Win Tickets ($64): Portland Thanksgiving Weekend Bag&Baggage Productions Presents A Miracle on 43rd Street: A Holiday Radio Massacre @ The Venetian Theatre | 1940 Radio Show Comedy Spoof

We are giving away a pair of tickets to Bag&Baggage Productions Presents A Miracle on 43rd Street on November 29. To win, comment on this post why you’d like to attend. Winner will be drawn and emailed Friday, November 28.

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A Miracle on 43rd StreetMiracle on 43rd Street: A Holiday Radio Massacre
November 29-December 23, 2014
Thursday, Friday, Saturday at 7:30pm and Sunday at 2:00pm
Additional performances Monday December 22 and Tuesday December 23 at 7:30pm
Tickets: 503 345 9590 or online at

The Venetian Theatre
253 E Main Street, Hillsboro, OR 97123

Over the past seven seasons, Bag&Baggage Productions has gained a reputation for producing tongue-in-cheek, over-the-top, farcical holiday shows, and the 2014 offering will be the company’s most outrageous and hilarious yet. A Miracle on 43rd Street: A Holiday Radio Massacre is the second 1940s radio show spoof Bag&Baggage has produced, following on from last season’s smash hit It’s A (somewhat) Wonderful Life, and stars many of the same actors reprising their critically acclaimed roles.

The cast and crew of the fictional KBNB Radio Classics program are preparing for their annual Christmas Eve broadcast of Miracle on 34th Street, the beloved holiday tale of the Macy’s Santa Claus who turns out to be the real thing. But, as with last year’s program, their best laid plans go horribly wrong live on-air, turning what should be an uplifting Christmas eve radio show into a full scale farce of biblical proportions.

Based loosely (very, very loosely) on the actual text of the New York-based Lux Radio Theatre’s live broadcast of Miracle on 34th Street from 1948, B&B’s Miracle on 43rd Street adds a Mafia mob boss with an itchy trigger finger, a New York detective with a love of 1940s musicals, a mortally wounded sound effects engineer, a Broadway starlet with delusions of grandeur and a disgraced Hollywood actor desperate to repair his reputation; all of whom join forces to utterly destroy the classic Christmas tale, with hilarious and heart-warming results.

“We’ve only been in rehearsals for two weeks and I’m already exhausted,” said Jessica Geffen, who plays Lana, a New Jersey make-up counter saleswoman who skyrocketed to stardom in last year’s radio show. “It has been an incredible challenge for all of us; how to make this year’s show more hilarious, more complicated and more farcical than last year. This is far more than just a sequel.”

Scott Palmer, B&B’s Artistic Director and the adaptor of the script, says, “Think Noises Off meets Monty Python meets A Prairie Home Companion meets Bullets Over Broadway meets Home For The Holidays, kind of.”

Miracle on 43rd Street stars Bag&Baggage Resident Acting Company member Jessica Geffen, reprising her scene stealing role of Lana North Berkshire-Whiteside, Gary Strong as KBNB Radio Manager Winston Whiteside and Brandon McFarland as long-suffering stage manager and sound effects artist Peter Paulson. Joining the cast in new roles are B&B Resident Actors Luke Armstrong as Antony Antonini, Lana’s mob-boss ex-boyfriend and Clara Hillier as Felicity Fay Fitzpatrick, a Broadway super star with an ego problem.

Expect a disaster this holiday season…Bag&Baggage style!

ABOUT BAG&BAGGAGE PRODUCTIONS: Bag&Baggage Productions is Hillsboro’s only professional theatre company. Based at the historic Venetian Theatre in downtown Hillsboro, B&B is committed to innovative and provocative new interpretations of the classics of American and English drama, bringing surprising new insight to stories and writers from our past. Led by Hillsboro native Scott Palmer, B&B is one of the largest non-profit cultural organizations in Hillsboro, has gained an international reputation for excellence and regularly attracts audiences of more than 18,000 to the company’s six-show season.

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56 Responses to Win Tickets ($64): Portland Thanksgiving Weekend Bag&Baggage Productions Presents A Miracle on 43rd Street: A Holiday Radio Massacre @ The Venetian Theatre | 1940 Radio Show Comedy Spoof

  1. Lindsey G November 18, 2014 at 4:44 pm #

    Would be fun to attend something funny as this is the first Christmas we will be without our family. All laughs and smiles will go a long way to bring in the spirit of Christmas.

