It's the Christmas season and George Bailey's life is falling apart. In despair he gets drunk and, then after running his car into a tree, decides to jump off a bridge. An angel, named Clarence, saves his life, but he "awakes" in a life where he never existed and, therein, gets to see that his life has mattered and that his friends and family are truly dear to him. He "reawakens" to the moment he was about to jump and finds that things really do work out for good.
The Show Must Go On
|The cast and "radio studio"set for Slocum Players It's a Wonderful Life.|
If the line-up sounds familiar that's because Slocum presented the show last year with the exact same cast.
While the set was a bit on the iffy side, the costumes, hair and makeup were marvelous and technically the show came off like a dream. Lighting was simple (four Fresnels and an overhead pan), but was all that was required. The Foley (sound) effects were effective, but were subjected to the back of the stage where they could not be watched (which is part of the fun for these "live radio" shows). Also I felt that the musical tracks could have been a little hotter.
|Danyelle Tinker Lowder|
|Susan Van Atter|
It's a Wonderful Show
This production has a very talented cast and they are a joy to watch and hear. If you love the movie you will probably love this presentation. I know I did. Very enjoyable, very well done, and very merry. Please go and help Slocum Players raise the funds they need to get Sassy Ape open!
Showtimes are as follows: 7:30 p.m. Dec. 8, 14 and 15; 2:30 p.m. Dec. 9 and 16 and the Dec. 22 dinner theater begins at 6 p.m. with curtain at 7 p.m. Tickets are $12 at the door.
John Richards as George Bailey speaks with
Susan Van Atter as Violet Bick.
The actual running time of the show is about 90 minutes.
Christmas decorations grace the front window of Slocum Players' not yet opened Sassy
Ape Theater. You can help open their doors by attending this production. Photo provided.
Review, photographs and video (except as noted) by
Gregory E. Zschomler