The Savannah Stage Company has some exciting events coming up.

On Nov. 12, the "Fall in Love with Savannah Stage Company" fundraiser and season announcement party will be held. From Nov. 10 to 18, the company is presenting "It's a Wonderful Life: A Radio Play."

"A lot of people know the synopsis very well," says director Wesley Pridgen. "It is a live radio version of the play, done as if we're doing it over the radio but in front of a live audience.

"The story is about George Bailey. We see him as a child and learn a lot about his life and what brings him to adulthood.

"We see the people he interacts with, including the angel Clarence," Pridgen says. "George contemplates suicide and feels overwhelmed by his family. The angel comes down and saves him and he realizes what a wonderful life it is."

There are five people in the cast, but some play multiple roles.

"I am very thankful for the cast I have," Pridgen says. "They are so willing to experiment. This is really my debut directing.

"Most shows traditionally do result in something physical. Actors are able to change character by folding their bodies into a new character.

"This play focuses a lot on sound alone," he says. "We know not just how they look on stage, but how their voice sounds."

In addition to actors, there are several props used to make sound effects, Pridgen says.

"This is something we're not used to," he says. "We're used to working with minimal sets and props.

"To make cricket sounds, you take a fine-tooth comb and run your fingers over it and it sounds like a cricket," Pridgen says. "Just the challenge alone of having so many characters going back and forth has been fun to explore."

The only problem with having a cast of five is that there is no room to spare.

"If the cast is 70, one or two missing doesn't matter," Pridgen says. "We had one person who couldn't be at rehearsal for two days in a row. Luckily, the stage manager was there to keep us on track."

Jayme Tinti is the artistic director and co-founder of the Savannah Stage Company with Bryan Pridgen.

"We started rehearsals in early October," Tinti says. "That is not a long time, so everyone was forced to work on the play outside rehearsal.

"If you have a two-month rehearsal process, everyone starts to get lazy because you know you have two months," she says. "This is one of the Savannah Stage Company's staples. It forces people to have to work harder, which is what we're in the business of doing."

A fundraiser is being held in conjunction with the show.

"On Nov. 12, we're throwing a party at the Bull Street Labs a block away from the performance," Tinti says. "We're doing a ticket special. If you buy a ticket to the show, you get a discount on a party ticket.

"We'll have snacks, drinks, a photo booth and auction items. We wanted to focus on things that are local.

"The big part of the party is the reveal of our next season, which is themed 'Our Season of Service,'" she says. "Part of our mission, the reason we exist, is to serve the audiences of this city. We've been working with these people a long time, and we do a show with them in mind."

In addition, the company will give out its Golden Light Bulb Awards to company members who go beyond, upholding bravery, imagination, accessible action-driven storytelling and growth.

"Fun is a byproduct of what do," Tinti says. "We do it for an audience ⦠All tickets are pay what you can. Most people pay the full $15, which is certainly the lowest ticket price for a professional theater company."

That's another Savannah Stage Company staple.

"Theater arts should not just be for the wealthy," Tinti says. "We have people who come in with a dollar, 50 cents. They are able to get the exact same experience someone with 15 bucks will get."


What: "It's A Wonderful Life: A Radio Play"

When: 8 p.m. Nov. 10, 11, 16, 17, 18; 2 p.m. Nov. 12

Where: The Space Station at Starlandia, 2436 Bull St.

Cost: $15 or pay what you can


What: "Fall In Love with Savannah Stage Company" season announcement party

When: 3:30 p.m. Nov. 12

Where: Bull Street Labs, 2222 Bull St.

Cost: $25 for performance/party combo