By Lori Demres
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• WHAT: “It’s a Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play”
• WHEN: 7:30 p.m. Dec. 17-18
• WHERE: Bellevue Society for the Arts, 205 Maple St., Bellevue
• COST: $8/adults, $6/seniors and students
• INFO: 419-484-2787
It’s Christmas Eve, 1946, and George Bailey doesn’t think his life is worth living anymore. The Shoestring Players will perform “It’s a Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play” at the Bellevue Society of the Arts, bringing to life this beloved Capra holiday classic. The show will be performed as a live radio broadcast in front of a studio audience from Studio A, WBFR in Manhattan — complete with period microphones, sound effects and an applause sign.
Over 20 actors portray the various townsfolk of Bedford Falls, with some in multiple roles. Since the production is done in the style of a live radio show, the actors also handle all the sound effects, using a variety of props and gadgets which is sure to elicit some laughter.
“It’s a Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play” tells the familiar story of George Bailey, a good man at the end of his rope who gets a chance to see what the world would be like if he had never been born. Adapted as a live radio drama by Philip Grecian, the show is not a word for word recital of the Frank Capra film.
However, this show so closely follows the film that all the despair and wonder and joy of George discovering how rich his life really is will still resonate with the audience. Though it’s not an entirely interactive play, the audience may be prompted to applaud at appropriate times and to be mindful of the “On Air” sign when all should be quiet in the studio.
The BSA will also have some baskets of homemade holiday goodies available for sale as part of a theater fundraiser. Performances are at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 17-18 at the Bellevue Society for the Arts. Reservations can be made by calling 419-484-2787. Tickets are $8 for adults and $6 for seniors and students.