Greenbrier Valley Theatre will present dinner theater performances of "It's A Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play" through Dec. 21.
The play is written by Joe Landry and directed by Cathey C. Sawyer. This beloved American holiday classic comes to captivating life as a live 1940s radio broadcast. With the help of live on-stage sound effects and an ensemble of five actors that bring a few dozen characters to the stage, the story of idealistic George Bailey unfolds as he considers ending his life one fateful Christmas Eve.
Bailey has grown up in Bedford Falls, an idyllic small town, determined to get out. He plans to see the world and build skyscrapers or something else huge when he grows up. But circumstances keep him at home. His father dies. The rich, evil Mr. Potter tries to liquidate the Bailey family's savings-and-loan business and take over the town. George's brother, Harry, marries a great woman whose father has offered him a promising career opportunity, far away from his hometown. When the accidental loss of $8,000 leaves George on the verge of disaster, he contemplates killing himself.
Clarence, George's slightly bumbling 292-year-old guardian angel, comes to earth to help him. By showing George what Bedford Falls and numerous loved ones would have been like if George had never been born, Clarence manages to turn him around. Lifted from despair, George Bailey is a man with a reawakened appreciation of his life and the people he loves. It all happens on Christmas Eve, and an angel gets his wings.
Mary Houlihan, a critic for the Chicago Sun-Times said, "One of the best holiday shows around. This is a fresh and inventive way of reconnecting with a classic story of love and redemption."
GVT's production will feature professional actors; Lee Blair, Joe Lehman, Andrea McCullough, Hannah McGinley and Kermit Medsker.
The optional holiday themed dinner will be catered by The Mason Jar will begin at 6:30 p.m. and is $20 per person in addition to the ticket price. Tickets are $24 for general admission, $21 for seniors (60+) and $15 for children and students.