Vancouver, Wa., (December 8,2014) – You won’t find Santa Claus in a radio drama written for Christmas by Vancouver playwright and theater reviewer Dennis Sparks.
Instead, Sparks tells the tale of a boy in war time Germany who summons a mythological spirit called Krampus to save the day – Christmas day 1944. Krampus is a demonic figure from European folklore who punishes bad little girls and boys.
Veteran broadcaster Dave Paull of Southwest Portland plays the part of a talk show interviewer. He urges an elderly German author to reveal his childhood meeting with Krampus.
The paranormal story – complete with music and sound effects – is prerecorded and will premiere locally on December 20. It will be broadcast at 7:07 pm on FM News 101 KXL. It will be carried nationally on Christmas eve by Premiere Radio Networks,Inc. (check groundzeromedia.org for airtimes.)
“We wanted to try something different this season – very different,” said Sparks. His story is titled “A Krampus Christmas.”
Radio personality Clyde Lewis commissioned Sparks to create the drama for broadcast on Ground Zero, a program heard nightly on KXL. Lewis plays the part of Heinrich, a Nazi officer.
Vancouver actor Joeseph LeBard portrays a boy in Germany and the same person as an old man looking back at his extraordinary past. Another Vancouver actor, Debra Hudkins plays the boy’s mother Marta, who shelters a wounded American soldier. Hudkins’ husband David performs a haunting rendition of a spirit called Krampus.
Two young performers from The Oregon Children’s Theatre have voice parts in “A Krampus Christmas,” Thom Hilton and Haley Ward. They have extensive training and acting experience with OCT.