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It's A Wonderful Life - A Live Radio Play
Oil Lamp Theater
Glenview, IL
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It's A Wonderful Life - A Live Radio Play
Come celebrate the holidays with Oil Lamp Theater and be whisked back to Bedford Falls and that magical time of traditional America, mom and apple pie.  Oil Lamp is excited to offer again the timeless classic, It's a Wonderful Life. In this theater adaptation of the famous Capra movie starring James Stewart and Donna Reed, the intimate space of Oil Lamp Theater is transformed into the 1940s radio studio WBFR, and you join the studio audience in a live recording of the holiday classic.

Here all of the roles are performed by six actors: Steve Silver and Megan Skord Campbell are George and Mary Bailey, Zach Bloomfield is the plum-toned radio announcer and the villainous old miser Mr. Potter. The other parts are deftly handled by Stephen Smith as the local pharmacist and Uncle Billy,  James Edward Dauphin as Clarence the life-saving angel, Harry Bailey and other townspeople and Emily Berman in a range of female roles from George and Mary's little ZuZu to Ma Bailey.

Assisting the performers is Foley artist and stage manager Dustin Peek, who plays the sound engineer at WBFR. Enacting all of the behind-the-scenes audio magic for the radio play. Peek uses clever and surprising techniques to simulate ringing telephones, chirping crickets, slamming doors, breaking glass and more.  And audience members will experience this well-known story through a new lens of yesteryear's "golden age of radio" production of flashing applause signs and musical commercial jingles.  

Executive and Artistic Director Keith Gerth is excited to bring back this classic to the Oil Lamp stage for the holiday season.  This story reflects so beautifully the heroic American hero in the character of George Bailey as he struggles with greed and adversity.  Even today, the extreme division of wealth in our country persists, and we all want to believe that those core values of honest work  and fairness will once again win out over injustice and that the community will come together, provide support to each other and further the continuing dream.

Performances run from November 15th through December 22nd, Fridays through Sundays. For evening performances, doors open at 7:30 and shows begin at 8:00 pm. For Sunday matinees, doors open at 2:30 and the show begins at 3:00 pm. Oil Lamp Theater is a BYOB establishment  but hot chocolate and home-made cookies are also available for everyone! Tickets are $30 and are available through or at the Oil Lamp box office Tuesdays through Fridays from 12-5 pm. Group rates are also available.  

Rekindle your holiday spirit with this delightful, family-friendly celebration in the welcoming hospitality of Glenview's Oil Lamp Theater. The theater space will be decorated for a 1940s Christmas, and there will be many surprises. Don't miss it!



Oil Lamp Theater (View)
1723 Glenview Road
Glenview, IL 60025
United States



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