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Improv Playhouse Radio Theatre to present ‘It’s a Wonderful Life’

David Brian Stuart is one of the players for Improv Playhouse Radio Theatre's production of "It's a Wonderful Life!"
David Brian Stuart is one of the players for Improv Playhouse Radio Theatre's production of "It's a Wonderful Life!"

LIBERTYVILLE – George Bailey spends his entire life giving up big dreams for the good of his town. His guardian angel, Clarence, falls to Earth, literally, and shows him how his town, family and friends would turn out if he had never been born.

Come and see how live radio was performed way back when. Improv Playhouse, the Libertyville-based theater company, is performing the professional, live staged radio drama, “It’s A Wonderful Life,” for a two-weekend run in Libertyville.

“This is a story of redemption, where the lead character finds he’s at the end of all hope, only to be presented with a new vision on how his life has affected so many,” said David Brian Stuart, Improv Playhouse executive founding producer, who is directing and starring in the role of George Bailey.

This is the seventh year for this holiday tradition.

The cast features successful professional actors, including SAG-AFTRA actors Stuart of Libertyville, Mia Hirschel of Lake Zurich (Violet) and Hainesville resident George Elliott (Superintendent Angel).

Chicago’s Angie Fisher is in the lead as Mary Hatch.

Veteran character actor Egon Schein of Libertyville (Clarence/Potter), Michael Scott Blackman, Steve and Dan Plumhoff of Gurnee, Adam Mizner and August Stamper round out the adult cast, with youngsters Zoey Mueller and Lauren Barry of Libertyville splitting the role of Zuzu on alternate dates. Adult actors play some of the child roles.

There will be only five performances: 7:30 p.m. Dec. 8, 14 and 15, and 2:30 p.m. Dec. 9 and 16. The production is about 1 hour, 15 minutes.  

The I.P. Theater is at 735 N. Milwaukee Ave., Libertyville.

Tickets on sale now are $15 for adults, $10 for seniors/military, and $5 for students. Tickets at the door are $20, $15 and $5. The recommended age to attend is 7 and older. To order tickets, call 847-968-4529 or purchase online at www.improvplayhouse.com.

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