Freedom Area Rec’s Dramatic Arts Program announces its very 1st theatrical production! They will be hosting two dinner theater performances adapted from Frank Capra’s 1946 motion picture, It’s a Wonderful Life, written by Tony Palermo. The classic story about George Baily, an unsung hero of Bedford Falls who is shown by an angel what life would have been like if he never existed, will be performed as a 1940’s style radio show.

The dinner theaters will be held at the South Carroll Senior & Community Center located at 5928 Mineral Hill Road in Sykesville, Maryland, on Friday December 3rd, and Saturday, December 4th, with a 6:00 p.m. dinner and 7:00 p.m. show, with the following ticket prices: $30 General Admission, $28 Seniors, $25 Children 10 & under, Group Discount (10+)

There will also be a matinee on Sunday, December 5th, at 2:00 p.m., with $15 general admissionitsAwonderfulLife415

Dinner will be provided by Kevin’s Katering on Main Street Sykesville. Concessions for the matinee will be provided by and benefit the Get Connected Family Resource Center.

Purchase Tickets by calling 410-549-6296, or online here.

Eldersburg.Net asked producer Vivian Davis about the production and the FARC Dramatic Arts Program

How did the FARC come to create a Dramatic Arts Program?

It's actually a revival.  There were some classes in place a while back.  Pam Short the FARC Coordinator and I had a discussion about a year ago after the Grand Opening of the South Carroll Senior and Community Center.   It was now available for us and the multi purpose room was a great size for a program.

Why was "It's a Wonderful Life" chosen as the first production?

Big room/small stage which only allowed for a small set.  I was looking for a holiday show and ran across IAWL as a radio play.  The writer, Tony Palermo has been a radio dramatist out in California for some time.  The script with live sound effects was very intriguing.   The set would then become a radio studio with old microphones and props.  Vintage, vintage, vintage, what fun!

How does the radio version differ from the movie?

Some parts are edited, like George and Harry's dance scene with the pool.  We can't fit a pool in the community center.  Although it would be a wonderful addition!  Some scenes are condensed and brought to life with the live sound effects.   There are a few edited lines but it's fairly close to the Frank Capra classic.

What is the biggest challenge of putting on the production?

Finding highly functioning microphones from the late 30's, early 40's was the one biggest challenge for me.  In the end I was able to rent 5 from a company in Canada for a reasonable charge.  For the actors, the big challenge was/is performing multi-characters and adjusting their voices.  Our dedicated Director and actor, Andrew Porter has done a great job bringing out some of those key characters in our wonderful actors behind the mics. Our amazing costume designer, Barb Szaro has brought them to life!

What are future production plans for FARC?

An annual holiday show is possible.  This show was meant as a kick off; to create awareness of the program which now offers classes for youth ages 6 - 18 during the school year at the same location, The South Carroll & Community Center.  The program is doing quite well with 25 children enrolled in our current class, Kids on Broadway.  So with continued success, there's definitely more to come!

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