It's a Wonderful Life: a live radio show (2011)
By Joe Landry
Directed by Nathan Jerkins
November 29 - December 23, 2012
Featuring Ryan Crowder, Jenni Finley, Chris Gibson, David R. Jarrott and Claire Ludwig
It's Christmas Eve 1946, and members of the KPNF radio station are coming together for a radio performance of It's a Wonderful Life. You are invited to be their live studio audience! Watch as five actors bring the entire story to life, playing dozens of characters and performing live foley sound effects in the style of A Prarie Home Companion. With this imaginative re-telling, you'll fall in love with George Bailey and his timeless tale of despair, redemption and hope all over again.
In the news
"Delightful...priceless...A timeless classic that is still, if not more, relevant today."
-Now Playing Austin
"Penfold's It's A Wonderful Life is a charmer and a thoroughly feel-good performance, particularly recommended for the holiday season."
-Austin Live Theatre
"It's a Wonderful Life ranked right up at the top of all the Penfold performances I have seen. The entire crew did a fantastic job of bringing the story to life."
-Discover Round Rock
"This show is as warm and sweet as a cup of hot cocoa on Christmas Eve.... You’d have to be a Grinch or a Scrooge not to enjoy this fantastic, heartwarming, and cheerful production."
-Broadway World Austin
"Charming... Worth the drive... After the hubbub has died down and the stockings are finally hung by the chimney with care, we need a warm, fuzzy holiday story to remind us what the season's really about."
Awards and honors
Austin Chronicle's Top 10 Theatrical Delights of the Latter Half of 2011
Atmos Energy, City of Round Rock, Minuteman Press of Round Rock, Old Settlers Association of Williamson County, Round Rock Arts, Texas Commission on the Arts