By Linda White-Francis
Remember that old movie starring “James Stewart,” “Donna Reed” and “Lionel Barrymore” as the hateful Mr. Potter? Once again Brooksville’s Live Oak Theatre is bringing back to the stage this beloved albeit quirky old-time classic titled: It’s a Wonderful Life Radio Show. This unique play within a play is absolutely amazing, comical, and an evening you will ponder happily for a long time.
Served with a twist of wry humor and double-entendre, this 1940s radio broadcast depiction will be presented on stage with dozens of talented cast members all dressed in traditional 1940s garb and fancy hairstyles; all playing their parts convincingly, as remembered from the black and white movie produced so long ago. One of the most amusing sequences of the play is when a willing audience participant ad-libs his/her own rendition alongside the members of the cast. Many of the improvisational bits can be incredibly creative and sometimes hysterical.
The storyline comes alive quickly as one envisions and absorbs the atmosphere of the 1940s, when George Bailey (Jimmy Stewart) and his idealistic outlook on life, have him magically swept back in time to a world where he hasn’t even been born yet.
The Live Oak Theatre production is stocked full of live music of the 1940s, and fun memorable commercials from the early days of radio. As the story unfolds one finds George on Christmas Eve, with his lovable angel escort for the night as he shows the bewildered man what life would be like if he did not exist. Ultimately after a very dramatic whirlwind of calamities and out-of-body observations, George comes to the conclusion he has been all wrong about the real meaning of Christmas and begins to understand the true spirit of the holidays.
Live Oak Theatre Company is a not-for-profit 501 company, located at 21030 Cortez Boulevard, Brooksville, Florida, 34601. The theatre company is a pure pleasure to watch in action and is a positive and enriching, artistic experience for all who partake of this family-friendly entertainment for all ages.
Show-times are 7:30 pm, Thursday and Friday, and 2:30 pm on Sunday. Adult tickets are $20; children ages 13 and younger are $5 when purchased with an adult ticket. All tickets include coffee, tea, and dessert. For more information and to purchase tickets visit www.LiveOakTheatre.org or email [email protected] or call 352-593-0027. Follow them on www.Facebook.com/LiveOakTheatre. For more information including sponsorship, and audition opportunities please use this contact number or websites.
Tickets are on sale now for It’s a Wonderful Life Radio Show, presented at the Carol & Frank Morsani Center for the Arts, December 10,11, and 13.
21030 Cortez Blvd., Brooksville, FL, 34601