As I watch the snow fall over the big city, I can't help but think of holiday movies like It's a Wonderful Life. I love curling up on the couch with a cup of hot chocolate and joining Mr. George Bailey in good 'ol Bedford Falls. But wouldn't it be cool if this 1946 classic were brought to life?
Enter from stage right- one of my oldest and best friends, Beth Gittleman. Beth is a founding member and Associate Producer of The Harbor Lights Theater Company and as long as I've known her (which is quite some time!) her passion for the arts never cease. Together with friends Executive Artistic Director Tamara Jenkins and Associate Artistic Director Jay Montgomery, this dream team present their own entertaining version for the holidays: It's A Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play, by Joe Landry.
Now in its fourth season, Harbor Lights never disappoints. Every time I see one of their shows, I'm in for a theatrical treat. They know just how to put on a Broadway quality production (have you seen Tamara and Jay's resume?!) and empower the audience by 'illuminating the human experience.'
To give you a bit more background, It's a Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play, is performed as a 1940's live radio broadcast in front of a live studio audience. Five actors (seen from L to R: David Sitler, Rebecca Baxter, Martin Landry, K.C. Leiber and Trent Armand Kendall) perform the dozens of characters in the radio play. Plus there's also a "Foley Artist", which is an actor creating all the sound effects live onstage. Pretty fun, right? I also love Tamara's take on vintage costume design. Perfect for a blog like G&G ;)
So grab your friends and family and go see one of the few remaining shows running December 19th-22nd. Tickets are a bargain compared to Broadway shows at $35 - $40; with $5 off for seniors and students.
Purchase tickets at: www.hltc.org or Ovationtix 866-811-4111. For additional information, call: 718-273-7516. All performances are at the beautiful Snug Harbor Cultural Center & Botanical Gardens, 1000 Richmond Terrace, Staten Island, NY.
Handicapped accessible, free parking, and a wine bar...how can you go wrong? I'm so proud of my friends and what they do to keep the arts alive!
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Thank you xx
Photo credits: Spyhollywood.com, Harbor Lights © Michael McIlwee