It’s a Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play


Elyssa Munch

The cast of It’s a Wonderful Life sings a commercial, a feature in the radio show play

Elyssa Munch, Writer

The Christmas classic, It’s a Wonderful Life, is coming to visit Owatonna. It’s a Wonderful Life features the troubled George Bailey as he strives to make a life for himself in the little town of Bedford Falls after his plans of traveling the world do not work out. The play is an adaptation of the original movie, but this production has a twist.This version of the show is set up as a radio play, with several old fashioned microphone stands in the front of the stage. At these stands is where most of the play occurs. In the background, a long counter is set up. On this counter, there is an array of objects making the scene like a kitchen. Throughout the show, hidden objects are used to make sound effects that enhance the show and add a splash of unique creativity. OHS sophomore Lila Bartkowiak is involved in the production, helping to create these sound effects. Bartkowiak said, “It is more difficult with the DIY sound effects because you have to pay very close attention to the entire show and be aware of what is going on at all times.”

The story of It’s a Wonderful Life is one that everyone should hear at some point in their lives. First time director Victoria Bartkowiak said, “This is one of those holiday classics that reminds everyone that christmas is coming. I found that they had a radio show of the story and I thought it was an amazing idea with all the sound effects and the people playing different characters.”  It’s a Wonderful Life is a very touching story and the radio show version brings back all the feelings and memories of the movie. Bartkowiak says, “People should come see the show because it is that story that gets the season going and we have an amazing cast and crew who have done a lot of work to bring it all together.”

The shows will be performed at The Little Theater of Owatonna on Nov. 29, 30 and Dec. 1 at 7:30 p.m. as well as Dec. 2 at 2 p.m. Tickets are available online at or at the door. Students are $14 and adults are $17.