By Joy Ursillo
Cultural Park Theater is proud to present It’s A Wonderful Life – A Live Radio Play opening Dec. 9 and playing through Dec. 19.
It’s a Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play is based on the beloved classic holiday movie with a clever twist thrown in: the story is staged as a live 1940’s style radio broadcast, with the help of an ensemble that brings a few dozen characters to the life and sound effects done live on stage through Foley artists. Before television, the largest popular form of entertainment was the radio.
Families would have their dinner and then sit around the radio waiting to hear either the news or their favorite radio program. Radio shows were usually done by just a few actors playing multiple characters and there were people responsible for all of the live sounds created during the show. “Commercial Breaks” were done by the same actors that enacted the plays.
It’s a Wonderful Life is about the life of George Bailey, a generous and well-meaning man who has become too downcast and tired to continue living. It will take help from a lovable angel to show George what life would be like if he wasn’t born for George to have a change of heart and understand the true spirit of the holidays as he considers ending his life one fateful Christmas Eve. Evening performances are Thursday and Friday at 7 p.m., matinees are Saturday and Sunday at 3 p.m.
Joining us for one performance only, the amazing Michael D’Amore brings his Christmas show to Cultural Park Theater. Appearing Dec. 15 at 7 p.m., Michael returns for a third year to the Cultural Park stage this to take you on a musical journey of the very best hits from the ‘50s, ‘60s as well as your favorite holiday music.
Cultural Park Theater is hosting its 2021-2022 Volunteer Fair on Dec. 11, from 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. Volunteer opportunities exist in areas like selling in our gift shop, ushering and hosting patrons in our lobby and serving refreshments from our concession counter. We also are looking for volunteers to train to assist in our lighting and sound booth, as well as to help with set design and construction. There are so many ways to volunteer at Cultural Park Theater – come on out to see us on Dec. 11 and see where you can make a difference in our community by volunteering! You’ll be glad you did.
Cultural Park Theater strongly suggests that all staff, volunteers and patrons wear a mask when inside our building. Social distancing is still being practiced, so seating is limited, and we continue to take temps of anyone entering our facility.
The Cultural Park Theater is located at 528 Cultural Park Blvd., Cape Coral. Call the box office for more information at 239-772-5862.
Joy Ursillo is executive director of the Cultural Park Theatre Company.