This 1943 show was performed live at Alpenrose Dairy Opera House in 2018. Special video edit with bonus clips.
The show also aired on local community cable TV in the Portland area for the 2020 holiday.
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Our live plays have been cancelled for now. We hope to return to the stage in 2021.
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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 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.
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.