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December 1, 2022

The Merry Beggars Present “Christmas, Live!”

December 1, 2022
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An Advent Radio Variety Show

This Advent, join The Merry Beggars for their first ever, live radio variety show, Christmas, Live! As we prepare for the coming of Our Lord, allow The Merry Beggars to bring you joy and cheer through brilliant, original scriptwriting, world-class voice-acting, and heart-warming music and singing. These nine acts feature Sarah Rose Jenks, Julian Hagen & The Home Band, The Irving Sisters, The Northridge Preparatory School Choir, and, of course, The Merry Beggars!

Christmas, Live! was originally recorded at Relevant Radio Headquarters in Lincolnshire, Illinois, but has been recorded and edited for your listening pleasure. It will air on Sunday, December 4th at 6pm CT on The Merry Beggars website, Relevant Radio, YouTube, and all podcast apps!

World-Class Acts Sure to Please

Don’t miss out on these spectacular acts sure to bring a smile to your face:

Sarah Rose Jenks – Pianist accompaniment for The Irving Sisters, NRP Choir, and Sing-Alongs

Julia Hagen & The Home Band – Featured musician from Washington Island, Julia and her band perform original Christmas songs including Get Up, It’s Christmas and The Ornament Dance.

The Irving Sisters – A Chicago-based acapella trio that includes Sarah Simmons, Elise LaBarge, and Linden Huebner. They perform such songs as O Christmas Tree, Up on a Housetop, and Silent Night in both English and German!

Northridge Preparatory School Choir – Choir from preparatory school in Niles. Perform renditions of God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen accompanied by Sarah Rose Jenks and In the Bleak Midwinter accompanied by the Northridge Prep String Ensemble.

Original Radio Plays

Make sure to catch the original radio plays written for your pleasure!

  • Good Morning Jerusalem – Every day this Christmas season, mainstream news channels and cable shows will shout about this scandal or that. Which is a shame, because they miss the true meaning of Christmas. They miss the miracle of our faith: that God came down and became Man to redeem us. Now, we should take heart, because it’s always been this way. The Cable morning news shows back in Jerusalem, 3 A.D. were the same as ours today. An original script by Cesar Barroso, Tim Reckart, Danny Reckart, Kevin Turley, and Peter Atkinson.
  • Murder for Christmas – It’s another 5 Minute Mystery! The mystery show where YOU try to solve the mystery! Keep your ears sharp and see if YOU can spot the clues. We find ourselves at Great Aunt Mildred’s Grand Mansion, where her Niece Angeline, her caretaker, is in conversation with her neighbor. An original script by Fiorella Nash.
  • Yuletide Zone – The week is December 25th – a busy time for travel. The modern miracle of flight is made a misery by the swarms of sightseers striving to sail home. Hank and Lisa Simms join the throng, unaware that they are about to embark on a voyage, but not one of aviation. We’re about to spend Christmas with Hank and Lisa Simms as they take a journey of the soul deep into the belly of the Yuletide Zone. An original script by Danny Reckart.
  • Christmas in Space – Carl grows increasingly frustrated as Randy insists on decorating the Space Station for Christmas. Houston detects an abnormal electrical surge from the Space Station. Eventually, Randy’s playful incessancy pays off, as Carl warms up to the idea of celebrating the beloved holiday after receiving an unexpected, special gift. An original script written by Kevin Turley, Tim Reckart, and Danny Reckart.
  • Gift of the Magi – It is Christmas Eve in the year 1900. The streets are filled with men and women hurrying about as they finalize their Christmas preparations. Della Young dreams of gifting her husband, Jim, with something meaningful. Jim longs for a better station in life. In order to afford a gift for each other, both Della and Jim sell what little they have to acquire something seemingly more valuable. They soon come to realize the true value of Christmas is in their love for each other. Based on the original story by O. Henry and adapted by Buzz McLaughlin. 

Visit on December 4th, 2022 at 6pm CT to listen to Christmas, Live! as soon as it drops.

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