Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Chris Hillman hosting a Christmas Show

Chris Hillman, rock legend Hall-of-Famer and perhaps best known as co-founder of the The Byrds is Celebrity Host for Every Now and Then Theatre and Conejo Players Theatre's world premiere radio presentation of “Wearing Santa's Suit." The show will air on NewsTalk 1590 KVTA December 24th at 3pm and 9pm, then on December 25th at 7am, 12pm and 8pm.

Based on actual happenings, the production allows you to enter the mind of Santa as he encounters all types at a harborside art festival, chamber mixer, private club, radio station listener party, children's shelter, his next-door neighbor, a panicked girlfriend, and one family's personal appearance request.

Hillman, a Ventura County resident, is often cited as one of the early pioneers of the country-rock genre. His past bands include Manassas, The Desert Rose Band, The Flying Burrito Brothers and Souther-Hillman-Furay. As Every Now and Then Theatre's chosen Celebrity Host, Hillman will open the show and set the scene for the hour long broadcast. At the breaks, he takes us back in time with recorded Christmas comments from Ventura County's children- who are now adults. Hillman will wrap up the broadcast revealing the ensemble cast, nearly all of whom played multiple characters. 

“Wearing Santa's Suit” was directed by Shawn W. Lanz of Camarillo. Script and producer was James Wortman of Ventura. Onsite sound engineer was David Tuomi of Thousand Oaks. Post Sound Producer was Bob Allen from KVTA. The broadcast was made possible with resources from Barkerductions in Ventura for equipment, and Goldcoast Broadcasting for air time. CD copies of the broadcast are made available to cast and crew in trade for donations to KVTA's Children's Services Fund.

Now in its 24th year, the all-volunteer Every Now and Then Theatre has won 35 international, national, and local awards for radio drama excellence. They are now part of the American Radio Archives in Thousand Oaks. Chris Hillman's website is www.chrishillman.com.

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