Theater challenges audiences by blending the real and the imaginary, much like a neighbor who accuses you of giving her goiters with your brain. Enhance reality with this GrouponLive deal to see It's a Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Show, presented by the Penfold Theatre Company at Rice’s Crossing Store at the Old Settlers Association in Round Rock. For $20, you get two tickets for general-admission seating (up to a $40 value).
Choose from the following shows:
- Friday, November 30, at 8 p.m.
- Saturday, December 1, at 8 p.m.
- Sunday, December 2, at 6 p.m.
- Thursday, December 6, at 8 p.m.
- Friday, December 7, at 8 p.m.
- Saturday, December 8, at 8 p.m.
- Sunday, December 9, at 6 p.m.
- Thursday, December 13, at 8 p.m.
- Friday, December 14, at 8 p.m.
- Saturday, December 15, at 8 p.m.
- Sunday, December 16, at 6 p.m.
- Thursday, December 20, at 8 p.m.
Back by popular demand, having sold out every single show in its 2011 run, Penfold Theatre Company charms audiences with its live radio show reimagining of Frank Capra's holiday classic. Sound effects and audio gusto swoop audiences back to 1946, as five actors inhabit the entire cast of Bedford Falls' characters. The quaint and homey general-store venue, anchored by hardwood floors and walls laden in antiques, transports imaginations to an old-timey pharmacy, where, in the beginning of the script, a spirited, young George Bailey keeps his boss from accidentally selling poison to a customer. It's the first of many good deeds performed by George throughout his life, which he questions after he and his family undergo hard times. His savior comes in the form of Clarence, a guardian angel sent to show the protagonist what others' lives would be like without him after Bailey considers jumping from a bridge. Over the course of the 90-minute production, ardent audio storytelling and foley work in the vein of A Prairie Home Companion will follow alongside George as he saves his brother Harry from drowning, lassos the moon for Mary, and debates Clarence the angel about existential questions concerning death, fate, and the ultimate pizza topping.
Penfold Theatre Company
Penfold Theatre Company takes offense to the notion that the best theater comes from New York. In every successful season, the Round Rock stock of actors and artists give the Great White Way a run for its money with inspired productions. Hatched in the summer of 2007—after an 18-hour road trip led its founders to the dramatic potential of the hills of north Travis and Williamson Counties—Penfold quickly blossomed into a community jewel and a critics’ darling. Winner of the Austin Critics Table Award for Best Musical Production for the third year in a row, the troupe embarks on a new season filled with comedy, drama, and music—all while breeding new stocks of young thespians in their Penfold Players acting classes and summer camps.