It's a Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play at Oil Lamp Theater
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Oil Lamp Theater invites you to kick off the holiday season with their presentation of Joe Landry's It's a Wonderful Life -- A Live Radio Play. This heartwarming classic is a show within a show. It's December 24, 1946 in Studio A at WSTG Radio, and a cast of six actors is preparing to present It's a Wonderful Life live to the listening audience. With the help of only a sound-effects artist, the ensemble re-enacts the story of George Bailey, a young man whose dreams of traveling the world are thwarted by his sense of responsibility to the family business. Down on his luck, Bailey, compassionate yet disheartened, is at the end of his rope. He questions his purpose in life and considers ending it all. Just then, an angel arrives to show Bailey how the lives of those he loves would be affected if he were not around. The story's message is profound and remains relevant for today's audiences. Learn More
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Wonderful experience! Very intimate setting with only 48 seats in the theatre. We were warmly welcomed in and offered home-made cookies, hot chocolate, and other holiday snacks. At this theatre, it's as if you are being invited in to someone's home, and the host (owner?) was very hospitable.
Christmas comes early to Glenview this year as the Oil Lamp Theater offers its special holiday gift, the timeless classic, It’s a Wonderful Life. In this adaptation of the famous movie starring James Stewart and Donna Reed, Executive and Artistic Director Keith Gerth transforms the intimate space of Glenview’s Oil Lamp Theater into the 1940s radio studio of New York station WBFR. Audiences will be whisked back in time to the era of radio drama as they watch five actors create all the characters who populate the magical world of Bedford Falls.
Joe Page and Susan Steinmeyer play George and Mary Bailey, while Zach Bloomfield is the plum-toned announcer for WBFR. Bloomfield also provides the voice of the villainous old miser Mr. Potter, Uncle Billy, Mr. Gower the druggist, and others. Martin Hughes and Elizabeth Mazur also enact a wide range of roles in the radio drama. Hughes brings to life the saving angel Clarence, Harry Bailey, Sam Wainwright and others. Mazur lends her versatile voice and acting skills to every other female in the play, ranging from a small child to a senior citizen and from the town siren to George Bailey’s mom.
Rounding out the cast is Foley artist and real-life stage manager Angie Miller, who plays the sound engineer at WBFR. She is entrusted with all the behind-the-scenes audio magic for the radio play. Miller adds a critical dimension to the show as she uses clever and surprising techniques to simulate ringing telephones, chirping crickets, slamming doors, breaking glass and much more.
This radio play closely follows the plot of the Frank Capra film. However, audience members will experience the story through the unique lens of this “golden age of radio” production, complete with flashing “applause” signs and clever jingles during commercial breaks. While most audience members may already know how this story unfolds, Gerth said he believes this play's message rings especially true today, and will touch viewers’ hearts as powerfully as ever.
About the Ticket Supplier: Oil Lamp Theater
Oil Lamp Theater was originally founded in February 2005 as a by-invitation-only theater group. The Theater was dedicated to the preservation of a traditional theater experience in unique and original venues. The initial vision for this dates back to Keith Gerth's childhood when he would watch the Dick Van Dyke show. If you are not familiar, the main characters, Rob and Laura Petri would entertain friends at home with theater or musical entertainment. Keith was always inspired by this and thought it to be a truly unique way to experience theater - with a group of your friends who were already bonded in that they knew each other before coming into the experience. It made the experience that much more personable.
So, with that vision in mind Keith staged 20 productions for up to 35 friends and guests each night in his home, a condo in Lakeview. The name of the company comes from Keith's childhood, where due to the rural nature of his home town, they lost power often and used oil lamps to light the house. This brought the family closer and created a beautiful soft and intimate glow. He therefore continued the tradition his mother started of collecting oil lamps.
In March 2012, Oil Lamp Theater was incorporated as a not-for-profit theater and has established its new location in downtown Glenview at 1723 Glenview Road. Our new venue provides seating for 60 guests.
Please join us to experience this special and unique theater opportunity. Bring some friends, make new friends and experience a night you will never forget.