MONMOUTH — For the first time in its four-decade history Theater At Monmouth will produce a show for the holidays.

From Nov. 29 to Dec. 9, the theater will present award-winning playwright Steve Murray’s humorous and  touching adaptation of Frank Capra’s class film “It’s a Wonderful Life.”

TAM favorite Mike Anthony will provide his comedic talents for this 90-minute production, recreating more than two dozen iconic characters from the beloved film that reminds us of the power of perspective, friendship and family.

Anthony embodies Clarence the Angel, Mary, Old Man Potter and the rest of Bedford Falls’ finest citizens. He also serves as narrator, offering amusing commentary on George Bailey’s journey to discover that the actions of one person really can make a difference in the world.

This fast-paced and witty adaptation celebrates the warmth of the season and the belief that hard work, fair play and love of one’s family and community is its own “wonderful” reward.

“It’s a Wonderful Life,” produced and directed by Frank Capra in 1946, is based on the short story “The Greatest Gift,” written by Philip Van Doren Stern in 1939 and published in 1945. The film stars James Stewart as George Bailey, a man who has given up his dreams in order to help others, and whose imminent suicide on Christmas Eve brings about the intervention of his guardian angel, Clarence. 

Clarence shows George all the lives he has touched and how different life in his community would be had he never been born.

“It’s a Wonderful Life” has come to be regarded as a classic around the world. Nominated for five Academy Awards, it has since been recognized by the American Film Institute as one of the 100 Best Films Ever Made. It also earned the No. 1 spot on AFI’s list of the most inspirational American films of all time.

TAM will present “This Wonderful Life,” under the direction of Producing Artistic Director Dawn McAndrews, at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 29-30 and Dec. 1, 6, 7 & 8; 7 p.m. Dec. 2 & 9; and 1 p.m. Dec. 1, 2, 8 & 9. There will also be matinees for students and seniors at 10 a.m. Dec. 5-6. Tickets are $20-$28. The show on Nov. 29 is a preview performance when tickets for Monmouth residents are $10. For reservations or more information, call 933-9999 or visit www.theateratmonmouth.org. 


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