MICHIGAN CITY – Friday is opening night for “It’s a Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Show” by Joe Landry at the Holdcraft Performing Arts Center.

Three nonprofit groups – Young People’s Theatre Company, Access La Porte County and Canterbury Theatre – are bringing the show to the stage in the way it was originally enjoyed in the 1940s before becoming the famous film starring James Stewart.

In the Michigan City edition of the show, main character George Bailey will be played by John Landecker, well-known former radio host out of Chicago who now works for WEFM.

Michigan City Fire Chief Randy Novak and ALCO Director of Operations Mike Dempsey are other notable local residents who have been cast in the play, produced by Dempsey and directed by the auditorium’s namesake, Stan A. Holdcraft.

The show will run over the course of two weekends in the theater, located in the former Elston building on Pine Street, and will begin at 7:30 p.m. on Nov. 29-30, Dec. 13-14; and at 2 p.m. on Dec. 1 and Dec. 15.

In conjunction with the play, an indoor Christmas market will operate in the lobby outside the auditorium from 6-9 p.m. Friday and Saturday both weekends, and from noon-4 p.m. on the Sundays.

Shoppers can expect holiday décor, handmade and artisan goods, and direct sales vendors offering products perfect for holiday gifting, along with baked goods and other refreshments.

Tickets to “It’s a Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Show” will be available at the box office and online for $15 for adults and $10 for children. The box office can be reached at 219-873-2070, or tickets may be purchased at yptcinc.com/tickets.

Admission to the holiday market is free and will not require tickets.

For more information, visit itsawonderfullifemichigancity.

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