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The cast of 'It's a Wonderful Life' rehearses at the Cape Fear Playhouse. The cast of 'It's a Wonderful Life' rehearses at the Cape Fear Playhouse.
Kevin Wilson is one of five performers in 'It's a Wonderful Life.' Kevin Wilson is one of five performers in 'It's a Wonderful Life.'
Big Dawg Productions is performing 'It's a Wonderful Life.' Big Dawg Productions is performing 'It's a Wonderful Life.'

WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) - If you watch the classic Christmas movie It's a Wonderful Life every year, maybe you're ready for a change. That's where Big Dawg Productions comes in.

The company is performing the radio version of the show. It's set as if inside a 1940's radio station where movie stars and former beauty queens are reading the original screenplay. There are even interruptions for ad jingles.

"We have the same characters that you would see in the movie, however it is all played out vocally and intended for another audience," said director Melissa Stanley. "Our actors' focuses aren't so much on what they look like as what they sound like."

The story is told by five people playing more than 30 characters, but the classic tale remains the same. An angel helps George Bailey discover the importance of his life.

"We never know how we impact the world," said Stanley. "Sometimes when we're having a bad day we forget that we're important to other people, that we may have helped someone in a crucial way, and that makes us valuable and it makes our lives worth living. This story is a feel good story any time of the year."

It's a Wonderful Life

  • Nov. 29- Dec. 1, 2, 6-8, 13-15
  • 8:00 p.m.
  • Dec. 2, 9, 16
  • 3:00 p.m.
  • Cape Fear Playhouse

For tickets, call (910) 367-5237 or click here.

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