2’s Review: Enjoy ‘It’s a Wonderful Life’ under the stars

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he Golden Age of Radio is playing underneath the stars and nothing could be more fitting than to see it come to life in the historic river district of Downtown Fort Myers.

The Florida Repertory is presenting It’s a Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play in their new outdoor socially distanced venue.

The show will transport you back to the the1940s, before television, the internet, and certainly COVID-19, into the radio studio of WBFR, complete with live commercial breaks and jingles.

Six amazing actors work as a team and bring a lot of energy to the stage. They flawlessly deliver the lines of dozens of characters on cue, complete with all of the live sound effects from Frank Capra’s beloved film classic.

Actress Sarah Joyce won me over with her charm as she perfectly delivers the role of “Mary Bailey,” George’s loving and attentive wife. Actress Emily Foley also delivered diversity in her numerous roles.

However, it is actor Micha Weese who is an amazing standout in the show playing numerous characters at once, including the scrooge-like “Mr. Potter,” “Uncle Billy,” and the show’s announcer “Freddie Filmore.”

His spot-on timing and impeccable delivery keeps the fast-paced show moving and at times the audience cheering at his work.

I saw this as a solid brilliant mix of live radio, theater and a classic movie rolled up into a heartwarming holiday show your whole family can enjoy while bringing your own food and drinks to enjoy the holiday amusement.

The show runs through December 19. Click here for more information about tickets and showtimes.

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