It’s A Wonderful Life Opens November 16th!

Scott Graf (L), playing Clarence the Angel, and Scott Taylor (R), playing the role of George Bailey.

The Winters Theatre Company is excited to bring the classic holiday production, “It’s A Wonderful Life,” to the stage this November and December!

The gala opening will be on Friday November 16th at 7:30pm in the Winters Community Center! Tickets for the gala will be $15 for everyone and include cheesecake, champagne, and a variety of non-alcoholic beverages.

The show on Saturday the 17th will be a benefit for the Winters Music Boosters.  Tickets will be $15 general admission and $12 for children 12 and under. Ticket price will include dessert and coffee, hot cocoa, and water.

Shows will continue on Fridays and Saturdays at 8pm and Sundays at 2pm through Sunday December 2nd.  Tickets for the remaining shows will be $12 general admission and $10 for seniors and children 12 and under.

Tickets are now available for purchase on our website. Usher in the holiday season with the Winters Theatre Company!

The cast features children and adults, some new to the stage, who shared some insights  about the magic of performing. One of the younger performers, Isadora Harris, who is debuting on stage for the first time, and is playing Young Mary, said, “I like the thrill of a performance forming around me!”    Her brother, Arlo Harris, who plays Young Harry and Tommy, echoed that sentiment and said, “I like being on stage performing!” Kenneth Matheson, who has performed in several WTC productions and plays Young George, mentioned that he likes the fun of acting and watching the excitement of the audience.

 

Several veteran WTC actors also shared their thoughts. Alexis Velasquez, who played Dorothy in last year’s production of The Wizard Of Oz, and is playing Aunt Tilly in this production said she “likes being around people who are sweet and fun!”   These thoughts were also expressed by Trent Beeby (Mr Potter) and Cameron Toney (Mary) who mentioned the enjoyment of working with fun and creative people.

 

And, for some actors, it’s fun to try on a different persona. ShahZana Ali who plays Violet Bick said, “I like the opportunity to play a very different character than who I am.”  Ava Southall, playing Aunt Tilly’s niece, Ernestine, said she enjoys experimenting with voices and accents that are unlike her own. 

 

Several actors also mentioned the importance of the storyline of how each life matters, including Scott Graf, who plays Clarence the Angel, who said, “I resonate with the theme of hope,” while Jesse Akers, who plays Joseph and Mister Gower said, “The story really shows us how we all affect other people’s lives.” 

 

The show is directed by Anita Ahuja who directed it in 2010 when it was first presented by WTC.  “It’s a joy to direct “It’s A Wonderful Life” for a second time.  The movie is my holiday favorite and shares a timeless message of hope for everyone. In fact, Bedford Falls reminds me of Winters!”

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