Saturday, December 21 - 2 pm
Thursday, December 26 - 8 pm
"A sweet production - polished, smooth and engaging" - The Edge Review
The special holiday production of It’s a Wonderful Life returns to New Hampshire Theatre Project after sellout shows in 2018. New this year, Tobin Moss joins the cast to play live music!
Joe Landry has re-envisioned the beloved film classic as a 1940’s style radio play. Five seasoned actors bring George, Clarence, Mary and all the residents of Bedford Falls to life on that fateful Christmas Eve – over 40 different roles. The show features holiday music and a foley artist playing live sound effects. Its charming message fits perfectly with NHTP's season theme, as George Bailey learns that he does indeed make a difference to the town of Bedford Falls.
The original film of It’s a Wonderful Life
was produced and directed by Frank Capra in 1946, based on a short story called The Greatest Gift
by Philip Van Doren Stern. Although it premiered to lukewarm reviews, the movie was nominated for five Academy Awards, including Best Picture, and is considered to be one of the most loved films in American Cinema, and one of the most inspirational films of all time.
It’s a Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play
is directed by Robin Fowler
and features well-known seacoast actors Bill Humphreys, Todd Hunter, Peter Josephson, Kathleen Somssich and Genevieve Aichele
, with Kate Kirkwood as the Foley Artist and Tobin Moss on piano.
Community Connector: Housing
December 4th | 5.30pm - 6.30pm
a free gathering that invites participants to think civically and engage locally.
Attendees will have an opportunity to network and join in a discussion with Rick Wallis from Piscataqua Savings Bank and Sarah Wrightsman of the Workforce Housing Coalition of the Greater Seacoast. We’ll be envisioning what the future of housing will look like in Portsmouth, and beyond. And in tune with our 2019 - 2020 Season theme "Can One Person Make A Difference?" we will think about what can individuals, just like George Bailey, do to ensure that people can live and thrive in this area.”
This year NHTP will be working with sponsors, Piscataqua Savings Bank and the Workforce Housing Coalition of the Greater Seacoast, to host community-centered conversations around what makes a home. “After producing the show last year we realised that we had an opportunity to open up a dialogue around housing in the Seacoast,” says Artistic Director Catherine Stewart. George Bailey’s community bank, the Building and Loan, finances Bailey Park, a development of modest houses that offers home ownership in contrast to overpriced rentals from the unscrupulous Henry F. Potter. “Without George Bailey the town of Bedfalls Falls and its housing market collapses. We can’t wait to use the play to inform a variety of events that we’re hosting with our sponsors,” continues Stewart.