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Sandy Actors Theatre cast presents classic as radio play through Sunday, Nov. 24

COURTESY PHOTO: MICHAEL HENLEY - 'It's a Wonderful Life' will run through Nov. 24 with shows at 7:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and a 2 p.m. matinee on Sundays at 17433 Meinig Ave, Sandy. Before there was the Silver Age of podcasts there was the Golden Age of radio. Here to recreate an evening listening to the Philco is the cast at Sandy Actor's Theatre. From now through Sunday, Nov. 24, 10 actors directed by Cheryl Rudarmel-Beam will present a radio play of "It's a Wonderful Life."

"Long ago, on many a Saturday night, I remember sitting around Grandpa and his radio with my sister and cousins," Rudarmel-Beam said. "Grandpa would give us black licorice to chew on while we sat in the glow of the old wood-burning stove, listening to 'The Lone Ranger,' 'The Shadow,' ' Amos and Andy' and other favorites. The choice of 'It's a Wonderful Life' was not just for nostalgic reasons but because at this point in history, we need it. We currently live in a world where the demonization of others is the norm and where all our beautiful colors have dissolved into two colors. I want to believe that 'It's a Wonderful Life' still lives in America. That kind acts, both big and small, do ripple."

The play will be performed in front of microphones with a few visual effects for the theatre audience as well as enough sound effects to be considered an additional character. The 10 actors involved in the production will act out all 63 characters, including those who voice the locally inspired commercial breaks.

"It's been sure a lot tougher than I thought it would be," Rudarmel-Beam said. "But, I've never done a radio play and I think it'll be something different (for the audience and actors)."

Besides providing a different kind of theater to the SAT audience, Rudarmel-Beam hopes the message is applicable for the current season.

"Its message is that every life is important and we all have an impact on each other," she added. "In our political system today there's too much division. We need to break down barriers, and that's what George does in 'It's a Wonderful Life.'"

The show will run through Nov. 24 with shows at 7:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and a 2 p.m. matinee on Sundays at 17433 Meinig Ave, Sandy.

For more information, visit sandyactorstheatre.org.

If you go

What: "It's a Wonderful Life" radio play written by Philip Grecian and directed by Cheryl Rudarmel-Beam

When: 7:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays through Nov. 24, with a 2 p.m. matinee on Sundays

Where: Sandy Actors Theatre,

17433 Meinig Ave., Sandy

Cost: Tickets for adults are $18; tickets for senior citizens, veterans and students are $15; children are $13 and active duty military in uniform are admitted free

Cast: Niall Dillon, Heidi Theiss, Savannah Service, Anita Sorel, Rodney Fobert, Dan Bosserman, Tim Park, Jim Lamproe, Glenn Russell, Chris Canne


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