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Radio Drama Live at Springville Center for the Arts Dec. 20 and 21

Springville Center for the Arts and WSPQ 1330AM present a live radio drama version of “It’s a Wonderful Life” on Friday, Dec. 20 and Saturday, Dec. 21 at 8 p.m. both nights.

Based on the popular film and timed just right for a pre-Christmas holiday experience, this radio version, written by Anthony Palermo, involves a company of actors with live sound effects performed on stage. The performances, presented by Emerling Ford, will be broadcast live over WSPQ from the Carol Mongerson Theater, Springville Center for the Arts, 37 North Buffalo Street, Springville.

George Bailey has spent his life giving of himself to the people of Bedford Falls. He has longed for other things, but worked to prevent miserly Mr. Potter from taking over the town. On Christmas Eve, George’s uncle loses their business’s $8,000, which sets of a chain of events threatening the town.  Thinking the world will be better off with him dead, he contemplates suicide. An angel named Clarence arrives to show George a world without his impact.

Mathew Boudreau, Monique Boudreau and Sophie Howes from Aural Studios led a workshop on the radio drama production process where actors have studied timing, voice acting, breathing, and voice ranges. The show stars Matt Boyle, Ed Heary, Kevin Kujawa, Wally Holland, Tim Musial, Pete Esser, Hank Duwe, Jeanne May, Claire Nelligan, Matilda Musial, Susan Sorensen, Claire Boyle, Hayden Wible, Dru Robinson, Mac Musial, and Zack Martin.

Tickets to the live performance are $10 for students and seniors, and $12 for adults. They may be purchased online at SpringvilleArts.org or by calling 716-592-9038.

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