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.



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The SpongeBob Musical 

Based on the series by Stephen Hillenburg

Book by Kyle Jarrow

Original Songs by

Yolanda Adams, Steven Tyler and Joe Perry of Aerosmith, Sara Bareilles, Jonathan Coulton, Alex Ebert of Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros, The Flaming Lips, Lady Antebellum, Cyndi Lauper, John Legend, Panic! At The Disco, Plain White T’s, They Might be Giants, T.I.

And Songs by

David Bowie, Tom Kenny & Andy Palent

Additional Lyrics by Jonathan Coulton

Additional Music by Tom Kitt

Musical Production Conceived by Tina Landau

Nickelodeon, SpongBob SquarePants, and all related titles, logos, and characters are trademarks of Viacom International, Inc.

Presented by special arrangement with Concord Theatricals

Adapted from the iconic Nickelodeon series! SpongeBob, Patrick, Sandy, Squidward and all of Bikini Bottom face total annihilation—until a most unexpected hero rises to take center stage. The bold, original musical celebrates friendship, cooperation, and the power of unity and inclusion. The power of optimism really can save the world. This is a show for the entire family!

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One Hit Wonder

Book by Jeremy Desmon

Arrangement and Orchestrations by Jesse Vargas

“Developed at the University of Michigan, School of Music, Theatre & Dance, Department of Musical Theatre”

“Originally developed by the Araca Group”

Rick is a rock and roll God! … at least, in his dreams. In reality, he’s a dive bar singer who just got canned from his latest gig. His lone badge of honor: a Battle of the Bands victory fifteen years ago when Rick and his high school girlfriend, Ashley, debuted their original duet, “One Hit Wonder”, and caused a sensation for one magical night. Of course, that’s all a distant memory, since the couple — and the band — broke up. Ashley’s now a high-powered executive in the big city, while Rick still clings to dreams of making it big in music.

When an old video of Rick and Ashley’s Battle of the Bands performance unexpectedly goes viral, pop mega-songstress Mercy Faith invites them to open her world tour. Personalities clash and jealousies rage, as Rick and Ashley are forced to deal with the realities of fame. With their reunited band and rekindled relationship both on the line, will their spark reignite, or will they forever remain a “One Hit Wonder”?

Described as “Rock of Ages for all ages,” this wildly fun new pop/rock jukebox musical includes the greatest one-hit wonders like “Walking on Sunshine”, “Livin La Vida Loca”, and “Tainted Love”. One Hit Wonder is all about music, love, and second chances… and it is all set to a soundtrack of the greatest one-hit wonders of all time.

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