PlayMakers Rep’s 2012 Holiday Show Is “It’s a Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play” by Joe Landry

Next up for PlayMakers Repertory Company is “It’s a Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play” by Joe Landry. The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s professional-theater-in-residence will reenact the Christmas-Eve travails of troubled Bedford Falls building-and-loan executive George Bailey on Nov. 28-Dec. 2 and Dec. 4-9 and 11-16 in the Paul Green Theatre in UNC’s Center for Dramatic Art.

Cary Players’ Production of “It’s a Wonderful Life” Was Entertaining, But Had Some Rough Spots

"It's a Wonderful Life" starred Jon Karnofsky and Megan Woronka (left) as George and Mary Bailey and Lyman Collins as George's guardian angel Clarence Oddbody (photo by Rob Byron of Piedmont Photo)

After staging crowd-pleasing radio-drama presentations of “It’s a Wonderful Life” in 2008 and 2009, the Cary Players’ community theater attempted an ambitious full-scale stage adaptation of the movie. The result was entertaining, but had a far too many rough spots, some of them due to the youth and/or inexperience of several members of the cast.

“It’s a Wonderful Life” Is a Full Stage Adaptation of the Classic 1946 Movie, Directed by Frank Capra

"It's a Wonderful Life" stars Jon Karnofsky and Megan Woronka (left) as George and Mary Bailey and Lyman Collins as George's guardian angel Clarence Oddbody (photo by Rob Byron of Piedmont Photo)

The Cary Players will present a full stage adaptation of the holiday classic “It’s a Wonderful Life,” based on the perennially popular 1946 motion picture, on Dec. 1-5 in the new 390-seat Cary Arts Center.