'It's A Wonderful Life' in Lavonia

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Franklin Community Players will bring the beloved play “It’s A Wonderful Life” to the Lavonia Cultural Center  Nov. 15-17.

  • The Baileys – George (Noah Umbehant), Mary (Victoria Burns), Pete (Hunter Collins), Tommy (Brock Fowler), Janie (Mia Patterson) and Zuzu (Colbie Patterson) – embrace as a family in a scene from the beloved Christmas classic “It’s A Wonderful Life.” Franklin Community Players will bring the a play version of the beloved movie to the Lavonia Cultural Center  this weekend. Showtimes are Friday at 7 p.m., Saturday at 2:30 and 7 p.m. and Sunday at 2:30 p.m.  Tickets are $12.50, and seats are reserved.   Tickets
    The Baileys – George (Noah Umbehant), Mary (Victoria Burns), Pete (Hunter Collins), Tommy (Brock Fowler), Janie (Mia Patterson) and Zuzu (Colbie Patterson) – embrace as a family in a scene from the beloved Christmas classic “It’s A Wonderful Life.” Franklin Community Players will bring the a play version of the beloved movie to the Lavonia Cultural Center this weekend. Showtimes are Friday at 7 p.m., Saturday at 2:30 and 7 p.m. and Sunday at 2:30 p.m. Tickets are $12.50, and seats are reserved. Tickets
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LAVONIA – Franklin Community Players will bring the beloved play “It’s A Wonderful Life” to the Lavonia Cultural Center  Nov. 15-17.  

Members hail from Franklin, Hart, Madison and Stephens Counties.  

In American culture, “It’s A Wonderful Life”  has become almost as familiar as Dickens' “A Christmas Carol.”  

The story, based on Frank Capra’s unforgettable film, tells 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 obligations and civic duty.  

His guardian angel, Clarence, has to descend on Christmas Eve to save George 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 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. 

The play was adapted for the stage by James W. Rodgers.  It is based on the film by Frank Capra and the story by Peter Van Doren Stern. 

The cast includes: Noah Umbehant in the role of George Bailey, Micah Witcher as Clarence Odbody, Rick Duerr as Mr. Gower, Hunter Collins as Young George/Pete Bailey, Cohen Nickerson as Harry Bailey, Nicki Collier as Mother Bailey, Alisha Bailey as Aunt Tilley, Callie Hanley as Violet Peterson, Eli Hanley as Bert, David Barry as Ernie, Tim Hanley as Uncle Billy, Victoria Burns as Mary Hatch, Joshua Sanders as Henry F. Potter, Sheilah Williams as Mr. Potter’s Goon/ Mrs. Hatch, Deanna Beggs as Mr. Potter’s Secretary, Jeremy Tabor as Sam Wainwright/ Mr. Welch, Riley Roberts as Miss Andrews, Zoie Atkinson as Mrs. Thompson, Kason Seigler as Mr. Martini, Emma Nickerson as Mrs. Martini, Mary Ann Treace as Miss Carter, Brock Fowler as Newspaper Boy/Tommy Bailey, Colbie Patterson as Zuzu Bailey and Mia Patterson as Janie Bailey.  Hart County is represented by Alisha Bailey, David Barry and Joshua Sanders.  Micah Witcher and Deanna Beggs are from Madison County.  Stephens County cast members include Rick Duerr, Hunter Collins, Nicki Collier, Jeremy Tabor, Riley Roberts and Kason Seigler.  Noah Umbehant, Cohen Nickerson, Callie Hanley, Eli Hanley, Tim Hanley,  Victoria Burns, Sheilah Williams, Zoie Atkinson, Emma Nickerson, Mary Ann Treace, Brock Fowler, Colbie Patterson and Mia Patterson all live in Franklin County.

Amy L. Burns, Franklin Community Players president, is the director of the production.

Showtimes for “It’s A Wonderful Life” are Nov. 15 at 7 p.m., Nov. 16 at 2:30 and 7 p.m. and Nov. 17 at 2:30 p.m.  

Ticket prices are $12.50, and seats are reserved.  

Tickets may be purchased by calling 706-491-9374 or visiting franklincommunityplayers.com   

There is a $1 service charge per ticket for credit card purchases.  

The Lavonia Cultural Center is at 12005 Augusta Road.