Last night, Miss Aubrey and I had a chance to go to Kenyon Hall to see It’s a Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Show. Think Prairie Home Companion meets Christmas classic, this production had it all. From old timey outfits to a Silent Night chorus opener to delicious baked goods for sale to the famous Wurlitzer Organ, Twelfth Night Productions knows how to put on a show.
If you’ve seen the movie once, twice or 20 times, let me refresh your memory. George Bailey grows up in Bedford Falls with dreams of leaving home to pursue a new life, but ends up staying and embracing his wife, kids and business. That is, until fate has other plans. If you haven’t seen the 1946 Frank Capra film, I won’t spoil the rest. But I will tell you that the playwright, Joe Landry, has turned this live 1940s radio broadcast rendition into something so original, so entertaining and so innocent that I felt like I could’ve come with my coolest hipster friend and my grandma and they would’ve both had a blast.
Plus, did I mention that the broacast is only 1.5 hours long – with an Intermission and two “commercial breaks”? Making it probably the most perfectly paced play ever. I swear I didn’t look at my phone once!
And while the $15 adult fee might seem out of Yay-Today’s price range we both fully endorse you going and bringing the whole family (students and seniors tickets are $12). I wouldn’t lie, folks. This is something everyone should experience.
BUT if you just can’t spend the money then look what we have here. Thanks to the kindest people ever at Kenyon Hall and Twelfth Night Productions, they are giving away 2 FREE tickets to the 12/10 show to one lucky Yay-Today reader. All you have to do is comment below and we’ll let the random number generator decide who wins this Thursday. If I could enter to see it again, I would. So yeah, I can’t speak more highly than that. Go, comment, go!
Dates of Performance:
December 10, 11 at 7:30 p.m. and December 12 at 3 pm.
Kenyon Hall is located at:
7904 35th Avenue SW, Seattle, WA 98126