It's A Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play School Matinees


Share the joy of live theater!

Become the studio audience as just nine actors perform dozens of beloved Bedford Falls characters, all in the style of a live 1940s radio broadcast. Complete with amusing jingles and classic sound effects produced right on stage, this production has become an annual favorite in cities across America.

Reduced Price Tickets for School and Community Groups:

For only $16 per ticket, you and your group can participate in Shakespeare Santa Cruz and UCSC Theater Arts annual holiday production. Daytime matinee dates are as follows:

  • Tuesday, November 19
  • Tuesday, November 26
  • Wednesday, December 4

All performances start at 10am; the performance runs 90 minutes without intermission, include a special Q&A for your students immediately following the show, and parking is included with your ticket price.


Curriculum Guides Mailed Prior to Performances:

The 1946 Frank Capra movie "It's a Wonderful Life" starring James Stewart is considered one of the most loved films in American cinema. It is the story of Clarence, an angel, who intervenes to save George Bailey, a compassionate but despairing businessman, by showing him what life would have been like had he never been born. In our production, the myraid of characters from the movie are played by just nine actors, both professional and UCSC Theater Arts students. Complete with a 4 piece band and live sound effects created on-stage, this production celebrates the tenancy of the human spirit.

There are many thematic devices in the play that lend themselves to pre-performance and post-show discussion, including the idea of the American Dream, the debate over localism versus big business, individualism and community, and the consequences of major life decisions. We feel the production is appropriate for middle to high school students. In judging the age appropriateness of this production for your classes, note that the play’s main character speaks of jumping off a bridge to end his life, and his older brother has problems with alcoholism.

These matinees will fill up quickly!

To reserve tickets for your group, contact Jessica Bond at


Seating is based on when tickets are booked, and we try to accomodate schools and students in the Mainstage theater appropriately.

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