It’s A Wonderful Life

December 8, 9, 10, 15, 16, 17, 2006

Doors open at 7:30pm and the show starts at 8:00pm.

Location: Avon Theater, 525 North 2nd Street, Breese, IL 62230

Dramatized by James W. Rodgers. Adapted from the film by Frank Capra. Presented through special arrangements with Dramatic Publishing.

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, whose guardian angel has to descent 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 your favorite characters: George and Mary Hatch, Clarence, Uncle Billy, Violet, and, of course, the Scrooge-like villain, Mr. Potter. This fine 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.



Character Description Actor
George Bailey The Everyman of Bedford Falls Frank Colston
Clarence Odbody Angel Second Class Dustin McSparin
Mr. Gower Drug Store Proprietor Rob Otrembiak
Young George/Pete Age 12 / Age 10 Sean Kellermann.
Harry Bailey/voice of Sam Wainwright George’s younger brother / voice-over only, will be double-cast with Harry Bailey Brett Lampe
Mother Bailey A kind and understanding woman Deb Winter
Aunt Tilly Uncle Billy’s wife Theresa Hammel
Violet Peterson Beauty salon proprietor Marisa Johnson
Bert Apatrolman Michael Klostermann
Ernie A mail carrier John Winter
Uncle Billy George’s uncle and business partner John Roane
Mary Hatch (Bailey) George’s loving wife Lois Kellermann
Henry F. Potter Owns practically the entire town Dennis Keeven
Mr. Potter’s Assistant Ever-present with Mr. Potter Pat Kreher
Miss Andrews/voice of Mrs. Hatch A townsperson / Voice-over only, will be double-cast with Miss Andrews Donna Goetz
Mrs. Thompson A townsperson Rita Harris
Mr. Martini Bar proprietor Sebasteon S.
Mrs. Martini Bar proprietor’s wife Vanessa Luginbuihl
Miss Carter A bank examiner Jenny Gillespie
Newsboy/Tommy Age 10 / Age 12 Mason Kuper
Zuzu Age 7 Madeline Kuper
Janie Age 9 Elizabeth Klostermann
Mr. Welch The schoolteacher’s husband Joe Gebke


Clarence & George on the BRIDGE (7-10)

Mr. Gower & Young George at the DRUGSTORE (10-11)

Clarence & George on the BRIDGE (12)

Mr. Gower, George, Mother Bailey, Harry, Aunt Tilly, Uncle Billy, Bert, Ernie, & Violet at the DRUGSTORE (12-15)

Clarence on the BRIDGE (15)

George, Mary, Bert, Ernie, & Uncle Billy on the STREET (16-20)

George, Uncle Billy, Aunt Tilly, Mother Bailey, Potter’s Assistant & Potter at CEMETERY (20-22)

Clarence & George on BRIDGE/STREET (23)

Mother Bailey, George, & Violet on STREET (23-25)

Mary, George, voice of Mrs. Hatch, and voice of Sam Wainwright on MARY’s PORCH (26-29)

George, Mary, Ernie, & Bert at WEDDING (29-31)

George, Uncle Billy, Potter, Potter’s Assistant, Miss Andrews, Miss Thompson, Martini, Mrs. Martini, Ernie, Bert, Mary, Mr. Gower, Aunt Tilly, Violet, Mr. Welch at BUILDING & LOAN (31-36)


voice of George, voice of Mary, Potter, Potter’s Assistant, Miss Carter, & George at POTTER’S OFFICE (37-41)

Mary & George on STREET (42)

George & Clarence on BRIDGE (42-43)

Newsboy, Potter, Potter’s Assistant, & Uncle Billy on STREET (43-44)

George, Aunt Tilly, Miss Carter, Violet, Uncle Billy at BUILDING & LOAN (44-49)

George, Mary, Zuzu, Janie, Tommy, & Pete at BAILEY HOME (50-53)

George, Potter, & Potter’s Assistant in POTTER’S OFFICE (53-56)

George, Martini, Mrs. Martini, Welch, Ernie, Miss Andrews, Mrs. Thompson, Mr. Gower on STREET (56-57)

George & Clarence on BRIDGE (57-59)

George, Martini, Welch, Ernie, Miss Andrews, Mrs. Thompson, Mr. Gower, & Violet on STREET (59-62)

Mother Bailey, George, Clarence, & Mary in front of BAILEY BOARDING HOUSE (62-65)

George & Bert on BRIDGE (65-66)

Everybody (except Potter and Clarence) at BAILEY HOME (66-69)




Director  Steve Klostermann 
Assistant Director  Pat Kreher 
Production Manager  Jennifer Klostermann 



Director: Steve Klostermann

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