ATC to present ‘It’s a Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play’

Americana Theatre Company’s 2017 production of It’s a Wonderful Life – a Live Radio Play, image by KB Designs of New England

OLD COLONY MEMORIAL – Americana Theatre Company will present its holiday season biennial tradition, “It’s A Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play” on select dates from Dec. 7-15 at Plymouth Center for the Arts, 11 North St.

“It’s A Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play” is a radio play adaptation by Joe Landry, directed by Marianne Savell. Award-winning director, actor, teacher and theatre coach, Savell is familiar with Americana audiences as the director of prior productions, including “Grease,” “The Three Musketeers,” “An Inspector Calls” and “Moonlight and Magnolias.” She has directed multiple premiere productions across the United States, including the west coast premiere of “It’s A Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play.”

Inside the WBFR radio studio, a small ensemble portrays more than 40 roles with microphones, sound effects and the applause sign gracing the stage as the story of George Bailey unfolds. The Christmas Eve broadcast of “It’s a Wonderful Life” lulls as listeners tune in, and Bailey contemplates the fate of his future and what his world would be like if he never existed in it.

Violet Perry appears as ZuZu

The cast features company members from across the country, including Jesse M. Sullivan, David Friday, Joshua Nicholson and Jennifer Martin. Returning guest performing artists include Johan Woods and Amelia Dobbs. Four of ATC’s Studio Americana students round out the cast, featuring Karly Friday, Violet Perry, David Savastano and Luca Bucci.

Tickets are $35 adults and $30 for students and seniors. Performances are held at 8 p.m. Dec. 7; 2 and 7 p.m. Dec. 8; 7 p.m. Dec. 12; 8 p.m. Dec. 13; 2 and 8 p.m. Dec. 14; and 2 p.m. Dec. 15. For tickets or more information, visit http://americanatheatre.org or call 508-591-0282. Advance ticket purchases are recommended, as seating is limited to capacity. Plymouth Center for the Arts is handicap accessible, and paid public parking is available street side and in nearby public lots.

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