It’s a Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play

It’s a Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play

December 6 - December 31, 2018
Northwest Children’s Theatre

The beloved holiday staple comes to life as a live 1940s radio broadcast with the story of George Bailey. George grew up in picturesque Bedford Falls, but dreams of leaving the small town behind to see the world. Obligations and unforeseen circumstances get in the way of his aspirations and he is tied to his hometown forever as he takes over the Building & Loan from his father and his uncle. When a terrible mistake leaves George on the verge of disaster, he considers ending his life on Christmas Eve until he meets a fateful friend named Clarence.

Made complete by your favorite local talent and an onstage Foley artist, It’s a Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play is a fun, heartwarming delight for the whole family.

Arrive early for a special pre-show holiday musical featuring cast members!

“It’s easy for the audience to get caught up in the fun.”

-Anita Gates, The New York Times

Portland Tribune interview with Resident Artists Susannah Mars and Chris Harder

Prep for It’s a Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play with this book and movie list inspired by the play from the Multnomah County Library.

Northwest Children’s Theatre

1819 NW Everett St, Portland, OR 97209


It’s a Wonderful Life is a reliable reminder of the value of integrity, friendship and love, and Artists Rep wraps up that reminder in a delightful package.”

Amy Wang, The Oregonian/OregonLive

“…I (and my entire party) enjoyed It’s a Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play. I recommend it for the whole family.”

Krista Garver, Broadway World


David Bodin
Freddie Filmore
Chris Harder
Jake Laurents
Susannah Mars
Sally Applewhite
Alyssa Longoria
Lana Sherwood
Victoria Schindler
Laurie Sherwood
Jimmy Garcia
Harry "Jazzbo" Heywood
Leslie North
Hazel Jenkins


Joe Landry
Beth Harper

Production Team

John Ellingson
Scenic Designer
Wanda Walden
Costume Designer
Kristeen Willis
Lighting Designer
Rodolfo Ortega
Music Director, Co-Sound Director
Jake Newcomb
Co-Sound Director
Carol Ann Wohlmut
Stage Manager
Luan Schooler
Robert Amico
Props Master
Diane Trapp
Wig Designer
Shira Goldeen
Production Assistant


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