Final Act Ensemble: Holiday Broadcast to the Troops 1943

Join the Final Act Ensemble (FAE) for old-time fun this holiday season.

Mystery! Comedy! Nostalgia! Travel back in time to the Golden Age of Radio for a special 1943 holiday broadcast to the troops. Match wits with Ellery Queen as he investigates murders on a circus train. Laugh with Fibber McGee and Molly when McGee paints Molly’s Christmas tree white. There’s O. Henry’s heartwarming The Gift of the Magi and a new wartime series from the home front. Throughout the evening there will be bantering announcers and a few songs to set your toes tapping.

FAE’s Holiday Show will be presented in the Kate Goldman Theatre.

Special Opportunity: Our Roosevelt Cultural District neighbors at Drake Garage are collecting Toys for Tots. You can bring a new, unwrapped toy to The Playhouse, and Drake Garage will give these to Toys for Tots. Toys for Tots provides toys to children in shelters, safe houses, and hospitals.

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Performance Times:
7:00 PM
Run Time:
100 minutes including a 10-minute intermission
Content Advisory:
The Playhouse does not rate subject matter as sensitivities vary from person to person. If you have questions about content, age appropriateness, or other aspects of the show (ie strobe lights and other theatrical effects), please contact the ticket office at 515.277.6261.


  • Ralph E. Bowman

  • Katie Brooks

  • Shirley Dalby

  • Al Downey

  • Ruth Downey

  • Director

    Jerry Eisenhour

  • Barbara Keck

  • Molly Ketchum

  • Elysa Koss

  • Melinda Leseney

  • Hu Lundberg

  • R.J. Lundgren

  • Music Director / Rehearsal Accompanist / Sound Effects

    Susie McCauley

    Music Director / Rehearsal Accompanist / Sound Effects
  • Mark Pullen

  • Rick Stageman

  • Marsha Szymczuk

  • Ed Truslow

  • Vocal Coach

    Phyllis Wolfe

    Vocal Coach
  • Accompanist

    Francine Griffith