It’s A Wonderful Life – Live Radio Play – Dec 15th at the KALA in Astoria

Riverbend Players from Nehalem, Oregon, presents the holiday classic, It’s a Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play, for one-night-only at the KALA in Astoria on Saturday Dec. 15 at 7:30pm.

Opening to rave reviews at the NCRD Performing Arts Center in Nehalem this past month, this play is adapted from the 1940s Frank Capra film of the same name, by playwright Joe Landry, and has become a popular seasonal theater staple across the country.

Inspired by the classic American movie, the story comes to life as a live 1940s radio broadcast. With the help of an ensemble cast portraying all of 41 characters, the story of idealistic George Bailey unfolds as he considers ending his life one fateful Christmas Eve.

The reader’s theater performance will feature a custom sound effects board, and foley artist enlivening a hand-built wind machine, a thunder drum, a slide whistle, and a full size door. Period costumes and radio studio props inspire the feel of a vintage radio show. Director Tom Cocklin confirms, “the sound is as important as the actors in this show.”

Founded in 2005 by Phyllis Sanderson, Riverbend Players serve the greater Manzanita and North County region, staging shows at the NRCD Performing Arts Center and now draws from over 50 participating community actors. Director and Riverbend Players Board President Tom Cocklin says of the show, “We have such good talent, the cast actually comprises over 200 years worth of theatre experience, and the production brings three new actors to Riverbend Players.”

The cast includes; Mike Arseneault, Dave Bell, Stephen Clark, Jenny Greenleaf, Kimber Lundy, Linda Makohon, and Jeff Slamal.

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Tickets, $15, are available in advance at KALA offers cabaret seating, with cocktails available, located at 1017 Marine Drive in Astoria. Ages 16+ please. Seating is limited. Call for ticket availability at the door, day of show. Will call tickets are held at the door at performance time. Doors open 6:45pm. KALA contact: 503.338.4878.

Production or Media Inquiries:

Tom Cocklin, Riverbend Players, Director [email protected]

Mike Arseneault, ReCreateNow [email protected]

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