POINT PLEASANT — The Point Pleasant Borough High School Performing Arts Department is inviting community members, friends and family to enjoy this year’s fall production from the comfort of their own home.
The production, “It’s a Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play,” first produced in 1996, is based on the classic holiday movie but with a twist: the story is staged as a live radio broadcast.
“Thinking about the times and what is going on right now, we wanted to do something that would kind of be celebratory and festive in the season, and something that families could sit down and enjoy together,” director Ian Kearns told The Ocean Star.
“We went with ‘It’s A Wonderful Life’ because I think it points out no matter what your troubles are and what a person may be going through we have to look to the gifts that we have and be thankful for the people in our lives and just to appreciate every little moment because we’re very fortunate to live each day and to have that.”
Mr. Kearns spoke about the show and how the 36 cast and crew members have been getting ready to present the production in December.
“In order to keep the show socially distant it’s a live radio show so the actors don’t really have to interact with one another, there are no costume changes. They are onstage sitting in a space that looks and feels like you’re watching an old radio show being broadcast from the studio,” he said.
“There are crew members onstage making all the sound effects you would normally hear over the radio, whether it be a door slamming or a car horn, and we get to watch some of the actors play different roles. Sometimes one actor is having a conversation with himself so he is playing two characters going back and forth so I just thought the charm of that would be entertaining to watch and kind of help us keep performing and finding a way to do art in this current situation.”
Unlike in previous years where community members, family and friends would fill the Loren D. Donley Center for the Performing Arts, this year’s production will see a new medium utilized for audiences to enjoy the performance.
“To adhere to policy our show will be live streaming Dec. 11 and Dec. 12 [at 7 p.m.] and the community can purchase access … that way families can sit at home and enjoy and watch this together,” Mr. Kearns said.
“The cast is working on a fundraising aspect where they are selling family night bundles to friends and family. They come with vintage snacks and a souvenir ornament, and then that way it kind of makes sitting down and watching the show with your family, a short one-act production, something special and an event to look forward to this holiday season.”
Much like purchasing a ticket for an in-person performance, access to the live stream will cost $10, and the link will be available beginning Dec. 7. For further details visit the district website at pointpleasant.k12.nj.us.
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