Behind the scenes at Orlando Shakespeare Theater

Extra! Extra! Read All About It(’s a Wonderful Life)!

1940s carsIt’s Christmas Eve and the year is 1946. The stage of Studio A at WOST in Manhattan, New York is bustling with activity as producers and stagehands prepare for the evening’s live radio broadcast. Five famed radio personalities will soon take the stage to tell the story of It’s a Wonderful Life, transforming into George Bailey, Clarence the angel, Mr. Potter, and the many other characters of Bedford Falls. As a lucky member of their live studio audience, you get to witness it all.

When you enter the Lowndes Shakespeare Center to see a performance of It’s a Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play this December, you will be thrown back in time to a glamorous 1940’s Hollywood premiere. Weave through the lobby, stopping to buy a snack from the popcorn girls or hear the latest headlines from a newspaper boy. But watch out for those pesky paparazzi and their exploding flashbulbs as they capture black and white photos of the radio stars arriving at the Theater. Listen for your name to be called – you may just be the lucky recipient of a special holiday telegram!


Photo by Landon St. Gordon.

Additional pre-show entertainment includes carolers warming up with sing-along holiday classics in the Margeson Theater, and a grumpy foley artist testing his thunder sheet, rain machine, and other sound effect equipment. While the show officially begins at 7:30 p.m. each evening (matinees begin at 2 p.m.), the excitement really begins 30 minutes before showtime!

It’s a Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play is written by Joe Landry, with original music and musical arrangements by Kevin Connors. Directed by Robert Cacioppo, the production runs at Orlando Shakespeare Theater from Dec. 4 – 29, 2013. Tickets (starting at $17) are available by calling (407) 447-1700 or visiting

Don’t miss out on the fun. Bring your family and introduce a new generation to this heart-warming holiday classic! (It’s a Wonderful Life is family-friendly and recommended for ages 8 and up.)


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