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A wonderful life — and a great play

Published on November 6, 2018 12:34PM

Jimmy Stewart will be there only in spirit

Jimmy Stewart will be there only in spirit

Nehalem’s Riverbend Players will serve up a slice of small-town, feel-good Americana this Friday, Nov. 9, as the curtain goes up on “It’s A Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play.”

Adapted by Joe Landry from the beloved Frank Capra movie, the show re-imagines the classic tale of George Bailey as a live 1940s radio broadcast.

Director Tom Cocklin marshals an ensemble cast, imagining what life in Bedford Falls would have been like if Bailey had never been born.

Mike Arseneault plays Bailey, accompanied by Linda Makohon as Mary Hatch and supported by Dave Bell, Stephen Clark, Jenny Greenleef, Kimber Lundy and Jeff Slamal — each of whom plays several roles.

Cocklin said he believes the performance will be one of the Riverbend Players’ more memorable shows.

“We have such good talent,” he said, “even a couple of new people; three of the seven actors are new to Riverbend Players.”

The reader’s theater performance will feature a custom sound effects board including a hand-built wind machine, a thunder drum, a slide whistle and a full-size door.

Vicki Haker is assistant director, with Linda Petersen as stage manager, John Haker as stage announcer, Mary Marken on lighting and sound and Tom Mock as house manager.

Haker said she thinks the performance is timed well.

“It’s about how one person can make a difference,” she said. “A relevant theme for these days.”

There will be five performances only, with 7 pm shows on Friday and Saturday, Nov. 9 and 10, as well as Saturday, Nov. 17. There will be 2 pm matinées on Sunday, Nov. 11 and 18.

All performances will take place at the NCRD Performing Arts Center, 36155 9th Street, Nehalem.

Tickets are available at tickettomato.com for $14.71 including fees, or for $15 at the door.

For more information, go to www.riverbendplayers.org.

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