Pauls Valley, OK, Pauls Valley Democrat

November 11, 2013

Holiday play date set, rehearsals underway

Ezra Mann
Pauls Valley Democrat — The stage isn’t quite set yet, but it is now only about a month away from Pauls Valley’s return to the community theater scene.

The high school auditorium will be the place to be for a radio play version of “It’s a Wonderful Life” for what will be a one night performance, Friday, Dec. 6 and just as thrilled as anyone to see it become a reality is PV Arts Council President Mike Dyson.

The local organization has been waiting for a chance to invite patrons back for such a live performance since their last venue through “You’re a Good Man Charlie Brown” back in 2010, so it didn’t take much convincing to get on board with co-director Steve Freeman.

“Since Tim Smith left, we’ve been at a loss for the theater chair, director…we were missing that aspect of the arts,” said Dyson. “So with that said we were interested in someone like Steve in this role, help in that aspect.”

All the characters have been cast and many roles filled by longtime Garvin County residents from Vicki Rennie, who will take on the role of Ma Bailey, to Jayston Muse, who will play George Bailey, to Vaughn Johnson, who will play the greedy Mr. Potter.

It will all be performed in front of an audience who will get a chance to see what it was like to see a production done in a radio studio, complete with sound effects and props like old time microphones.

“I missed having opportunities for other actors and theater enthusiasts to be involved… Being able to capture an audience and possibly take them away from reality into that specific production or scenario.,” said Dyson, who himself remembers being a part of previous arts council productions like War of the Worlds, but will not perform this time in order to give others a chance. “I gave up my roles so other people could be a part of it.”

The show gets started at 7 p.m. and will include three acts that are similar to the old black and white movie that starred Jimmy Stewart, with changes here and there to fit the different performance style. Tickets for the performance will be $5 per person for adults if they are purchased at a Web site for the play, or $6 at the door and $3 per person for children age 3-12.

In the end, audience members are even encouraged to be a part of the experience and dress in 1940s style outfits and Dyson added how he hopes this encourages people to be a part of more arts council events.

“We could still use volunteers for stage crew or tech,” said Dyson. “We hope to create other events soon for the community as well.”

For more information on how to be involved as well as buy tickets send an e-mail to or call 405-238-3142 or call Dyson at 405-926-7126. Tickets can be bought online at and the high school auditorium is located at 600 North Street.