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A KNOM Radio Christmas Play: What Happens When the Music ‘Dies’?

"KNOM" in candy-cane-style letters
A small touch of Christmastime in one of KNOM's studios. Photo: Margaret DeMaioribus, KNOM.

Christmas might be over, but the themes in the 2018 KNOM Christmas play are timeless.

Written by Emily Hofstaedter, “In The Bleak Midwinter” follows a young girl, Honey, who resents her role in her village’s Christmas program because she’s “no good at singing and dancing.” Sick of being bullied by the kids in her class, in her anger, Honey does something drastic: she wishes all the music and dancing in the world away.

And to her surprise and the village’s horror… music disappears. Music simply won’t play, and when performers try to play a tune, their voice only croaks and their guitar strings break.

Honey realizes quickly it’s her job to get the music back, having wished it all away. Enlisting the help of a talking raven and musk ox — who can’t sing anymore because the music’s all gone (and yes, musk ox do normally ‘sing,’ just not very well) — Honey visits the scary witch on the mountain who’s taken all the music for herself.

To find out if Honey gets the music back for her village and the world, tune into the 2018 KNOM Christmas play.

We were thrilled to get members of the Nome community involved to voice key roles, with special thanks to the following:

  • Natallie Tobuk as Honey
  • Barb Amarok as Mom
  • Daniel Komok as Aapa
  • Connor Aningayou as Jonathan
  • Paula Woods as the Raven
  • Richard Beneville as the Musk Ox
  • Andrea Irrigoo as the Witch

Image at top: A small touch of Christmastime in one of KNOM’s studios. Photo: Margaret DeMaioribus, KNOM.

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