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It's A Wonderful Life

November 8, 9, 10, 2018

It's A Wonderful Life

adapted for the stage by James W. Rodgers

In our American culture It's a Wonderful Life has become almost as familiar as Dickens' A Christmas Carol.

The story is a natural for a stage adaptation: the saga of George Bailey, the Everyman from the small town of Bedford Falls, whose dreams of escape and adventure have been quashed by family obligation and civic duty, whose guardian angel has to descent on Christmas Eve to save him from despair and to remind him—by showing him what the world would have been like had he never been born—that his has been, after all, a wonderful life.

This faithful adaptation has all your favorite characters: George and Mary Hatch, Clarence, Uncle Billy, Violet, and, of course, the Scrooge-like villain, Mr. Potter.

This fine dramatization not only celebrates the faith of the season, but also celebrates the American philosophy of life: that hard work, fair play and the love and support of one's family and community will be rewarded.

It's A Wonderful Life runs November 8th, 9th, and 10th 2017. Show times are 7:30 pm for all performance nights.

Ticket prices* are $17 for Adults and $11 for Students. General ticket sales begin October 1, following our pre-season ticket campaign. Click the link below to learn more about becoming a sponsor purchase season tickets.

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The cast for It's A Wonderful Life will be announced following auditions in late August or early September.

George Bailey -
Clarence Odbody -
Mr. Gower -
Young George -
Harry Bailey -
Mother Bailey -
Aunt Tilly -
Violet Peterson -
Bert -
Ernie -
Uncle Billy -
Mary (Hatch) Bailey -
Janie Bailey -

Henry F. Potter -
Mr. Potter's Goon -
Mr. Potter's Secretary -
Mrs. Hatch -
Sam Wainwright -
Miss Andrews -
Mrs. Thompson -
Mr. Martini -
Mrs. Martini -
Miss Carter -
Newspaper Boy -
Pete Bailey -
ZuZu Bailey -

Producer Director

Producer - Luan J. Leonardelli
Director - Ellen Peronto
Stage Manager - Cathy DeLain
Assistant Stage Manager -
Set Design - Warren Schmidt
Master Builder - Fred Schnell
Set Decorator - Kate Koubaddy

Costume Design - Ann Wolf
Makeup Design - Margaret Iannitello
Hair Design - Mary Ann Knier
Props - Amy Carpenter
Lighting Design - Lori Hebel
Sound Design -

Crew members include -

The Masquers, Inc. Community Theater Company, is excited to announce open auditions for the first production of our 88th season, the holiday classic based on the 1946 Frank Capra film, It’s a Wonderful Life.

Adapted for the stage by James W. Rodgers, the story is the saga of George Bailey, the Everyman from the small town of Bedford Falls, whose dreams of escape and adventure have been quashed by family obligation and civic duty, whose guardian angel has to descend on Christmas Eve to save him from despair and to remind him that his has been, after all, a wonderful life.

We are looking for male and female adult actor’s age 21 to 70 for 22 character roles. Plus, 4 children ages 5 to 13 for supporting roles. Auditions will be held at The Masquers Coach House 616 North 8th Street, Manitowoc, on Thursday, August 23rd at 6:30 p.m.

All participants should come to the auditions with a completed audition form; a headshot; and a list of rehearsal scheduling conflicts. Audition forms and rehearsal schedules are available by clicking the link below. Please arrive early, be ready to start on time, and plan to stay for the entire audition session.

The rehearsal schedule will begin August 27th, and will run 3 to 4 days a week until production dates. It’s a Wonderful Life will be performed November 8th, 9th, and 10th, 2018 at the Capitol Civic Centre in Manitowoc, WI. If you have any questions, or are unable to attend the scheduled audition time, please contact the director Ellen Peronto by phone at 920-323-9712, or through The Masquers, Inc. e-mail at info@themasquers.org.

Audition Form & Rehearsal Calendar

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