It's a Wonderful Life

Napa Valley College theater presents a radio play version of the popular 1946 film, “It’s a Wonderful Life” Dec. 1-10.

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The studio theater at Napa Valley College will become a radio station set filled with all the well loved characters from an enduringly popular holiday films, in “It’s A Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play.”

The production runs Dec. 1-10 with performances on Dec. 1, 2 and 8 at 7 p.m. and Dec. 3, 9 and 10 at 2 p.m.

“It’s the perfect holiday show for the entire family,” said Jennifer King, artistic director of Napa Valley College Performing Arts.

The radio play version of “It’s A Wonderful Life” is directed by Reed Martin as a live 1940s radio broadcast.

“It’s A Wonderful Life” tells the story of the idealistic George Bailey, a resident of Bedford Falls, whose life is unraveling on one Christmas Eve. He decides it would have been better if he’d never been born — until Clarence Odbody, Angel 2nd Class, shows what that would have meant for the people whose lives he has touched.

“I’m very excited to direct It’s A Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play at Napa Valley College for several reasons,” said Martin. “First of all, I love the holidays, and what better way to celebrate than with the stage version of the classic holiday film?”

He added, “Secondly, I’ve had a fascination with radio dramas and comedies since I was a child. I’ve been fortunate to have written and performed radio comedy for both the BBC and NPR. And I’ve been creating stage comedies with the Reduced Shakespeare Company since 1989. ‘It’s A Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play’ combines a radio play with stage comedy in a way that I find irresistible.”

Tickets are $12-$25. The Studio Theater is in the Napa Valley College Performing Arts Center at 2277 Napa-Vallejo Highway in Napa.

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