Playhouse Merced present two “Radio plays” on

Dec, 9th, 10th, 11th, and 12th, 2021.

Dubbed “Radio Magi” because of their connection to the three kings (aka the wise men aka the Magi) these radio shows have become a beloved holiday tradition at Playhouse Merced.

The performances are set at a radio station in New York City in the 1940’s as the actors perform the plays The Gift of the Magi Amahl and the Night Visitors.

Both plays have been adapted to the “radio stage”
by local writer Marc Medefind. The show also features humorous 1940’s era commercials and
a special reading, as well as an “all-star” acting ensemble.

“The Gift of the Magi”  is the classic story by O. Henry, the telling of two young newlyweds who sacrifice their greatest possessions for each other at Christmas in 1906.  Originally presented as an operetta

“Amahl and the Night Visitors,”  by Gian Carlo Menotti, tells of a mother and her disabled son who are visited by the three kings on their journey to visit the newborn Christ child.

Both stories have ironic and miraculous conclusions. Sure to bring warmth to every heart.

 The 90-minute performances are scheduled

 7:30 pm - Dec. 9 - 11 & 2:00 pm - Dec. 12 

With COVID safety guideline requirements, Playhouse protocols are in place for all the performances.

Patrons are required to wear masks, at all times.



Please select a performance


* Any /ALL White Christmas ticket holders, may exchange their ticket(s) for this performance. Any price differences will be adjusted/refunded. Please contact Playhouse Box Office to complete transaction.  209-725-8587 email:

Bring an unwrapped toy on show day and receive a $10 Gift Certificate to be used for future performances.  Toys will be given to Merced Police & Fire for their annual Toy Drive.