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Friday, November 16, 2012

Local Actors Return With Old-Time Radio Play For The Holidays

Clarence needs his wings and George Bailey needs… well George needs Clarence. Live out a holiday classic as a part of our "live studio audience" as The Donna Reed Foundation brings back by popular demand, It's a Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play, November 30 and December 1. Written by Joe Landry and set in 1946 as a radio broadcast, this heartwarming tale will remind you and yours of the important things in life and send you home laughing, loving and living the magic of Christmas.

Last year's ensemble of eight local actors returns to bring more than three dozen characters to life, employing an array of radio sound effects from on-stage. Audience members will step back in time and experience what it might have been like as part of a live studio audience, as the story of idealistic George Bailey unfolds, and he considers ending his life one fateful Christmas Eve.

The production is part of the American Icon Series: Focus on Iowa and features Troy Gehlsen, Al Hazelton, Steven Holt, Braeden Irvine, David Loeschen, Mell Malkey, Kerri Miller and Donna Walker, with Steven Fitzgerald and Darly Philipp doing sound effects and Diane Furne playing piano. Pat Fleshner is the director.

Each performance will begin at 7 p.m. November 30 and December 1 at the historic Donna Reed Theatre, 1305 Broadway, in downtown Denison, Iowa, home of The Donna Reed Foundation and Museum. Tickets are $10 for Adults and $5 for Students (K - 12th grade) and can be obtained by calling The Donna Reed Foundation at 712-263-3334, by e-mail at or by downloading and mailing the ticket order form.

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