Radio comes to the stage in play
Theater goers are encouraged to attend an innovative production of a holiday favorite this year as the Rhode Island Stage Ensemble (RISE on Broadway), in conjunction with WWBB 101.5 FM B-101, presents "It's a Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play." The production, set in a radio studio in the sunset of the medium's golden era, portrays a cast of radio performers preparing for a live broadcast of "It's a Wonderful Life."
Steeped in the nostalgia of radio's heyday, the show presents a lively behind-the-scenes glimpse at the harried hustle that goes on before and during the broadcast, none of which would be evident to the station's listeners. The radio performers each voice multiple roles, and as the story within the story progresses and the main character, George Bailey, learns the true meaning of the holiday season, they too come to understand the peace that is at the heart of the busy holiday season.
The original script by Joe Landry has been adapted by RISE to include many local references and to change the fictional radio station setting to that of local station B-101.
Performances are Dec. 14 and 15, at 7:30 p.m., at the historic Columbus Theatre, 270 Broadway, Providence. Tickets are $15 for adults, $12 for students and seniors 65 and over. Group discounts are available. Tickets are available on the Internet at www.arttixri.com or by calling 621-6123. For more information, visit the website at www.riseonbroadway.org