The Christmas from Home series recreates a live Christmas radio show broadcast from Portland, Oregon during WWII complete with a band, sketches, singers, vintage ads and period sound effects. The blend of humor and poignancy, big band sound and true stories combine to make an evening full of great entertainment.
Christmas From Home is a five year series, beginning in 1941. The plays were written by local author Pat Kruis Tellinghusen. Step into the time machine and join us for a 1940's Christmas!
The 1944 play highlights the 75th anniversary of events playing out in WWII. In 1944 Christmas From Home, audiences will see more changes on the homefront, as families spend another year apart from their friends and loved ones continuing to serve overseas. In the days before email and the Internet, precious hand-written letters carried hope, romance and the latest news from home to servicemen fighting abroad. This year features such letters containing baby updates for fathers on the battle lines, assurances for mothers left at home and the promises and dreams of young lovers who met on dance hall floors across the globe. The show also includes the return of the cantankerous Clyde Hoffstettler, as he serves with four-footed heroes in the Dogs for Defense program.
This years play will be "1944 Christmas From Home". Our theatre home in 2019 will be Alpenrose Dairy Opera House.