In good form – forging steel and musical ‘Christmas Story’

Dec 5, 2018

Kaden Mangrum (Randy) and Paul VandenBranden (Ralphie in bunny suit) in "A Christmas Story, the Musical" at Ferndale Repertory Theatre. Photo by Carol Ryder

Listen to the Dec. 4 Artwaves here on KHSU for Wendy Butler’s interview with Paul VandenBranden (Ralphie), Jorey McComas (the Old Man) and director Carol Ryder about Humboldt Light Opera Company’s collaboration with Ferndale Repertory Theatre for the staging of the 2012 A Christmas Story, the Musical, with songs by Tony award-winning songwriting team Benj Pasek and Justin Paul – you might remember their amazing music for the film La La Land. The musical though based on the 1983 film and though it does offer the “bunny suit” and the “leg lamp” also emphasizes the importance of familial connection. The musical continues performances Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m. at Ferndale Repertory Theatre. However, the Dec. 9 performance is sold out. Also on Artwaves is Monica Coyne, who talks about her love of forging steel and current project of creating unusual figurative pieces. This sculptor and blacksmith’s work is currently on display at Black Faun Gallery in Eureka, and part of an exhibit with Leslie Price’s abstract paintings titled “In this Moment.” Coyne will also give an artist talk Saturday, December 15 at 4 p.m. at the gallery.

"Landing, Waved Off"/Monica Coyne