It's A Wonderful Play: OU-Lancaster Theatre Presents Holiday Classic

Cheri Russo

Updated Wed, Dec 5, 2012 1:30 pm
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The holiday season is getting into full swing at Ohio University Lancaster with It’s a Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play, opening Thursday, Dec. 6 and running through Sunday, Dec. 9.

This will be the second year the Lancaster Campus Theatre has done the show.

"It was such as success last year with people saying immediately afterwards that they loved it," said Theatre Director Victor Jones. "I knew we had to do it again."

The play is inspired by It's A Wonderful Life, the classic holiday film starring Jimmy Stewart. Ohio University Lancaster's version is performed as a 1940s live radio broadcast.

The cast is doing a matinee for area school children the day before the play officially opens. Jones said the show is very family-friendly.

"There’s some special effects that happen during the last five minutes of the show...people generally stop watching the actors on stage because it is so beautiful," said Jones. "The children really love that part."

Many cast members from the 2011 production have returned this year because the show meant so much to them.

"We’re going to do a holiday show every year. Whether it’s going to be It’s a Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play, I don’t know," said Jones. "But this show just helps set the holiday mood."

The Fairfield Union Men’s Chorus will do a preshow performance on Thursday, followed by the Lancaster Men’s Chorus on Friday night.

Show times are 7:30 p.m. on Dec. 6-8 with a 2 p.m. matinee on Dec. 9. Visit Ohio University Lancaster Theatre's web page for tickets and information.