Friday: 08:00 PM - 02:00 PM
Every 2 weeks through Dec 19, 2021.
An adaptation from the beloved holiday movie, Marty Bufalini’s It’s a Wonderful Life – The Radio Show is Grosse Pointe Theatre’s December production that is sure to bring holiday cheer and inspiration to audiences of all ages. The production runs Dec. 10-19 and will include several local radio and television personalities who will serve as celebrity announcers during the performances.
Bufalini, whose voice is well known on the radio airwaves, combines his passion for old-time radio with his love for acting and directing to recreate a 1940’s-style radio broadcast in a stage production, with patrons serving as the live “in-studio” audience. This unique production incorporates vintage music and live sound effects, including the sound effects door once used in the live Detroit radio broadcast of “The Lone Ranger” that aired from 1933–1954.
“Our production will offer audiences a firsthand look at how storytelling was shared back in the Golden Age of radio,” said Bufalini. “We have a great cast and crew and a terrific line-up of local broadcast celebrities who jumped at the chance to participate in this production. We’re grateful to be able to bring this special holiday production to audiences.”
Detroit media serving as celebrity announcers during performances will include:
• Kim Adams, host, 103.5 FM WMUZ – Friday Dec. 10, 8 p.m. performance
• Jay Towers, anchor, FOX 2 Detroit and host on 100.3 WNIC – Saturday Dec. 11, 8 p.m. performance
• Lee Thomas, anchor, FOX 2 Detroit – Sunday Dec. 12, 2 p.m. performance
• Holly Hutton, co-host, 99.5 WYCD Detroit’s Country – Thursday Dec. 16, 7:30 p.m. performance
• Jason Scott, morning co-host, WWJ Newsradio – Friday Dec. 17, 8 p.m. performance
• Alan Longstreet, meteorologist, FOX 2 Detroit – Saturday, Dec. 18, 8 p.m. performance
• Alicia Smith, morning anchor, WXYZ-TV Detroit – Sunday, Dec. 19, 2 p.m. performance
Following the 2 p.m. matinee performances on Dec. 12, Dec. 18 and Dec. 19, there will be a special behind the scenes Talkback session with Bufalini where audience members will have the opportunity to ask questions regarding the production, recreating sound effects of old-time radio, what inspired this adaptation, and more.
The 25-member cast and crew will bring this inspirational holiday classic to life.
Grosse Pointe Theatre has put several protocols in place for the health and safety of its patrons. All audience members are required to wear face masks at performances, and vaccinations are required for all cast and crew members. For additional safety, audience members will be seated in alternating rows. Digital ticketing and ticketless check-in will allow for smooth entry into the theater with minimal contact. Doors will open 30 minutes before performances so patrons can take their seats right away to avoid a crowded lobby area.
Ticket Subscriber Packages and Single tickets are still available for remaining productions and are available online at gpt.org/tickets. Grosse Pointe Theatre’s remaining 2021-2022 Mainstage season includes Nunsense, I Hate Hamlet, and The Sound of Music. The Purdon Studio Theatre, Grosse Pointe Theatre’s Blackbox theatre, will feature the play Talk Radio.
About Grosse Pointe Theatre
Grosse Pointe Theatre is a community theatre whose purpose is to connect, create and inspire communities through theatre. Membership is open to all persons over age 18 with an interest in the performing arts. Grosse Pointe Theatre is a non-profit 501 (c) (3) organization and donations are tax deductible. For more information about season subscriptions or single tickets, sponsorship opportunities, membership or other ways to get involved, visit www.gpt.org or call 313-881-4004.