"It’s A Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play" runs at 7:30 p.m. December 2 and 3 and 9 and 10, and 2 p.m. December 4 and 11 at the Odd Fellows building on Allegheny College’s campus, 400 N. Main Street in Meadville. Tickets are $11 to 13 and may be purchased at the door, at www.mctbackstage.com/tickets or at 814-333-1773.
“In their day, radio performances relied on the imaginations of writers, actors, sound technicians, musicians and the audience itself," said director Tom Hall. "Without relying on visuals, a 300-pound man could play a little girl, a box of cornflakes could become cracking ice and one actor could create 10 characters. All done without costumes, makeup or computer-generated images.”
"This radio show production is such a unique way to experience this story in a way that our audience may not have before,” said Alicia Greathouse, who plays Hatch Bailey.
She is one of 12 people that will bring the magic "It's a Wonderful Life," which was inspired by Philip Van Doren Stern’s “The Greatest Gift.” Greathouse is joined by Jason Sakal, Kelly Perrett, Geoff Hall, Glen Holland, Glenn Tuttle, Adam Leute, Scarlett Shepard and Hilletje Moller Bashew. They are voicing 44 characters between them. Music and auditory effects are created by Dave Allen, Becky Hall and Debbie Ormston.