Otterbein Summer Theatre Presents “It’s A Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play” 

Posted Jun 20, 2024

The 2024 Otterbein Summer Theatre season continues a restaging of a beloved 1940s holiday classic within a vintage radio broadcast, “It’s A Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play.

Experience the Golden Age of Radio in this reimagined telling of the beloved holiday classic, “It’s a Wonderful Life.” Catch a rare glimpse inside the radio sound studio as only a handful of actors portray multiple characters alongside talented foley artists who create all of the sound effects live, onstage. Leave the hot summer days outside, and reacquaint yourself with the story of George Bailey, who reminds us that no matter how ordinary, life truly is wonderful.

It’s A Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play” is adapted by Joe Landry with original music and musical arrangement by Kevin Connors. “It’s A Wonderful Life” is based on the story “The Greatest Gift” by Philip Van Doren Stern.

Tickets cost $28. The Otterbein Summer Theatre Box Office is open Tuesday-Friday from 12-4 p.m., and one hour prior to all performances. It is located in Cowan Hall, 30 S. Grove St., Westerville. Call 614-823-1109 or visit


All performances are in the Fritsche Theatre at Cowan Hall, 30 S. Grove St., Westerville. 

June 20 7:30 p.m.
June 21 7:30 p.m.
June 22 7:30 p.m.
June 23 2 p.m.
June 27 7:30 p.m.
June 28 7:30 p.m.
June 29 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.

Production Team:

Directed by: Melissa Lusher

Scenic Design: Rob Johnson 

Costume Design: Rebecca White  

Lighting Design: Kyle Krygielski 

Sound Design: Kitty Mader 

Stage Manager: Nan Bailey

Cast List:

Freddie Filmore: Aidan McCracken 

Jake Laurents: Ben Sanford 

Sally Applewhite: Claire Stancy 

Lana Sherwood: Kateri Condon 

Harry “Jazzbo” Heywood: Quinn Seevers

Production photos by Isaac Ramsey.