Concord University Theatre and Acting II Students to Present ‘It’s a Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play’

ATHENS, W.Va. – Rooted in community and sacrifice, “It’s a Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play,” contains major themes of love, friendship, and faith. In collaboration with students enrolled in the Acting II course taught at Concord University, the Concord University Theatre will present a production of “It’s a Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play” on Nov. 19 and Nov. 20, 2019 at 7 p.m. nightly in the Alexander Fine Arts Center’s H.C. Paul Theatre.

Playwright Joe Landry adapted “It’s a Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play” from the 1946 Frank Capra film titled “It’s a Wonderful Life.” Over the years, the live radio show version of the film has become a holiday favorite.

“It’s a Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play” features protagonist George Bailey, who is overcome with stress and strain and is on the verge of committing suicide on Christmas Eve. George receives love and care from an angel, who educates him on the negativity the world would face without him. This ignites a change of heart within George.

Concord’s rendition of “It’s a Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play” will be directed by Theatre Instructor Karen Vuranch and is being produced in cooperation with Among the performers are Concord University Acting II Students Karissa Bowden, Trevor Darago, Tiffany Dillon, Hailey Hawkins, Corey Lucas, Cameron White, and Caleb Zopp, all of whom will be responsible for portraying multiple characters within the play.

Students, faculty, and staff may view the show for free with the presentation of their Concord University identification cards, and other guests may pay a general admission fee of $5.

To obtain tickets for this event, visit or call 304-384-5101 for reservations. Tickets must be claimed 15 minutes prior to showtime at the Concord University Box Office, located in the Alexander Fine Arts Center. Cash payments will be accepted for this event. Without reservations, guests will be granted admission on a first come, first served basis.

For more information about this event, contact the Concord University Box Office at 304-384-5101 or, or Karen Vuranch at 304-384-5259 or

Persons with disabilities should contact Nancy Ellison, 1-304-384-6086 or 1-800-344-6679 extension 6086 if special assistance is required for access to an event scheduled by the University on campus.

This press release was written by Ashley Workman. She is a senior majoring in Communication Arts with an emphasis in Public Relations. Workman is from Charleston, W.Va.


Sarah M. Pritchett
Concord University
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