Tickets the Radio Play
Fri. December 2, 2016 • Sat. December 3, 2016
What happens to the Christmas spirit when a church has to decide how to distribute 253 tickets that “Admit One to Heaven” to a congregation of more than 1,000?
Tickets the Radio Play is based on the short story Tickets originally written by Reverend Wendell Mettey in 1976 for his Walnut Hills congregation. The story Tickets is included in a compilation of Christmas stories (Lost and Found, Stories of Christmas) released in November of 2013.
Reverend Wendell Mettey, the Founder and President of Matthew 25: Ministries, was the Senior Pastor at Montgomery Community Church for twelve years from 1979 – 1991. During that time, he preached weekly, wrote stories, reflections, prayers, guided enrichment programs and performed many additional roles that were inspirational to his congregation and provided them with growth and guidance in creative ways.
One of those ways was through the adaptation of his Christmas story Tickets into a play that he and members of his congregation recorded as an audio play at WCET studios in downtown Cincinnati in 1985. The radio recording was a huge success and a tremendously enjoyable experience for all involved. Over the years, Reverend Mettey contemplated reviving Tickets and performing it as a staged, old- style radio play in front of a live audience. The original radio script was adapted for the stage in 2012.
The fourth annual performance of Tickets the Radio Play will take place in December of 2016. The production will recreate the ambiance of an old-time recording studio, where actors will perform the radio play in front of a live “studio” audience, complete with old style sound effects.
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