Theatre news and reviews
By Brian P. Sharp
It’s a Wonderful Life in Beavercreek
There is still time to catch (one more weekend – the show runs through the December 11) the Beavercreek Community Theatre’s Youth Theatre production of It’s a Wonderful Life (a radio drama), which was inspired by the classic American film but this show is performed as a 1940s live radio broadcast in front of a studio audience.
The story they will be broadcasting is the same as that of the 1946 Frank Capra film that featured James Stewart as George Bailey, a man whose imminent suicide on Christmas Eve brings about the intervention of his guardian angel, Clarence, who shows George all of the lives he has touched and the contributions he’s made to his community.
In the BCT production, Joshua Anderson of Beavercreek portrays George and Jacob Anderson of Beavercreek plays the part of Clarence. The cast also includes Emma Bergeron, Jessie Deaton, Max Santucci, Leo Santucci, Elijah Smith, Corrine Engber, Melanie Engber, Ashley Davis, Emily Coffee, Charis Jacobson, Brock Hoskins, Joseph Sellers, Sarah Sellers, Gabriella Stauffer, Sachi Wilson, Caroline Delaney, Grace Culpepper, Emily Bochenek,Tiffany Stevens, Bailey Stevens, Kathleen Anderson, Karina Tertel, Valeria Zaklinskaya, Kiala Haas, Callie Guthrie, Evelyn Carroll, Kiama Wa-Tenza and Matthew Sellers.
Tickets are $13 for adults, $11 for students, seniors and BCT members and $8 for those in 8th grade and younger. There will also be mat seating in front of the stage for children age 10 and younger for $5. Tickets can be reserved by calling BCT at (937) 429-4737 and leaving a message or by e-mailing firstname.lastname@example.org. Tickets can also be ordered online, using a credit card, at www.bctheatre.org. Beavercreek Community Theatre is located within the Lofino Adult Enrichment and Cultural Arts Center at 3868 Dayton-Xenia Road in Beavercreek.
Playhouse South presents In The Spotlight
Playhouse South, a Community Theatre is excited to announce, In The Spotlight coming to the stage at Playhouse South on December 9 and 10 at 8 p.m. This year’s In The Spotlight will be a cabaret of songs from shows such as Next to Normal, Wicked, Ragtime, Aida, Legally Blonde, Bare: A Pop Opera and Batboy under a theme of “inspiration.”
Tickets are $12 for adults, $10 for seniors and $7 for students. For reservations, please visit www.playhousesouth.org or call the box office at 888-262-3792.
Dayton Playhouse brings back Scrooge!
The Dayton Playhouse is proud to bring the holiday musical Scrooge! to the stage, December 9 – 18. The play is being directed by Jennifer Lockwood, with musical director Ron Kindell and choreographer Debra Strauss.
Renowned writer-composer-lyricist Leslie Bricusse has adapted the classic Charles Dickens tale, A Christmas Carol, into the hit musical Scrooge! The musical closely follows the classic story with the miserable Ebenezer undergoing a profound experience of redemption over the course of a Christmas Eve night, after being visited by the ghost of his former partner Jacob Marley and the Ghosts of Christmas past, present and future. Lockwood has assembled a talented cast to perform this beautiful adaptation.
In conjunction with the production of Scrooge!, the Playhouse will host a toy/collectibles raffle. One of the toys is a reproduction of a toy automobile, which was made in Dayton in 1902. The original toy was made by D.P. Clark Toy Company. The reproduction was made and donated by Dick Cummings and Burt Saidel, both of Oakwood. Cummings and Saidel are active volunteers at Carillon Park and have worked on many of the restorations at the park. Cummings and his wife Dorothy have donated 190 Dayton antique toys to Carillon Park. Other items in the raffle will include a Breyer’s Winter Belle – 2011 Holiday Horse collectible donated by Dan Hall and a Victorian doll donated by Blue Turtle Toys.
Performances of Scrooge! will take place at the Dayton Playhouse, 1301 E. Siebenthaler Ave. in Dayton. Friday and Saturday performances are at 8 p.m. and Sunday performances are at 2 p.m.
Tickets are $10 for students, $14 for seniors and $15 for adults. Tickets can be purchased at www.daytonplayhouse.org, or by calling the Playhouse box office (937) 424-8477. The box office is staffed by volunteers Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 2 to 5 p.m.
Also, mark your calendars now for January and February at the Playhouse – A Grand Night for Singing will be presented in January and in true Playhouse style, they will come back with another musical, Nunsense, in February.
Traces at the Victoria
Don’t forget Traces, the acclaimed show by the Montreal-based troupe 7 Fingers, will perform in Dayton from December 6 to 18 at the historic Victoria Theatre as part of Victoria Theatre Association’s 2011-2012 Miami Valley & Good Samaritan Hospitals Broadway Series.
Tickets are on sale now and can be purchased in person at the Ticket Center Stage Box Office, located in the Wintergarden of the Benjamin & Marian Schuster Performing Arts Center, by phone (937) 228-3630, 888-228-3630 or online at www.ticketcenterstage.com.
Reach DCP theatre critic Brian P. Sharp at Theatre@DaytonCityPaper.com.