Updated Tue, Aug 26, 2014 3:25 pm
"It's a Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play" will be presented Dec. 3-7 (photo: Martin Barker Design)
This academic year will be filled with drama and fun for those who attend Ohio University Lancaster Theatre productions. Director Victor Jones has announced the upcoming season for the theatre.
“It’s really exciting to start a new academic year and look at what we have coming up,” said Jones. ‘We are coming off of the summer production of Cinderella, which was a great success, and we had record attendance. So we are looking to build on that.”
In October, OUL Theatre will perform The Elephant Man. The drama by Bernard Pomerance is based on the life of Joseph Merrick. Merrick was a deformed young man with rare skin and bone diseases who became the star attraction in traveling side shows. The play will run Oct. 15–19.
“It’s about acceptance. People want to be accepted for who they are. It’s such a beautiful story about a man who wants to be accepted and is accepted by high society. It is a story of people embracing this unique man,” said Jones. “The Elephant Man is a play with music. There is a cellist that sits on stage playing music the entire time. We have a beautiful ballet dancer that interprets all of the dialogue at the same time the play is going on. It is really beautiful.”
In December, OUL Theatre will do encore performances of It’s A Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play. The American holiday classic comes to life as a live 1940s radio broadcast. The community theatre show will run Dec. 3–7.
“People love it. People told me they watch that movie every year, they don’t miss it, and they told me they came to our show every year. So I brought it back,” said Jones. “This year we will have a new set and a new cast.”
The spring show in April will be The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee. The musical promises to be fun for all who attend because it also involves audience participation. It will run April 17–26.
“We take people out of the audience, only if they want to,” said Jones. “We're not going to surprise them, but we take people out of the audience and bring them up on stage to participate as one of the spellers in the show. I’ve seen productions where people spell it wrong intentionally so they are eliminated right away. It’s a lot of fun.”
Jones was hired as a full-time lecturer at OUL over the summer. He has been working at the campus for the last four and a half years in a part-time position. Jones said he is excited about what the future holds for OUL Theatre because the campus is committed to the program and its students.