It’s a Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play | Orlando Shakespeare Theater It’s a Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play | Orlando Shakespeare Theater

It’s a Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play

November 29 - December 30, 2017 | Margeson Theater

Adapted by Joe Landry
Original Music and Musical Arrangements by Kevin Connors

Back by popular demand! – 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.

Creative Team
Director: Suzanne O’Donnell
Scenic Design: Richard Crowell
Lighting Design: Kevin Griffin
Costume Designer: Mel Barger
Sound Designer: Britt Sandusky


Meet the Cast

Natalie Cordone

Lana Sherwood/Violet

David Edwards

Freddie Filmore/Potter

Duke Lafoon

Jake Laurents/George

Brandon Roberts

Harry Heywood/Clarence

Sarah French

Sally Applewhite/Mary

Joshua Parrott

Newspaper Boy/Ensemble

Tyler Tanner

Foley Sound Guy

Terrance Campbell

Telegraph Boy 1/Singer 1

Austin Larkin

Telegraph Boy 2/Singer 2

Junior Nyong'o

Photographer/Sound Technician

Isiah Columbus

Stage Manager

Alexis Harter

Popcorn Girl 1/Singer 3

Helena Whittaker

Popcorn Girl 2/Singer 4




Production Sponsors


Critic and Audience Reviews

“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.”

“If you need a heart warming classic to get you in the mood for the holidays, then “It’s a Wonderful Life” is your ticket.” (Read Full Review)

“This is the ideal show for anyone who enjoys a nostalgic blend of holiday cheer and good humor, and the perfect holiday outing to catch as we get closer to our own wonderful life celebrations on Christmas Eve.” (Read Full Review)

Orlando Shakespeare Theater has shaken and stirred this overly familiar story into a festive cocktail of old-timey radio comedy, without losing an ounce of its emotional punch.