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IPR Radio Drama “A Few Houses Down”

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We present an original piece by Michael Kleeberg, “A Few Houses Down” on Friday, Dec. 14 live on-air and before an audience in Sursa Performance Hall on the Ball State campus.

Attendees should be seated by 7:30 p.m., and will be treated to a pre-show program including a Foley sound effects demonstration. The live broadcast airs from 8-9 p.m. and will be taped for broadcast on WIPB-TV in December.

Kleeberg is an assistant professor of English at Ivy Tech Community College. His new radio drama, “A Few Houses Down” tells the story of two families brought together by Grandpa, who imagines himself to be all of the characters in a classic holiday novel.

Directed by Matthew Reeder, assistant professor of directing and Shakespeare at Ball State, rehearsals for the Radio Drama will begin the last week of November.

IPR Radio Dramas feature community actors, authentic sound effects (produced by a foley artist on stage) and a live orchestra.

TICKETS: $10 adult, $5 youth/student

  • Visit Emens Auditorium ticket office
    Regular Box office hours
    10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Monday-Friday & two hours before each performance
  • Phone: 765-285-1539 or toll free (877) 99-EMENS
    On the day of an On Sale, phone orders will not be taken at the Emens box office until after 12:00 p.m. to accommodate the walk-up line. To order by phone through Ticketmaster, call 800-745-3000.

Dennis Charles (Older) – Tom Cherry
Dennis Charles (Younger) – Thomas Whitcomb
Diane Charles – Abby Carter
Brett Johnston – Graham Reeder
Marlena Ritter – Eleanor Blackmer
Lorne Johnston (Older) – Sean Orlosky
Lorne Johnston (Younger) – Benjamin Strack
Ellen Johnston (Older) – Michelle Kinsey
Ellen Johnston (Younger) – Gwyn Burton
Danielle – Annika Low
Callie Johnston – Kailyn Sprinkle
Greg Brooks – Nick Fatout
Marlena Ritter (Older) – Jennifer Blackmer
Announcer – Stan Sollars

Director – Matthew Reeder
Playwright – Michael Kleeberg
Music Director – Michael Elliott
Sound Artist – Vanessa Theme Ament
Stage Manager – Amber Riggle

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Sponsored by: Ball State Department of Theatre and Dance,  Michelle Walker Thrivent Financial, Mark’s Service Center, Morrison Woods and Yorktown Public Library.


Angie Rapp
Marketing Manager
(765) 285-2742