Everyone knows the story behind “It’s A Wonderful Life.” George Bailey gives up his dreams to help his family, then his town, as a young man in Bedford Falls. As he gets older, following an accidental loss of $8,000, he comes to his lowest point contemplating taking his own life.
It is only when his guardian angel, the bumbling Clarence, gets involved, showing him how life would have been in Potterville, that Bailey realizes the impact he has on everyone around him. “It’s a Wonderful Life – A Radio Play” written by Joe Landry and directed in Colonial Beach by Bob Christiansen takes on the same story, only at a radio station in the 1940s.
With a limited set and a limited cast, this show brought out a crowd to opening night Friday at the Colonial Beach Community Center on Marshall Avenue.
Starring newcomer to town Nicholas “Nick” Szobota as the voice of adult George Bailey. Szobota was a delight as Bailey bringing true emotion to the role. While Szobota is new to CB, he recently moved to town and became the Rector of St. Mary’s Episcopal Church, he is not new to acting. His most recent roles include Charlie Bucketlist in a spoof of “Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory” and as Jimmy Hayward in “Naptown In and Out Saloon.”
Mary Larson who moved to CB in 2015 took on the role of the voice of Mary Hatch Bailey the wife of George Bailey. This show was her first experience on stage but surely will not be the last as she did a fantastic job.
Sher Lee, who starred as Lexie in “The Dixie Swim Club” shone again as the voice of Violet.