It's a Wonderful Life • Dec. 21 • Live on Stage and on WHBC

It's a Wonderful Life • Dec. 21 • Live on Stage and on WHBC

About This Event

Experience the heart-warming holiday performance of the season! Join us for It’s a Wonderful Life, live on stage and on WHBC — benefiting Habitat for Humanity East Central Ohio. On December 21, WHBC and Stardust Dinner Theater present a one-of-a-kind live broadcast from The Lauren Gill Center at Habitat for Humanity (map and directions).

Proceeds from this limited ticket event will help fund the 2019 Wonderful Life Habitat Build, helping a local family in need build decent, affordable shelter with Habitat for Humanity.

Set as a 1940’s radio drama and performed before a live studio audience, the story is told by an ensemble of “radio actors," each voicing multiple characters, and a talented team of Foley artists who create stunning live sound effects. This classic family-friendly story of redemption and hope has a message that never grows old. Join us for a night of community, giving back, and embracing the powerful principle of helping others!

Doors open at 6pm for FREE champagne and hor's d'oeuvres.  | Show begins at 7pm.

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Location / Venue

  • Address:
  • 1400 Raff Road Southwest
  • Canton, OH 44710
  • USA
  • Time:
  • Dec 21, 2018 06:00 pm to
  • Dec 21, 2018 09:00 pm

Presenting Sponsors

Lasso the Moon Sponsors

Angel Gets His Wings Sponsor

Bedford Falls Sponsor

Habitat for Humanity East Central Ohio

Event to Support Habitat for Humanity East Central Ohio

Serving Stark, Carroll, Tuscarawas, Harrison, and Jefferson Counties, Habitat for Humanity East Central Ohio is driven by the vision that everyone needs a decent place to live. People partner with Habitat for Humanity to build or improve a place they can call home. Habitat homeowners help build their own homes alongside volunteers and pay an affordable mortgage. Through financial support, volunteering, or adding a voice to support affordable housing, everyone can help families achieve the strength, stability, and self-reliance they need to build better lives for themselves. To learn more, visit habitateco.org.

Habitat for Humanity + It's a Wonderful Life
A COMMON STORY...

One of America’s most beloved classics will come to life this holiday season as WHBC and Stardust Dinner Theater present the radio broadcast adaptation of It’s a Wonderful Life, benefiting Habitat for Humanity East Central Ohio. 

Adapted by Philip Grecian and based upon the Frank Capra film, It’s a Wonderful Life examines the life of George Bailey, the unsung, beloved hero of Bedford Falls. George is a generous and well-meaning man who has become downcast at the thought of living. It will take help from a lovable angel to show George what life would be like if he wasn’t born—for George to have a change of heart and understand the true spirit of the holidays.

Many years after its release, It’s a Wonderful Life remains a holiday staple, with warm messages about the importance of love and family. But the story also touches on still-relevant financial topics such as the nature of banking, the philosophical calculus behind issuing loans, and the way American families’ financial fates are intertwined. As a local, nonprofit housing ministry, Habitat for Humanity East Central Ohio embodies the model of offering a hand up, not a hand out by providing families with affordable housing solutions. Qualifying families who have a need for affordable housing are given that opportunity by partnering with Habitat. During the partnership, each family invests sweat equity, which consists of classes on financial success, home maintenance education, and personal development. Additionally, families help other families build their homes until finally getting the chance to build their own. Like George Bailey, Habitat believes in helping people “who just need a couple of decent rooms and a bath.”

In 30 years, Habitat has helped pave the way for more than 545 local families to end their cycle of substandard housing with the provision of secure, affordable places to call home. These low-income wage earners have sacrificed and worked hard to earn an interest-free mortgage. Each family is proof that homeownership is attainable, providing hope to others that the American Dream is possible. Habitat makes an investment in people just like Bailey Building and Loan.

There are currently 30 qualified families waiting for their opportunity to construct their own home in partnership with Habitat. For one of these families, WHBC and Stardust Dinner Theater are partnering with Habitat to provide funding toward a new construction build in 2019. A percentage of all ticket sales will be designated to the 2019 Wonderful Life Habitat Build. Any tax-deductible donations will go directly to this life-changing project.

Through this site you can purchase tickets, make a donation, or even sponsor the production. Join us for a night of community, giving back, and embracing the powerful principle of helping others!