Radio Theatre at the Arts Garage | It’s a Wonderful Life

Arts Garage presents Radio Theatre, a special adaptation of movie scripts performed as if on the radio.


From its heyday, with Orson Welles inciting terror as “The War of the Worlds” played out on a live broadcast, to noir classics like Dragnet and “Guy Noir” of today, radio has held a special place on the mantel of Americana. Moments engrained in the fabric of our collective history rang through the airwaves, making them more personal and ubiquitous with the unique ability to unite, piping statements like “a date which will live in infamy,” directly into people’s homes. The power that radio held, the ability to inform and entertain, broadcasted some of this country’s best moments as well as some its dimmest; a constant companion of living rooms from coast to coast.

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Times have changed. Vacuum tubes have given way to LED televisions, and the radio of today sometimes strikes more of a derisive tone depending on what station folks tune into, but there is still something captivating about the human voice being piped into one’s life through unseen waves. To pay homage to radio’s heyday, the Arts Garage’s Radio Theatre is turning the spoken word into life action entertainment. Adapting scripts from classic movies from radio’s heyday, actors will perform live using specially designed sound effect devices, tugging at those nostalgia strings—it’s like attending a broadcast of A Prairie Home Companion.


In light of the holiday season, the Arts Garage is bringing the Christmas classic, It’s a Wonderful Life to, well, life on December 12. Be whisked away to Bedford Falls and witness how different life would be if sad George Bailey had never lived. Will bells toll for the guardian angel? Find out on Thursday at 7:30 p.m.

  • Thursday, December 12; 7:30-10:30 p.m.
  • General admission: $20-$30.
  • For more information, visit
  • And as always, it’s B.Y.O.W. – Bring Your Own Whatever.


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