Family affair

Harper’s ‘It’s a Wonderful Life’ is a family affair: Harper College

It’s a wonderful life speaks to the importance of family and the support of a community. It’s only fitting that the next production of the Harper College holiday classic will be a family affair.

Harper’s Communication Arts Department presents a radio version of Frank Capra’s famous film. Adapted by Joe Landry, this production of It’s a wonderful life will feature the Harper “family” (current and past faculty of the department, students, staff and alumni) as well as actual family members.

Looking at the cast list, “you’ll notice the last names,” said Laura Pulio Colbert, Professor Harper and director of this production. “We have husbands, wives, friends and children all joining in the fun.”

To maintain safety during the ever-evolving COVID-19 pandemic, It’s a wonderful life will be presented virtually. The radio play will air at 8 p.m. on Sunday, December 12. Colbert and the department encourage families and friends to come together and enjoy the story of George Bailey like an old-fashioned radio drama. Tickets, $15 to $25, are available online and through the Harper box office.

“It started as a faculty project,” Colbert said. “It has been many years since we presented such a departmental project. It’s helpful, especially for students, to see the faculty in action.

Cast and crew members rehearsed that fall and recorded the audio piece in November. The production was refined and edited in the following weeks. Below, listen to an excerpt.

“It was a wonderful opportunity to work together collaboratively and remember our individual strengths as we work towards a common goal,” said Colbert. “To see my peers bring these characters to life and see their creativity and willingness to play together is pure bliss!”

Auditions for Sense and sensitivity: The department is holding auditions for its next theatrical production, the musical version of the Jane Austen novel, scheduled for March 2022. Auditions for Sense and sensitivity will take place from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. on Monday and Tuesday, December 6 and 7 by appointment. Singers/actors of all ethnicities should contact director Kevin Long to schedule an audition or for more information.