Theatre Palisades Troupe Presents “It’s a Wonderful Life” as a Radio Drama Wednesday

Actors from Theatre Palisades Actors’ Troupe present a radio play.

The Theatre Palisades Actors’ Troupe (TPAT) will perform its eighth annual Christmas Radio Show at the Pierson Playhouse on Wednesday, December 15, at 7:30 p.m.

Actors will present “It’s a Wonderful Life,” adapted for the stage by Joe Landry. Performed strictly as a radio drama, the dialogue, music and sound effects are a throwback to the 1940s. The show runs about an hour and includes sound effects, taking the audience back to a different era, before television.

Circling the News has attended this show every year (last year via Zoom), and the presentation is always uplifting — a lovely way to spend an evening and reflect during these stressful times.

The troupe alternates annually between “A Christmas Carol” and “It’s a Wonderful Life.”

The festivities start at 7 p.m. in the lobby with cookies and mulled wine, made from a recipe belonging to Martha Hunter, a long-time theater member, producer and actor. The drink is tasty and absolutely perfect for a cool evening.

This show will be directed by Sherman Wayne, who has won numerous Theatre Palisades awards and will feature TPAT members Martha Hunter, Greg Abbott, Barry and Mary Allwright, Philip Bartolf, Laura Goldstein, Robert Grochau, Manfred Hofer, Maria O’Connor, Josh Paris, Yvonne Robertson, Holly Sidell and Wendy Taubin.

The performance is free, but donations are happily accepted. Attendees are asked to bring a can or two of food that will be donated to the Westside Food Bank.

Proof of Covid vaccination is required and masks are worn. The Pierson’s filtration system has been upgraded to Merv 13, and a sanitizer is spayed in the house prior to every performance.

The theater is located at 941 Temescal Canyon Road. Call (310) 454-1970 or visit:

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