“It’s A Wonderful Life” is the stage version of the favorite Christmas story. George Bailey, the decent family man who heads the Building and Loan Association in the town of Bedford Falls, is dissuaded from suicide one especially difficult holiday season by the intervention of a guardian angel in training. The angel, Clarence, shows George that his town and indeed, the world, are better off because George Bailey has been living in it. Faced with impending scandal, ruin and prosecution, George is rescued from disaster as his wife and all the townspeople he’s helped over the years rally behind him in the hour of his greatest need, ensuring that the town of Bedford Falls will yet see the merriest of Christmases.
Christina Harris, who’s helmed several shows at Sierra Madre Playhouse including last year’s holiday show, her adaptation of “A Christmas Carol,” directs “It’s A Wonderful Life.” Her cast includes (in alphabetical order): Matthew Bond, Paul Bond, Clay Bunker, Sophia Davis, Jennie Floyd, Elizabeth Gray, Charlotte Hardy, Scott Harris, Chuck Hernandez, Matthew Herrmann, Alison Janes, Jack Kandel, Sheila Kraics, Elaine Kratofil, Chuck Lacey, Sarah Logan, Mark Mandell, Karl Maschek, Meg Momsen, Gerry Orz, Janie Steele and Nancy Young.
Assistant director/Lighting designer: Kristen Cox. Sound designer: Christina Harris. Costume designer: Lois Tedrow. Properties: Linda DeMetrick and Anne Marie Atwan. Stage manager: Michael Dessin.
This classic holiday story will warm your heart. Merry Christmas!
WHAT: “It’s A Wonderful Life.” The classic Christmas fantasy.
WHO: Written by James W. Rodgers. Based upon the film by Frank Capra and the story by Philip Van Doren Stern. Directed by Christina Harris. Produced by Ward Calaway for Sierra Madre Playhouse.
WHERE: Sierra Madre Playhouse, 87 W. Sierra Madre Blvd., Sierra Madre, CA 91024. Ample free parking behind theatre.
WHEN: November 25- December 23, 2011. Fri. & Sat. at 8:00, Sun. at 2:30. Also Wednesday, December 21 at 8 p.m. and Thursday, December 22 at 8 p.m. Gala Opening Night performance on Friday, November 25 is preceded by Champagne reception and light buffet at 7:15 p.m.
ADMISSION: $25. Seniors (65+) and students (13-17), $22. Children 12 and under, $15.
RESERVATIONS: (626) 355-4318.
ONLINE TICKETING: www.sierramadreplayhouse.org