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It’s A Wonderful Performance

December 13, 2018
By Jane Whitmore , Emmetsburg News

"It's A Wonderful Life" is a wonderful performance. Once again, Main Street Community Theatre has brought us the best of the best on stage.

This cast of over 30 people brings Bedford Falls to life in the MSCT performance center at 19th and Lake Streets. The age of performers ranges from young children to "adult". There are married couples and family members on stage and working as part of the crew. This is a family performance that truly involves families.

We haven't seen Jim Von Dolteren on the Main Street stage recently. He is a very convincing George Bailey and Anna Veltri is his wife, Mary.

Newcomers to the Main Street stage include Dan Dooley playing Clarence, and Tony Condon playing Potter. There are a couple of other newcomers to Main Street - Sarah Frederick as Aunt Tilly and Kyle Wagner as Bert.

There are a number of little actors getting their start on stage who will hopefully continue to be part of the Main Street family as they mature. Some of the names in the cast are familiar from the youth summer productions.

Nine-year-old Lauren Rouse plays the part of Janie Bailey. Remember in the movie - Janie plays her piano piece over and over again. Young Lauren plays the piece on the violin - beautifully, over and over again. She has been taking violin lessons for the past four or five years.

For those of us who have watched Jimmy Stewart and Iowa native Donna Reed in this Christmas classic, lines in the play pop right out of the movie. The play moves seamlessly from scene to scene as the story of George Bailey unfolds. The stage version is very well done, with a minimal set that handles each and every scene.

The audience gets caught up in the action from the very beginning and hangs on every word until the end.

This group has been rehearsing since October, under the direction of Peggy Stolley and Jackie VanOosbree.

We encourage you to see this Christmas classic. Performances are Friday, Dec. 14, and Saturday, Dec. 15, with a 7:30 p.m. curtain. The final show is Sunday, Dec. 16, at 2 p.m. Patrons are invited to bring a new, unwrapped toy or gift to donate to the Toy &?Gift Drive for Upper Des Moines ?Opportunity. And, Santa Claus is at the theatre before each performance. The doors open one hour before show time, with carolers welcoming everyone.

It's A Wonderful Life is a 1946 American Christmas fantasy comedy-drama film produced and directed by Frank Capra, based on the short story and booklet The Greatest Gift, which Philip Van Doren Stern wrote in 1939 and published privately in 1945.

Zuzu says, "Every time a bell rings an angel gets its wings." The bells are ringing on the Main Street stage.



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