Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Christmas comes early with return of "It's a Wonderful Life" - Nov. 25th

Immediate Theatre Project’s annual production of Live From WVL Radio: It’s A Wonderful Life is back for one night only at the Isis Restaurant and Music Hall in West Asheville. This special performance is November 25th  at 8:00.

“The Isis has been our home for this show for three years now, and the timing just worked out perfectly for this special Thanksgiving performance,” explains local actor and producer Willie Repoley, who adapted the classic screenplay and directs the performance this year. “I don't like to start the Christmas season too early, generally. But the heart of the show is so incredibly generous that performing the evening before our national day of Thanks seems, actually, pretty great.” The company will continue a wide-ranging tour of the show at various East Coast and Mid West venues, through December 22nd.

Immediate Theatre Project’s unique re-imagining of Frank Capra's classic movie It's A Wonderful Life takes place on a snowy night at the studios of WVL Radio. There, a rag-tag group of station employees faced with a crisis band together to bring the story of George Bailey and Bedford Falls to vivid life. In Repoley's adaptation, George Bailey's story of redemption can only be fulfilled if the radio studio experiences a similar journey. “It's definitely an American Christmas Carol in some ways,” Repoley says,” but Capra's version is less concerned with the magical or spiritual transformation of the hero, than in showing a good-hearted Everyman slowly fall further and further out of touch with the things that really matter in his life. We all know that feeling. How do we overcome it? Who do we turn to for help? When it comes time to reap what we have sown, what will be find that we have left behind? And these questions seem so vital to what it means to be a human being living in the world today.”

The performance features old-time radio sound effects, organ accompaniment, and versatile voice acting. The sound effects are created live on stage by the actors, and the music was composed and recorded by local musician Nathan Shirley.

Tickets will be $15 in advance or $20 at the door. Seating is general admission, and there are a limited number of tables available with dinner reservations. There is also theater-style & balcony seating (stools), and standing available on a first come first serve basis. Doors will open at 5pm and the performance begins at 8:00pm on November 25th only.

Reservations can be made by calling 828-575-2737. Tickets can be purchased online through www.isisasheville.com.

For more information, visit www.immediatetheatre.org or call the Isis at 828-575-2737.

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