Americana Theatre Company Reprises It’s a Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play

Americana’s production of It’s a Wonderful Life – A Live Radio Play
in 2017 by Denise Maccaferri

Holiday theatrical classic revived for Americana’s third biennial production

McGRATHPR.com – Americana Theatre Company (ATC), Plymouth’s professional theatre company, presents its holiday season biennial tradition “It’s A Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play” on select dates from December 4 through 12, at Plymouth Center for the Arts, 11 North Street, Plymouth.  “It’s A Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play” is a radio play adaptation by Joe Landry, directed by Marianne Savell.

A beloved American holiday film classic showcasing a live 1940’s radio broadcast comes to captivating life in 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 quintessential “applause” sign gracing the stage as the story of idealistic George Bailey unfolds. The hubbub and excitement of the Christmas Eve broadcast of  “It’s a Wonderful Life” lulls as the audience 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.  A story of desperation and miracles finds hope in the prayers of an angel, delivering holiday season entertainment and joy to all those in need.

Award-winning director, actor, teacher and theatre coach Marianne 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”.

It’s a Wonderful Life 2017, image by KB Designs of NE

“It’s A Wonderful Life’s” cast features company members from across the country including Jesse M. Sullivan, David Friday, Joshua Nicholson and Erin Friday. Returning guest performing artists include Johan Woods and Ciera Miller. Americana is excited to welcome Trina Vargas in the role of Mary.  Five of ATC Studio Americana’s local students round out the cast, featuring Alexis Friday, Evelyn Humani, Sadie Metrano, David Savastano and Jude Sullivan.

Tickets for “It’s A Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play” are $35 adults, $30 for students and seniors.  Performances are held on December 4 at 8 pm; December 5 at 2 pm and 7 pm; December 8 at 7 pm; December 9 at 7 pm; December 10 at 8 pm; December 11 at 2 and 8 pm; December 12, 2 pm and 7 pm. 

For tickets, or more information about Americana Theatre Company, visit 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.

It’s a Wonderful Life 2017, image by KB Designs of NE

About Americana Theatre Company

Americana Theatre Company (ATC) is a non-profit, professional theatre company serving the Greater Plymouth region. ATC’s leadership team including Artistic Director Jesse Sullivan, Technical Director David Friday, and Director of Education Erin Friday are charged with continuing Founder Derek Martin’s vision of opening a professional theatre organization in America’s Hometown, a dream fulfilled in 2011.  ATC’s audiences find that story is paramount. ATC is committed to hiring directors, actors, and designers of the highest caliber, with an aim to enliven the cultural atmosphere of the Plymouth community by offering excellent, entertaining theatre and theatre education to residents and visitors alike. For more information, visit americanatheatre.org, or call 508-591-0282.