River City Players to present “It’s A Wonderful Life”

 Pictured (from left) are Amy Perrin and Nathan Becker rehearsing for RCP's upcoming production of "It's a Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play." Also pictured are Sam McCall and Nathan Jeffers, who will provide live sound effects for the production.
Pictured (from left) are Amy Perrin and Nathan Becker rehearsing for RCP’s upcoming production of “It’s a Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play.” Also pictured are Sam McCall and Nathan Jeffers, who will provide live sound effects for the production.

MIDDLEPORT— A Christmas staple is coming to Middleport this holiday season.

River City Players (RCP) will present “It’s A Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play” at 7 p.m. on Dec. 5-6, and 2 p.m. on Dec. 7, at Middleport Village Hall. Tickets will be $10 for adults and $5 for children 12 and under.

Joe Landry brings Frank Capra’s classic tale of Christmas to the stage in a new and exciting way. Under the direction of Brian and Julie Howard, this performance is something new for RCP, as it will be presented in the style of a 1940’s radio broadcast. As was the convention of radio broadcasts of that era, a limited number of actors perform a multitude of characters in variety of different voices and accents. The production also employs the use of live sound effects using normal every day objects, as well as a few special tricks of trade.

A holiday favorite of young and old, “It’s a Wonderful Life” tells of the trials and tribulations of George Bailey throughout his life, under the watchful eye of an angel named Clarence. When George’s troubles get to be too much for him to handle, Clarence intervenes. With Clarence’s help, George is able to see just how much of an impact his life has had on those around him and he learns the very quotable lesson that “no man is a failure who has friends.”

Featured in the cast and crew will be Nathan Becker, Amy Perrin, Celia McCoy, Roger Gilmore, Dan Stewart, Nathan Jeffers, Sam McCall, Dixie Sayre, Linda Warner, Debbi Buck, Tony Carnahan, Rusty Carnahan, Claire Howard, Mary Gilmore, and John Lohse.

For more on this performance and other updated information on RCP, visit www.rivercityplayers.org, or follow River City Players on Facebook.

Pictured (from left) are Dan Stewart, Nathan Becker, Celia McCoy, and Roger Gilmore gathering around a microphone, in the style of an 1940's radio broadcast.
Pictured (from left) are Dan Stewart, Nathan Becker, Celia McCoy, and Roger Gilmore gathering around a microphone, in the style of an 1940’s radio broadcast.