Americana Theatre Company Revives “It’s a Wonderful Life:  A Live Radio Play”

Americana Theatre Company's prior production of It's a Wonderful Life, image by KB Designs of NE

Holiday theatrical classic reprises for fourth Plymouth biennial production – Americana Theatre Company (ATC), Plymouth’s professional theatre company, presents its holiday season biennial tradition “It’s a Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play,” on select dates from December 9 through 17, at Plymouth Center for the Arts, 11 North Street, Plymouth.  “It’s a Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play” is a radio play adaptation by Joe Landry, directed by Derek Martin.

A beloved American holiday film classic showcasing a live 1940’s radio broadcast comes to captivating life in It’s a Wonderful Life:  A Live Radio Play.”  Inside the WBFR radio studio, a small ensemble portrays more than 40 roles with microphones, sound effects and the quintessential “applause” sign gracing the stage as the story of idealistic George Bailey unfolds. The hubbub and excitement of the Christmas Eve broadcast of  “It’s a Wonderful Life” lulls the audience as “listeners” tune in, and Bailey contemplates the fate of his future and what his world would be like if he never existed in it.  A story of desperation and miracles finds hope in the prayers of an angel, delivering holiday season entertainment and joy to all those in need.

“It’s a Wonderful Life’s” cast features company members from across the country including Jesse M. Sullivan, David Friday, Nick Hancock, and Erin Friday. Returning guest performing artists include Johan Woods and Trina Vargas in the role of Mary. 

A prior production of ATC’s “It’s a Wonderful Life,” image by Jake Smith

Tickets for “It’s a Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play” are $35 adults, $30 for students and seniors.  Shows on December 9, and 12 through 16 perform at 7 pm; matinees on December 16 and 17 perform at 2 pm.

To purchase tickets, or for more information about Americana Theatre Company, visit, or call 508-591-0282. Advance ticket purchase is recommended, seating is limited to capacity.  Plymouth Center for the Arts is fully accessible, paid public parking is available street side and in nearby public lots.

About Americana Theatre Company

Americana Theatre Company (ATC) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit, professional theatre company serving the Greater Plymouth region. Founder and Executive Director Derek Martin, Managing Director David Friday, Artistic Director Jesse Sullivan, and Director of Education Erin Friday are the leadership team charged with continuing the founding vision of opening a professional theatre in America’s Hometown, a dream fulfilled in 2011.  ATC’s audiences find that story is paramount. Stories entertain, teach, and thrill us … they can inspire us toward the betterment of humankind, and help reveal the hidden mysteries of life.  ATC is committed to hiring directors, actors, and designers of the highest caliber, with an aim to enliven the cultural atmosphere of the Plymouth community by offering excellent, entertaining theatre and theatre education to residents and visitors alike. For more information, visit, or call 508-591-0282.

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