Remember the movie A Christmas Story? If you don't, you can catch it on repeat this holiday season. In it, poor Ralphie endures a plethora of traumatic childhood events, including imagined soap poisoning, fights with a ginger-haired bully and an unfair grade on his piece de resistance. But there's one thing that brings him consistent happiness—his radio show, Little Orphan Annie.
The film portrays a time when Christmas trees were real, lamps were hideous and the radio was the primary source of entertainment.
Sun Valley's Company of Fools wants to help you experience that radio-holiday link via its new production, It's a Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play. Playwright Joe Landry's adaptation of the Frank Capra classic features George Bailey and all the famous characters from the 1946 award-winning film, as well as music, sound effects and "commercials." But don't worry—you won't have the urge to press the fast-forward button on your DVR.
The play is set on Christmas Eve 1946 at radio station WCOF. The talented Company of Fools players will bring the classic characters to life as if performing a radio show. But instead of hiding in studios with headphones and mics, only making their voices audible to the world, you can watch the radio show in action.
So put on your 1940s finest, learn about the magic of the season alongside Bailey and enjoy this creative twist on a holiday classic.