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It's A Wonderful Life

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Rob Maston, Art Van Rhyn, and Anita Schwaber. 
Sharon Woodside-Hamish in the background.

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Rick Auricchio and Jim Ragan

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Barbara Kowalska, Anita Schwaber

Leon Max Danell

Anita Schwaber, Brian Sheridan

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...the radio play

Dec 3-4, 2004; Dec 14, 2005; Dec 13, 2006; Dec 19, 2007

Based on the short story "The Greatest Gift" by Philip Van Doren Stern. Also Frances Goodrich & Albert Hackett, Frank Capra, Jo Swerling, and Michael Wilson.

Adapted for the Pewter Plough Playhouse presentation, and directed by Rick Auricchio. 
Photos and cast are from the 2004 production.

The Pewter Plough Playhouse presented a Cambria premiere of the radio play version of the classic motion picture It's a Wonderful Life.

The cast featured Brian Sheridan as George Bailey, who is given a great gift on Christmas Eve by his guardian angel, Clarence (played by Rob Maston). Others in the cast are Barbara Kowalska (Mary Bailey), Anita Schwaber, Jim Ragan, Art Van Rhyn, Leon Max Danell, Rick Auricchio, and Sharon Woodside-Hanish (as the sound technician.)

The orginal screenplay was based on the short story "The Greatest Gift" by Philip Van Doren Stern. Stern adapted his story for the screen along with Frances Goodrich & Albert Hackett, Frank Capra, Jo Swerling, and Michael Wilson.

The Lux Radio Theatre version was broadcast in March, 1947, shortly after the film was released to theaters. Back in the Thirties and Forties, when movie stars finished shooting a film, they would go into the sound studio to recreate the entire production for the Lux Radio Theatre. These "movies for the ears" were as entertaining as their screen counterparts, using music and sound effects to create a version of the film.

Special thanks are in order to Sharon Woodside-Hanish, for her uncanny ability to find just the right costume pieces. Sharon also reconfigured the sound equipment, decorated our stage, and plied the cast with coffee, baked treats, and bottled Coca-Cola for authenticity.

Cast for 2005 production: Rick Auricchio, Richard Jeffries, Rob Maston, Jim Ragan, Brian Sheridan, Gailee Wells, Anita Schwaber, Art Van Rhyn, Sharon Woodside-Hanish.

Cast for 2006 production: Jerry McKinnon, Kim Maston, Rob Maston, Jim Ragan, Anita Schwaber, Brian Sheridan, Mac Van Duzer, Art Van Rhyn, Sharon Woodside-Hanish.

Cast for 2007 production: David Manion, Kim Maston, Rob Maston, Jerry McKinnon, Jim Ragan, Brian Sheridan, Art Van Rhyn, Pat Van Rhyn. Directed by Anita Schwaber. Sound by Diane Marie Steele.