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It's a Wonderful Life at The Raven


It's a Wonderful Life at The Raven

By Robby Robinson

For those of you who are looking for a unique and clever twist of this beloved holiday classic - we have it. This play is exactly what it says it is - a live 1940’s radio broadcast.  A bit of history now. Radio performers were true stars (Jimmy Stewart, Abbott and Costello). The actors dressed in costume to stand in front of the mic!  And it gets even more interesting. Only five actors will play all of the characters. Also, these five actors plus the sound man are on the stage all of the time!  We will get to know them as they interact with each other when they are not reading into the mic.

Freddie Filmore, the radio announcer for WBFR NYC (the presenting station), also plays fourteen (yes, count’em) other characters. Intrigued?  Now get this.  The foley operator has a crucial part in the performance.  He recreates sound effects of everyday occurrences.  For instance - he replicates the sound of people walking in the snow by crunching cornflakes.  And how does he recreate the sound of crickets chirping?  He slides his fingernail down the side of a pocket comb. Try this! Couldn’t everyone figure that one out?  This guy is goood.  And he comes to us with a heavy duty credential- he’s currently a foley operator for a production of War of the Worlds.  Maybe it’s just me, but I’m riveted by this stuff.  

In case you are one of the two or three people who are not familiar with It’s a Wonderful Life here goes. It’s 1946 and George Bailey is a man who has given up his dreams in order to help others.  His imminent suicide on Christmas Eve brings about the intervention of his guardian angel, who shows George all of the lives he has touched and how different life in his community would be had he not been born.  Spoiler alert - happy, warm, cozy, Christmasy ending.

It’s a Wonderful Life is one of the most critically acclaimed films ever made.  It was nominated for five Academy Awards, including Best Picture, and has been recognized by the American Film Institute as one of the 100 Best American Films ever made.  

See our version!  We’ll guarantee you a delightful evening.  

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