If you loved the classic movie with Jimmy Stewart It’s a Wonderful Life, well you will be sure to love Dayton, Ohio Victoria Theatre’s IT’S A WONDERFUL LIFE: A LIVE RADIO PLAY of this treasured movie. The stage brings to life this beloved classic as a 1940’s radio broadcast. This show has a cast full of talent, and a myriad of spectacular sound effects.
The show jumps off the screen and onto the stage as five actors perform dozens of characters in the radio play. IT’S A WONDERFUL LIFE: A LIVE RADIO PLAY premiered in 1996 at Stamford Center for the Arts in Stamford, Connecticut, and has since been produced around the country to critical acclaim. Here are just a couple reviews from the Victoria Theatre’s website:
“This blast from the past gets its wings with a letter – perfect production!” – The Seattle Times
“One of the best holiday shows around. This is a fresh and inventive way of reconnecting with a classic story of love and redemption.” – Chicago Sun-Times
Quoting Dayton Local contributing writer, Mike Woody from his review of the play, “To be honest, my expectations for “It’s a Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play,” were rather low as I figured the reading of a full length movie couldn’t be very entertaining. I have no shame in admitting that I was wrong. The show was a delight to witness and to call it a reading would be an extreme understatement as the cast is very lively throughout the performance. The energy in their voices turns the radio play into a virtual full-fledged stage production of “It’s a Wonderful Life.”
If you want to take in this wonderful event, it is recommended for ages 6 and up. Show times are:
Friday, December 13, 2013 at 8:00 p.m.
Saturday, December 14, 2013 at 2:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m.
Sunday, December 15, 2013 at 2:00 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.
Have a wonderful weekend from all of us here at Barker, Beck, Collins and Kronauge Agency!