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It's a Wonderful Life (radio manuscript)
Adapted by Philip Grecian. Based on the film by Frank Capra.

Cast: 63 speaking roles which may be played by as few as 7m., 3w., 2 boys and 2 girls. It's a Wonderful Life is the story of George Bailey, the unsung, beloved hero of Bedford Falls. As a child, George risked his own life to save his brother from drowning. As he grew older, his countless small deeds mattered very much in the lives of the Bedford Falls townspeople. George prepares to leave town and go to college to fulfill his dream of building skyscrapers. However, when his father, the president of the small Bailey Building and Loan Company, dies, George postpones his dreams, manages the family company, and finds happiness in his marriage to Mary Hatch. When Uncle Billy accidentally misplaces company funds, George faces financial ruin and almost certain imprisonment. Seeing no way out, he runs to the bridge over the river, prepared to plunge to his death. Enter Clarence, George's lovable, bumbling guardian angel, who has come to Bedford Falls to prove to George that his life is worth living and to earn wings for himself. He grants George one wish: to see what the world would be like if he had never been born. Suddenly Bedford Falls is a very unpleasant place: the bustling small town main street is lined with pool halls and saloons; none of his friends or family recognize him, not even his beloved wife, Mary, who, in this world without him, is a prim spinster. Pursued by police, George returns to the bridge and begs to have his life back. Clarence grants it and George runs home to find his children, his wife, and a town that rallies to support him. Finally, George comes to realize…it truly is a wonderful life. Approximate Running Time: 1 hour, 45 minutes.

Notes
Some of the advantages to producing radio plays:

One Simple Set—A radio station—made up mostly of drapes, a control booth (if desired), mikes, and sound effects equipment.

Less Wardrobe—no changes of wardrobe are necessary.

Less Staging—actors simply stand at mikes most of the time.

Less Rehearsal—actors don't memorize lines—they just read them.

Fewer Cast Members—one actor plays many parts.

No Props—only scripts.


This title is in manuscript format. Upon licensing, a permission to photocopy form will be issued.
Play details
Status:  (Subject to Restriction)
Type of show:  Full-Length
Catalog Code:  I89
No. of Act(s):  2
Pages:  117
Royalty:  $100.00 /perf.*
Cost:  $39.95
Approx. Running Time:  105 min.
Categories
Target Audience: Young Audiences | Middle School | High School | College and Adult | Family (All Audiences)
Performing Group: Middle Schools | High Schools | College Theatre | Senior Theatre | Community Theatre | Stock & Lort
Genre: Drama | Holiday | Fantasy | Radio Play
ISBN (10): 1583423281
Publication Date: 02/17/2006
Biographies
Philip Grecian's authorized stage adaptation of the film A Christmas Story has had well over 1,000 productions, professional and amateur, since its publication in 2000. His stage adaptation of Dickens' A Christmas Carol has been on the boards for 40 years, and his full stage adaptation of It's a Wonderful Life has been produced multiple times by North American ...More
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This title can be licensed/sold throughout the world
* Please note that royalties quoted in our catalog are intended for K-12 schools with a standard curriculum only. All other producing groups must submit a completed application.


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