Watching movies come to life on stage thickens the plot’s tension, heightens the characters’ dilemmas, and challenges cast members who must pause when the audience goes to the restroom. Animate film’s frozen frames with today’s GrouponLive deal: for $20, you get two tickets for general-admission seating to see It’s a Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Show, presented by the Penfold Theatre Company at Friar Tuck’s Pantry in Round Rock (a $40 value). Choose from the following performances:
- Saturday, December 3, at 8 p.m.
- Sunday, December 4, at 6 p.m.
- Thursday, December 8, at 8 p.m.
- Thursday, December 15, at 8 p.m.<p>
Winner of Austin Critics Table Awards for the 2008–09 and 2009–10 seasons in the Best Musical Production category, Penfold Theatre Company reimagines Capra’s classic holiday tale as a live radio show. Sound effects and audio gusto swoop audiences back to 1946, as five actors inhabit the entire cast of Bedford Falls’ characters. The venue itself, which boasts hardwood floors and high tin ceilings, transports imaginations to the Bailey Building and Loan, where a spirited, young George Bailey challenges the miserly Mr. Potter to a cavalier fencing duel. Over the course of the 90-minute production, ardent audio storytelling 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 life, 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.