If you are ready to get into the holiday spirit, the Russellville Arts Council has just the event that is sure to do the trick. For four straight days, starting Thursday, Nov. 7th, the council is putting on the production of, “It’s a Wonderful Life a LIVE Radio Play”at the historic Logan County Courthouse beginning at 7 p.m. The production will also be held Friday, Nov. 8th and Saturday, Nov. 9th beginning at 7 p.m. and Sunday, Nov. 10 at 3 p.m.
“This is such a fun event,” said director Darlene Gooch.
The production was done last year and had such a swell outcome, the council felt they would offer the event again this year.
“We held it in December last year, but felt we would do it a little earlier to help people get into the holiday spirit,” said Gooch.
The production is quite unusual, as it is performed as they did back in the day when television had not yet been invented and the radio was the main form of entertainment in the home. Actors read scripts and used different voices to distinguish different characters, and sound effects were made from regular everyday props.
Gooch said years ago, people would dress up in their best clothes and go to the radio stations to sit and watch productions being performed on air.
Of course most people know the story of “It’s a Wonderful Life” when main character George Bailey decides everyone would be better off if he had never been born, and contemplates killing himself. Thank goodness Clarence the angel is sent from God above to show him just how wrong he is, and that things would be very different if in fact he had never been born at all. The film version is considered one of the most loved films in American cinema and has become traditional viewing during the Christmas season.
The Russellville Arts Council and Gooch feel it is extremely important to keep the arts alive in the community, not only for those who wish to become involved, but for those who seek entertainment. Gooch says there are a lot of sporting events and such, but it is equally important to provide other opportunities such as theater and musicals.
“The arts provide a place for imagination,” said Gooch, who feels that is lacking in today’s youth. She sees it as her personal mission to see that the youth of her community has the opportunity to experience artistic expression. “I cannot imagine a life without the arts,” said Gooch.
The production of “It’s a Wonderful Life a LIVE Radio Play” offers a exciting and fun filled evening for family, while highlighting the talents of local actors. Featured in the production will be Scott Cunningham as George Bailey, Dave Dockins as Clarence Odbody the angel, Kenny O’Dell as Joseph the head angle and Gooch as Mary Bailey. Others in the production include, Pete Leaman, Janie Gregory, Rachel and Aaron Cunningham, Suzanne Cole, Jeremy Hamilton and Keyleigh Harlan.
Tickets are $5 at the door and children 13 and under are free. Come show your support to the actors and the Russellville Arts Council and have a great time.