One of my best accomplishments of 2017 came near the end: on December 9 and 10, the Atlanta Radio Theatre Company produced and performed my new Christmas play, “The Sleigh of Unspoken Dreams.” The very first draft was a heavy-handed polemic about the gendering of toys and toy-giving. Over time, with the company’s help, it became something more and better. While my previous holiday script, “Christmas Rose,” is rooted in reality, this one is a North Pole fantasy that touches on a question of import: just how do Santa’s elves cope with burnout?
I herewith share the performance with you. I think it went beautifully. Featured are the voices of:
- David Benedict as the Announcer and World of Learning Historian,
- Melody Bonnette as Zoe,
- Elisabeth Allen as Lydia,
- Chris Little as Rupert,
- Kelley S. Ceccato (that’s me!) as Vixen the Third,
- Joe Ravenson as Santa Claus,
- Paige Stedman Ross as Maya and World of Learning Singer, and
- Christa Burton and Billy Barefoot as Elf Sergeants 1 and 2.
Special thanks to Ron N. Butler, who gave me the ending (the Santa Claus scene is almost entirely his work), and to the Stewart family of Marietta, who lit the spark that in time became this play.
Since this is a live recording, please turn up the volume on your chosen device all the way for better playing.