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Heartwood Theater presents 'Merry Christmas, George Bailey!'

Nov 25, 2019
Jason Laptewicz and Nanette Fraser return as the iconic, lovable couple – George & Mary Bailey – in Heartwood's fourth annual live radio play of “Merry Christmas, George Bailey!” on Dec. 6 and 7.

Newcastle — Celebrate the holiday season – and life! – as Heartwood Theater presents "Merry Christmas, George Bailey!," its fourth annual production of the 1940’s Lux Radio Theater Show adapted from Frank Capra’s movie, “It’s a Wonderful Life!,”  for one weekend only, Dec. 6 and 7.

Hearkening back to the days before television, when families sat around the radio tuned in for news and entertainment, live-radio-theater style theater is just plain fun! In a warm, holiday stage setting, this story of hope and renewal unfolds with a full array of on-stage sound effects, fun musical commercial breaks, holiday vocal solos… and a bit of audience participation.

It’s Christmas Eve, and George, desperate and facing financial ruin, decides to end his life and dives straight into icy waters. Clarence (the lovable angel-still-earning-his-wings) rescues George and undertakes the task of illuminating what Bedford Falls would be like without George and how many lives he has touched, while growing up and working in his 1940’s small hometown. With great surprise and determination, George dives straight back into life, messiness and all, with great zeal and joy. And Clarence, the wanna-be-angel, earns his wings.

Filled with warmth, humor and nostalgia, this beloved story brings home the comforting assurance that each one of us matters; we can — and do — make a difference, right where we live.

Perfect for family audiences. Reservations are strongly recommended for the three performances in the Poe Theater at Lincoln Academy: Friday and Saturday, Dec. 6 and 7, at 7:30 p.m. and Saturday, Dec. 7, at 2 p.m. Tickets are $15 adults and $5 students; call 563-1373 or email for reservations.

The cast list and full details are available at

Sponsored by Moody’s Diner and Dow Furniture, along with Season Sponsors Bath Savings Institution and Granite Hill Estates.

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