It's A Wonderful Life - A Live Radio Play

Turn the Dial to Holiday!

Running Time: 2 hours with a 15-minute intermission

Turn the Dial to Holiday!

Engage your imagination in the world of vintage radio broadcasting as you rediscover the magic of the holiday season with It's A Wonderful Life - A Live Radio Play. Experience the Golden Age of Radio through this classic holiday film reimaged as a live radio performance. Bear witness to this timeliness holiday story that explores the life of George Bailey, a compassionate and selfless man, standing on the brink of despair, when an angel named Clarence is sent down to Earth to teach George the power of kindness, the importance of family and friends, and the realization that each life, no matter how ordinary it may seem, is truly wonderful.

Themes: Sacrifice, Kindness, Family, Greed, Loyalty 

Genre: Holiday, Comedy, Drama

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Cast & Creative


DeAnté Bryant* - Harry Heywood 

J. Samuel Davis* - Dr. Richard Ross 

Carmen García* - Rosa Ramos 

Jailyn Genyse - Stage Manager 

Melissa Harlow* - Sally Applewhite

Daisy Held - Sound Engineer

Aria Maholchic - Lana Sherwood

Michael James Reed* - Jake Laurents

TJ Staten, Jr. - Lead Songbird, Sound Engineer

Eric Dean White* - Freddie Filmore


Kate Bergstrom - Director

Amalia Perez-Lam - Webster Assistant Director

An-Lin Dauber - Scenic & Costume Designer

Christina Watanabe - Lighting Designer

Michael Costagliola - Sound/Foley Designer 

Ron McGowan - Music Director

Dennis Milam Bensie- Wig Designer

Anna Baranski – Stage Manager

Emilee Buchheit - Stage Manager

Sarah Luedloff- Assistant Stage Manager

Kentrell Jamison - Production Assistant

*Indicates a member of the Actors' Equity Association. 

Show Content Transparency

This play contains mention of death and death by suicide, drinking, brief physical violence, and slight adult language. During the performance, there is the use of haze, fog, loud auditory stimulation, and strobe-like lighting effects in various scenes.

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In The News

Ladue News (review) - "...this charming and buoyant holiday story. “It’s a Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play” is a treat for eyes and ears and heart, all in one."

HEC News (review) - "Combining such uproarious comedy and moving drama in a single evening is an extraordinary achievement."

Talkin' Broadway (review) - " live theatre, it blooms into a deeply gratifying experience in It's A Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play..."

St. Louis Theatre Circle (review) - "This is a scrumptious holiday treat that's unlike anything else you will see this season..."

KDHX (review) - "Part of the joy of this production is being surprised by the cleverness – whether in the voicing or the visual and aural gags."



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