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Holiday favorite, It’s a Wonderful Life on stage

Posted on Wednesday, November 15, 2017 at 2:43 pm

Bells will ring and angels will get their wings as Orlando Shakespeare Theater in association with UCF presents It’s a Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play, Nov. 29-Dec. 30 at the Margeson Theatre.

Inspired by Frank Capra’s cinematic classic, this beloved holiday treat brings the spirit of the season to life right before your eyes. Performed as a 1940s live radio broadcast in front of a studio audience, five actors play a dozen characters in Bedford Falls. A nostalgic blend of holiday cheer and theatrical magic, audiences will fall in love all over again with George Bailey and the angel Clarence who saves his life on Christmas Eve.

“Gathering together to watch ‘It’s a Wonderful Life’ is a cherished holiday tradition for many families,” said Jim Helsinger, artistic director at Orlando Shakes. “We are excited to be able to offer our Central Florida community the opportunity to take that tradition a step further this year by watching the beloved holiday classic live on stage.”

Tickets ($13 – $50) can be purchased by calling (407) 447-1700 ext. 1, online at, or in person at the John and Rita Lowndes Shakespeare (407) 447-1700 ext. 1, online at, Center (812 E. Rollins St.).

Opening Night Party and Pre-Show Chat – Friday, Dec. 1.

Arrive at 6:15 p.m. to enjoy free light appetizers from a local eatery, followed by a brief, informative discussion about the creative process with the director and members of the creative team. Free to all opening night ticket holders. No RSVP necessary.

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Across this ultimate 22 disc collection, home audiences will discover a treasure trove of true RED, White & Blue entertainment – 130 remastered episodes for optimal viewing and hours of extras, including a full-length biography of Red with rare home movies and intimate interviews, a bonus DVD of Red’s Farewell Specials and an exclusive, collectible Memory Book giving fans a closer look at how Red’s most beloved characters came to life. The set is comprised of three distinct DVD collections: The Red Skelton Show: The Early Years (8 discs) featuring the beginning of his two decade TV run, featuring many of his best characters.

The Red Skelton Hour In Color (10 discs). This set features 31 rarely se episodes, with many musical guests like Simon & Garfunkel .

And The Complete 20th Season in Color (3 discs). The final season of the long running NBC show., with guests stars Jerry Lewis, Vincent Price, Robert Wagner, Jill St. John and many more. Bonus DVD: The Red Skelton Farewell Specials.