Ralph Radio Theatre 2021

Free Special Edition

"1943 Christmas From Home"

For this season, a gift for you...a free version of the 1943 show.

This 1943 show was performed live at Alpenrose Dairy Opera House in 2018. Special video edit with bonus clips.
The show will be available through January 2022.
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Our live plays have been cancelled for now. We hope to return in some form for 2022.
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The WWII Holiday Musical Play

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!

1943 - Hope & Home For Christmas

The 1943 play features the story of Sgt. Kenny Saito, a young Japanese-American who left his family at the Minidoka internment camp to serve his country in the Army. Our overzealous ration board officer Clyde Hoffstettler experiences his own "Casablanca", and two young soldiers Jack and Jimmy have returned to recount their first mission with the 10th Mountain Division on Kiska island.

Goodbye, Alpenrose Opera House

It was hard to hear the news that the beloved Alpenrose Opera House, Dairyville village and other attractions are closed and will likely never return. Instead, a housing development is being proposed for the land.

We at Ralph Radio feel very honored to have been a part of the Alpenrose holiday magic that was a Portland treasure for so many decades. Our deepest thanks go to the original Alpenrose Dairy family that gave us all the wonderful community that we will never forget. Now we move on to new productions and new stories. Thanks for the memories, Alpenrose.

2018 Cast

1943 Christmas From Home

John Hugill


as Alfred Bell, Emcee
Erik Montague


as Sgt. Jack Warren
Emily Smith


as Evelyn Warren
Daniel Rhovan


as Pvt. Jimmy Barnum
Charles Weed


as Jebb Logan
Robin Michaels


as Kate McCracken
Jan Rosenthal


as Mary Murphy
David Connelly


as Sgt. Kenny Saito
Jennifer Gallagher


as Olivia Kruger