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Ignition Theatre, celebrating fifteen years of theatrical excellence, is pleased to continue its annual holiday tradition with what has become its most popular and anticipated production: It’s a Wonderful Life: The Live Radio Drama, adapted for the stage by Tony Palermo, based on the original motion picture screenplay. ‘It’s a Wonderful Life’ tells the story of George Bailey, a generous and well-meaning man who has become too downcast and tired to continue living. It will take help from a lovable angel named Clara to show him what life would have looked like had he never been born; and for George to learn that no man is a failure who has friends; earning Clara her long awaited wings. TWO NIGHTS ONLY! Performances run December 20th and 21st, 2019 on the Red Deer Memorial Centre Mainstage. Curtain is 7:30PM nightly. All tickets: $25.00 and are available in advance online at www.igniitontheatre.ca or at the theatre box office one hour prior to curtain. It’s a Wonderful Life: The Live Radio Drama, is based on the classic holiday movie, but with a clever twist thrown in: the story is staged as a live radio broadcast! 16 Actors portray more than 50 characters, while a sound engineer performs all of the show’s sounds effects live on stage! And, if that wasn’t enough, audiences will also enjoy a live performance of the production’s musical underscore. “IGNITION THEATRE’S PRODUCTION OF THE CLASSIC IT’S A WONDERFUL LIFE IS, WITHOUT A DOUBT, ONE ON THOSE ‘CAN’T MISS’ HOLIDAY SHOWS… as a ‘radio drama’ it’s an engaging and refreshing take on what has become a hugely popular Christmastime movie tradition. You find your imagination kicking in as the actors utilize their exceptional vocal talents to breathe life into the legendary story.” - MARK WEBER, THE RED DEER EXPRESS It’s a Wonderful Life: The Live Radio Drama represents Ignition Theatre’s sole annual fundraiser; with a cast and creative team comprised entirely of volunteers, all box office proceeds will contribute directly towards Ignition’s professional, regular season programming. A 50/50 draw will take place during each performance’s intermission, supporting both Ignition and Improv Jelly, who will be performing this season’s live commercials, synonymous with 1940’s radio drama. Additionally, Ignition Theatre is proud to pay our patron support forward by selecting a local non-profit/charitable organization to support each season. This year, $1.00/ticket sold will be donated to the Stonewall Community Foundation on behalf of Ignition Theatre & Central Alberta Theatre. Improv Jelly, one of Red Deer’s most exciting comedic sketch and improv companies, will be performing the radio commercials synonymous with 1940’s radio drama, featuring local Red Deer businesses. With slots still available; Red Deer business interested in being featured in this year’s production are encouraged to contact Ignition Theatre.