Even if you've never seen a Foley artist live, chances are you've heard their work. Foley artists reproduce sounds using items that typically have nothing to do with the noise they're trying to replicate-snapping celery stalks in half to mimic the bark of breaking bones or crinkling cellophane to create the hiss of a crackling fire.

Even if you've never seen a Foley artist live, chances are you've heard their work. Foley artists reproduce sounds using items that typically have nothing to do with the noise they're trying to replicate-snapping celery stalks in half to mimic the bark of breaking bones or crinkling cellophane to create the hiss of a crackling fire.

See some of these sound effect techniques in action during this theatrical rendition of "It's a Wonderful Life." The play, presented by local troupe Bread & Circus Theatre Company, features actors performing the classic holiday redemption tale as if it were one of those old-time radio shows. It's a show within a show. Pick up a ticket at the door to hear Foley magic and, of course, soliloquies about embracing life even when it's anything but wonderful.