Lamplighter Community Theatre performs new twist on holiday classic
The movie "It's a Wonderful Life" has become a beloved holiday classic, conjuring images of Jimmy Stewart as George Bailey, running down the snow-covered streets of Bedford Falls and being rescued from the icy river by Clarence, Angel Second Class.
Lamplighter Community Theatre, Staples, is performing this Christmas classic as a 1940s live radio broadcast in front of a studio audience. Fifteen actors are bringing to life the 37 different characters as well as producing dozens of sound effects.
"It's a Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Show" by Joe Landry will be presented at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Friday and Saturday, Dec. 3, 4 and 5. There will also be a matinee at 2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 5. All performances are at Centennial Auditorium at 401 Centennial Lane, Staples.
Tickets are available in Staples at Staples True Value, Unity Bank and Staples World or by calling (218) 760-7838. Seating will be limited because it will be on the stage.
The performance is about an hour with no intermission. Refreshments will be offered following the performance along with a chance to meet and visit with the actors.
The actors and the roles they are performing are:
Cade Bestland - Sam Wainwright/Harry Bailey/Martini/Cop
Ari Brings - Young Violet/Janie
Stan Carlson - Henry F. Potter/ Old Man Gower/Mr. Welch
Pam Collins - Rose Bailey/Mrs. Hatch/Bridge Keeper
Robin Collins - Clarence/Dr. Campbell
Jake Denning - Announcer/ Ernie/ Charlie
Justin Edin - Peter/Joseph/Old Man Collins
Tamber Edin - Mary/Horace
Kari Erickson - Violet Bck/Ruth Dakin Bailey
Cassandra Magers - Matilda/Mrs. Thampson
Alex McIlravy - Young George/Pete/Binky
Zach McIlravy - Young Harry/Tommy
Kevin Olsen - Uncl Billy Bailey/Bert/Nick
Corey Robinson - George Bailey
Bryn Willams - Young Mary/Zuzu
Matthew Olsen is the director and Michelle Jeziorski is the assistant director. Producers are Heidi Brings and Jim Vollegraaf.