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‘It’s A Wonderful Life’ opens this weekend / December 05, 2012
Bedford Falls prepares to take center stage as the Clarksville Community Players kick off the holiday season this weekend with their production of the American classic, “It’s a Wonderful Life.”

In the play, George Bailey is an everyday man in a small town who gives up his dreams of escape and adventure because of his sense of duty and family obligation. George, who suddenly finds himself in despair on Christmas Eve, meets his guardian angel, Clarence, who in an attempt to earn his wings, reminds George just how wonderful his life has been by showing him what the world would have been like had he never been born.

The Clarksville Community Players are pleased to welcome guest director Annette Jenkins in this classic version of the play, dramatized by James W. Rodgers and adapted for film by Frank Capra. The show’s cast proclaims a host of almost 50 ladies, gentlemen, and children of all ages and includes the local talent of many favorite and familiar faces.

Husband and wife team, Gus and Kim Demetriades, last seen in opposing character roles in CCP’s fall production of“Cat on a Hot Tin Roof,” appear as leads and lovebirds George and Mary Bailey. Clarence Odbody, Angel Second Class, is portrayed by Zachary Glasscock. The Scrooge-like villain, Mr. Potter, is played by Charlie Simmons

A few additional members of CCP’s holiday cast include Annelise Bailey, Nancy Barden, Maureen Belissimo, Doug Breese, Carla Carden, Charis Chalmers, Amy Currin, Sheila Cuykendall, Hugh Elliot, Josh Glasscock, Lucas Glassock, Forrest Goodwin, Jeremy Goodwin, Alex Green, Beth Green, Caleb Green, Lauren Green, Carol Henderson,Victoria Rowe and Joe Williamson.

In addition to the traditional storyline, patrons can expect to enjoy the authentic atmosphere of a 1940s small town, down home Christmas pageant as the theater production will be greatly enhanced by Christmas carols performed by members of the Lake Country Chorale, local “Jingle Bell” kids, and special guest appearances by Mr. and Mrs. Santa Claus. Come out and enjoy a show that is sure to instill the warmth and holiday magic of faith and hope

The Box Office will be open weekdays from 12 noon until 6 p.m., December 3-7 and December 10-14. For telephone reservations, call 434-374-0058 during Box Office hours and be prepared to furnish a credit card number. Tickets are $10 in advance and $12 at the door. Show dates for “It’s a Wonderful Life” are December 7-8 and December 14-15 at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, December 9 at 3:00 p.m. The curtain will be held on December 7 for the Clarksville Christmas Parade.

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