  2. Jamie November 18, 2014 at 7:54 pm #

    This sounds like the most delightful activity to attend whilst continuing to digest some turkey!

  3. camille November 19, 2014 at 9:51 am #

    This looks amazing, I would love to go!

  4. Heather November 19, 2014 at 10:10 am #

    I went to my first Bag & Baggage production a year ago and loved it! It would be so much fun to see this show Thanksgiving weekend!

  5. paula m November 20, 2014 at 2:21 pm #

    sounds like great fun :)

  6. mary November 20, 2014 at 2:49 pm #

    Perfect interjection to a long weekend of stuffing my face and sleeping

  7. Tracy November 20, 2014 at 2:52 pm #

    I would love to take my mom to this!

  8. April November 20, 2014 at 3:30 pm #

    This sounds hilarious!

  9. seth francis November 20, 2014 at 3:33 pm #

    Oh MY God! Yes please, my father just came to town from South Africa and this would be the most perfect night of ridiculousness and laughter. Christmas cheer with tongue in cheek jeer, holiday joy with a comical ploy, festive smiles and laughter for miles, LETS DO THIS THING!!!

  10. ilona wiley November 20, 2014 at 4:19 pm #

    Oh, pretty please? Short on cash this holiday season, so a night out with some good seasonal comedy would be so welcome!

  11. Jenn November 20, 2014 at 4:20 pm #

    This would be fab to attend!

  12. Nancy Anderson November 20, 2014 at 5:02 pm #

    This would be the perfect recovery from enduring Thanksgiving with the in-laws……. just saying.

  13. Thomas November 20, 2014 at 5:04 pm #

    Have not been to a good play in years

  14. Zoe November 20, 2014 at 5:10 pm #

    What!? This looks like so much fun – yes please!!

  15. Michelle W. November 20, 2014 at 5:16 pm #

    Each year we find a play/performance to attend for the Christmas season and this would be perfect!

  16. Ron T November 20, 2014 at 5:29 pm #

    Now this looks like a lot of fun. Though, television was here in my youth, radio was
    for the family and brought many together. Pick me and I’ll take my mother. ~ thanks

  17. Lori B November 20, 2014 at 5:35 pm #

    Nothing is too sacred for for humor!

  18. Deborah Roark November 20, 2014 at 7:32 pm #

    Every year are family attends a holiday performance.We have seen many funny ones. We moved here from Colorado last year. We all have a great sense of humor and would be a great audience for this play. It sounds hilarious. We have always wanted to see a Bag & Baggage performance in Hillsboro where we live. Pick me and my family please!!!! Thanks!

  19. Kendall November 20, 2014 at 9:32 pm #

    I would love to take my dad to this, he took me to my very first play for Christmas last year. It would mean a lot to both of us to do something together, and share some laughs :)

  20. Dana G November 20, 2014 at 10:22 pm #

    This sounds like a fantastic way to kick off the holiday season! We go to the Broadway plays at the Keller and try and see other forms of live theater- this would be such a fun thing to do!

  21. Nicole Delamer November 21, 2014 at 6:27 am #

    I would love to take my granddaughter to see this play. She is young however loves performing for friends and family and will be thrilled to see this production.

  22. Georgia November 21, 2014 at 8:32 am #

    What a wonderful start to the Holiday Season. We all need a bit of laughter and this sounds like the perfect prescription!

  23. Andrea November 21, 2014 at 10:25 am #

    Sounds like a lot of fun!

  24. BOBBIE November 21, 2014 at 4:46 pm #

    Birthday present to myself!

  25. Mike November 22, 2014 at 12:04 am #

    Bag & Baggage productions always have such interesting twist. I can’t wait to see what kind of fun they have given this play.

  26. Lacey N November 22, 2014 at 6:08 am #

    This sounds so damn fantastic! I want to go.

  27. Tina November 22, 2014 at 2:27 pm #

    My grandmother took me as a child to see this play. She passed in July. It would be awesome win tickets and get to see it once again.

