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Thursday, December 6, 2018

It’s a Wonderful Life on Stage

As Christmas movies go, it doesn’t get much more classic than It’s A Wonderful Life. But this year, why settle for George Bailey on the small screen when you can see him live  on the big stage – and in the very kind of small community theater that goes perfectly with the storyline -- courtesy of the Bristol Theatre Company.


The show is a live radio play, where the audience is taken back to Christmas Eve in an immaculately detailed 1940’s radio station as the cast performs a broadcast of Frank Capra’s iconic holiday tale. With an ensemble cast bringing the Bailey family, Clarence, and everyone in between to life, the performance is complete with old-school bells and whistles, like live foley sound effects, period costumes, and charming commercial breaks featuring campy old radio jingles. Even if you’ve seen the movie a million times, this is refreshing new take .


It’s A Wonderful Life - A Live Radio Play runs from November 30th to December 16th, with evening showings from Thursday to Saturday and weekend matinees for the kids. Advance tickets are $17 for adults ($20 at the door);  $12 for seniors, students and children. Located in downtown Bristol at the Reynolds Art & Wellness Center, the theatre is just steps from the charming stores and restaurants on Hope Street for easy post-play snacks and shopping. You might even want to take in a wintry stroll around scenic Bristol harbor, or pop into the elegant Blithewold estate and make it a full day of Christmas cheer.