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‘It’s a Wonderful Life’ wraps up holiday season PDF Print E-mail
Written by Darci Tomky   

The holiday season wrapped up last weekend when the Phillips County Players took audience members behind the scenes of a 1940s radio station for a dramatic reading of “It’s a Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play.” Performances took place on the HHS auditorium stage Saturday evening, Dec. 28 and Sunday afternoon, Dec. 29.

Directed by Karla Satterlee and produced by Eric Conklin, the holiday play featured cast members of all ages portraying a wide range of characters from the post-WWII era story.

“It’s a Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play” cast gives the audience some laughs as they record a clever commercial in a 1940s radio station. Phillips County Players cast members are pictured from left, Sharon Murray, Juana Penzing, Jerry Brandt, Eva Penzing, Tim Swan, Maury Kramer, Steve Dittmer, Eric Conklin, Anastasia Conklin, Nicole Brandt (in back), Karen Swan and Dolly Smith.  

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The WBFR radio station was complete with old microphones, sound effect gadgets and quirky commercial jingles.

Jerry Brandt took on the role of George Bailey, giving the audience a glimpse of his life from saving his brother’s life as a young boy to marrying his sweetheart to his building and loan business. The audience watched the story unfold as he considered ending his life on Christmas Eve, ultimately realizing just how wonderful his life really was.

Karen Swan played alongside Brandt as his wife, Mary Hatch-Bailey.

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Holyoke Enterprise January 2, 2014