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It's A Wonderful Life: Valley Center Stage's version of Capra classic opens Thursday

In rehearsal, above, players at the Valley Center Stage in North Bend bring the holiday classic, “It’s A Wonderful Life,” to the stage, opening this Thursday, Dec. 5. - Courtesy photo
In rehearsal, above, players at the Valley Center Stage in North Bend bring the holiday classic, “It’s A Wonderful Life,” to the stage, opening this Thursday, Dec. 5.
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The classic holiday show, “It’s A Wonderful Life”, celebrates community, reminding us that we contribute to each other’s happiness and well-being in ways we might not ever be aware of.

Valley Center Stage in North Bend presents its adaptation of Frank Capra’s classic film for the stage, December 5 through 21, as a live radio-style play.

Performances are at 7:30 p.m., Thursdays through Saturdays, with an extra matinee performance, 2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 15. Admission is $17 for adults and 14.50 for students and seniors. Tickets are available online at www.valleycenterstage.org.

Valley Center Stage is located at 119 North Bend Way, downtown North Bend on the second floor of the Unity Masonic Lodge above SingleTrack Cycles. It is handicapped-accessible.

This production is directed by Rebecca Steidle. She has brought together a cast of both Valley Center Stage regulars along with several newcomers. The cast of 17 is led by Brandon Brown in his first role with Valley Center Stage, playing George Bailey. Brown has numerous stage and screen credits. He is joined by Valley Center Stage regular, Robin Walbeck-Forest, as Mary Bailey, last seen in her one-woman show about her adventures during Breast Cancer Awareness Walks.

George Bailey has grown up in Bedford Falls, an idyllic small town and is determined to get out. He plans to see the world and plans to do great things, but circumstances keep him at home: The death of his father, the war, and the machinations of the rich, evil Mr. Potter. It is Potter who capitalizes on the ‘accidental’ loss of $8,000 and leaves George on the verge of disaster. On Christmas Eve he contemplates suicide. But help arrives in the form of Clara, George’s slightly bumbling  guardian angel. By showing George what things would be like if he had never been born, George learns a valuable lesson. “It’s A Wonderful Life” has become a perennial holiday classic.

 

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