Emily Dix is one of the founding members and the Artistic Director/Producer of Bygone Theatre. She has directed all of their shows and is the main driving force behind all artistic decisions and fundraising efforts. It was her love of oldies radio plays that inspired the idea for the Retro Radio Hour series, and she is thrilled to be organizing the Holiday Special, as well as revisiting her role of Baby Snooks in the Baby Snooks and Daddy play, “The Christmas Skates”! Be sure to check out her online portfolio and connect with her on Linkedin!
What inspired you to create Bygone Theatre’s “Retro Radio Hour: Holiday Special”?
The first “Retro Radio Hour” was a big success; we got a surprisingly large turnout and everyone seemed to enjoy themselves. Plus, it’s a fairly easy show to put together, and a cheap way to get a large number of our talented friends involved at once, so it’s a really fun show to do. Plus, I think people like to get into the holiday spirit by watching Christmas specials, singing carols, sipping hot chocolate – why not add a holiday radio show to the mix?
What is your favourite holiday tv special?
I love watching kids Christmas specials on tv. I think the “Muppets Christmas Special” is probably the best, but it isn’t really Christmas without “The Grinch”, “Rudolph” and “Frosty”. I’ve tried watching some of the newer Christmas specials as well but I think they got it right in the 60s – those stop motion shows are always the best and I can’t imagine the holidays without them.
What is your fondest holiday memory?
When I was a kid I used to always come to Toronto to see my Grandparents for Christmas. I especially loved being at the Dix’s because it was usually the only time of year I got to see my cousins from Ottawa. I have lots of happy memories of crawling around in the crawl space, playing with our new toys and eating those delicious arrowroot squares my Grandma used to make every year. I can’t think of any bad moments about those early Christmases.
What is your most embarrassing holiday memory?
Thankfully I don’t have many of those! All I can really think of is getting underwear for Christmas from my Grandma, when I was still young enough that the mere mention of the word would make me blush. All my cousins are around me frantically tearing the paper off of video games, trucks and action figures, and suddenly I’m holding frilly pink underwear. Mortifying for a 5 year old.
What are you most excited for in regards to “Retro Radio Hour”? Why should everyone come to see it?
The last couple shows we’ve done have been rather dark and serious, which is funny because I usually consider myself to be more of a fan of comedy. I love doing “Retro Radio Hour” because it’s just silly, harmless fun. There’s no deep messages or questions, nothing haunting or frightening, it’s just a chance to sit back, relax and laugh; and you will. We have an amazing cast and some hilarious plays, including ones originally performed by everyone’s favourite redhead, Lucille Ball, and the “funny girl” herself, Fanny Brice. What’s not to love?
Be sure to join us on Saturday November 30th, 8:00pm at the Winchester Kitchen. Tickets are only $5. Check out our event page for all the details.