It's a Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play

By Joe Landry
Directed by Beth Harper

December 6, 2018 – December 30, 2018

Northwest Children's Theatre • 1819 NW Everett St

Click here for a map of Northwest Children's Theatre location.
Click here for nearby parking options

The beloved holiday staple comes to life as a live 1940s radio broadcast with the story of George Bailey. George grew up in picturesque Bedford Falls, but dreams of leaving the small town behind to see the world. Obligations and unforeseen circumstances get in the way of his aspirations and he is tied to his hometown forever as he takes over the Building & Loan from his father and his uncle. When a terrible mistake leaves George on the verge of disaster, he considers ending his life on Christmas Eve until he meets a fateful friend named Clarence. Made complete by your favorite local talent and an onstage Foley artist, It's a Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play is a fun, heartwarming delight for the whole family.

Arrive early for a special pre-show holiday musical featuring cast members!

  • "It's easy for the audience to get caught up in the fun." -Anita Gates, The New York Times

Cast and Production Team


David Bodin +

Freddie Filmore

Chris Harder +^

Jake Laurents

Susannah Mars +^

Sally Applewhite

Alyssa Longoria

Lana Sherwood

Victoria Schindler

Laurie Sherwood

Jimmy Garcia +

Harry "Jazzbo" Heywood

Leslie North

Hazel Jenkins


Joe Landry


Beth Harper



Scenic Designer: John Ellingson

Costume Designer: Wanda Walden

Lighting Designer: Kristeen Willis #

Music Director, Co-Sound Designer: Rodolfo Ortega #^

Co-Sound Designer: Jake Newcomb

Stage Manager: Carol Ann Wohlmut +^

Dramaturg: Luan Schooler

Props Master: Robert Amico

Wig Designer: Diane Trapp

Production Assistant: Shira Goldeen

+ Member of Actors Equity Association, the Union of Professional Actors and Stage Managers in the U.S.

# The scenic, costume, lighting, projection & sound designers are represented by United Scenic Artists

^ Artists Rep Resident Artist

Production Media




"It's a Wonderful Life is a reliable reminder of the value of integrity, friendship and love, and Artists Rep wraps up that reminder in a delightful package."
-Amy Wang, The Oregonian/OregonLive

“…I (and my entire party) enjoyed It's a Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play. I recommend it for the whole family.”
-Krista Garver, Broadway World

Portland Tribune interview with Resident Artists Susannah Mars and Chris Harder


Prep for It's a Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play with this book and movie list inspired by the play from the Multnomah County Library.