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KICK Radio to air the Evangel Theatre production of “It’s a Wonderful Life: A Radio Show” — Dec. 25 & Jan.1

Published on Dec 21, 2020 by Paul K. Logsdon

Evangel University Theatre students produce their first radio theatre project. // PHOTO BY Peyton Allen


SPRINGFIELD, Mo. — Springfield radio KICK, 92.3 FM and 1340 AM, will present two special holiday airings of the Evangel University Theatre production of It’s A Wonderful Life: A Radio Show by Joe Landry.

The Fall 2020 student production will be rebroadcast on Christmas Day, Friday, Dec. 25 at 11 a.m.; and again, on New Year’s Day, Friday, Jan. 1, 2021 at 11 a.m.

It’s A Wonderful Life: A Radio Show is a new type of production for Evangel’s Theatre program — an experiment brought on by the limitations of the Covid Pandemic.

Directed by senior theatre and speech education majors, Annalise Williams and Abbigail Vaughan, the show was originally presented in November online via Periscope and on the campus radio station, KECC.

The production also became a cross-department effort when the theatre students reached out to the broadcasting students.

Campus radio advisor Austin Twigg led a team of students in the recording process and engineered it for the theatre department.

“With authentic 1940s commercials, sound effects, and an ensemble that brings dozens of characters to life, we hope to bring you the joy and true spirit of Christmas over the radio this holiday season,” Williams said.


Evangel University Theatre students produce their first radio theatre project. // PHOTO BY Peyton Allen


SIDEBAR: Theatre at Evangel

The theatre program at Evangel University is a vibrant, growing program under the Humanities Department. It is housed in the Barnett Fine Arts Center.

“Our graduates are successful across the country as teachers, managers, actors, playwrights, directors, pastors, programmers, administrators, community builders, MFA graduate students and the list goes on,” said Dr. Vickie Wisdom, professor of theatre at Evangel.

There are three majors offered to students interested in this area of study at Evangel University.

• The theatre major provides instruction in theatre history, literary appreciation of dramatic literature, dramatic interpretation, and the performance skills demanded of a theatre artist. Theatre majors gain practical experiences in acting, directing, set design and costume design.

• The theatre/speech education degree program brings the stage to life for those passionate about educating students in effective interpretation. The program provides a broad track with exposure to multiple disciplines of informative, dramatic, persuasive and improvisational communication styles. Students may also get practical experience in speech and debate by participating with Evangel’s forensics team.

• The Humanities Department and the Music Department have collaborated to offer a major, combining elements of both theatre and music instruction. Evangel developed the theatre/music program to meet a clear need in professional-theatre and church sectors for well-trained college graduates with a hybrid theatre-and-music background.

“If you have a passion for integrating live theatre with your faith, please contact me at,” said Dr. Vickie Wisdom, director of theatre at Evangel, “Our leadership team is ready to welcome you!”

Evangel University, with the Assemblies of God Theological Seminary (AGTS), is a comprehensive Christian university committed to excellence in educating and equipping students to serve the church and society globally. Evangel and AGTS serve more than 2,200 students from all 50 states and numerous foreign countries, offering 70 undergraduate majors and 19 master’s and doctoral degrees.