NEWCASTLE — Tickets are selling quickly for the heartwarming story of George Bailey, set in the 1940s small community of Bedford Falls, as Heartwood Theater presents the second annual staged radio theater-style performance of “Merry Christmas, George Bailey!” at 7:30 p.m. Friday and 2 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday, in the Poe Theater, at Lincoln Academy.

The original 1940s Lux Radio Theater Show, adapted from Frank Capra’s movie “It’s a Wonderful Life!” will be performed by 20 local actors of all ages, attired in period costume on a “live” radio set, including an onstage table of innovative foley sound effects.

Clever and humorous “singing commercials” showcase the local business sponsors, during “commercial breaks.” And of course, a delightful component of live radio theater is audience participation, with signs that light up for murmuring, laughing and even making sounds of an angry mob. A festive holiday set and pre-show culinary treats round out this feast for the senses.

With only three performances for this beloved production, tickets are going quickly. Reservations strongly suggested, by phoning 563-1373 or emailing [email protected]. For more information, visit www.heartwoodtheater.org.