KENNETT SQUARE—Kennett High School will present It’s a Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday evenings, November 15 through 17.

The play, written by Joe Landry, innovatively reimagines the time-honored American holiday classic, Frank Capra’s 1946 film It’s a Wonderful Life, as a live 1940s radio broadcast. With the help of a talented ensemble cast that brings a few dozen characters to the stage, the beloved story of George Bailey (Evan Shinn) unfolds as he considers ending his life one fateful Christmas Eve. With the help of angel Clarence (Justin McAndrew), the idealistic Bailey travels back in time to revisit his life’s most significant events and recall all those who played a part in them, including his wife Mary (Holly Gouge), his brother Harry (Christian Adam), his daughters Janie and Zuzu (Sylvia He and Marisol Gonzalez), town pharmacist Mr. Gower (Robbie Rauscher), and tavern-owner Mrs. Martini (Mirella Petrillo). Despite the constant efforts of Bailey’s crotchety rival Mr. Potter (Colin Petersen) to bankrupt Bailey, George ultimately sees the worth of his life’s contributions and realizes his town’s love for him is far more valuable than money.

Other cast members include Lilian Alba (Violet), Kassandra Ayllon (Matilda), Anna Brunke (Rose), Gia Caccamo (Mrs. Thompson), Avery Chapman (Sadie), Emma Giancola (Mrs. Hatch), Julia Haenn (Young George, Young Peter), Tamblyn Mitchell (Ruth), Eric Salameda (Freddie Filmore, Mr. Welch, Uncle Billy), and Catt Seamon (Young Harry, Young Tommy).

Clever sound effects, authentic period costumes, and a beautiful art deco set all contribute to the warm nostalgia of the production.

Nance Weber, parent of Kennett grads A.J. (class of 2013) and Jack (class of 2015), is directing her fourth production at KHS. Kennett teacher Katie Soukup is the production manager; Soukup and Weber are also overseeing properties, with costumes by Tricia Beichner. Science teacher Michael Anastas is in charge of sound and lights. Nat Caccamo and Paul Gouge built this year’s set, with set painting design by Caccamo and Liz D’Wolf. Anna Brunke is the student production assistant.

"It's A Wonderful Life has always been one of my favorite movies, and I am thrilled that we have the opportunity to present this show in this unique style,” said Weber.

She added, “The simple messages and reminders that are given throughout this show ring louder to me today more than ever: how vital it is to show love to friends and family and the critical need to exchange decency and respect to everyone around us. These are things that never leave us.”

Both the cast and stage crew include students from all grades.

The curtain goes up at 7:30. Tickets can be purchased at the door; prices are $5 for students and senior citizens and $8 for adults.

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