MBU Theatre to showcase ‘It’s a Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play’ at regional festival

Missouri Baptist University’s theatre department will perform a ten-minute selection at the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival (KCACTF) for the 49th annual Region Five Invited Scene Showcase.

The MBU Theatre department was evaluated by two theatre professionals for their rendition of the holiday film reimagined as a live radio broadcast set in the 1940s, where the six-student ensemble performed vocals for nearly 40 characters while four students produced the lighting and sound effects.

“This is a great accomplishment for the MBU Theatre department, but specifically for our students, as they did almost all of the design work in addition to their performances,” said Kasey Cox, MBU instructor of communications and theatre.

The showcase will be performed on Monday, Jan. 23, at the Stoner Theater in Des Moines, Iowa.

Additionally, the following six students were selected from MBU Theatre’s “The Secret Garden” and “It’s a Wonderful Life” to compete for the Irene Ryan Scholarship: Rebekah Side, Kristianna Pirrie, Andrew Larson, Jett Wallace, Jenalyn Hampton and Harrison Heinrich. The scholarship has provided recognition, honor, and financial assistance to outstanding student performers wishing to pursue further education since 1972.

MBU will present Lorraine Hansberry’s “A Raisin in the Sun,” A.R. Gurney’s “Love Letters,” and J.M. Barrie’s “Peter Pan” musical in the spring 2017 semester. For tickets and more information, visit mbuboxoffice.com.

View a Christmas message video to MBU from the cast.

Photo courtesy of David Ayres Photography