Pentacle Theatre will celebrate the warmth of the holiday season with the perennial audience favorite, IT’S A WONDERFUL LIFE, A Live Radio Play, by Joe Landry, directed by Debbie Neel. The show runs Dec. 3-18.

Pentacle Theatre becomes a 1946 radio studio where an ensemble of actors gathers to perform a live broadcast of IT’S A WONDERFUL LIFE, the story of idealist George Bailey, who considers his future on a fateful Christmas Eve. Clarence, a guardian angel, helps George realize how different the world would be if he’d never been born.

Five actors bring more than 40 different characters to life in front of a “live studio audience” of Pentacle ticketholders. They are joined onstage by two Foley artists who create sound effects that help tell the tale of America’s beloved holiday classic.

Meet the cast:

  • Scott Ramp as Freddie Filmore, who voices the parts of Announcer, Mr. Gower, Clarence, Cop, Peter Bailey, Ernie, Pete, Horace, Shultz and Sheriff.
  • Diane Slamp as Sally Applewhite, who voices the parts of Mary, Young Mary and Matilda.
  • Teresa Waite as Lana Sherwood, who voices the parts of Violet, Young Violet, Mrs. Hatch, Mrs. Thompson and Janie.
  • Anthony Redelsperger as Harry “Jazzbo” Heywood, who voices the parts of Joseph, Potter, Old Man Collins, Tommy, Nick, Harry Bailey, Ed, Sam Wainwright, Martini and Dr. Campbell.
  • BrAd Steiner as Jake Laurents, who voices the parts of George Bailey and Young George.
  • Jason Ramey as Foley artist Trent Touchstone, who creates sound effects and voices the parts of Uncle Billy, Bert, Charlie, Mr. Welch, Bridge Keeper, Binky the Bouncer and Man.
  • Barbara Ramp as Foley artist Betty Blackwell, who creates sound effects and voices the parts of Rose Bailey, Ruth, Zuzu and Sadie Vance.

Know before you go

When: Evening performances at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 3 – Saturday, Dec. 18. Sunday matinee performances at 2 p.m. Dec. 5 and 12.

The Thursday, Dec. 9 performance will be interpreted by a team of certified ASL interpreters.

Doors open one hour before curtain to allow extra time for socially distanced seating.

Where: Pentacle Theatre, 324 52nd Ave. NW. Off Highway 22 about 6 miles west of downtown Salem.

Tickets online: Buy tickets online at

Frontline healthcare workers and people who hold an Oregon Trail Card are eligible for a 50 percent discount.

COVID-19 protocols: For your health and safety, all audience members and volunteers must provide proof of vaccination or a negative PCR test taken no more than 72 hours before the performance and everyone must wear a mask at all times while at Pentacle Theatre. Audience seating is limited to meet current social distancing rules and guidelines.

Cast members do not wear masks only when performing onstage and are tested weekly for COVID-19.

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