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Adapted for radio-on-stage by Tony Palermo
Original score composed and arranged by Jonathan Green

It's A Wonderful Life! is Anthony Palermo's faithful stage adaptation of Frank Capra's classic film about dreams, sacrifice, and redemption in small-town America. Ring in the start of the Christmas season with this beloved story! Like the movie, this production tells the story of George Bailey, who on Christmas Eve in 1946 intends to take his life, only to have an angel named Clarence show him what a different world it would be if he had never been born. This production was written to be performed as if it is a live radio play in the 1940s, providing a unique solution to live theatre production challenges in this era of COVID-19.

Concordia Academy will be presenting 8 performances of this production with two rotating casts. Each performance will be available via a live online audio stream, giving virtual audience members the experience of a family gathered together in the 1940s listening to a radio drama. In addition, a very limited number of live studio audience seats will be available for the November 20 performance, giving those in-person attendees to see the actors as they are performing the radio drama. Because this play has been designed as a radio drama, those who attend in person should expect an experience where the emphasis is on audio elements, not blocking and movement. Due to new COVID-19 restrictions, live studio audience seats are not being sold for other performances. 

Tickets go on sale on Monday, November 9. Tickets for the live online audio stream are available for a free-will donation in any amount. Tickets for limited, in-person, studio audience reserved seats (November 20 only) are $20 for adults and $15 for senior citizens and students. CA students may order a free studio-audience ticket. All tickets must be purchased in advance online. 

You can also send messages to your favorite cast or crew members by purchasing Star Grams! Click here to place your Star Gram order.

To order tickets for the live audio stream or the studio audience, click on the appropriate link below and you will be directed to the ticketing page.

9th & 10th-Grade Cast Performances
Saturday, November 21 at 2:00
Sunday, November 22 at 2:00
Friday, November 27 at 7:00
Saturday, November 28 at 7:00
Click here to order tickets for the at-home audio stream for any of the above four performances.

9th & 10th-Grade Cast & Crew Members
Jacob Schlueter       
Grant Sanders       
Norah Dillner       
Abigail Loomis       
Dehlia Woltman       
Bradley Berwald       
Nadya Morrison       
Sam Oelschlaeger   
Marcus Hexum       
Karmen Bensus       
Gracie Johnson       
Kate Schloe  
Anna Boll         
Elizabeth Grove
Ruth Kosterman
Keira McCord
Kaia Ryden
Noah Johnson
11th & 12th-Grade Cast Performances
Friday, November 20 at 7:00
Saturday, November 21 at 7:00
Saturday, November 28 at 2:00 
Sunday, November 29 at 2:00
Click here to order tickets for the at-home audio stream for any of the above four performances.

Click here to order tickets for the in-person studio audience for November 20.
11th & 12th-Grade Cast & Crew Members
Noah Gundermann       
Emma Studenski       
Irene Bensus       
Rachel Lane           
Cody Petronack       
Ethan Engh           
Lydia Loomis       
Avery Volker       
Riley Nelson       
Anna Steensma       
Sarah Elting-Ballard   
Elise Nelson   
Luke Stanelle    
Caleb Boll
Addie Jungmann
Francie Kosterman
Cyrus Nelson
Ethan Penn
Jillian Noden
Caleb Vollhaber

As you are well aware, flexibility is key in these current times. Based on government restrictions, student absences, and other issues related to COVID-19, it may be necessary to cancel, reschedule, or modify performance. We will, of course, keep you notified of any significant changes and refund you for any cancellations. 

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Frequently Asked Questions

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  • Tickets sold will be limited to 25% of the theatre capacity.
  • All seats are reserved. After selecting your seats and purchasing your tickets, the ticketing system will surround your seats with a "bubble" to prevent other people from reserving seats that are an unsafe distance from your seats.
  • Masks will be required of all those in attendance.
  • No food or drink will be allowed in the auditorium.
  • Actors will be a minimum of 20 feet from any audience members.
  • The auditorium will be cleaned and seats will be disinfected following each performance.
  • Any ticket holder showing any COVID-19 symptoms will be asked to stay at home. We will gladly provide a refund.

Although the production will be staged with a set, costumes, and lighting, it will be performed as if it is a 1940s radio drama. That means that actors will remain relatively stationary, there will not be set changes or costume changes, and sound effects will be performed live. While you should not expect a typical CA theatrical experience, we think you will enjoy seeing visual elements that those listening to the online stream will not experience.

The play runs less than 2 hours and includes two brief, 5-minute intermissions.

No special software is required. The stream will be accessed through your web browser. You will receive an email with instructions, including the link to access the stream for the performance(s) for which you purchased tickets.

Because of the limited in-person seating and the online format of the audio stream, all tickets must be purchased through our online ticketing platform. Purchasing tickets online also ensures that we have contact information in the event that contact tracing in necessary. Links to purchase tickets are provided further up on this page. If you need assistance, email

Radio with wings and microphone with halo.