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“It’s a Wonderful Life”


The classic holiday tale, “It’s a Wonderful Life,” comes to the radio airwaves when Indiana Public Radio presents an authentic live radio drama on Friday, Dec. 16 at Sursa Performance Hall.

Attendees should arrive and be seated by 7:30 p.m. for the 8 p.m. live performance, and will be treated to a pre-program presentation by sound designer and veteran Foley artist Dr. Vanessa Ament.

“It’s a Wonderful Life” tells the story of George Bailey, a man who has given up his dreams in order to help others, and whose imminent suicide on Christmas Eve brings about the intervention of his guardian angel, Clarence. Clarence shows George all the lives he has touched and how different life in his community of Bedford Falls would be had he never been born.

The show is directed by Matthew Reeder, assistant professor of directing and Shakespeare at Ball State. Johnna Tavianini, assistant professor of Musical Theatre Voice is the musical director at Ball State.

“It’s a Wonderful Life” will be simulcast on Indiana Public Radio’s five stations; online at indianapublicradio.org and on the IPR Smartphone App.

Tickets: $10 ($5 for students K-12) and are available at Sursa Box Office, 285-1539.

Cast List

George – Paul Tavianini

Mary – Bryce Saxon

Sam, Cousin Tilly, Bert The Cop – Angelus Kocoshis

Narrator – Stan Sollars

Clarence – Nick Fatout

Joseph – Larry Beck

Pop, Mr. Potter –  Sean Heline

Pete – Duncan Kinsey-Sherrill

Mrs. Hatch, Mrs. Bailey – Michelle Kinsey

Janie –  Alexandra M. Romano

Gower, Old Crotchety man, Bridgekeeper, Angry Man – Gary C. Kern

Young George, Nick the Bartender, Horace The Teller – Matthew Rhinehart

Harry, Tom, Martini – Dan Murakowski

Uncle Billy, Welch, Ernie The Cabbie – Anthony J. Romano

Dr. Campbell, Randall, Pinky The Bouncer – Kyle Gregory Reninger

Zuzu – Charlotte Reeder


Matthew Reeder – Director

Johnna Tavianini – Music Director

Vanessa Theme Ament – Foley

Zoe Taylor – Assistant Director

Taylor Poer – Stage Manager

Sean Ashcraft – Broadcast Sound Engineer

Carter Rice – House Sound Engineer


“It’s a Wonderful Life” is presented by

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Major support is provided by I.U. Health Ball Memorial Hospital and Yorktown Public Library.

Additional support comes from Nicholson Family Dental and Carpets Plus ColorTile.