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George, Clarence, and the entire town of Bedford Falls come to life in this live radio broadcast of Frank Capra’s holiday movie classic. With live sound effects and a handful of actors, the story of beleaguered building and loan owner George Bailey, and his affable helper angel, Clarence, unfolds one fateful Christmas Eve as you’ve never heard it before. This captivating, life-affirming story is a holiday treat for the entire family!
Tony Estrella: George Bailey | Fred Sullivan: Potter, Sam, Clarence, Schultz, Ed, Binky, Examiner, Ed
Madeleine Lambert: Mary, Rose, Marty | Cliff Odle: Joseph, Campbell, Bert, Randall, Mr. Welch
Jeff Church: Harry, Ernie, Collins, Tom, Horace, Nick, Pete, Bridge Keeper, Cop
Lynsey Ford: Violet, Matilda, Ruth, Mrs. Hatch, Mrs. Thompson, Janie | Emily Turtle: Announcer, Zuzu
Richard Noble: Gower, Billy, Martini, Peter, Tommy, Sheriff | DJ Potter: Foley Artist | William Malloy: Foley Artist
Jessica Hill: Stage Manager/Production Manager
Charles Cofone: Music Director
James Baumgartner: Production Director for the Public's Radio
Special Thanks to Gail Hulbert.
And to Bates College, Peter Hurowitz, and Steve Malloy for their technical support.
And THANK YOU to the following artists who helped us stage this play last year:
Costumes: Jessie Darrell Jarbadan
Set Design: Michael McGarty
Lighting Design: Noah Beauregard
Stage Manager: Robin Grady
Assistant Stage Manager: Jess Winward
(From the 2019
At The Gamm Theatre, ‘It’s a Wonderful Life’ becomes a radio show (PROVIDENCE JOURNAL)
If you think staging “It’s a Wonderful Life,” everybody’s favorite Christmas movie, as a reading with sound effects would be an unpardonable sin, then you have forgotten the kind of theatrical magic Warwick’s Gamm Theatre is capable of.
Holiday Perfection at Gamm's IT'S A WONDERFUL LIFE (BROADWAY WORLD)
Everything about the show truly works together to create an unforgettable experience that will make you feel like you're seeing It's a Wonderful Life for the first time. Making something so well-known and recognizable feel so fresh and new, making it this surprising and fun, is no small feat, and Gamm has pulled it off spectacularly.
Gamm's "Wonderful Life" Is A Winner All The Way (THE PUBLIC'S RADIO)
Who knew? Who knew that a wonderful piece of Americana, “It’s A Wonderful Life” is not only a movie that most all of us love around the time of Christmas. It’s truly a way of showing, celebrating a great time. This different “Wonderful Life” at The Gamm is a winner all the way.
Review: The Gamm’s “It’s a Wonderful Life” (EAST GREENWICH NEWS)
This heartwarming show perfect for all ages revved up my holiday spirit. Those familiar with the movie will find this faithful (yet inventive) radio adaptation hits just the right sentimental chord while youngsters can enjoy the story for the first time through the lens of director Damon Kiely. Nothing instills the nostalgia of the holiday season quite like a classic, and this show is the perfect outing for a cold winter’s night.
Gamm’s Wonderful Life a Cup of Holiday Cheer (WPRO)
Estrella called the show “the heart of [Gamm’s] 35th season,” and it’s easy to see why. This family-friendly show is accessible and enjoyable for children, people unfamiliar with the story and those who consider it a holiday staple. “It’s a Wonderful Life” is the embodiment of Christmas spirit and warmth and deserves a spot on your calendar.
A Heartwarming Treat (WARWICK POST)
The Gamm Theatre serves up a heartwarming treat...The adaptation is a highly entertaining production which will leave you smiling as you leave the theater.
GAMM’S WONDERFUL LIFE IS SIMPLY CHARMING (MOTIF)
It’s a most difficult task to make hard work look not only easy, but joyful, and this production welcomes us in with open arms and a cup of good cheer without coming across as smarmy or ingratiating. It’s a simple show with a simple message – be a good neighbor, be a good person – but the afterglow is as powerful as any Dickens or Messiah can deliver this season. It’s a wonderful show.
Heartwarming Version of "It's a Wonderful Life" At The Gamm (THE WESTERLY SUN)
If watching Frank Capra's "It’s A Wonderful Life," is part of your family's usual holiday tradition, you might consider gathering the crew together and traveling to Warwick to see the heartwarming production of "It’s A Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play" at the Gamm Theatre. What a sweet, uplifting production this is, and what a perfect way to keep the spirit of the season aglow.