It's a Wonderful Life: a live radio show (2013)
By Joe Landry
Directed by Emily Rankin
December 5-22, 2013
Featuring Erin Barlow, Robert L. Berry, Ryan Crowder, David R. Jarrott and Julia Lorenz-Olson
It's Christmas Eve 1946. Members of the KPNF radio station are coming together for a radio performance of It's a Wonderful Life, and 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 Prairie 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
"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."
"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
"If you’re looking for a unique way to celebrate Christmas with friends and family, this is it. This is by far one of my favorite things I’ve done this holiday season."
"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
"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
"Delightful...priceless...A timeless classic that is still, if not more, relevant today."
-Now Playing Austin
"Fantastic holiday performace. We are so blessed as a community to have this level of talent in Round Rock. Take a date, take your mom, take a group of girlfriends – whoever you go with, don’t miss it!"
-'Round the Rock
Awards and honors
2013 Best of Round Rock, winner for best theatre production
Broadway World Austin nomination, best site-specific production
Central Texas Excellence in Theatre Awards nomination for Best Non-Traditional Theatre
Austin Chronicle's Top 10 Theatrical Delights of the Latter Half of 2011
City of Round Rock, Old Settlers Association of Williamson County