Holiday classic to be performed at local theater
The Alexandria Area Arts Association (AAAA) will present a family holiday classic, It's a Wonderful Life, at the AAAA Theatre in downtown Alexandria.
The story is about George Bailey, an everyman whose dreams of escape and adventure have been set aside by obligation. Prayers for his well-being from friends and family reach Heaven, where Clarence Odbody, an Angel Second Class, is assigned to save him and earn his wings.
On Christmas Eve, when George is at his lowest, Clarence shows him what the world would have been like if he hadn't been born.
It's a Wonderful Life was adapted for the stage by James Rodgers from the American Christmas drama of the same name. It's a Wonderful Life was based on the Philip Van Doren Stern short story The Greatest Gift and was released in 1946.
The film was nominated for five Academy Awards, including best picture, and appears as number 11 on the American Film Institute's list of 100 best films.
It's a Wonderful Life has performances at 7:30 p.m. on November 30, December 1, 7 and 8 with Sunday matinees at 2 p.m. on December 2 and 9. Tickets are $15 for adults, $13 for students and seniors (60 or older), and $10 for children 10 or younger.
Advance tickets are recommended. They may be purchased at the AAAA Box Office, 618 Broadway Street, or via telephone at (320) 762-8300.
George Bailey - Dave Thompson
Clarence Odbody - Kevin Lee
Mr. Gower - Al Senstad
Young George/Pete Bailey - Levi Lotti
Harry Bailey/townsperson - Jon Provance
Mother Bailey - Sandy Susag
Aunt Tilly - Karen Fieldhammer
Violet Peterson - Laura Kremer
Bert - Bruce Wegner
Ernie - Zach Blashack
Uncle Billy - Chuck Grussing
Mary Hatch - Becky Byrne
Henry Potter - Gene Meier
Potter's goon - Gary Lund
Mr. Potter's secretary - Ahndree Conn
Mrs. Hatch - Rachel Bardson
Sam Wainwright/townsperson - Sam Paradee
Miss Andrews - Leila Preston
Mrs. Thompson - Jodea Johnson
Mrs. Martini - Cassie Myrin
Mr. Martini - John Thalmann
Miss Carter - Pat Finnestad
Newspaper boy/Martini son- Cole Childers
Tommy Bailey - Ian Heseltine
Zuzu Bailey - Anja Williams
Mr. Welch - Rex Sweetwater
Janie Bailey - Mari Senstad
Sally Bailey - Joria Downing
Claire Wilmesmeier (Martini daughter)
Brittany Wallerich (Martini daughter)
Camille Johnson (Martini daughter)
Director - Sharon Thalmann
Asst. director/stage manager - Christy Meier
Set design/construction - John Thalmann
Lighting design - Quincy Roers
Sound - Brandon Johnson
Props - Hillary Ninman
Costumes - Carrie Larson, Deb Long
Costuming assistant - Leah Drexler
Hair and make-up - Deb Long
Musical director - Rachel Capistrant
Poster design - Keri Mohr