GIVEAWAY: Repertory plays a wonderful life
In a change from tradition, Maitland Repertory Theatre will bring the golden age of radio to the stage next month with a production of the Christmas classic It’s a Wonderful Life, directed by Aimee Cavanagh.
The well-known Frank Capra film has been adapted to be a staged radio play by Tony Palermo, and will see a 13 person ensemble cast voice 37 characters with sound effects also played live.
It follows the life of George Bailey (played by Peter Murray) who, on Christmas Eve, is contemplating ending his life. Clarence – Angel 2nd Class (Terry Allen) has been assigned the job of stopping him and does so by showing George how different the world would have been if he weren’t in it.
Mille Chorlton, Mia Layzell, Rachael Cook, Ronan Barrett, James McCaffrey, Helen Comber, Claudia Minter, Campbell Knox, Ryan Hodges, Mark Chorlton and Alexandra Comber complete the ensemble.
“It’s shaping up to be a really enjoyable production,” Maitland Repertory Theatre’s Ian Robinson said.
“This is something very different for us, and also a change from our usual Christmas melodrama, but the cast have embraced the challenge.
“Anyone who has seen the movie will be particularly moved by it, but even those unfamiliar with the story will have no trouble following along.”
In a further break from tradition, the theatre will not be serving the usual meal before the show, but champagne and sherry will be served on arrival and a light dessert will be provided. The traditional flaming of the pudding remains, and attendees are encouraged to bring their own nibbles and drinks.
It’s a Wonderful Life opens on November 23 and runs on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays for three weeks. To book tickets visit maitlandreptheatre.org.
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