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Lamplighter Community Theatre performs new twist on holiday classic

Lamplighter Community Theatre is rehearsing for “It’s a Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Show” Dec. 3, 4 and 5 at Centennial Auditorium, Staples. Cast members include seated, from left, Corey Robinson, Robin Collins, Zach McIlravy, Justin Edin, Tamber Edin and Stan Carlson; standing, from left, director Matthew Olsen, Pam Collins, Kari Erickson, Cassandra Magers, Bryn Williams, Alex McIlravy, Ari Brings and Kevin Olsen. Cade Bestland and Jake Denning were unavailable for the photo.

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.