WCU Theatre Celebrates Christmas with It’s a Wonderful Life

Hattiesburg, Miss., December 2, 2013 - William Carey University Theatre will present the Christmas classic “It’s a Wonderful Life” The Radio Play December 12 through 14 at 7 p.m. in the Joe & Virginia Tatum Theatre on the Hattiesburg campus.

Written by Joe Landry, “It’s a Wonderful Life” The Radio Play, celebrates the season with one of America’s favorite Christmas stories presented with live foley sound effects. Foley is the reproduction of everyday sound effects added to enhance the quality of audio for film, television, and radio.

The play is performed as a 1940’s live radio broadcast in front of a studio audience. The actors and the sound designer, Joey Roderick of Blue Ridge, Ga., produce the sound effects. The radio station WMBR has invited a group of actors to perform “It’s a Wonderful Life” as part of their programming. All of the actors get sick before the performance so the radio station employees stand in for the actors. The booth technician (Roderick) plays the lead role of George, the typical American dreamer. The producer (Kevar Maffitt of Olive Branch) portrays George’s guardian angel Clarence. The two sound technicians (Nicoli Hutchison of Carriere and Miles Boone of Hattiesburg), the announcer (Jason Piglia of Picayune), the stage manager (Jawoine Hawkins of Grand Prairie, Texas), the station manager (Billy Burkes of Meridian), maid (Alisha Fishel of Olive Branch), secretary (Haley Genberg of Warren, Penn.), studio ushers (Alyssa Keyes of Ringgold, Ga., and Rebekah Romack of McComb) perform the other multiple roles in this classic Christmas tale. 

Tim Matheny, chair of the theatre and communication department, is director. The scenic designer is Dewey Douglas of the theatre faculty. The lighting designer and stage manager is Chris Permenter of Oak Grove. The costume designer is Ben Salters of Vancleave and makeup and hair designer is Ashlyn Watts of Picayune. Joey Roderick of Blue Ridge, Ga., is sound designer, Billy Burkes of Meridian is properties designer and Katie Hardeman of Southaven is rehearsal assistant.

Tickets are $5 for general admission. Reservations can be made by calling 601-318-6221. The box office is open Monday through Friday from 1- 4 p.m. beginning December 9.