radio play this Christmas season, thanks to the combined efforts of the MHS band and drama departments.

MHS band director Jeff Heid said he and drama department director Renee Mauck are working with their students on the original production, “A Holiday Playhouse of the Air,” which will be performed Saturday, Dec. 15, at MHS.

“It will be an outstanding and entertaining concert — especially for the Holidays,” said Heid. “We are really looking forward sharing this with the community.”  

Heid said he and Mauck began planning for the production in early October.

“Mrs. Mauck was concerned about the large number of students interested in drama, and not having an option for everyone that was interested,” said Heid. “I wanted to do something with ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas,’ so we decided to combine our efforts.”

The show’s program  begins with the MHS Sophomore/Junior Holiday  Band performing holiday-themed selections, followed by a dramatic reading of selections by the drama department from Charles Dickens’ story “A Christmas Carol.”

The MHS Freshman/Senior Band will provide live sound effects and musical selections to accentuate the reading, said Heid.  

The drama department will also give an interpretive reading of the classic Clement Clarke Moore poem, “A Visit from Saint Nicholas,” (aka “Twas the Night Before Christmas”) underscored with a live soundtrack created by the Freshman/Senior Holiday Band.

“This will be an extremely unique performance for our band department,” said Heid, who noted that the show will be presented once and the public is welcome.