TheatreSquared will officially debut its production of Frank Capra’s classic film, “It’s a Wonderful Life” on Dec. 8, but those ready to get into the holiday spirit sooner can get an early glimpse of the show during a free preview next week.
Ozarks At Large host Kyle Kellams will host a conversation with director Robert Ford, along with the cast of the production at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 29 in the Walker Room at Fayetteville Public Library.
Cast members will perform a live sneak preview selection from the play, and will participate in a forum on the production and the creative process behind it.
Ford said that he avoided the film for a long time, but was surprised with what he rediscovered once he saw it again.
“Maybe I was tired of ‘holiday classics,’ maybe I’d gotten cynical. But when I finally watched it again, I was amazed,” said Ford. “The story is both crushing and exhilarating. It’s brilliant, funny, heartbreaking and beautifully crafted. And it asks a deep and, in these times, surprisingly relevant question: who do we want to be as a people?”
The cast for “It’s a Wonderful Life” includes T2 Veterans Coleman Clark, Andrew Dahl, Bryce Kemph (Moonlight and Magnolias, Jacob Marley’s Christmas Carol), Kathy Logelin (Mauritius), Kris Stoker (The 39 Steps, My Father’s War), Sabrina Veroczi (The 39 Steps) and newcomer Sarah Behrend-Wilcox.
The show opens Dec. 8 and runs through New Years’ day. Tickets are $22-28, and can be purchased at waltonartscenter.org.
The preview event is free to attend, and open to the public.
TheatreSquared Artists’ Forum: It’s A Wonderful Life
When: Tuesday, Nov. 29, 6:30 p.m.
Where: Fayetteville Public Library – Walker Community Room