  28. Al November 23, 2014 at 7:14 pm #

    This looks like fun Deb and I love going to stuff like this.

  29. Alex November 23, 2014 at 9:05 pm #

    Oh man, this sounds hilarious!

  30. Jennifer November 24, 2014 at 9:15 am #

    9 + 5 = I would love to win this tickets :)

  31. Toby November 24, 2014 at 10:22 am #

    Would love to just let loose and have a good time with my husband!! Pick me!!

  32. Teresa November 24, 2014 at 5:00 pm #

    We are so excited to be in Portland this weekend and would love to see this fabulous show!!

  33. Kalahulani November 25, 2014 at 1:30 am #

    Yes, yes, yes please

  34. Lori Anderson November 25, 2014 at 8:29 am #

    This looks like so much fun!

  35. Christian Johnson November 25, 2014 at 6:08 pm #

    I haven’t been to any live theater for a few years and this would be a great way to get back into it. I would love to go with my sweetheart!

  36. Nate November 25, 2014 at 8:34 pm #

    Looks like a lot of fun!

  37. Elyse November 25, 2014 at 11:58 pm #

    This sounds hilarious, would love to go to a (comedic) holiday production!

  38. Sue November 26, 2014 at 6:49 am #

    I would live to go. Could use some joy this holiday season.

  39. Lisa November 26, 2014 at 8:18 pm #

    Oh my goodness gracious!!! I would love to see this!!! What a great way to celebrate the holidays

  40. Dave November 26, 2014 at 8:21 pm #

    I’d love to take my wife to this! We need to experience some good laughter this holiday season. ❤️

  41. steadymiracle November 26, 2014 at 9:02 pm #

    cool show, love to go!

  42. Karen November 26, 2014 at 9:36 pm #

    I’d like to win tickets because have a date night with my uber-hubby and we don’t live in Portland but want to pretend like we do for a night. We could use a little, weird escape. Plus, we clap loud. :)

  43. Susan November 26, 2014 at 11:15 pm #

    I hope I win! Please pick me!

  44. Scott November 27, 2014 at 5:13 am #

    Sounds like fun

  45. Linda S November 27, 2014 at 9:31 am #

    I did not even know about this venue. I have a friend who lives in Hillsboro who would love to go with me.

  46. Tanya Farris November 27, 2014 at 1:26 pm #

    Me , Me , Me please !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    These tickets would be a great peace offering to my boyfriend
    (maybe ex boyfriend if i don’t win )
    We returned home Thanksgiving morning early from our Arizona vacation because of my actions . I feel horrible and would love to offer him a evening of some smiles .
    I am thankful to have him in my life

  47. tracey November 27, 2014 at 1:35 pm #

    This would be a delightful show to watch as I work with special needs people.. I would love to take my 2 clients to watch this…. My client LOVES SANTA CLAUSE an would be excited as well as I would to see this showing…!!!

  48. Toby November 27, 2014 at 7:22 pm #

    This looks awesome. I would love to take my girl who needs a night out!

  49. Lana Aburto November 27, 2014 at 9:01 pm #

    So I am Lana, and show stars a Lana, and I think if I win we can get Archer fans in the crowd to scream LANA

  50. Stefanie November 28, 2014 at 4:08 am #

    Some fun laughs with my mom. It’s the perfect event for us.

  51. Tanya Farris November 28, 2014 at 7:12 am #

    I would love to go and make peace with my boyfriend , he deserves a few laughs !!!!

  52. Linda L November 28, 2014 at 10:05 am #

    this would be great to attend!

  53. Shawn Sanders November 28, 2014 at 1:58 pm #

    “Look Doris, someday you’re going to find that your way of facing the mob just doesn’t work!!!”

  54. Tanya Farris November 28, 2014 at 8:26 pm #

    Oh please please pick me , I would be so grateful and thankful to have a chance to take my boy friend out that definitely deserves a little fun

  55. Jennifer September 26, 2015 at 10:02 am #

    This is exactly why I was so excited about moving to the area, to be able to attend events such as this! Would be an amazing start to my new adventure!

  56. Kim November 10, 2015 at 11:56 am #

    Looks like a great play! I would love to treat my well deserving mom and sister in law out for a good laugh. It has been a challenging month!

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