Auburn University Radio Flyer Theatre adapts classics for holiday broadcasts

By Kelly Walker, College of Liberal Arts




Since 2009, Auburn University Theatre in the College of Liberal Arts has created productions in the style of the Golden Age of Radio featuring the Radio Flyer Theatre Company. Under the direction of Dan LaRocque, Radio Flyer Theatre adapts beloved classics for all audiences, often with a seasonal theme.

Auburn University Radio Flyer TheatreIn October, the company brought a production to a live audience for the first time. O. Henry's "A Service of Love" and "The Green Door" were performed at the Auburn Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, featuring the voice talents of Department of Theatre students Carrie Daniel, Jordan Lunstead, Garrett Keller, Alain King and AnnaClaire Walker and faculty members Daydrie Hague and Christopher Qualls with piano accompaniment by faculty member Adrienne Wilson. The production was directed by Dan LaRocque with audio engineering and production by Kelly Walker.

"A Service of Love" is a tale of a young painter and a young musician in pursuit of artistic dreams and each other in New York at the turn of the last century, and "The Green Door" is one of O. Henry's trademark tales revolving around the twin spirits of romance and adventure in the bustling center of early 20th century Manhattan.

The October performance and other Radio Flyer Theatre productions are available at

Recently, at the invitation of Troy University Public Radio, Auburn University Radio Flyer Theatre returned to one of its earliest productions in a new performance of O. Henry's "The Gift of the Magi," presented to a live audience at the Opelika Cultural Center sponsored by the East Alabama Arts Association. The performance was recorded and will be broadcast on Community Focus on Tuesday, Dec. 18, at noon.

In addition, Troy University Public Radio will air a special one-hour broadcast of five more stories from Auburn University Radio Flyer Theatre's repertoire including Hans Christian Andersen's "The Elves and the Shoemaker," "The Little Match Girl" and "The Emperor's New Clothes" and O. Henry's "A Service of Love" and "The Green Door." The broadcast can be heard Friday, Dec. 21, at 9 p.m. and again Monday, Dec. 24, at noon.

Troy University Public Radio broadcasts to listeners in central and southeast Alabama, southwest Georgia and the Florida Panhandle through WTSU 89.9 FM serving Montgomery and Troy, WRWA 88.7 FM serving Dothan, WTJB 91.7 FM serving Columbus, Ga. and Phenix City, Ala. and streaming online at

Last Updated: Dec. 18, 2012

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