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Jonathan Goolsby and Erica Beimesche play George and Mary in TDW’s delightful radio production of a cinematic classic. Photo by Tammy Cassesa.

The Drama Workshop, entertaining Westside audiences since 1954, invites everyone to experience a favorite holiday story in a new way – as a live radio play. TDW will present “It’s a Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play” December 6-22. Performances are Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m., Sundays at 2 p.m. and include a special Thursday evening performance on December 19 at 7:30 p.m.  All performances are at The Glenmore Playhouse, 3716 Glenmore, Ave. Cheviot, OH 45211.  Tickets are $18 if purchased online or by phone and $20 at the door.  Tickets may be purchased by calling the TDW ticket line at 513-598-8303 or by ordering online at

The play was written by Joe Landry and is very faithful to the screenplay of the classic movie which starred Jimmy Stewart as George Bailey and employs only five performers to bring over 50 characters to life through the skillful use of their voices alone. WVXU radio announcer Bill Rinehart leads the voice actors who also include Jonathan Goolsby as George Bailey and Erica Beimesche as Mary.  Ray Lebowski brings the angel Clarence to life, as well as other characters and Jen Drake plays Violet and others.   Two additional cast members, Kevin Noll and Victoria Covarrubias, will create the live Foley effects.

Director Adam Drake is excited to bring this timeless Christmas story to life in a very different way. “It’s the story you remember, but with a nostalgic 1940’s radio twist.  Having only five actors bringing dozens of memorable characters to life is so much fun.  Not to mention the live, practical sound effects that will amaze audiences!  Come for the holiday spirit, but stay for the fun of seeing how a radio show would have been performed 70 years ago!”

The production team for the play is led by producer Dennis Murphy. The set was designed by Ray Persing and set construction is led by master carpenter Greg Schaper. The costumes are designed by Amanda Borchers. Jason Cox serves as the sound designer. Elaine Volker assembled the props.  Manny Frias designed the wigs.

Make your day “wonderful” by attending “It’s a Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play”.

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