“It’s a Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play” opens this week in Spotlight Theater

Cast members, from the left, Josh Fleming, Mark Warchol and Jack Rusk work on a scene from It's a Wonderful Live: A Live Radio Play."

Cast members, from the left, Josh Fleming, Mark Warchol and Jack Rusk work on a scene from It’s a Wonderful Live: A Live Radio Play.”

Youngstown State University Theater and Penguin Productions presents “It’s A Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play” in Spotlight Theater, Bliss Hall on the YSU campus.

Performances are Nov. 20, 21 and 22 and Dec. 4 and 5. Friday and Saturday performances begin at 7:30 p.m., while the Sunday matinee performance on Nov. 22 is at 2 p.m. There will be two performance times on Saturday, Dec. 5 – 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.

Adult tickets are $20. Special rate tickets are: $10 for non-YSU students, YSU faculty and staff with valid ID, senior citizens, Penguin Club members and groups of eight or more. Tickets for YSU student tickets are free with valid ID. Patrons are advised to purchase tickets early by calling the University Theater Box Office at 330-941-3105 or by going online to www.ysu.tix.com. Seats in Spotlight Theater are general admission; patrons are advised to arrive early as once the show begins, there will be no admittance.

In addition, patrons are invited to attend the production in 1940s garb. YSU Dance Ensemble will offer a period dance showcase in the Theater Lobby a half-hour prior to the Friday and Saturday evening performances.

Adapted by Joe Landry and produced by special arrangement with Playscripts Inc., “It’s a Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play” was inspired by the classic American film, “It’s a Wonderful Life.” In the play, the movie comes to life portrayed as a live 1940s radio broadcast performed in front of the studio audience, featuring a six-person cast.

Guest director is Lisa Ann Goldsmith of Pittsburgh, a member of Stage Directors and Choreographers Society, Actors’ Equity Association and the Screen Actors’ Guild. She is also a professional actor with many New York and regional credits. Goldsmith is accomplished in radio plays and Foley sound effects. Foley is a term used for the sound effects technique that reproduces every day sounds for film, stage and other media, and which are done by hand, using various common objects.

The cast includes Josh Fleming, junior, Musical Theater/Theater, Canfield, Ohio; Mark Warchol, senior, Theater Studies, Poland, Ohio; Allyson Hood, freshman, Undetermined Music, New Castle, Pa.; Jack Rusk, sophomore, Theater Studies, West Chester, Ohio; Jessica Hirsh, sophomore, Musical Theater/Theater, Pepper Pike, Ohio; Terrè Snead, freshman, Theater/Musical Theater, Youngstown, Ohio.

Department of Theater and Dance professional staff includes Scenic/Lighting Designer Ellen E. Jones; Production Manager Todd Dicken; Costume Designer Katherine Garlick; and Costume Shop Supervisor Rebel Mickelson. Sound Designer is Jeff Wormley.

Parking is available in the Wick Avenue deck for a nominal fee. More information is available by calling the Office of Community Engagement and Events at 330-941-2307.