Through the Foundation, we are able to provide residents with the support they need to get on stage, grab a paint brush, sing or dance.Ashley Schiavone, Cultural Arts Coordinator
Palatine Park District will be hosting a live radio play of the 1946 classic holiday film “It’s A Wonderful Life” on Friday, December 21 at Cutting Hall Performing Arts Center, 150 E. Wood Street, Palatine. Box office and lobby will open at 5:30pm for ticket and raffle ticket sales. Carolers from the Palatine Children’s Chorus will perform holiday favorites starting at 6:30pm. “It’s A Wonderful Life” Radio Play will begin promptly at 7:00pm. All profits from the event will support the Susannah’s Gift Scholarship Fund. Tickets are $10.00 and available in advance and at the door.
“It’s a Wonderful Life” tells the story of George Bailey and the town of Bedford Falls. George spends his entire life giving up his big dreams for the good of his town, as we see in flashback. But in the present, on Christmas Eve, he is broken and suicidal over the misplacing of an $8,000 loan and the machinations of the evil millionaire, Mr. Potter. His guardian angel, Clarence, falls to Earth, literally, and shows him how his town, family, and friends would turn out if he had never been born. This year’s production at Cutting Hall features both local resident actors and professional actors from Chicago, from children to adults.
The 2018 production of the radio play is being directed by husband and wife, Rob and Martha Southgate. Together they run a digital media company called Southgate Media Group. One of the group’s main focuses is supporting independent podcasts with recording, distribution, and marketing. They themselves are producers of a number of podcasts as well. The Southgates have plenty of experience when it comes to radio plays. One of their podcasts, “Must Hear TV: A Parody Staged Reading” brings tv screenplays to life through audio with the voices of many local actors.
The Susannah’s Gift Scholarship Fund was established in memory of Susannah Kist, a long time Palatine Park District theater and music teacher, who lost her battle with cancer in 2009. The scholarship fund, made possible through the Palatine Park Foundation, assists residents with financial need who would like to participate in park district cultural arts activities. “The radio play is not only a unique way to fundraise, it’s a fantastic way to honor a woman that dedicated her life to bringing cultural arts opportunities to the community. Through the Foundation, we are able to provide residents with the support they need to get on stage, grab a paint brush, sing or dance”, says Ashley Schiavone, Cultural Art Coordinator.
Tickets are available through Cutting Hall Box Office and can be purchased in person at 150 E. Wood Street, by phone at 847.202.5222, or online at cuttinghall.org. Additional ticketing fees may apply. For advance, in-person transactions, box office business hours are Wednesday through Saturday from 3:00pm to 6:00pm, and one hour prior to each scheduled performance.
If you have any questions regarding the Palatine Park Foundation Donation Program, call Carl Arthur at 847.910.2944 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. All donations to the Foundation are tax deductible as defined by Section 501 (c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. Donations, sponsorships and in-kind gifts may be contributed for a specific purpose or may be unrestricted in use to provide financial assistance where most needed.