Shows on weekends Dec. 5–20 with special events

The Half Moon Theatre Company presents It’s a Wonderful Life: The 1946 Radio Play, Dec. 5–20 (weekends only). In a 1946 radio station studio setting, five actors perform an “on-air” retelling of the tale. The actors portray all of the movie’s favorite characters and are joined by a live sound-effects artist, who brings the story to life by encouraging audience participation, especially from kids (and kids at heart).

A scene from "It's a Wonderful Life: The 1946 Radio Play"
A scene from “It’s a Wonderful Life: The 1946 Radio Play”

With a sing-along to popular carols and commercials, the production is for everyone in the family, and carolers will stroll through the theatre. The Culinary Institute of America will offer themed concessions from the Apple Pie Bakery for Christmas, with special treats for children.

The performances are at 8 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 5, 12 and 19; at 2 and 8 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 6, 13 and 20; and at 2 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 7 and 14, with a special performance at 8 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 17. The Wednesday show will include a pre-show talk by CIA graduate Eddie Kowalski on his favorite holiday recipes. A sound-effect show will be held at 7 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 12, and at 1:15 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 20. Film scholar Sybil DelGaudio will speak at 1 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 7, about the classic film that inspired the play.

A special dinner option will also be offered to Half Moon Theatre patrons on Saturday, Dec. 6 and 13, at $39 per person for a family-style meal by the CIA’s Italian restaurant Caterina de’Medici (not including beverages, tax and service charge). Make reservations at 845-451-1553 or email [email protected].

Tickets are $35–$45 and available at 800-838-3006 or online at

Photo courtesy of Half Moon Theatre

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