by Tracey Paleo, Gia On The Move

The legendary KAWL Studios of Los Angeles, California is going off the air.  After 25 years of entertaining audiences nationwide, this weekend will be their last live Christmas broadcast and it is supposed to be a secret.

YOU have been invited to be a part of the studio audience.  And what a night it’s going to be with superstars of radio and film, and KAWL’s own singing Radio Girls along with all of the station’s employees, for a heart-warming presentation of It’s A Wonderful Life.

It’s a darn tootin’ good reason to come out and celebrate the season with the whole family.  Enjoy refreshments, a live show, a tearjerking story, an earful of gossip behind the scenes and possibly a miracle!

“Tis The Season To Be Jolly”

What starts off as a somewhat hokey, even wonky overture of melodrama, desperation, cat fighting and cover up by the inner circle of KAWL, a 1940’s radio station, slowly churns into a sincerely touching parallel of the adapted movie to radio play it simultaneously offers up to the audience throughout the night.

While George Bailey is trying to save his town, owner Michael Anderson is attempting to save his family owned station.  And as George surprisingly discovers through his guardian angel how much he is really needed, Michael Anderson (both characters played by Jim Martyka) is also on the verge of his own shocker as the drama on and off air unfolds and no one knows what (Michael’s ditzy sister) Judy Anderson is doing with the microphones.

Radio drama seems to be the theme this holiday season with more than a few companies attempting to stage an old fashioned good time with their own respective ‘bent’.  And Theatre Unleashed (headed by Gregory Crafts) gets a gold star for its rendition directed by Erin Scott, adapted by Jim Martyka, inspired by the film by Frank Capra.

Wonderfully fashioned in the 40’s genre, the Radio Girls (Heather Lake, Julia Plostnieks, Jenn Scuderi) are definitely the knock out hit of the evening with their Andrews sisters style harmonies.  The entire cast really puts on a top notch show as themselves, the celebs they enter the stage as and the Capra film characters they play.  It’s delightfully intricate and silly and a good time all around.  You will leave with smile.

Don’t forget to bring an unwrapped Toy for a Tot!

Or you can take your chances at the theater.

“Look daddy, teacher says every time a bell rings, an angel gets his wings.”


Playing at The Missing Piece Theatre
2811 West Magnolia Blvd
Burbank, CA 91505