Nov 20–Dec 20, 2015

By John Patrick Bray
Directed by Craig Johnson

It’s 1944 and while the boys are off at war, families are curled up by their radio sets to catch an extra special Christmas radio broadcast with WLAG’s New York radio star, Max Tyrone. The cast and producers of the local weekly live radio show, including the lovely Welsh Sisters, are all abuzz as they prepare to present Christmas in the Airwaves. Max is home for the holidays to sell the family farm, before heading back to the Big Apple. When news breaks of a major air strike, attention is turned to Europe as Gloria Welsh worries about her fiancé, serving as a pilot overseas. It’s a hometown tale of love, loss, and the things we hold most dear.

A heartwarming and nostalgic slice of war-time American life, Christmas in the Airwaves is a radio show filled with charming vignettes including The Shade, The Flying Amazement, and Jack Kaster, Private Eye, while telling the story of the people behind the microphone. This world premiere piece written for Lyric Arts by John Patrick Bray is brimming with old time holiday memories and beloved Christmas standards. It’s sure to rekindle feelings of hope and optimism during the holiday season with a look back at a bygone era.

Production Photos

Photo credit: Michael Traynor



Alice Welsh: Missy Hildebrandt
Gloria Welsh: Sarah Frazier  
Muriel Welsh: Stephanie Wipf    
Winston "Buck" Carver: Brendan Veerman    
Max Tyrone: Jordan Oxborough  
Skip: Anthony R Johnson    
Philip: Dann Peterson    
Edna: Christy Nix  
Hubert: Michael Conroy


The WLAG Radio Orchestra

Piano: Andrew Walker
Trumpet: Pete Berg  
Woodwinds: Wes Huisinga  
Drums: Drew Berg    
Bass: Anna Olson, Laurie Sherman  

Artistic Staff

Director: Craig Johnson
Music Director: Andrew Walker
Stage Manager: Haley Walsh
Scenic Designer: Jane Ryan
Costume Designer: Stephanie Mueller
Lighting Designer: Adam Raine
Properties Designer: Travis Collins
Sound Designer: Jason Hobbie
Asst. Stage Managers: Blues Bland, Megan Weisenberger
Sound Board Operator: Abe Gabor