Cheshire Community Association Announces Community Production of “It’s a Wonderful Life”

The Cheshire Community Association announces a community production of the Frank Capra family classic, It’s a Wonderful Lifeadapted by Tony Palermo. Brought to the stage as a 1940s radio broadcast in front of a studio audience, a dozen actors play radio dramatists, who, in turn, portray thirty characters from the heart-warming holiday film. Featuring live sound effects and an original score, this is a rare opportunity to see how a 1940s radio show was produced.

Producer/director Marya LaRoche has put together a cast of acting newcomers and seasoned veterans, featuring Simon Cole as George Bailey, Tommy Towne as Clarence, Elizabeth Kozik as Superintendent of Angels, Casey McShain as Mary Hatch Bailey, Travis Mille as Radio Announcer/Uncle Billy, and Shevaun Keogh-Walker as Potter, along with Curtis Elfenbein Asch, Mary Lou Burdick, Michael Morin Garrity, Patricia Kelly, Tyne LaRoche, and Larry Leavitt covering multiple roles.

This particular production is intended to be “script-in-hand,” a full reading/performance of a play where the actors are allowed to have their scripts in their hands so lines need not be memorized. The director will utilize blocking, limited costumes, props, and sound effects to create a performance experience for the audience.

Hosted by St. Mary of the Assumption Parish in the Parish Hall at 159 Church Street in Cheshire, the show will run one night only, on Tuesday, December 17th at 7pm. With a run time of under 90 minutes, the play is recommended for ages 8 and up, and makes a perfect family night out.

The performance is free and open to the public. Donations to the Berkshire Coalition for Suicide Prevention will be graciously accepted at the door. Tickets for priority seating privileges can be reserved online through Brown Paper Tickets. (https://wonderfullifecheshire.bpt.me) Walk-ins welcome. All seats are general admission and doors will open at 6:30pm.

For more information, contact Marya LaRoche at 413-441-7176.

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