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‘Merry Christmas, George Bailey’ Returns to the Stage

Just in time for the holidays, Seneca Community Players presents “Merry Christmas, George Bailey,” its popular Yuletide production on Dec. 5, 6 and 7.

Frank Capra's holiday classic “It's a Wonderful Life,” comes to the stage as an old-fashioned radio broadcast with live sound effects. This charming, memorable and heart-warming show has a message for all audiences concerning the real meaning of love and self-worth. It answers the question of what would the world be like had one never been born and underscores the importance of every life and how we all unknowingly touch and impact so many others.

The script is an adaptation of the one broadcast in 1947, a time when radio plays commonly were used to promote movies. As in the original, suicidal George Bailey (Ted Bradford) is helped by an apprentice angel to realize his life in tiny Bedford Falls was worthwhile because he helped others.

The cast includes: Eric Jansen, Peter Saracino, Paul Wenderlich, Tony Saracino, Walter Wolf, Amy Smith, Jason Hurdle, Kathy Hadley, Stephen Brown, Stephen Beals, Debbie Roper, Pam Bryan, Mack Spellecy, Colleen Spellacy, Jason Hurdle, Mack Spellecy, Anne Fulkerson, Jacob Saracino and Emily Fulkerson.

The show is produced locally by Jennifer Mitchell and Chris Moulton. Stephen Brown is the stage manager (mentored by Amy Smith) and Ralph Sinicropi is technical director and sound designer. Sound effects are by Steve Mitchell and Jeff Winston and the sound operator is Bobby Jo Bly-Owens. Costumes are by Kristine Marble & Debbie Roper. Renee Edwards is responsible for publicity and David Fleszar and Emily Swenson handled advertising sales. The house manager is Fran Wenderlich and hospitality is provided by Becky Bly.

Showtimes are 7:30pm on Friday and Saturday and 2:00 on Sunday. The show will be presented at the Women's Interfaith Institute, at the corner of Clinton and Fall Streets in Seneca Falls.

Tickets are $7 and $6 and may be purchased at WomanMade Products in Seneca Falls and Area Records and Music in Geneva. They are $2 more at the door.

Seneca Community Players' mission is to foster, arouse and help broaden the interest, availability and appreciation of the Theatre Arts in Seneca and surrounding counties. Over its 31-year history, SCP has established itself as the only year-round Seneca County group that continually offers and produces quality theatrical productions highlighted by an annual summer musical. These productions provide the opportunity for community members to engage in the creative process on-stage, back stage and the design process.

For more information about this or past shows or to become a member, go to their Web page, www.senecacommunityplayers.org.