The opportunity to be part of a radio program's live studio audience is becoming a bygone treat. There are just less and less chances to have the action unfold right in front of your eyes and ears, with your own oohs, aahs and guffaws becoming part of the show. Thankfully the heartwarming stage play "Christmas on the Air" takes you back to that special time and puts you back in the action. The year is 1949, and station director Percival B. Frank and his Dutch wife Yolanda are broadcasting their annual Christmastime show, complete with music and classic Christmas songs. But all the drama isn't happening on the air, and you, the audience, are there to experience all the magic.
The Joffrey Ballet is a dance company based in Chicago that has generally been considered to be the Midwestern United States' premier ballet organization since its formation in 1956. Although the ballet is best known for its performances of classical ballet works such as Tchaikovsky's The Nutcracker and Prokofiev's Romeo and Juliet, the Joffrey Ballet has historically strove to balance out its repertoire by including pioneering works of modern dance. Now considered to be one of America's most treasured dance companies, the Joffrey Ballet became the subject of Robert Altman's penultimate 2003 film, The Company.
This world-renowned production tells the story of a nutcracker who comes to life, taking its owner, Clara, on a fantastical journey through a magical world populated by the rose queen, sugar plum fairies and an army of evil rats. The enchanting tale is performed by companies large and small during the holiday season, as a beloved tradition. The spectacular dances and incomparable score by Tchaikovsky have cemented themselves in the hearts and imaginations of popular culture, enduring for decades as a classic.