November 18, 2013
Susan Goes, Executive Director, (541) 942-8001
Amanda Ferguson, Artistic Director, (541) 409-2522
It's a Wonderful Life opens December 6 at Cottage Theatre
Cottage Grove, OR — Cottage Theatre concludes its 2013 season with a classic holiday drama. It's a Wonderful Life, a fully-staged adaptation of the beloved film by Frank Capra, will run for three weekends at Cottage Theatre beginning December 6. The play was adapted for the stage by James W. Rogers, inspired by the movie and the original story by Philip Van Doren Stern.
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. George’s guardian angel descends 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 the favorite characters from the movie: George, Mary, Clarence the angel, Uncle Billy, Violet, and, of course, the Scrooge-like villain, Mr. Potter. This dramatization not only celebrates the faith of the season, it also celebrates the American philosophy of life: hard work, fair play, and the love and support of one's family and community will be rewarded.
Cottage Theatre's production of It's a Wonderful Life is co-directed by Jim Curtiss and David Work, with set design by Alan Beck, costume design by Rhonda Turnquist, and lighting design by Amanda Ferguson and Rich Nichols. The cast features Cody Mendonca as George Bailey, Sophie Blades as Mary Hatch, Bil Morrill as Clarence the Angel, Dale Flynn as Uncle Billy, Tracy Nygard as Violet, and Alan Beck as Mr. Potter. The cast also includes Matt Boatman, Campbell Conforth, Kenady Conforth, Marian Dempsey, Ireland Ellis, Kim Evans, Debbie Gross, Elaine Haugen, Keith Kessler, Steve Knight, James Morris, Galen Phillips, Lacey Pool, Darcy Rust, Earl Ruttencutter, Jay Searle, Hanna Shumate, Elaine Slatore, Karen Snyder, Mike Tripp, and Maia Wilhour.
It's a Wonderful Life runs for three weekends at Cottage Theatre from December 6 - 22, 2013. Performances are Friday and Saturday evenings at 8:00 pm and Sunday afternoons at 2:30 pm. There will be an added Thursday performance closing weekend, on December 19 at 8:00 pm.
Tickets are available online at www.cottagetheatre.org, by phone at (541) 942-8001, or in person at the Cottage Theatre Box Office, 700 Village Drive, Cottage Grove. Tickets are $18 for adults and $15 for youth (ages 6 to 18). Group rates are available. Box Office hours are Wednesday through Friday, 10 am to 2 pm, and one hour before performances.