Live From WVL Radio Theatre: It's a Wonderful Life
Adapted by: W.V.R. Repoley
A co-production of NC Stage and Flat Rock Playhouse
November 19 through December 23
at the Historic Henderson County Courthouse
Get tickets through Flat Rock Playhouse: call (828) 693-0731 or go online!
- BMW of Asheville
- Tom and Sue Fazio benefiting the Boys and Girls Club of Henderson County
We're on the road, too! Have friends in Charlotte or one of our tour destinations? Tell them about the show!
It’s Christmas time 1946, and only a handful of radio actors have braved the blizzard to perform that evening’s broadcast of It’s a Wonderful Life and keep the radio station afloat. This clever stage adaptation breathes new life into the poignant story of George Bailey and Bedford Falls.
“Just remember this, Mr. Potter: that this rabble you're talking about, they do most of the working and paying and living and dying in this community. Well, is it too much to have them work and pay and live and die in a couple of decent rooms and a bath?”
When Frank Capra and his co-writers were working on It’s a Wonderful Life in early 1946, the Great Depression was a vivid memory. The story of George Bailey and Bedford Falls is juxtaposed against a time of failing banks, devastatingly high unemployment, and a shortage of affordable housing. The circumstances are eerily familiar, and over 60 years later, this story remains as fresh and relevant as ever. Its message of hope and optimism is the perfect antidote to holiday cynicism.
This fresh new adaptation of the film is set in the fictional studio of WVL Radio Theatre, which is struggling to stay on the air one snowy winter night. The professional voice actors are unable to get through, but the show must go on -- and so a small but intrepid band of employees manage to create the dozens of movie characters and scenes using just their voices and a sound effects table.
“Strange, isn't it? Each man's life touches so many other lives. "When he isn't around he leaves an awful hole, doesn't he?”
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