Beginning this Friday and running until Christmas Eve you can see how radio used to be done. Portland Stage Company presents "It's A Wonderful Life:A Live Radio Play."

Before television, radio was the big entertainment in the house. There were soap operas, who-done-it mystery stories, even radio shows for kids like The Lone Ranger and Little Orphan Annie.

All the stories were done live, and the sound effects were all hand made. And now you can see how it was all done while you watch the actors read their lines in to a vintage microphone, create certain sounds on the sound effects table and you'll participate when the ever important "applause" sign lights up!

Reserve your tickets here.