SWPH is proud to close 2015 with a successful run of It's A Wonderful Life! Our 50th season continues to impress us all with the professional quality entertainment our players provide in Western Oklahoma. It's a Wonderful Life, the classic Christmas story of George Bailey and his struggles, left us all feeling a little brighter about our own lives.
Doug Eyster (George Bailey) and Joseph Suderman (Clarence the Angel), delivered a heart-wrenching performance leaving audiences in tears. For the first time in several years, we had sold out crowds for a straight play - or a play that is not a musical. With over 1,000 patrons attending It's a Wonderful Life, Southwest Playhouse may count this as one of the more successful straight plays produced in our theatre. The cast consisted of a combination of veteran players and new actors, but Director Jim Hull blended the different levels of experience seamlessly.
The set of It's a Wonderful Life was in a league of its own. The lights came up on George Bailey as he stood on a bridge that appeared to be made of real steel I-beams. Christy Russell, the set artist for It's a Wonderful Life, created this bridge out of styrofoam, with the help of Scott Campbell and Dean McSpadden. Lighting designer Dean McSpadden created a brilliant atmosphere with the lights, aiding in creating a realistic world for the audience to step into, and sound operator Emma Brown never missed a cue. Southwest Playhouse is proud to have such professional crews!
Rehearsals are underway for Into the Woods, our major musical for our 50th anniversary season. This production sports a cast of 22 people, and promises to be as delightful as the previous shows of the season. Tickets will go on sale for season ticket holders on February 8, and to the general public on February 9. The show runs February 12-14 and 18-21. Southwest Playhouse hopes to see you there!