"It's a Wonderful Life"

Many of us are too young to remember the golden era of Radio Plays back in the 1940s but for our grandparents they were regular entertainment. These plays were reproduced in sound studios with a live audience watching the actors and sound effects experts making the audio landscape come alive. The audience at Gateway’s 2009 Christmas production was taken back in time to be part of one such audience. The play was based on a favourite Christmas film called “It’s a Wonderful Life” The story took place in the fictional town of Bedford Falls shortly after World War II . George Bailey was a man whose imminent suicide on Christmas Eve gained the attention of his guardian angel, Clarence Odbody who was sent to help him in his hour of need. Much of the story was told through flashbacks spanning George's entire life . Through these flashbacks they saw all the people whose lives had been touched by George and the difference he had made to the community in which he lived. The radio play was punctuated with great songs from the 40’s sung by “The Andrews Sisters” and “Frank Sinatra”