It's A Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play


Writers: Joe Landry


Show Information

Text And Format
Number of Acts
First Produced
Drama, Comedy
Time & Place
christmas eve, 1946, the stage and auditorium of studio a at wbfr, manhattan
Cast Size
Ideal for
high school, college/university theatre, community theatre, regional theatre, professional theatre
Casting Notes
Mostly male cast
Includes adult characters


It’s a Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play is based on the classic holiday movie with a clever twist thrown in: the story is staged as a live radio broadcast. Actors portray numerous characters, and sound effects are done through Foley artists. It’s a Wonderful Life is about the life of George Bailey, a generous and well-meaning man who has become too downcast and tired to continue living. It will take help from a lovable angel to show George what life would be like if he wasn’t born for George to have a change of heart and understand the true spirit of the holidays.

Note: Producers recommend a cast of five to portray all of the different characters, but this number can be greatly expanded to accommodate larger casts as the play has 25+ characters. A separate group of singers are sometimes cast for the commercial breaks.

Lead Characters

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