Gateway to Present “It’s a Wonderful Life…” This Weekend.

SOUTHBRIDGE – Gateway Players Theatre, Inc. will present “It’s a Wonderful Life, a Live Radio Play” by Joe Landry on Friday, Nov. 30, Saturday, Dec. 1 and Sunday, Dec. 2. Performances will be at Fellowship Hall of Elm Street Congregational Church in Southbridge. Friday and Saturday shows are at 7:30 pm and the Sunday performance is at 2 pm. Tickets are $15 for adults, $13 for those under 18 and over 60. Tickets are available by calling 508-764-4531 or online at

This beloved American holiday classic comes to captivating life as a live 1940s radio broadcast. With the help of an ensemble that brings a few dozen characters to the stage, the story of idealistic George Bailey unfolds as he considers ending his life one fateful Christmas Eve. The 14-member cast will act out multiple roles. There will even be some interesting commercials and sound effects. The cast includes Billy Bolster, Helen Churchill, Jeff Coggins, Ryan Drago, Courtney Gallipeau, Andy Grinnan, Madeline Grinnan, Angie Grove, Stephen Jean, John Kennedy, Gwen O’Brien, Joe Sawyer, Michael Swanson and Samson Zilic.

The cast of Gateway’s “It’s a Wonderful Life, A Live Radio Play” rehearses at Elm Street Congregational Church, Southbridge. Photo courtesy Barbar Day.

Mary Gahagan is directing, with Barbara Day as producer and Erin Morin as stage manager. Pam Soper is responsible for costumes and Cynthia Keane will do set and lights. David Corkum is light designer and photographer, with Chris McTigue responsible for house refreshments.

This timeless story is a reminder of the power of hope, love and family and is especially meaningful at this time of year. As we plunge into the bustling holiday season, take the time to join our “radio studio” audience for a fun and meaningful time.

This production will conclude Gateway’s 43rd season.



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