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Playhouse 38 debuts fall youth comedy to sold out crowd

GENEVA – The Geneva Park District Playhouse 38 kicked off its first show with the youth comedy “Comic Book Artist,” which was a sold-out performance.

The family-friendly comedy featured 18 young local actors as they told the story of Stanley Sappovitz, the janitor at Wonder Comics, who wanted to create characters for the comic books he loved. When staff artists create a dreaded super villain with their magic pens, Stanley must save the day by creating his own super hero dream team.

“We chose  Comic Book Artist as the first youth production to kick off the fall season at Playhouse 38 because of the humorous script and the ability for these young actors to relate to super heroes and villains,” the show’s director Lisa Pivaronas said in a news release.

A majority of the actors had little to no experience being on stage, but Pivaronas said she was “overwhelmed with how they exceeded expectations of the audience” and herself.

Playhouse 38 is currently casting for the adult production of “It’s a Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play.”
The classic holiday favorite will cast actors who will perform the voices of a dozen characters for a live radio broadcast.

The show will take place at 7 p.m. Dec. 13; 2 and 7 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 14; 7 p.m., Dec. 19; and 2 and 7 p.m. Dec. 20.

Tickets for the show are $14 each and will be available at Sunset Community Center beginning Tuesday, Nov. 19.

 There also will be a Grand Opening Celebration from 6 to 8 p.m. Dec. 6 at Playhouse 38, 524 W. State Street, Suite I, in downtown Geneva. 

Activities will include meeting the instructors; exploring the theater space; learning about upcoming casting calls; programs and productions; as well as refreshments and a visit from Santa.

“We are excited with the success of the first production and are already planning the spring and summer season which offers a variety of on stage and back stage program options as well as popular productions including Disney’s ‘Beauty and the Beast’ and ‘Leading Ladies,’” executive director Sheavoun Lambillotte said in the release.

To learn more about Cultural Arts programs or Playhouse 38, call 630-232-4542 or

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