“Strange, isn't it? Each man's life touches so many other lives. When he isn't around he leaves an awful hole, doesn't he?” Clarence Odbody to George Bailey.
Turn back the clock to the 1940s and set the dial for a double dose of holiday nostalgia. This nifty spin on a traditional favorite hearkens back to the golden age of radio when families gathered together for inspirational broadcasts and wholesome entertainment.
On Saturday, December 14th at 8:00 PM, please join Clarence, George Bailey, Mary, Bert and Ernie, Old Man Potter and all the rest at the Center for the Arts of Homer for a wonderful trip back in time via the radio airwaves with “It's A Wonderful Life, The Radio Play!”, a presentation by Scarlett Rat Entertainment. Originally broadcast in 1947 on the Lux Radio Theater, this adaptation of the Frank Capra holiday classic is a wonderful reminder that all of our lives have meaning. George Bailey, the everyman hero at the Bailey Building and Loan in Bedford Falls becomes despondent when it appears that his business and all that he has worked his whole life for may be lost. As mean-spirited Mr. Potter says, “You're worth more dead than alive!” In answer to his prayer, Clarence, Angel, second class is assigned to bring the joy and meaning back to George's life on Christmas Eve.
Welcome to old time Radio Theater, which unlike a regular stage production, creates an exciting pre-television atmosphere when the sound, the action, even the scenery are in the mind of the listener – truly a theater of the imagination. A small troupe of actors will play multiple roles in this holiday classic and the audience will be invited to takes part as well. The show will recreate the original environment of a radio studio of the 1930s with live music and vocals, live sound effects, even "On the Air" and "Applause" signs. Sound effects like the ring of the bell and car horns will be created by masters of sound standing behind a Foley desk, named after Jack Foley, the late sound-effects pioneer at Universal Studios known for creating authentic-sounding footsteps, gunshots, door slams and the like. You may be instructed to make additional sounds for our production and admission is consent to be recorded. Sit back and relax and let your ears paint the richest pictures...
To add to the authenticity of this program, this very special holiday presentation will be taped and will be broadcast on WXHC – Your Hometown Radio (101.5 FM) at 6 PM on Christmas Day at the conclusion of their day of holiday music.
General admission tickets for this special Saturday night performance are $20 for Adults, $16 for Seniors, $10 for Students 18+ with Valid ID and Under 18 are Free. Center members receive a 10 % discount on their admission. Tickets can be purchased in advance at Bev’s Fashions in Homer, Sheridan’s Fine Jewelry in Cortland, Ithaca Guitarworks in Ithaca, The First National Bank of Dryden in Cortland, Coffee Mania, and through the Center’s website at www.center4art.org or by calling (607) 749-4900.
Tickets will be sold at the door on the night of the performance. The Center Social Hour begins at 7 PM. offering desserts, coffee, tea, wine and beer for purchase as a fundraiser for the Center.
Season sponsors for the Center include The Cortland Beer Company, The GlassSmith, New York State Council of the Arts, WXHC 101.5 FM, and The Cayuga Radio Group.
The show sponsor for “It’s A Wonderful Life” is the Tompkins Trust Company. This performance is also supported in part by a grant from the New York State Council on the Arts
Perfect for the whole family, revisit this vibrant celebration of simple goodwill, community, and cheer in the face of hardship.