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Sense and Sensibility

It's A Wonderful Life:
A Live Radio Play

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December 4 - 29, 2013

Margeson Theater | By Joe Landry
Original Music and Musical Arrangements by Kevin Connors
Directed by Robert Cacioppo

"No man is a failure who has friends."

Inspired by Frank Capra's cinematic classic, this beloved holiday treat brings the spirit of the season to life right before your eyes. Performed as a 1940s live radio broadcast in front of a studio audience, five actors play the dozens of characters in Bedford Falls as well as produce all the sound effects.

A nostalgic blend of holiday cheer and theatrical magic, you will fall in love all over again with George Bailey and the angel named Clarence who saves his life on Christmas Eve.

Join us as roaming telegraph boys and popcorn girls in period costumes transform the Lowndes Shakespeare Center into a vintage, New York City radio studio on Christmas Eve. The pre-show action begins thirty minutes prior to show time. Visit the Orlando Shakes blog for more details!

It's a Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play runs approximately 1 hour and 45 minutes with an intermission.

Audience Comments

“Warm(s) the heart of theatergoers from age 8 to 28 to 58 to 88… I was won over by the charm and enthusiasm of the acting company.” - Matt Palm, Orlando Sentinel

“A moving and emotionally-stirring version of the classic movie…. I counted the number of people in the audience shedding tears and pulling out the hankies. Myself included, there were plenty. Now that’s a hit version of It’s a Wonderful Life.” - R.T. Robeson, Freeline Media Orlando

"It's a Wonderful Life at the OST is the present you should give to yourself this Christmas season. The acting, directing, set, costumes, music, lighting, and general ambience take you back in time casting a lovely light on the holiday season and reminding one of the incomparable gift of family, friends, and a life well lived.” - Audience Comment

“This production of It's a Wonderful Life was charming from start to finish! The actors were superb and the production was terrific! What a wonderful way to get into the Christmas spirit!” - Audience Comment

Opening Night Party

Immediately following the premiere of each Signature Series production, you're invited to mix and mingle with members of the cast and creative teams in the lobby of the Lowndes Shakespeare Center. The party is free to all ticket holders. No RSVP neccessary.

Opening Night Pre-show Chat

Join us in the Patron's Room at 6:40 p.m. for a brief, informative discussion with the director and members of the artistic team about the creative process.

Parental Guidelines

It's A Wonderful Life is family friendly and is recommended for ages 8 and up. Please check our parental guidelines for detailed information about our production.


We offer student matinees. Call the Box Office at (407) 447-1700 to learn more.


TYA Flex Passes

TICKETS Miss Nelson Has A Field Day
December 4 & 5
7:30 p.m. $18
Friday, December 6
7:30 p.m. $40, $35, $30
WED & THU 7:30 p.m. $35, $30, $20
FRI & SAT 7:30 p.m. $40, $35, $30
SUN 2 p.m. $35, $30, $20
December 11, 18
2 p.m. $17
$20 UNDER 30
Friday, December 13
7:30 p.m. $20
Thursday, December 19
7:30 p.m. $35, $30, $20
Thursday, December 15
2 p.m. $15 per child

TYA Flex Passes


2013 Red Chair Affair - Orlando Shakespeare Theater - Its A Wonderful Life



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