Hilo Community Players Present: It’s a Wonderful Life

Media Release:

In the years before everyone had a TV set, many hit movies were adapted for radio, including the Christmas season favorite, “It’s A Wonderful Life.” Now that radio-play, originally broadcast in 1947, will be presented on stage by the Hilo Community Players (HCP) in old-time radio style – with scripts in hand, live music, and sound-effects.

Performances will be given at the East Hawaii Cultural Center (EHCC) December 3, 4 and 5;

In “It’s A Wonderful Life,” George Bailey is a small-town guy who dreams of seeing the world, but never gets a chance to leave home. When his family business and everything else starts to fall apart, he wishes he’d never been born. But an angel shows him what his family, his friends and his home town would have been like without him, and George realizes how important and wonderful his life really is.

Opening the program will be a short radio-play: a 1952 episode from the popular radio sitcom “My Friend Irma.” Irma is a dizzy dame who tries to earn money for Christmas presents and gets everything wrong . . . almost!

Hilo playwright Hal Glatzer is the producer of these programs. Last
December, he presented three radio-play mysteries under the title “Murder on the Air” at EHCC and KMC. And for Halloween, this year, he put on his own adaptation of the science-fiction radio-play “War of the Worlds” at the Palace Theater. His mystery stage plays have also been presented at EHCC:
“The House Without A Key” in 2009, and “Sherlock Holmes & The Volcano Horror” in 2010.

The EHCC performances are at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday December 3 and 4; and at 2 p.m. on Sunday December 5.

Tickets for all performances are $10 ($8 for EHCC, HCP or KDEN members). For advance sales for the Dec. 3, 4 or 5 performances at EHCC, please phone the Box Office at 961-5711.

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