IU South Bend Theatre presents It's a Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play

It's a Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play
What would life be like if someone you loved had never been born? What’s the worth of a man's life? How are dreams realized—or shattered? These are some of the themes that will be explored in the IU South Bend Theatre and Dance Company’s production of It’s a Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play. The show will be presented in the Upstage Theater of Northside Hall from November 29 through December 2.

The play is based on the classic 1946 American Christmas film It’s a Wonderful Life featuring Jimmy Stewart, and based on the short story “The Greatest Gift,” written by Philip Van Doren Stern in 1939. The story follows George Bailey, a self-sacrificing family man who, in the midst of financial ruin, wishes that he’d never been born. Nearing the brink of self-destruction, Bailey meets an unlikely guardian angel who grants him a startling look into what the world would really be like without him.

Similar to Garrison Keillor’s A Prairie Home Companion, the actors portray a company of radio theatre performers acting out the story. The performance is a treat for theatre patrons who act as a live studio audience. There will be commercial jingles, raffles, and special hellos to those listening at home.

Tickets for It’s a Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play are available for $5-$9 and free to students and children. For more information and to order tickets online visit or call the arts box office at 574.520.4203.

It’s a Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play
8 pm, Thursday and Friday, November 29-30
4 & 8 pm, Saturday December 1
2 pm, Sunday December 2
Upstage, Northside Hall
1825 Northside Boulevard, South Bend, IN 46615
Tickets $5-$9 | Free to students/children